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The Age of Apollyon (The Age of Apollyon Trilogy #1)

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Notre-Dame Cathedral lies in ruins. The mangled corpses of the possessed are scattered in the shadows beneath the pulverized Gothic towers. This is the aftermath of the Manifestation.

Satan has revealed himself to the world, which falls trembling at his feet. Religious genocide sweeps Europe and Asia, and the world's greatest fortresses of faith are smashed to the ground. T
Published October 4th 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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J.T. Lewis
Oct 04, 2012 J.T. Lewis rated it it was amazing
I wasn't even sure what speculative Christian fiction was when I started this book, but now I know...and it's scary!

This book that I thought would be more of an end of days scenario, was really the story of a great change in the world as we know it scenario. The devil returns, and the world is turned on its head. What's right is now wrong, and what was heretofore wrong is suddenly encouraged.

The Christian resistance, though small in number, are dedicated to their cause, and add to the suspense
David Silva
Jun 09, 2012 David Silva rated it it was amazing
The Age Of Apollyon is Mark Carver's debut novel. You never know what you're going to get with a debut novel. It can be a clumsy, difficult read or it can be unexpected brilliance. Fortunately, The Age of Apollyon falls closer to brilliance. Carver has fashioned a thriller that will keep you turning the pages all the way to the surprise ending.

Twelve years ago, in what was to become known as The Manifestation, Satan made an appearance on earth, ushering in a new era in the history of mankind. T
Mark Allen
The realm of Christian speculative fiction is a relatively small one, and populated by authors who tend to play it safe, but Mark Carver is not one of those authors, and the result is one of the best Christian horror/thrillers you'll read this side of Dekker or Peretti. In this age of sanitized Christian fiction, Carver dares to go for dark and edgy with violence (though rarely explicit), profanity (mild stuff), and sex (suggested, never graphic). In other words, this ain't Grace Livingston Hill ...more
Terri-Lynne Smiles
Jan 10, 2013 Terri-Lynne Smiles rated it liked it
I find it difficult to give a rating to Age of Apollyon that will be meaningful to others. The pieces I found well done in the novel were stunningly good, and the pieces that fell short missed by quite a bit.

In this novel, categorized as Christian speculative fiction, author Mark Carver has created an interesting character in the protagonist, Patric – a man who, although he belongs to the Church of Satan, neither believes nor disbelieves in the deities in whose names a dark religious war has eru
D.M. Dutcher
Nov 23, 2012 D.M. Dutcher rated it really liked it
Better than I expected. It's strength isn't in the action and and adventure parts, but in an edgy and subversive take on standard end times novels.

It's the near future. A spiritual manifestation of Satan in Israel has changed the world, making Satanism the dominant religion in Europe, and the lives of two brothers are changed dramatically. Patric is a typical person existing in this new world; a nominal believer in Satanism, he is dealing with juggling hedonism and his fiancee at the same time.
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Mar 30, 2013 Ben rated it really liked it
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Following an event called the 'Manifestation', where Satan made an appearance in the world, the Church of Satan rises to dominance in mainland Europe. Whereas Gods followers must still rely on faith, Satans have witnessed the proof of his existence. The Vatican is now in the hands of the Church of Satan and Christians find themselves a persecuted minority in disagreement of how to react. The story follows two half brothers; Tourec, a radical Christian determined to take the fight to the Satanist ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing
Age of Apollyon by Mark Carver brings two brothers together during the time of Satan on Earth. Tourec has been told to find his half-brother Patric. They each have a plan, and each is following a different ruler. With the return of Satan the world has changed drastically. Christians and religions other than those who follow Satan are no longer safe. It has been many years since his return and things are changing.

An edge of the seat novel that keeps you guessing right to the last page. I give it
Parker Cole
Apr 13, 2015 Parker Cole rated it it was amazing
here aren't words to describe this extremely unique story line. I was on the edge of my seat, biting my nails to see what would happen next. There is such a spectacular desecration of the world as Satan manifests Himself. Carver's book is probably edgy Christian fiction at it's best -- when God seems silent and not doing a thing. Satan is making Himself Prince of the World and God says nothing. For some Christians, this would be an extremely hard read, especially toward the end when Satan's true ...more
William Tasch
Sep 22, 2013 William Tasch rated it it was amazing
Mark Carvers debut novels is a riveting tale of Satan's manifestation on earth. Two brothers who have chosen very different paths in life, one is a devout Christian while the other is a self absorbed, pleasure seeking Satanist find their paths crossed in this dark thrill ride. Looking forward to Mr. Carver's next book.
Donovan Neal
A believable story. Well done!

Mr. Carver created a believable story that was immersive. Loved the ending. Looking forward to read book 2. Well worth the read.
Joseph Lewis
Sep 04, 2013 Joseph Lewis rated it really liked it
I’ve wanted to read this for a while and wasn’t disappointed. The Age of Appollyon is a fascinating story that starts after Satan manifests himself on earth and Satanism becomes THE mainstream religion. There is an uneasy truce between Christianity and Satanism until . . . This is well written in a old school, plenty of narrative sort of way that only adds to the goth feel of the work. Mark rejects un-Biblical pacifism, but illustrates the spiritual and moral danger self-defense poses for the Ch ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Mark added it
YMMV. Just didn't click with me.
Aug 05, 2015 Kenneth rated it really liked it
Thank God it is only a book. Tough, gritty characters and relentless action make this a book that is hard to put down. Satan comes back to have another go at the world. Many books of this genre start slow and are a bit tedious at time. Not this one, you are dropped right into the action. You will like this book
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Mark Carver writes dark, edgy books that tackle tough spiritual issues. He is currently working on his seventh novel. Besides writing, he is passionate about art, tattoos, heavy metal, and medieval architecture.

Mark graduated from Toccoa Falls College in 2005 with a B.A. in English. After spending more than eight years in China, he now lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children.
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