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Apocalypse Cult

(Gray Spear Society #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for B004WTAWEE.

They are God's secret warriors, His henchmen, His assassins cloaked in shadows. When lives and souls are at risk, He sends the Gray Spear Society to save mankind. This time the enemy is the Church of One Soul, a cult that intends to kill thousands of unsuspecting tourists in Chicago. But this is merely the first step i
Kindle Edition, Alternate Cover Edition, 422 pages
Published April 15th 2011
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Mike (the Paladin)
Here's another case of "I wish we had a half star or 10 star system". I have to go 4 stars here as I like it more than a 3 rating might indicate. On the other hand there are 4 star books I like better. so...3.5 or maybe 7 of 10??? Still good and I'm making myself read a couple of other books I've been waiting to read before I get the next from Kindle/Amazon.

Okay, what do I like and what keeps me from going all the way to 5?

First it's brain candy and the writing style is far from complex. This of
Elizabeth Towns
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I can’t forget to tell you this: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review!

Now – My Review:

Apocalypse Now is a book about an army appointed by God to work behind the scenes on missions that have to be completed no matter the cost, even if it is their lives. They are willing to give up their lives for the sake of saving others, and they have special gifts to achieve these goals. Aaron Glade is, for lack of better terms, a fallen police officer and P.I.. He’s made mistakes in his
I took a chance on this book and it paid off. It is a detective, supernatural and a touch religious type novel. I felt it had touches of Dan Brown in it, Religious mysteries and action.

Aaron,an ex-cop from Chicago tries to start over after losing it all. He jumps from job to job trying to pay the bills. His best job idea is a private eye. One of his first clients are a couple in search of their teenage daughter, Brittney. They are convinced she has been brainwashed and taken by The Church of One
Benjamin Spurlock
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating take on the Hunter archetype, and some interesting musings on the nature of God and violence. The action was well-written, and while the characters were a bit stock at times, the way that they interacted certainly made up for that. I also have to admit that Alex succeeded in his goal of increasing the tension as the story progressed. I'm a sucker for the heroes hitting their heads against the wall and having to come up with new avenues of approach, and Victor's arc conclusion in part ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Aaron Glade is a PI and looks into a cult to find the daughter of his clients, when he is spying on the camp he meets two other people clearly black op kind.
He agrees on working together with them, but when time is there they seem to have a own plan next to it and he ends up saving the guy. They get away but then it all begins.

The Cult Church of One Soul is not what it seems to be, they sell drugs to raise money and kill. Soon Aaron is asked into the secret group, "The grey spear" to get rid of
Sharon Michael
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Fast paced action/adventure with a major link to the paranormal. Quick, entertaining read but the character development was a bit superficial and I found it difficult to relate to the indiscriminate killing.

The justification that anyone who discovered the identities of the 'enforcers' had to be killed to protect their anonymity seemed insufficient to explain the killing of significant numbers of police officers, FBI, Coast Guard and other law enforcement personnel.

May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, dnf-etc
Maybe I missed the point or hell maybe it WAS the point... Shortly after the sample I realized the characters were all psychopaths. I understand collateral damage & an eye for an eye but holy freaking cows for guardians of humanity/god's wonderful creation we sure are a little trigger, knife, grenade, axe happy.
2.5 stars, generously rounded up. Clumsy writing. Also oddly juvenile and repetitive. I don't need to be told on every page that someone is sexy or surprisingly quick for being old. Get over it already. Also on a possibly unrelated note, I no longer trust Amazon reviews. They seem... padded?
Thom Swennes
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ex-Chicago cop, Aaron Glade takes on the occasional PI job to help pay the bills. When he is approached by Frank and Caroline Waters about their missing fifteen-year-old daughter, Brittany, he goes to their house to learn more. According to them, she was under the influence of Simon and his cult the Church of One Soul. He agrees to find her and promises to bring her back to her parents.
Finding the compound of the Church of One Soul isn’t hard but gaining access is much more difficult as it was p
R. James
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
People call me a 'tough reviewer' because I point out structural issues that might not have been apparent to the regular reader. I'm an author, and it's hard for me to not see them, so it's impossible for me to not have my ratings reflect such.

That being said, Apocalypse Cult is an interesting read, if nothing else. The plot is a nice mixture of thriller and mystery combined with a bit of detective novel, and it is currently topical - even if a bit simplistic in its reasoning.

The story of Aaron
Stacey Blake
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I must say that I didn’t think I would like this book when I saw the cover. But I started to hear some very positive comments from other reviewers, so my curiosity got the better of me and I started to read it. And I was hooked from the start. The premise is really interesting, a secret group of warriors who work for God. The author really draws you in with his well-developed characters and fast-paced plot. I found myself reading it every night.
As I read this, I could visualize it as a movie. Th
Kathryn Svendsen
Apocalypse Cult is a book for adult audiences due to the language and violence. Aaron Glade becomes a part of the Gray Spear Society, a secret society created in Roman times to help God keep control over the world in this first book of the series they are fighting the Church of One Soul who follow Simon who in turn is led by an angel called Sroash. Simon plans to unite the world and become the world leader by causing a world war. It's up to the Gray Spear Society to stop him without anyone knowi ...more
Rae Ryans
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Apocalypse Cult is a dark and unusual twist on secret society based in the modern world. While it's not quite horror, it's not quite not horror. I'd call it a blend, and this is where Dark Fantasy emerges. This serves as a major introduction to not only the world Alex Siegel builds, but the series Gray Spear Society.

