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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Halfway through the desolate Tribulation, half-demon Samael is still alone, with only his Samurai swords and memories of the dearly departed - especially his beloved Aimi - to sustain him. Fighting for the innocents who remain behind, Sam has thwarted the plans of the Antichrist once before. Now, having already conquered Europe, America remains a thorn in his brother’s sid ...more
ebook, 1st Edition, 390 pages
Published December 2012 by Arete Publishing (first published 2012)
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Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Not as great as the first book but still a really good read!

The Tribulations are half over. Sam has been turning demons to ash for three and a half years and now he can see a light at the end of the tunnel. But what that light is he has no idea. What reward awaits him for his good works?

There is no end to the action, though there are some slow spots, as Sam fights his way across country learning what he's capable of as he goes. It's a fun read. It kept me engaged. I continued to be invested in w

Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
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Cover: Fitting
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: I was extremely caught up in the story
Characters: Well Done
Plot: Protect the innocents, kill the Antichrist and not let your fate get you down
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Sam

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I’ve been wanting to read this one for some time but life stop me. Only able to find time to listen to books. But I’m so glad I finally read. It’s like a breath of fresh air to read a really good st
I was given Tribulation by the author Phillip W. Simpson in exchange for my review and I have to say that I liked it. Although I was blown away with Rapture and it's fast pace, Tribulation sort of stayed in the middle ground for me. For the majority of the time, I found myself wondering where the story would lead, and finding it a little lulling. But, then it would kick in and get you excited for the action and turn in events. The subject matter is dark and trying to find a moment of happiness i ...more
D.C. Grant
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Don’t get me wrong – I love a book series. What I hate is the time you wait in between books. It’s a year since Rapture came out and I’ve been eagerly waiting for Tribulation to follow, so I picked up my copy and dived in, ready to catch up with Sam and his battle against the demons that roam the world. Ah, but I’d forgotten what happened at the end of Rapture. What happened with Grace? Where did Joshua go? Don’t you just hate it when your memory fails you? Never mind, I have my own copy of Rapt ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
The thought of being stuck in a world so devastated by demons and destruction and not be able to get any relief from the situation. Sam is such a person in this predicament. He is stuck in hell on Earth, saving humans and risking life and limb to save those who were not worthy enough for the rapture. He is half demon and can never go to Heaven. His father is Satan and the only place for Sam is Hell.

In Tribulation, Sam does regain hope about his mother and does have the opportunity to see Aimi o
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Genre: Young Adult, Apocalyptic, Angel, Demons, Paranormal, Romance, fantasy
Cover: The only change was to the color of the fire and that is fine with me... Why change it, it works and lets us know it's part of the same trilogy.
Thumbs: 4 Out 4 Up
Overall: Very intense having no idea which way the author would go at times. It's a unique twist to the rapture and tribulation that only a fan of both God and the paranormal could dream up. I found that I like the paranormal POV the s
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author Mr Simpson for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Being a second book in the series it had both it had its advantages and drawbacks. Let’s get the negative out of the way first so we can move on to discuss the awesomeness of the book. When I read Rapture, I was enthralled by it. Although Tribulation maintained the fast pace of the first book it didn’t really provide anything new. What we read in Tribulation was more or less same what
M. Joseph Murphy
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Rapture series is filled with more action, more drama and more intrigue than the first book. The stakes have really been raised...which is kind of hard to do considering the first book starts with the end of the world.


Sam is our hero. He's half-demon, half-human ( a Camion). In book one of the series he learns his father is Satan. He was trained by a master swordsman. He wields special swords (katana and wakisashi) designed to kill demons. He's on a mi
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored the first book in this series, Rapture, when I read it in 2011. I was completely enraptured (see what I did there!) by the main character, Sam, the world-building and the way that the author used Christian eschatology as the plot without actually making it a Christian book.

In the second book of the series, Sam finds himself very much alone for the majority of the time. There are secondary characters that come and go at various parts, but this is really Sam's book - his strug
Brenda A
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-4-review
Disclaimer: I have not read the first book or third book in this series.

First off, I would like to mention that I was lucky enough to get this in ebook form from the author. And that I was very lucky in that regard.

This book was pretty engrossing from the get-go. While it took me a little while to figure out the characters and how they fit into the plot, the pace was quick enough that I wasn't bored. The premise of the entire series is extremely interesting-- how does a half-human, half-demon f
Nadine Jones
I won a book!! I entered to win before I read book #1 in this series and discovered it's Christian fiction that I have a hard time swallowing, so at this point I'm really not expecting much, but ... I won a book!! The author mailed it to me himself, all the way from New Zealand! He must be a nice guy! I owe it to this guy to give it a fair review.

