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Times of Turmoil

(The End Times Saga #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In this prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and eventuall ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Musings of a Middle-aged Mum
Dec 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
I've not given a bad review before, but this is worth it. As a quick reader I persevered in the hope it would get better. As I'm a Christian and I enjoy End of Time books I thought this would be enjoyable, but I was wrong. I honestly cannot tell if this was propaganda from an extreme right -wing American Christian, or it's written propaganda from an Atheist in order to make Christians look stupid. Either way, avoid. It incorporates recent history, but does so skewed and biased, and doesn't under ...more
Patricia  Scholes
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Times of Turmoil: A Christian Thriller by Cliff Ball

This story begins during World War II. It’s a story about two families, the Evans family and the Atwood family. The Evans family is evil while the Atwood family is Christian, so therefore good. While the Evans are intent on world domination, the Atwoods are intent on promoting Christ.

As the story progresses, the Evans become more and more powerful, killing anyone who gets in their way, while the Atwoods are peace-loving and just trying to live
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Times of Turmoil" is the first book in "The End Times Saga" by Cliff Ball. There are 7 books in the series and a couple of short stories. Let's just say I won't be reading any more in the series. I'm sorry to pan a Christian book, but I can't help it! The combination of heavy-handed "hit you over the head" Christianity portrayed in the book and the many "speed bumps" was just too much. (BTW, this first book never actually gets to an end-times scenario; I assume that happens later in the series. ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning, I was hooked. Interesting read, following two families, the first, Evans, whom are pure evil and involved in so many of the awful events that have occurred in the USA. It's so hard to imagine any human being this evil. No love lost, even between family members as they are not capable of it.

As bad as the Evans family is, the Atwood family is good, looking to God for their help and trusting that He will see them through. Great reminder that with God in our life there is always
Wanda Hartzenberg
Ok so lets start on the strong points.
This book is a logical chronologically accurate historical account of life in the US in the past 100 years.
It keeps the reader engrossed even if all the info gets a bit too much.
Ideally for me this would have been a 5 star read if the author broke down the story generationally.
That would have ensured more character development and would have made me able to really connect with the nicer characters and not feel so overwhelmed with information.
I would hav
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tangled web....

The history of the downfall of the USA is summarized in the first 2/3 of the book, with the last third becoming more fictional. The evil Gregory Evans plots from an early age to control the world, and I could not help but see the face of one George Soros as I read since the time line paralleled his life to a certain degree. All very plausible and believable even though the writing was somewhat simplistic. However, it was easy to follow and was a "fast read". Quite a few editing er
Jun 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-recommended
This is one of the worst books I've ever read. The characters are like paper dolls, there's no depth to them at all. They say things at times that no one would ever say. Scenes change abruptly, leaving you cold. Both positive Christian scenes are handled dryly, as are negative cold blooded murders. News reports have more emotion in them. It's full of conspiracy theory stuff, so maybe someone who's into that might like it. I was honestly glad it was over as I didn't enjoy reading it at all. I won ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A TRUE page-turner! A full-time teacher; wife and mom, I managed to complete the book in only TWO DAYS. Truthfully, I was anticipating a more intriguing ending; however, I gave it 5-stars for executing solid Biblical messages and realization (frequently) underestimated AND overlooked confirmations of “End Time” themes. Containing realistic/fictional accounts, I was readers are guaranteed to be spiritually fed, and civically informed... WAY TO GO, Chiff Ball
Cassandra Haywood
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opens Your Eye's

This is my first time reading a book by this author, which I found to be a open your eye's storyline to see and understand what is going on in yesterday's, today's and tomorrow world. I can see some of the things that has been going on for a long time. This book was a very good read.
Cassandra H.
I could not get into the book at all. After reading several chapters, I was about to lose my religion and wanted to kill off the main character. I skipped to the middle and read some and ultimately decided not to finish the book. Too much background detail and too little character detail to me made it uninteresting as well.
Allison Kohn
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We have all heard those conspiracy theories – or are the well educated guesses? – about the ultra-rich of the world who have been running things behind the scenes in the world for centuries. In Times Of Turmoil by Cliff Ball we have an example of what one of these families could have been plotting since the second world war.
Cliff does a good job of giving us a compare/contrast report of two families.
One is his idea of a worst case scenario: a portrait of one family whose only desire is more and
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first chapter I couldn't stop reading! Meet the Evans family, starting with Gregory. They are the evil behind so many world happenings, manipulating events to pursue their goals. The Atwoods were strong in their beliefs,at times unknowingly becoming victims to the Evans family. So many true events were in this book that it almost felt like reading an account of world news. Even though I kept telling myself it is only a work of fiction, I kept wondering if the author had some "inside inf ...more
Angela Lambkin
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I give this book five stars for a well-written Christian end times thriller! I felt it was a great mystery and end times thriller story for especially Christians young and old but not too young though as it could probably really scare the very young or those who
can be frightened easily or worry,worry too much and not depend on God our Father, Jesus, and our angles and the Holy Spirit to help us as and when we need it. I liked this book for the thrill and inspiring novel it is as a Christian -End
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstreads
This was a very good story filled with historical events that were manipulated by one man. It was so believable that it made me wonder if it could really have happened that way. Is it truth or fiction? How could anyone be that cold hearted? At first it was like reading a history book but it kept drawing me in and wondering what was going to happen next. It kept getting better and better. I couldn't stop reading it. This was a really great read and I hated to see it end. ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Honestly I am not too sure how I feel about this book. It is a little too conspiricy theorist for me. It seemed to be a whole lot of build up of the back story. Towards the end it did seem to come more into the characters. I will probably try the next book. I am hopefull that with all the backstory out of the way it will get a bit easier to get into.
Audrey Grant
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Accurate and on targeet...
Dianne Doggett
End times tale

Good premise, but needs better character development I am hoping to see an improvement in the sequel as there is plenty of room for details.
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Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing Read

This book was kind of like reading the daily newspaper, and it sure gives you a lot to think about concerning daily events and the future.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I would recommend this book to all Christians; plus, I believe it would be beneficial for everyone to read.
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I'm a Christian first and foremost. My novels are written from my worldview, so they have either Christian or Conservative themes in them. I live in Texas, have a BA and Technical Writing Certificate from University of North Texas. I won 3rd in a short story contest for a magazine through my high school Creative Writing class. I've been independently published since 2008.

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