Dusk Before the Dawn

by Larry Ketchersid | Science Fiction & Fantasy | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0741430169 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingnimrodielwing of Evanston, Illinois USA on 10/18/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingnimrodielwing from Evanston, Illinois USA on Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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Journal Entry 2 by wingnimrodielwing from Evanston, Illinois USA on Thursday, February 22, 2007
What would the world be like if ninety percent of the world’s population suddenly fell asleep?

In the Tike National Park a group of Mayan shamans led by Julius, a Mayan villager who has been educated in the United States, sit on the top of a temple waiting for the important event predicted as part of a cycle change in the Tzollhin (the Mayan calendar) hundreds of years before to happen. At the same time, hundreds of miles away, Joseph Davis watches helpless, as his family fall asleep in a strange set of events before asking a stranger for help. Janet Grayson, PhD, a well known nanotechnology scientist, wakes up in a hospital to find that the last things she remembers having happened, did so several months ago and not the day before.

Welcome to a world gone wrong. Gerald Tooney, a scientist, has decided that nature needs saving over humanity and introduced a devastating, and in some cases deadly nano-virus into the worlds water supply. This is to prevent the mass extinctions that he has come to believe will happen if humanity continues on the path it has been taking. The survivors are either dependant on a temporary vaccine that keeps them awake, or practitioners of ancient techniques that have led them to enlightenment.

Dusk before the Dawn is the first book in the Enlightenment Cycle. Larry Ketchersid has created a world in conflict. The author weaves his tale together with scientific technologies and oriental mysticism to show the struggle between . Gerald Tooney, who made this life affecting world decision, and the growing resistance group working against him. These men and women are led by an enlightened Mayan scientist and his student Carlos and are trying to search out other survivors and find a way to re awaken the sleeping humans.

This is Larry Ketchersid’s first novel. It is an excellent work of fiction. I found the story slow to start, but soon it became engrossing, and ended leaving me wondering what was going to happen next. One of the things I enjoyed most was the attention to detail and the descriptions of the martial arts amd ancient practices that he show us in his story. I will be looking forwards to the next installment in the series.

Journal Entry 3 by wingnimrodielwing from Evanston, Illinois USA on Thursday, February 22, 2007
I will be sending this along to West of Mars as she expressed in intrest in it while helping me edit the review before sending on to the front street crew.

Journal Entry 4 by WestofMars from Mars, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, March 1, 2007
Whoa. This arrived... with THREE others today. I feel like I won a jackpot or something!

Thanks, Nim!

Journal Entry 5 by WestofMars at Mars, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, November 20, 2014
I think if I weren't back to editing, I'd have stuck with this. But 20 or 30 pages in, the poor proofreading and obvious first-time novelist vibe of this did me in. The clients I edit for are better writers; why spend time reading something not nearly as good? It was fine for a waiting room, but that's about it.

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