“Why do I still get the feeling something is coming that none of us will be able to escape from? What is God trying to tell me?” one asks in Travis Thrasher’s end-of-the-world novel, The Remaining.
This three hundred and sixty-eight page paperback thriller targets those fascinated with the Biblical Rapture and what happens to those who remain behind. With no profanity, the topics of violence, evil, sin, demons, and eternity would make the read inappropriate for immature readers.
In this current day story written in first person present tense, six college friends are back together years later to celebrate two of their group joining in holy matrimony in Wilmington, North Carolina.
With the first third of the book devoted to the friends’ history, there is Lauren, a woman who has the fear of tomorrow through nightmarish visions of death and mayhem of the wedding while she calls on God for peace and guidance. Her dear friend, Allison is the maid of honor who has spent seven years dating Jack, the leader and heartthrob that is afraid to commit. Comic Tommy is the videographer-wannabe who refuses to be tied down, hiding his true feelings as he lives in the moment. And lastly there is the bride and groom, Skylar and Dan, who want and expect a happily-ever-after no matter what.
As Tommy videotapes the events leading up to the blessed day, the six friends share their goals, wishes, and disappointments, looking forward to viewing their thoughts decades later. When marriage vows are made, toasts are given, and the wedding party celebrates, no one expects life to change so abruptly within seconds.
Among the partying and conversations, friends and family suddenly collapse, randomly dropping dead, as chaos takes over the wedding, city, and abroad. With loved ones deceased, the loyal friends remaining protect each other.
While strange sounds swirl around the constant panic, those that remain must look inwardly to find faith in God or themselves. Caught up in the growing unworldly disaster, they experience the demonic forces that attack anyone considering the Truth.
Using liberal interpretations of Biblical references, some readers may disagree with the concept of believers’ physical bodies left on earth and the rapid succession of the heavenly trumpets. Engaging and thought-provoking, this fiction challenges one to question his or her faith if forced to consider “what do you choose” when it comes to eternity.
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