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End of the Innocence (Black Earth #1)

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When the stars fall, few will stand…

On the evening of his high school graduation, Nathan Pierce collapses on stage. Plagued with visions of an immortal girl intent on killing herself, he wonders if his mental instability is a consequence of the deadly car accident he was in days earlier.

Heather Rhodes, wracked with guilt because of the fatal car wreck, begins to question
Paperback, 364 pages
Published August 23rd 2015 by The Crossover Alliance (first published October 1st 2009)
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D.M. Dutcher
Aug 16, 2012 D.M. Dutcher rated it liked it
There's some great invention in this book, and when it works, it works really well. But I think he tried to pull off a little too much, and it makes it drag some.

Welcome to the end of the world. The stars are falling from the sky, and they house the life form Legion, an alien entity that will infest and destroy the earth. But they are not our only threat: mundane ones, like the President of the United States who is under the thrall of a dark power, and spiritual ones, like the witch Evanescence,
Amanda Liston
Nov 08, 2012 Amanda Liston rated it really liked it
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If you’ve been frustrated with Christian fiction before, don’t write this book off and definitely give it a try. He doesn’t hesitate to communicate real life as it is. No rose-colored glasses, no G rating. I’ve never read another book like this one because it’s definitely sci-fi but with a Christian twist, I don’t really know how else to explain it. It’s like a mid-apocalyptic, dystopian, science fiction novel that combines some of the ideas in the
This book is honestly one-of-a-kind, or at least the only of its kind that I've ever read. It's a solid start to an intricate, multifaceted universe that's dark and twisted, but also somewhat hopeful. I look forward to what more this series has to offer.

My full review of End of the Innocence can be found at permashift along with many others!
Keryl Raist
Jun 26, 2011 Keryl Raist rated it it was ok
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Nicola McDonagh
Jun 02, 2014 Nicola McDonagh rated it liked it
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I wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first. I enjoyed the Prologue, which shows us Pearl, half angel half demon lamenting the coming danger to mankind. There was some lovely evocative writing going on here and I thought that the rest of the book would be the same. It was not. After a very promising beginning, Black Earth became a jumble of stereotypical goodies, baddies and the same old end-of-world scenario.

Something is going to destroy the world. As
Nov 21, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing
That was quite a thrill ride. It never stuck to one genre and made good use of caricaturizing different genres and the clichés within them from a Christian viewpoint while having its own story and hinting at a deep mythos. Now I gotta see what time-travelling and torturous madness the sequel holds.
Peter  Younghusband
Jan 25, 2013 Peter Younghusband rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by David Alderman and the first in a newly created genre created by him called Edgy, Christian Speculative Fiction. He describes this as:

"Christian speculative fiction - in general terms, science fiction/fantasy/horror/supernatural fiction with Christian themes and edgy content, such as sexual themes, language, drug use, and violence. This unique genre crosses the lines of both secular fiction and Christian fiction, and creates a new breed - not just to appeal
Julie Dawson
Jan 28, 2016 Julie Dawson rated it liked it
David Alderman's Black Earth: End of the Innocence presents an oblivious world on the brink of Armageddon. Specifically, it follows several unique storylines that intersect into the main plot. Nathan Pierce keeps having blackouts, during which time he has visions of a young woman named Pearl who keeps trying to kill herself. Heather Rhodes is struggling with the guilt of a car accident that took the life of a child, but also seemed to trigger a strange paranormal power in her. Cynthia Ruin has ...more
May 26, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I am by no means a Sci-Fi fan. I stick to books written by VC Andrews and read top hits like The Hunger Games and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. But I was introduced to this book, “Black Earth, End of the Innocence” and I’m extremely happy I read it. The reading was not too heavy (which is a good thing) but it kept me very interested and coming back for more. That book that’s hot right now “10 Shades of Gray” is HEAVY and is not that good and I do not understand why it’s topping the ...more
Tiffany Cole
Jan 30, 2012 Tiffany Cole rated it really liked it
Miles away from Nathan, a girl is standing atop a building, preparing to jump off. She wants to escape from her evil mother, Evanescence, and from the world she knows will soon come to an end thanks to Legion, a demonic alien force bent on partnering with satan to destroy earth. When Nathan blacks out, he can see and feel the things that she can feel. And he's not the only one with an unfathomable superhuman ability.

