I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by The Behrg
Published by Pricks Like Thorn Media on September 1, 2015
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural
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The first full length novel in THE CREATION series includes Chapter One: In The Beginning, as well as Chapter Two: Axis Mundi.
Deep in the jungles of the Venezuelan Rainforest, a dying phytopharmacologist has begun a search that could change the fate of humanity forever. Joining depraved scientists and ruthless mercenaries, he seeks to overcome humanity's one common enemy: Mortality.
Meanwhile, plans have been laid by an eco-revolutionary group, led by rebel Faye Grennith, to put an end to the illegal deforestation taking place in the Amazon. But her true motives may compromise much more than their sociopolitical agenda.
Because a frightening power is stirring in the Amazon, an event beginning that only occurred once in the history of the Earth - during its process of Creation. And it will take more than tenacity and ingenuity to survive the coming seven days.
The Creation is about to begin anew on planet Earth, and what these two groups are about to discover is that in order to Create, one must first Destroy.
THE CREATION is Part 1 of The Behrg’s Creation series. This centers around two groups. Group one, an eco-revolutionary crew set on going to Venezuela on the pretense of documenting–on film–the damage that deforestation is having on the world’s ecosystem. However, a couple of members–most notably, leader Faye Grennith–have their own secret agendas for wanting to be there.
Meanwhile, in Venezuela, Group two consists of unique, rugged and war trained mercenaries and deranged scientists, led by a dangerous, dying phytopharmacologist, James Dugan. They are searching for something else: Tukushkansh’kan–The Shaman, who is rumored to know the secret to overcoming mortality.
The two factions are about to learn that an unimaginable power–one that neither expected–is beginning to emerge in the Amazon . . .
I’m honestly not sure what I was expecting when I began this book, but what I got was a story that captured my complete, undivided attention from the first to the very last page. There was not a single moment where I felt I could “skim” through a paragraph or two, as everything written seemed necessary to advance the story. All of the major characters were fleshed out well enough that I found myself “believing” in each of their personal motivations. By far the most extreme example was Dugan and his “team”–despite the horrors they committed in order to attain their goal, his driving desire never once seemed forced, and there was a part of me holding my breath every step of the way on their journey.
The Behrg captured the beauty and dangers of the Rainforests spectacularly. From impoverished villagers, to corrupt officials, I really felt as though I were seeing these events unfold, personally. After one particularly brutal scene, the emotions felt as if they were “bleeding off” the page! “Caught beneath a log or rail that had since rolled off, his brains and skull had splattered in a crest extending out from the bulk of his chest that hadn’t been flattened. It was the first time Grey could remember thinking how grateful he was he didn’t have a camera.” And yet, in contrast, “There is a quite beauty to destruction, a serenity that takes place after the tumult.”
Captivating as this entire first book of the series was, one thing really stood out for me at the end of it. “All that man has made, all he has accomplished, and yet how little he has learned.” This book emphasized that point in the most dramatic manner possible. For, “In order to Create, one must first Destroy.”
An all-consuming story that left me NEEDING to read the next book in this series as soon as possible.