Aaron is but one of the characters, but he has the loudest voice of them all. He's an ex-cop who lost his job after he blew the whistle on his superiors. He's not perfect,
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Aaron Glade was hired by Mr. and Mrs. Waters to kidnap their daughter Brittany from a cult called The Church of One Soul. Although he feels it’s an impossible task, he takes the job because it’s the first exciting job he’s had since he left the police force. Unbeknownst to him, it’s the beginning of a life changing encounter with the Gray Spear Society. There he meets, three of the most deadly people he has ever seen; the dro ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time (within this genre, of course). This story is different. Even though there is a supernatural flavor the God figure is hardly benevolent. It does not STOP with the action but it is not filler, there is a reason for every event. The author created visually stunning characters who are well rounded and interesting. The world building is awesome...I keep hoping that Aaron will run into Dresden...Too much to hope for? A short story is called fo ...more
Debra Martin
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aaron Glade is a disgraced cop who is working as a PI to make ends meet when he is recruited by a secret group known as the Gray Spear Society. What Aaron doesn't know is that they are God's warriors whose mission is to destroy God's enemies at all costs. His first mission is to eradicate The Church of One Soul before it wreaks havoc on Earth.

This book grabs you from the opening pages and is non-stop action. The author does a great job of fleshing out the characters and especially Aaron. He's a
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Alex Siegel pens "Apocalypse Cult" in a believable plot filled with action, suspense and enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. His characters were believable, realistic and in depth which made it a very interesting and captivating read. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was nothing like I thought it would be....filled with religion, but more on the lines of a supernatural mystery with just a touch of religion. I was totally taken with this book and highly recommend it to ...more
Lisa Markson
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it


I received a copy if the book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.  Looking at the cover I didn't know what to expect.  I thought it was going to be a dystopian type book.   Boy was I wrong.  I loved the way the author developed each of the characters giving a three dimensional aspect to them.  The storyline flowed seamless in my opinion.   The story didn't lack for any action it was packed full.  There were surprises loaded around every corner.  Definitely one book that is
Gin Hunt
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

After reading a different series by this author I wanted more so I Hagan this one. Again, the author impresses! The beginning of a series and yet a very satisfying stand alone book. I love this author! The characters quickly become old friends you care about and there's just a dollop of romance to make all the thrills just a bit easier on us because this was a thriller. The action is practically non stop but so is the story. Not once did I get bored from too much action or too muc
Gina's Library
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I received this book for a fair and honest review.

This book is one of those books you lose yourself in and makes you think.
Maybe there is more out there in the world than we know. In this book you are transformed into the unknown. Things are not always as they appear.

This is an action packed story from page 1. I was constantly wondering what will happen next, how will what is going on currently be solved.

The story starts out with Aaron being hired as a PI. The job ends up to be more than he bar
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
This really didn't have a lot of depth to it. The action scenes never really felt dangerous, the plot itself, while a good idea, felt very dry, to the characters that were really pretty shallow, this was a bit of a struggle to read through. It seems almost like the author spent too much time telling us what each character looked like (in incredibly tedious depth), and then had no steam left to actually give those characters personalities beyond pyshcopathic. An overuse of done-to-death cliches d ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It's a real page turner. There's plenty of action and dead bodies in this good vs. evil story. I read this book in one day. Many people find the love interest in the book to be a distraction, but I didn't find that to be the case at all. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Michelle LaClair-Ziembo
Knights Templar meets men in black

I loved the fast paced story line and the unique Grey Spear Society. How original! Aaron was written a bit too teenage boyish to me for a grown man with an exciting former police career and ex wife. But I couldn't stop reading to find out what gift he would receive!
Sooziemac McLaughlin
Just started starts out kickass! Got to admit ....excellent action packed book!!!! How did Yvonne fit "several deserts" on a single buffet though? Come on people!!!!! Dessert is with two "S"'s!!!!!! That's third grade spelling!
This entire series is FREE!!!! ( on kindle ) It's much better than many books I've paid for. DEFINATELY worth a read.
this book was okay... at times seemed like religious propoganda! seemed a bit zealous! I mean at one point u had to ask myself if I was being recruited due to the overwhelmingly strong religious overtones. the book did veer into the bizarre at times
Elizabeth Hunt
A fun summer read filled with action, romance, guns and knives. The good guys work for God ridding the world of threats to His creation.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cheryl Amazeen
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Interesting concept, would like to see more of the Secret Grey Spears Society. Well done! Probably the bloodiest book I've read in a long time
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am somewhat surprised by some of the review for this book. I really enjoyed it. It is packed with action and well written. A good escape
3.5 rounded up to 4
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012ebook, uncat
Started out well but despite some good action scenes, I just couldn't like a single one of the characters. Definitely will not be reading the rest of the series even if it is free.
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Alex Siegel has written three series, full of hellish scenarios and diabolical plot twists. His latest series is called First Circle Club, with the first book of the same title. Three other books, Paradise Hacked, Gambling Demons, and Trolling Heaven, are available. Alex is a computer programmer by day and a passionate, even obsessive, writer by night. He has published 22 titles with an online fan ...more

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