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Bringing Forth the End of Days [Hardcover]

Simon Law
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Book Description

10 Jun 2009
A mysterious green gas released upon the world causes the earth's entire plant life to slowly wilt over and die. Oxygen levels drop to dangerously low readings bringing forth the birth of strange new technologies and surgical procedures to combat against the effects of the poison air. Flash forward ten years to the story of a group of survivors as they struggle to find salvation in the desolate world. With oxygen now completely non-existent in the air, their existence relies upon a strange machine to provide them with the clean air they need. After years of isolation, they encounter what appear to be other humans outside in the oxygen-deprived atmosphere. Uniting with their new friends and now hopeful, they embark on a mission to find more survivors. But the path ahead holds many dangers and one person in the group has been hiding a dark secret from them.

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Eloquent Books (10 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608602036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608602032
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,535,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Law, Author, was born October 23 1983 in the town of Crawley, Sussex, England.

Law released his debut novel 'Bringing Forth the End of Days' in June 2009, and set the novel in his home town. He says "Crawley was once a small town south of London which was first developed back in the 50's to deal with London's overflow , but the town has now expanded considerably and has become quite overrun". The latter sections of law's book were set in the coastal city of Brighton, where Law spent his summer vacations. He says his writing is inspired by the works of Stephen King and Richard Laymon, who he avidly read as a child.

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A great mixture of science fiction, horror and ecological questioning make for a great debut novel. -- lovereading.co.uk September 2009

A science fiction adventure of laudable scope and energy. -- TheBookBag.co.uk October 2009

This gripping sci-fi thriller will haunt your dreams for the duration of its read -- Bizarre Magazine, October 2009

Highly Recommended! --Sciencefictionandfantasy.co.uk November 2009

Simon Law's debut apocalyptic novel Bringing Forth the End of Days has readers gasping with every page ! -- Suite101.com, December 2009

About the Author

First-time author Simon Law set the story where he lives, in Crawley, Sussex, England. Crawley was once a small town south of London, but has expanded considerably. The latter sections of the book are set in Brighton, where Law spent his summer vacations. He is inspired by people who show courage and determination to overcome their obstacles, and appreciates the writing of Stephen King and Richard Laymon.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing forth the End of Days 14 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover
I found this novel a little slow to start with, with an awful lot of telling rather than showing, making it hard to instantly connect with the characters. The interesting premise made me plough on, and I was pleasantly surprised when the action did pick up around the second chapter, when I began to get a sense of how the characters in the narrative would interact with each other.

Law has created two unusual characters, Tom and Jacob, and mixed them with a more 'normal' crowd of people who are just trying to get by in a difficult time as best as they could without the possible advantages that the first two have in a world torn apart.

This novel is also surprisingly graphic (with regard to violence) and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of, say, 15, and only then if they are comfortable with horror films. 'Bringing forth the End of Days' explores the darker side of the human psyche, what normal people are capable of when pushed to their limits.

I also had an odd jolt at the beginning of the book as it is set in Crawley, where I grew up. As a side note, the descriptions used didn't particularly evoke the Crawley that I know, with little sense of the distances between places or their exact layouts.

Still, despite the occasional complaint, it was an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to friends who like fiction of the same genre. (It should be noted that my friends are generally less picky than I am when it comes to reading things as well).
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By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
First published in 2009, Simon Law's debut novel `Bringing Forth The End Of Days' valiantly attempted to tap into the recent upsurge in popularity for post-apocalyptic fiction. Primarily self promoted and published through the relatively small publishers, Strategic Book Publishing, the reader automatically gets the impression that this really was a project of love above everything else for this writer.

The tale begins in a disorientating fashion, thrusting the reader into the classically post-apocalyptic setting of the tale. Thomas Harvey awakens amongst the debris of a wrecked building, his oxygen tank beeping at him at an alarming rate - indicating that the oxygen inside the attached canister is almost at its end. We quickly learn that the world no longer sustains the oxygen giving ecosystem that kept its atmosphere so oxygen rich. Instead, the air is completely unbreathable, consisting of predominantly carbon dioxide; the photosynthesising plant life having been eradicated by a mysterious man made green gas.

