Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: Rapture by Phillip W Simpson, A hell blazing Apocalyptic Earth

Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1)
by Phillip William Simpson
Published by Pear Jam Books Ltd
Date Published: October 1st 2011
Rating: 6/5[never done that b4]

Synopsis:The Rapture has occurred, just as the Bible predicted. The faithful have risen up to Heaven. Those left behind are in a living hell. 
Earth burns, hell-like in its oppressive heat. Every volcano in the world has erupted, and tsunamis and earthquakes continue to devastate the planet. Clouds continually rain ash onto the scorched landscape, sparking fires all around. Plants and animals are dying. Food is scarce. The night sky is devoid of stars, and the moon - when it can be seen - is the colour of blood. 
The remnants of humanity fight for survival. Most have fled the cities and now hide in caves deep in the mountains. By night, demons stalk the Earth, capturing the remaining humans and killing them - if they're lucky. The less fortunate are converted to worship of the Devil, and ushered into endless hell. 
Eighteen year old, Sam (short for Samael) was raised in the town of Jacob's Ladder, Utah. It is appropriately enough near to a place of natural scenic beauty called Devil's garden. He finds himself alone, unable to rise up with his family because he is half demon. His mother, a devout Christian, was seduced by Satan and conceived his child. She smuggled the boy to an old friend Hikari, a Japanese sword master and demon expert. Since then, Hikari and his daughter, Aimi, have been all the family Sam has known. 
Now they're gone, and Sam must set out on the mission Hikari charged him with long ago: to help all the humans left behind. Armed only with his beloved Japanese swords and his wits, Sam wanders the post-apocalyptic world alone, separated forever from everyone he loves. Cursed by his demonic heritage, he must now embark on a quest that will take him across the US to the City of Angels. 

My thoughts

Cover: Love the flames and background. That’s how I imagined Samael. He looks fierce and concentrated. Don't mess with him ,lol. Is it just me but those red eyes are blazingly hawt.

Book: I saw a book ad on a blog I frequently visit. I immediately added it to my wishlist on goodreads [reshelved it and book 2 is currently on my wishlist] The author asked me to review’’ Rapture’’. My reply was yes, yes yea. Lol. When it finally arrived from New Zealand. I read in two days flat. Monday and was done the next day amidst my midterms. Not a smart thing I know. But I could not put it down

The rapture has happened, the tribulation has begun. And we meet Sam, short for Samael, our leading male and taken in , adopted at a early age. He is a half-demon ,18 years old, alabaster skin and living in the mids of a devoted catholic Japanese sensei and daughter,Aimi [Hikari’s daughter]

You immediately start to feel affection towards Sam and to care for him and taste his sorrow and loneliness at times. His family is gone, gone with the rapture and he is left behind to defend the innocence left behind. And those who need to protected are cautious of him.Honestly I would be to ,he is a half demon but still one for Pete’s sake

In Ya parental figures are almost not in the picture. But in the moments that Hikari is there is a model father figure. A REAL parent.

Love appearsin Rapture,between friends,parental love and little bits and pieces of romantic love between him and Aimi. But the latter is not the main plot in the book. I like that however maybe in book 2.

Every chapter begins with a bible verse.It looks somewhat religious but not preachy at the same time.The use of bible verses is new to me.It is told in 3th person perspective and told in time slots, before the rapture, after it and the present. And it’s not jarring at all or confusing. It all fits perfectly. I read it at free periods, while doing a doo doo on the toilet, yes even there basically everywhere I could. Not the bathroom, ha ha.

Not a single scene felt like a drag or filler. WOW, the fighting scenes felt fresh and not repetitive at all. The monsters are… you guessed it's demons. I’m no expert but I lke to add Phil did his research. The plot twist, the betrayal , I honestly did not think that person who’d be the betrayer . The bad guy was a Baddie, lol.

I encourage everyone to get this one and read it. He all you’re in luck a blogging comrade has got Phil for a interview and giveaway on her blog Realm of fiction

Eagerly awaiting book two called Tribulation of the trilogy and wishing Phil all the best with his family, baby son and his writing goals

Thanks Philip for this review copy and this is 100 % honest review

Songs that fit perfectly with this book and they do generate a atmosphere

fits with the entire novel

(I imagined Sam trudging along, alone in the desolate wasteland)

The Booktrailer

virtual hangouts 

To order

ps , hint go   to realm of fiction for the giveaway 


  1. Thanks for the review! I have this on my Nook and will start reading it soon

  2. Wow you seem to really love it! I will definitely keep it in mind! I love all the videos in your review:)

    Ana @ BookSpark

  3. I'm glad you loved this. I really need to get my hands on it! Thanks for the awesome review :)

  4. This one does sound good. 6/5 is sayin somethin! :) I like that the main character is a guy.

  5. Looks like you really like it, the book sounds interesting.
    I love books trailers. =D

  6. This books sounds awesome and a 6/5, wow! Thanks for your post, I will add it to my list and hopefully get the chance to read it soon!

    Squeak - The Alaskan Bookie
    Blog ~ http://alaskanbookie.blogspot.com/
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  7. Sounds interesting but I'll probably stay away because anything about the rapture freaks me out. Not into anything post-apocolyptic.

    Too bad your copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone hasn't come it. Have you called to complain?

  8. I am glad the you enjoyed it so much. I will have to keep an eye out for this book.

  9. Excellent review. Will have a look for this book.

  10. I'm definitely curious! I love books you can't put down. I'm gald you enjoyed it so much!

  11. When you can't put a book down, it's a great thing! No dragging, no needless filler, awesome!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  12. great review :) I will ck out this series. New follower, and thanks so much for the RT on twitter :)



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