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    I Really Love This Series!

    Rising Leviathan is another fantastic entry in the After Eden series. Austin continues his master storytelling by weaving together different plot threads until the picture is completed at the end of the book. I love how he juggles characters and story threads until everything comes together in the end. It's a nice break from the traditional story telling I typically read where plot point "A" leads to plot point "B", which leads to plot point "C" and so on. In the After Eden series, the story jumps forwards, backwards, from one character, to another until you reach the end and can see how each jump impacted the final outcome. If you haven't read the first two books in the series, I'd definitely recommend it. You could read this story without having read the first two entries, but you won't want to miss what's happened up to now. You get more background on some of the characters that come into play in this book. Rising Leviathan sets our sights on the Russian Bloc. After the Russian President mysteriously dies in the presence of the other major world power leaders, there's a vacuum to fill his void with everyone wanting to rule. You've got the White and Dark sectors of the religious witchcraft groups fighting each other and the Mormon order, who have chosen to leave Utah and America, living on giant city-ships in the area, but who are soon to encounter their own nightmare. If you've read the previous books in the series, you'll recognize these things as more of the great storytelling you've probably come to expect from Austin Dragon. This book is built around a world that is very divided on religion, but that shouldn't scare you off from this series if you don't typically read that genre. The majority of the world is firmly against religion of any kind, including Yoga which gets labeled as a religion in this book.The remaining Faithers, as they're called sometimes, are left fiercely trying to hold on to their beliefs without compromise. The After Eden series is a look at this heated battle between both sides and the events that will eventually lead to a third world war. This book is obviously about faith versus those without faith, but nothing about it is preachy or meant to persuade you to one group of another. It's a look at what a world descended into madness might look like. Austin does a great job of taking events that are going on in our world currently and exaggerating them into what they could be like in the future. It's a fantastic, although frightening picture. I can easily see how the different factions could some day jump to the same conclusions and ideologies that are presented in the After Eden series. The battles between the Light and Dark sides of the witchcraft religion were especially unsettling to me and may be a bit much for some people. While not too over-the-top with gore, there is clear scenes of people depicted as being dismembered. It all fits in well with the tone of this world even if it's not my favorite part of the story. It's nothing I feel is unwarranted or that I would fault the author for adding. I cannot recommend this series enough! It's become one of my favorites. It's very quick and easy to read, but it always leaves me with more thoughts afterwards about what kind of world we're currently living in and where we may be heading. To me, it resonates as a wake-up call in a very poignant moment in our history. When we forgot how to treat others with respect and love, we lose what makes us human and good.
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