So. Right from the get-go, I have to say this. The main character's name is Samael. I guess that's an angel's name, I dunno - what I DO know is the aut
Dale Ibitz
This is really 3 1/2 stars. While I still love Sam's character, this 2nd book didn't quite grab me as the first book did. I had to ponder why.

I feel so bad for Sam. I continue to root for him, and feel his confusion over the tug-of-war both sides (demons and angels) seem to be playing. For me, a human, I don't think I like the black-and-white view of the angels...they would seem to condemn someone because of the fault of their birth, not what's in their heart. I'm not a fan! However, I absolutel
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. I do not know the author personally.

Tribulation is book two in the “Rapture Trilogy” by Phillip W Simpson. Having recently finished Rapture I was keen to discover what happened next for Sam, the main character. Simpson has again created a wonderful world in this book (which seems a rather ironic description given the Earth is desolate, virtually uninhabitable and over run with demons!) along with strong character
Augustine  of Elsinore
I got this ebook in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, moderators of "Never too Old for YA books."

I got my examination period going on these days, so I was really pressured on finishing this on time. (thanks for the extension in my deadline, also.)

This is the sequel of Rapture, a post-apocalytic book, which focuses on Sam, the son of satan and his attempts to gain his side with Aimi and Hikari , in Heaven.

I really like when books with a main theme on religion, using passages from the H
Tanya Johnson
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of the series. It takes place half way through the Tribulation where Sam is still fighting to protect the innocent people left on earth from Satan (his father) and the demons who hunt them. Oh and I should mention that same is half demon, half human....He struggles all the time with his role in all of this and what will become of him after the Apocalyse when Jesus comes to conquer Earth once again...will he stay on Earth after all the good he has done or will he go to hel ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all, thank you Mr. Simpson for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this sequel to Rapture. While I still enjoyed Rapture, this book was much more fast paced and fill with action than the last one. It contained a lot of surprises and new elements that made it a lot more interesting.
I could absolutely identify with Sam, after everything that he has gone through, it is not surprising that he has a lack of faith in humanity, and even the angels.
I also
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this second book in the trilogy better than the first... can't really say why other than I am engrossed in the complication of Sam's perdiciment -

I really feel for Sam and the horrible position he is placed in. I care about him!!

and even though he is a half demon/half human and it is an apocalyptic setting ... I think most of us can relate to the dilemma of trying to find out where we fit in and finding our place in a complicated and sometimes unfair world.. I think that is the genius
Karen’s Library
I won a signed, inscribed copy in one of my GR groups. Thank you, Phillip!

This subject matter was hard for me to read and courageous for the author to write about. I sincerely didn't know much about what would happen if The Rapture would really take place and the author did an amazing job at telling the story. The writing was very well done. As other reviewers noted, I agree that Sam needed a companion so that there would have been more dialogue, and the cliffhanger about made me want to throw m
Emma Groth
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this second outing with Sam!! So much so that I even missed my train station one day as I was so engrossed! As with the first book I didn't think that the religious connection would appeal to me, but its actually really quite interesting. Its also not a book that forces religion down your throat or tries to make you believe. Sam is just a teenager trying to do the right thing for people who usually don't deserve it! He's a better person than i am, thats for sure!
I'd certainly re
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story picks up where book 1 ends & Sam really has to fight for his survival.
A good read.
I felt even though there was a lot of action, it was really slow building especially as Sam travels across country.
Not quite sure how I felt about Samyaza taking Sam to Heaven. I thought he would do things that would benefit him. Don't see how this does. We're left at a sort of cliffhanger. Is the AntiChrist or the Prophet still alive? ... Will have to read the next book to find out!
Bradley Burton
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was kinda shocked by the ending him getting kicked out of heaven by michael I think/hope he tries to seek some type of revenge defiantly one of my new fav books can't wait to read your next one and future books! I hope you make a movie about it Sam just seems to be a bad ass I could see it being a hit depending on the director an actors!!
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fans of the first book of the Rapture Trilogy by Phillip W. Simpson will not be disappointed in Tribulation, the second of the series. If anything Tribulation offers more excitement than the first book. I'm looking forward to the final instalment of this rip-roaring dystopian tale. Phillip has created a terrific character in Sam the half man, half demon hero of his trilogy.
*Suzy (ereaderuser)*
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. Still a good read but let me warn you that this one was full of typos. Not sure how a publisher can let that happen. I'm sure there are loads of people that would be willing to proof read a new novel.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series gets better with every book. Looking forward but kind of sad to reading the final book. Don't really want this series to end! Def recommend reading this series it is a very original take on the Rapture and a great fast paced story.
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned-series
I definately won't be bothering to read the next one ..... I'm baffled by all of the 4 star reviews for this book, I found it a bit of a drudge to get through.
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Phillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press. He received his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology, his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. He is cur ...more

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