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“This Darkness Light” by Michaelbrent Collings

July 12, 2015

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Had some computer browser issues this week that I just got taken care of, and now that they are done, Here is this week’s review of “This Darkness Light” by Michaelbrent Collings.

It is a story about an apocalypse at the outset, one in which normal everyday people are turned into horrific creatures for a short period of time before they die. A man wakes from a coma without any memories of who he is, how he got to the hospital, or even why he is there. A glance at his chart lists his injuries as multiple gunshot wounds, but he doesn’t feel as bad as he should after a trauma like that. He’s vaguely able to recall that he has a mission, and that he needs to go to Kansas immediately.  As an assassin enters the man’s room and stares in shock at the John Doe in the bed before he aims a silenced gun at him. As this is going on, a nurse arrives for her shift and discovers every one of her co-workers on her floor executed. She enters John Doe’s room and provides enough of a distraction for the injured man to subdue and kill his would be assassin. John and the nurse escape the hospital, only to find themselves targets of an assassin named Isaiah, a former priest blackmailed into chasing them by a shadow organization within the government in order to save the world.

I found this a very hard book to put down. It started like it might be a zombie style story, but just as quickly changed to a mixture of Stephen King’s “The Mist” and the 1989 movie “Leviathan”. The priest’s story was well-played out as the man who believes he is so unworthy that he tries to make things right by eliminating people who he knows for sure are abusive to other people. The back story on why is a well told story and very believable. The way John Doe’s character is painted keeps up just enough of a mystery to keep you wondering who he is and what his mission is. The nurse is a tag along who helps John in a couple of instances, but feels more like just a damsel in distress to be rescued. It read through good and very enthralling, but the ending just felt a bit anti-climactic. Up to that point, I thought it was a great read. My ranking is 3.75 out of 5.

You can find “This Darkness Light” at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and ordered from your local bookstore.

Until next we meet…

D.J. Pitsiladis

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