Heather, his best friend, can put up a shield when in danger, an ability she sh
Harmony Kent
Jun 02, 2014 Harmony Kent rated it it was ok
Reviewed by Harmony Kent
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BLACK EARTH: End of The Innocence

Apocalyptic Fiction/Christian Fiction

The end of the Earth is here … Legion has come. Add in a power-crazy president and teens with superpowers, and we have a set up for a fantastic read. BUT …

Oh dear, where to start? The opening chapter is promising, but the rest of the book deteriorates drastically after that. The whole of this substantial novel appears to be introducing numerous characters
Sep 08, 2012 Albert rated it really liked it

From page one, my heart broke for Pearl, an immortal who is trying to kill herself so she can go to heaven to be with her father.
No matter what she does, she can't die.

Nathan has just graduated and his parents don't bother coming to the ceremony. On top of that, his girlfriend is more interested
in flirting with another guy than congratulating him.

Heather is in love with Nathan but has never said anything to him because of his girlfriend. Trying to deal with the emotions of a
tragic car accident t
Feb 27, 2016 deb rated it it was amazing
Let me see if I can put into words how unique this book is. The author does something special that you don't see in most Christian fiction stories. Taking some of those characters that come across as evil and gives them a voice so the reader can understand that just because these characters may not be Christian doesn't mean that they don't have shame, remorse or regret for the bad things they do. That some of them desire to be set free from habits and behaviors that have them in bondage. The ...more
Mark Carver
Oct 09, 2015 Mark Carver rated it really liked it
Black Earth is a very ambitious take on the end times events laid out in the book of Revelation. There are the elements you would expect - ominous visions, tyrannical government, breakdown of civilized society. And then there are the curveballs - meteors, aliens, people with telekinetic power. This book roars along at breakneck speed, barely pausing to take a breath. The action is nonstop, and don't let the high school-aged cast of characters fool you - this is no YA book. Graphic violence, some ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Scott rated it really liked it
Black Earth: End of Innocence is an extremely unique story. It follows several characters through their experiences with what could be the beginning of the end of the world. There are some definite religious aspects to the book, but the vehicle for the end of the world are fallen stars carrying the mysterious Legion.

The story moves along at a pretty fast pace and there is a lot of action. Despite all the different viewpoints and large number of characters I never felt like I was lost in the sto
Storyhelix Words
Feb 20, 2016 Storyhelix Words rated it liked it
End of the Innocence is the first book in a Christan Spec. fiction saga about the end of the world, drawing its themes from Christianity and especially from the book of Revelation - minus the rapture (which many people within Christianity actually debate about anyway). At the heart of the story is Nathan Pierce, who has dreams of a human-like being, Pearl, who is distraught with her life and wants to go to her father, and who also dreams of Nathan. In addition to this story, a dystopian falling ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Alderman sets forth an elaborate puzzle for the reader to piece together. But the many shifts in point of views of not just the major characters but also some minor characters as well are confusing and overwhelming. I also had a problem with the spacing of scenes; some are relatively short while others seem to drag on. Overall, the plot made the book worthwhile and an interesting read.

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 29, 2011 Robert rated it liked it
Well written with few errors. Over-use of 'that' in some places detracts from the flow, but otherwise entertaining. I would like to see a bit more emotion evoked by the author, but he does a good job with plot and handles the many pov changes with relative ease. Book 2 is on my TBR list, and I am looking forward to finding out what happens.
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Apr 13, 2010 Christy rated it really liked it
Good job, David! Very intense, and creative!
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David N. Alderman is author of over a half dozen novels and a multitude of short stories and novellas. He is the founder and operator of The Crossover Alliance, an online publishing company specializing in more unconventional and daring Christian fiction. David also participates in National Novel Writing Month each year. When he's not writing or spending time with family, you can find David playin ...more
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