Monday, 28 September 2020

S SR Perspective

Infernal Gates

Infernal Gates

Ethan Freeman, ex-Special Forces Ranger, wakes up to discover he is the sole survivor of a fiery commercial air line crash that killed his entire family. His nightmare is only beginning when he becomes the FBI’s prime suspect. Only Ethan knows he’s not a cold-hearted murderer, but he has no idea what happened to him--and why he alone survived.


He finds an unlikely ally in Sam Weaver, the NTSB Chief Investigator. An ex-military pilot, Sam senses Ethan is innocent. She tries to remain dispassionate in her investigation of the crash even as she finds herself attracted to the man who may be America=s worst homegrown mass-murderer.
Neither Ethan nor Sam realize that shadowy spiritual forces are at work which will alter their lives forever.


A monstrous evil, imprisoned since the time of the Pharaohs, has been released by The Nine, a sinister group of powerful men and women who believe they are the direct descendants of the Anunnaki, ancient Sumerian gods. The demon they have unleashed intends to free The Destroyer from The Abyss, the angelic prison referred to in the Book of Revelation, and unleash a worldwide reign of terror and annihilation.


Facing impossible odds, time is running out for Ethan and all of humanity as he is drawn into an ever-deeper conspiracy--millennia in the making--and learns that he is the key to stopping The Nine. He must overcome his deepest fears and find reserves of strength he never knew he had as he confronts pure evil in order to save himself and an unsuspecting world.

 


Michael J. Webb

Michael J. Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J. D. from the same university.  Over the past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure.

            He is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views, and has studied and taught from the Bible extensively for more than twenty-five years. He is also intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics that are now providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light.  He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers.

            Michael and his wife make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

Books by Michael:  The Master’s Quilt, The Nephilim Parchments, The Song of the Seraphim (Giants in the Earth trilogy), The Oldest Enemy, Infernal Gates.  He is currently working on Devil’s Cauldron, the sequel to Infernal Gates.  He also authored a non-fiction work entitled In the Cleft of the Rock: Insights into the Blood of Jesus, Resurrection Power, and Saving the Soul.

 

 

 

 


Just Sayin....
Barbara Shelton

“Is there one word to describe this experience of reading Michael J. Webb’s novel Infernal Gates?”  I asked myself upon closing the last page of the epilogue.  Undoubtedly, numerous expressive words in the dictionary including a few expletives could define this absorbing story, but they just can’t be narrowed down to one.  Being a first time reader of Mr. Webb’s writing, I was riveted down to my painted toenails after the first page!  Where is this man going with this story?

Well reader friends, Michael J Webb was going many places in different directions, up and down and all around.  At times, I had trouble keeping up with the pace and read many paragraphs and pages over again – not that it was confusing – only my 75 year old mind wasn’t grasping the mystery of the moment…and that’s exactly what this story is, an exhilarating mind blowing mystery of distinct possibilities, even though they might seem unrealistic to the unbeliever or the not so caught up in Christian beliefs personality.

In all fairness, I need to allow each prospective reader to learn of these mysteries on their own, so their reading experience of Infernal Gates will be as unique as the author deems.  I have read many of the prior reviews which spoke about some of the events, relationships and storylines involved, and I will refrain from being repetitive.  Personally, I have no objection about any minor cursing or one romantic kiss in this story – as in real life, we imperfect humans fail ourselves daily to be free of sin, we need to accept the forgiveness Jesus freely offers, and go beyond bias to accept that the real issue in this story in the spiritual warfare going on about us constantly because we are not of this world – but we must live in this world until Christ returns.  During my personal time of being within the covers of Infernal Gates, I have been going through some unknown gates within my own family and would rather share about this book in a different way.

Mr. Webb’s process of building his story bit by bit, layer upon layer, constructing all the elements to hold the reader solidly within the perimeters of possible and impossible; being part of each astonishing miracle and stunning shock while being let in on a secret from time to time was impeccably done with sophistication and excellence.   A writer that stands tall among other such writers as Frank Peretti, my favorite among spiritual writers of supernatural thrillers.

The obvious deep research instilled by Michael J Webb while composing about subjects and facts I had never imagined existed was entertaining and vastly enjoyable.  I was fascinated with the unusual historical specifics of the diverse cultures brought to light through Mr. Webb’s thoughtful inclusion, much different from previous techniques personally perused.  Even if you are not a fan of the supernatural, this is one book that WILL keep you lingering on this area of interest for a lasting time.

There is one interesting observation that surprised me while preparing to write this review.  The majority of reviews I have written are on Christian novels by women authors.  It is an honor to be requested to write a review for this gentleman writer.  A strong writer of the Word, he is a dedicated committed Christian and I thank God for an author such as Michael J Webb.  Here is my “high five” Mr. Webb!

Columnist: Barb Shelton

 

 

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Now widowed, Barb was married 40 years to Jack Shelton, a retired military officer, as well as a retired executive director of Love Field in Dallas, Texas.  Barb and Jack shared eight children between them, (His, Mine, Ours): 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  Barb was born and raised in Enterprise, Kansas. She is musically inclined and is a retired church music director. A former Weight Watcher lecturer, she has had many interesting and unusual jobs, including working for a private detective, defense attorney, office manager for a video production company and administrative assistant to two different pastors. She is involved in volunteer and church activities, and describes herself as creative, friendly and can talk with anyone. "I am a Christian and love to spread God's love and enjoy making others smile and lift up their day." 

Barb is a Certified Lay Speaker and Lay Leader of her congregation at the United Methodist Church of the Covenant in Arlington, TX, where she sings with the same choir she directed over 30 years ago!  She wishes to write a book one day. "I've been through several soap operas in my lifetime and lived to tell about them."

Barb is the writer of two blogs, Passing it Forward and Blessed by Grace, both of which she invites you to drop by to visit one day.

 

 

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