Rapture is a YA novel based on the events that unfold after the devout ascend to heaven. They will rise into the sky leaving unbelievers, those who are less devout, and sinners behind. It states in the bible that at some point in the near future:
… the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.
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 color 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. There he will confront his destiny. There he must fight to save a friend … and the souls of the living.
About The Author– Phillip W. Simpson is an author of mostly children’s books both fiction and non-fiction. To date, he has also written one adult novel. When not writing, he works as a primary school teacher. He lives with his wife, Rose, his son Jack and his two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles.