By Anthony Mathenia
When the ground quakes and blazing balls of fire fall from the sky, a religious sect interprets it as the fulfillment of long-held prophecies foretelling the end of the world. The members flee to their religious sanctuary, believing that this global cataclysm is the portent of a new paradise of eternal happiness.
Inside, one cold and starving man struggles to hold onto his hope for the future. He’s sacrificed everything for his faith in the prophecy, including his family. As the tortuous night drags on, he struggles to hold onto his hope for the future and grapples with a lifetime of beliefs, and expectations. If he survives to see the paradise earth, will it be worth it?
Paradise Earth is a deconstruction of faith at the end of the world and beyond. The first volume of the trilogy, Day Zero, will be published by Curiosity Quills Press on December 21, 2012. Week One and Forever After will follow.
Anthony Mathenia is a novelist and freelance writer. He has a romance serial titled Happiness: How to Find It published weekly by Curiosity Quills Press, and an offbeat travel column on VAGABOND.
PARADISE EARTH: Day Zero is Anthony's debut novel. He was raised in a religious cult and sincerely apologizes for waking you up on Saturday morning in order to recruit you.