Book Review: Time of Ends: An Apocalyptic Political Polemic
Time of Ends: An Apocalyptic Political Polemic was written by Geoff Robberts and independently published in 2021. You can purchase the book on Amazon/Kindle.
Graphically shocking and disturbing. A look at how one man starts a revolution against hatred. It's fiction, but it's not, it's about US.
Bill Garrigan was a loving father, husband, brother and grandfather. He lived his life like most average middle of the road Americans and had reached a comfortable retirement after years of being a business consultant. All was good but most people have some kind of a breaking point and Bill reached his after his granddaughter was gunned down in a school shooting- just one of several mass shootings that has traumatized the nation for decades. Before his grandchild's death, Bill lost his wife to illness and his brother, who had been victimized by a priest during his younger years, found that living was too difficult and committed suicide. Bill was also consumed by the horrific direction that America was headed in. Extremists on both ends of the political spectrum were channeling their hateful and destructive rhetoric to their base of supporters, while middle America watched on, mostly trying to just live their lives in peace.
Unable to contain his anger and frustrations at what has happened to his family and his country, Bill goes on a crusade and unleashes his own brand of violence and firepower in an attempt to turn the tide and to lead the United States to much needed salvation. Others join Bill in his patriotic quest and they all get caught up in their own remedies to right the wrongs. Will their struggles lead to a more sane America or will it hasten Americans into a civil war?
As I began to read this book and the direction that the main character Bill Garrigan decided to take in order to right the wrongs that were being done to his family and to his country, my mind went directly to the attacks of January 6th. Their brand of violence was heralded by the extremists on the right and even if you ask them today if it was wrong, they, most likely, would say it wasn't and would call for more events like January 6th. Violence in any form, either on that awful day in January, or the ones depicted in this book are wrong but it certainly is understandable and predictable if we look at it through the microscope of history. Our country has been shaped and hardened by our individual beliefs and it would be helpful to remember that those cemented principles and beliefs can lead to civil war. We already lived through one and we still haven't learned the lesson of how to live in harmony with one another.
Time Of Ends is graphically shocking and disturbing. It's certainly not a book to read if you can't bear the descriptions of heinous and brutal acts of violence such as the vengefulness of "face carving" a swastika into the forehead of a neo-Nazi- but like it or not, this book paints a true picture of our landscape and who we have become as a people. It's about US and more importantly, what are we going to do about it?
The characters and the plot are very well developed. I could not put this book down. I finished it in less than 24 hours. The author has done a great job with the complexities of human nature, which ignites many interesting conflicts within the story. As previously mentioned here, there are references to current events and some of the characters will remind you of some of the people and leaders that influence our actions or inactions.
This is a must read for anyone who isn't afraid of facing the truth or for anyone that would like to forge better and more peaceful solutions to solve America's woes.
I give Time of Ends: An Apocalyptic Political Polemic 5 out of 5 stars.
Geoff Robberts is a scheduled guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show #100 on October 18, 2021