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Feb 06, 2012 12:51PM
Times of Trouble is my newest novel, a Christian fiction thriller. $3.99 for the ebook and $9.99 for paperback (which will show up on Amazon & B&N in next few days)
Thirty years in the future, the U.S. government has turned into a tyranny as the EPA and TSA grow with ever more power.
Brian, the main character, tells his story from first person point of view. His work with the FBI involves mostly cyber terrorism and actual cases of potential real world terrorism. Eventually, his wife gives birth to their third child, who has Down's Syndrome, which does not please the U.S. Health Administration because there are rules and regulations set-up in cases like these to prevent "genetic freaks" as they like to call them, from sucking up a lot of Health Admin money. Because the Atwoods are born again Christians, they never considered aborting the baby, so now the Health people have to take him away to deal with the problem later.
Meanwhile, the Secret Service decides to recruit Brian to be the personal agent of the President of the United States, David Collins, due to his great work stopping a terrorist plot that would've involved Offutt Air Force Base. Brian's faith is tested every day as he deals with a man that has no morals from what Brian can see, and is tested even more when his wife finds out that she's dying from a fast growing form of breast cancer. Trouble in the rest of the world pits the U.S. against Israel as that country attempts to defend itself from attack.
When the re-election of Collins doesn't turn out the way he wanted it, he and his people declare the election nullified because of supposed "irregularities" with the ballots. Collins claims that the new President-elect may take the seat sometime in the middle of next year, if everything looks to be sorted out. Collins purges his staff of what he considers unloyal people, including Brian. At the same time, Brian loses his wife, but regains the son he thought he had lost.
Brian moves back to his family home in Nebraska, where we follow what happens as the country slowly falls apart. Events play out as Brian and his family sees the End Times approach.
Mar 14, 2012 08:13PM
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Apr 18, 2012 11:15AM
New reviews for Times of Trouble
4 stars from
4 stars on Amazon:
scarily prophetic! April 16, 2012
By Dirtboy's Girl
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
The way Mr. Ball writes I wonder if he isn't living as a fly on the wall in the White House. You meet the characters and can feel their joy and sadness, anger and frustration as he tells the story. There were points in the story where I found myself talking to my Kindle telling Brian what I thought he should do next. Fast paced story that has you reading until the end. Another awesome "novel" by Cliff Ball!
(last edited Dec 24, 2012 07:36PM)
May 16, 2012 06:36AM
New 5 star from Christian Book Review (is on Amazon):
"Times of Trouble novel's backdrop is on the End Times and all the other events leading to it. It is like a true story as most of the character sketches, circumstances, and plots are familiar and possible to happen in real life.
Honestly, this is the very first Christian fiction novel I have read and reviewed and I appreciate Cliff Ball's heart to keep on stressing and repeating the importance of God, Bible, prayer, salvation, church, fellowship, close family ties, purity before marriage, and honesty about the character's feelings and weaknesses.
I love the many prayers included in this novel and many times, at some point of the story, I can readily identify with the lines of the characters and the situations. Times of Trouble ministered to me greatly right now and it inspired me to keep the faith and never to give up in times of trouble knowing that the ending of everything--the world, mankind, and my own troubles are glorious when Jesus Christ returns on the earth and we will be raptured and caught up in the clouds at the trumpet blast."
Now available on Apple, Kobo & sony
Dec 24, 2012 07:36PM
Times of Trouble: a Christian End Times novel
is free with Coupon Code EU28Q from Dec. 21 – 28 on Smashwords
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