Tom's existence is a bleak one, with his days spent cooped up in a house he shares with his partner-of-necessity Susan Brown and the young teenagers Steven Norton and Jacob Stevenson. After the world's oxygen began running low, Jacob's parents paid out a great amount of money to have him undergo a major surgical operation, whereby his nose and mouth are sewn shut and his oxygen and nutrition supply are both maintained by a machine that is permanently strapped to his body; feeding him the nutrients he requires through a manmade umbilical cord.

Life is slow and monotonous for the small family unit. With no sign of any other survivors, they spend their days pondering the thought that maybe they really are the last ones alive on this lonely planet.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping read 19 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
A scary look into what could be a possible future for mankind, should the wrong people decide to take matters into their own hands! Set in, what can only be described as post germ warfare era.
Years after the attacks, a handful of survivors are still battling to stay alive. Trapped in their homes due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere, they are using air purifying machines and a strange food/mush making machine.
The only ones strong enough to go outside are those grotesquely mutilated by surgery and Tom, who has devised an oxygen tank to allow him to scavenge amongst the remains of the area.
After years of no contact, the remaining group are spurred on when a chance meeting with two other survivors lift their spirits and start them on a life and death journey.
Led by Tom, they leave the relative safety of the house and start out together, things start to go wrong at this point and the group realise the biggest threat has been living amongst them all along!

As a local and living in the Crawley/Brighton area, I could visualize many of the places the book mentioned. The fate of the survivors keeps you hanging on, after all haven't they suffered enough already! A truly gripping read and one I have already recommended to several friends. I loved it!!

Stephanie
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah another great book 14 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I got this book because I am on this type of book kick at the moment.

Loved it - for one because it is based in the UK - not many of these books are set in the UK..

Loved the story, people, science - loved it all.

If you enjoy this sort of story - you will like this very original take on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Example of the Genre 3 Jun 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good now I have your interest! this book is probably the most badly written, poorly constructed example I have ever read. I bought this book based on other reviews in Amazon, all of whom must have lived in Crawley or the surrounding area and spent the time reading this book and checking on the accuracy of the authors geography etc: perhaps they were all friends or colleagues of him?

I would recommend this book to any creative writing class or aspiring authors on how NOT to write anything, the style and content are reminiscent of the essays submitted by teenagers for O level English, that is the boring self obsessed teenagers who gather their reference material from on-line gaming and their own fertile imaginations.

The overall impression is that that the author wrote this over a series of attempts possibly fuelled by recreational substance use and had the result published by a 'vanity publishing company' without editing or revision, I will send this to the recycle bin as I don't believe even the charity shop deserves to have this on the shelf...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi thriller, horror story, mystery and suspense novel all tied...
My review of debut novel Bringing Forth The End Of Days (2009) [ISBN-13: 9781608602032] by Simon Law. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by brienneselwyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Breathless in West Sussex !
Bringing Forth the End of Days

I am sure that there are many readers who will find themselves happy to give this first novel a 5 star rating. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by Archbold Jake
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good debut novel
Bringing Forth the End of Days

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It is tempting to assume that the post apocalyptic genre has been literally `done to death',... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2010 by Steve.J
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Plot................
In a new take on end-of-the-world fiction, the book tells the story of a group of strangers who find themselves living in the same house in Crawley. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2010 by Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first novel
I recently finished reading this book and quite enjoyed it. Set in the near future where all the oxygen has been removed by a strange green gas, the book is violent in parts, but... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2010 by A. Albon
4.0 out of 5 stars An impressive first novel and a highly recommended read.
On the surface, the book recounts the attempts of a small group of survivors to maintain a normal life following the apocalyptic consequences of an intended cure for cancer finding... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars It's different this end of the world!
I love a good apocalypse! This one was the death of anything green and no oxygen. And a small group of people and there story. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2009 by R. J. Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
This is a brilliantly paced and thought out journey with some great insights into peoples reactions to tragedy, danger and hope. Read more
Published on 23 July 2009 by S. Birkin
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