The Pestilence by Faisal Ansari
Matador Publishing: 10/31/15
eBook review copy; 269 pages
The Pestilence by Faisal Ansari is a highly recommended debut thriller featuring good vs. evil.
There is now peace in the Holy Land. On the Srour family farm near a
small village, Samuel Srour is taking care of his animals when a rocket
attack is launched. The attack and subsequent retaliation destroy the
farm and seem to set a world wide electrical storm into motion. The
electrically charged storm/cloud travels around the world, with
lightning pulsing through the clouds. "The lightning which comes from
the east, shines as far as
the west, turning night into day." The phenomenon originated from the
Two men are changed by the lightning storm. Samuel Srour should be dead
after the direct hits which destroyed his farm, but instead he now sees
people's auras and has the power to heal. Samuel and his longtime
friend/girlfriend, Mariam Fara, set off healing people and/or giving
them immunity. Samuel wants no compensation or nothing from the healing.
The other changed man is business man Victor Pierre Chaput. From all
outward appearances, he seems to be a philanthropic man, but now that he
has power from the storm too, he has other plans.
The Pestilence features a countdown timeline of the days to the
start of The Pestilence. The action moves swiftly and the countdown
increases the tension since you know something awful is going to happen.
Take note, however, that The Pestilence doesn't hit until the very end
of the book and that this is book one of a new series, The Jerusalem
Chronicles. Readers may also want to take note that this is loosely
Biblically based on Revelations so it may be a long extended series like
The Left Behind books.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Matador Publishing via Netgalley for review