Friday, August 05, 2011

The Dark Ages - Jeff Horton

Suppose you learned that an ancient prophecy about an artifact, said to be powerful enough to dramatically change the world, was true. Would you risk everything to find it?

It has been five-hundred years since the Pulse caused the Great Collapse, ending civilization on planet Earth. Humanity has waited ever since for a long-anticipated sign from God, which has finally appeared in the night sky.

A lost book is said to contain the location of the Great Oracle which, according to legend, will enable the world to emerge from five centuries of darkness and suffering.  When a powerful, intelligent, but sadistic barbarian leader named Kraken learns of the book and the Oracle, he plans to take it for himself, and enslave humanity.

The time has come for Ferrell Young, the Warrior Clan, and the Church to risk everything in an effort to restore civilization, and bring hope to a world full of despair. Join Ferrell and his companions as they set out on a desperate journey to find the Great Oracle, and rescue humanity from The Dark Age.

Today on Rollercoaster Suspense, I am interviewing Jeff Horton, author of the Survivors of the Pulse Series. The Great Collapse, his first novel, has been out for a while and the second in the series, The Dark Age has just been released.


 Jeff, first of all, I would like to thank for taking the time to meet with me.

Tell me a little bit about your background as a writer before the Survivors of the Pulse series.
First, let me say how much I appreciate the opportunity to appear on your blog, thank you! Well, The Great Collapse, my first novel in the Survivors of the Pulse series, was my first published novel, though I actually wrote The Dark Age, the other book in the series, first. I had always enjoyed writing but never really pursued it, short of a few misfires.

Tell us a little bit about your latest novel, The Dark Age. Including where we may purchase it.
The Dark Age is a post-apocalyptic novel written from a Christian worldview.

The story is set in the year 2525, five-hundred years after a powerful electromagnetic pulse and a solar flare combine to cause the instantaneous demise of all modern technology across the planet. Humanity now lives without electricity in conditions reminiscent of the Middle Ages, surviving by the bow and the arrow. There is a prophecy, however, which predicts that one day God will send a sign which will signal the end of the Dark Age, and a chance to rebuild civilization and break free from the darkness which followed the Great Collapse of civilization. When a book is discovers which will lead to the Great Oracle of Knowledge, plenty of danger, and lots of action follow.

The Dark Age can be purchased on the publisher's website, at Amazon, or from bookstores everywhere.

My Publisher's website-World Castle Publishing
The Dark Age on Amazon
The Last Prophet on Amazon

What prompted you to write the Survivors of the Pulse series?
I started with The Dark Age, writing a post-apocalyptic story where humanity once again lived by the sword. As I worked to develop the plot, and offer an explanation for the post-apocalyptic landscape my first other novel was born, The Great Collapse.

What I found really interesting was when I researched The Great Collapse was the eerie, very real threat an EMP can pose to civilization.

I noticed on your blog several articles about Iran having EMP's and threatening to use them on the U.S. Can you explain a little bit about an EMP?
Sure. In 2008 Congress commissioned a report about the risk to the infrastructure (including the power grid) if there was an EMP attack. Apparently a single nuclear warhead detonated somewhere over Kansashas the potential to knock out power across the country. While they specifically mentioned a nuclear warhead in the report, I found a number of references to extensive research being done for decades by the former Soviet Union and The United States into the creation of a non-nuclear EMP bomb. Rogue countries like Iran have reportedly expressed keen interest in EMP as well. When you think about it, an EMP in the hands of a rogue state like Irancould serve as an "equalizer" against a more powerful country say, like the United States. Disrupting electricity across the country could indeed wreak tremendous havoc and leave us extremely vulnerable to an enemy attack.

Which authors have been the most influential on you as a writer?
I suppose I was always partial to contemporary writers like Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton, as well as past authors like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, etc. The worlds and the characters they created provided wonderful, amazing distractions from some of the more dreary moments of life.

Where on the internet can Jeff Horton be found?
Website- www.hortonlibrary.com
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton
Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4478744.Jeff_W_Horton
Amazon Central Author Page- http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004NK5MJC
Shelfari- http://www.shelfari.com/authors/a1002611753/Jeff-W-Horton/
Librarything- http://www.librarything.com/author/hortonjeffw

Where do you draw your encouragement from?
From God. Family, and friends, in that order!

What is your favorite Scripture verse?
I like Isaiah 1:18- "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."

I saw on your website where The Dark Age received a Five-Star Rating by the James Mason Community. Can you tell us a little bit about the James Mason Community Book Group?
Sure. It is a Goodreads group with nearly 4,500 members. (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/25350.THE_JAMES_MASON_COMMUNITY_BOOK_CLUB) . They've been kind enough to review both The Great Collapse and The Dark Age for me. They're really supportive of authors there, something I've really appreciated.

The Great Collapse received a 5-Star Rating from Midwest Book Review, can you tell us a little bit about Midwest Book Review.
Sure. Based in Oregon, WI and established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review publishes the following monthly book publications specifically designed for community and academic librarians, booksellers, and the general reading public:
The Bookwatch
California Bookwatch
Children's Bookwatch
Internet Bookwatch
Library Bookwatch
MBR Bookwatch
Reviewer's Bookwatch
Small Press Bookwatch
Wisconsin Bookwatch.
They were gracious enough to give me that five-star review on Amazon.
Congratulations on the great reviews!

Jeff, thank you so much for the interview and I hope you are blessed with great success with both novels.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have to ask, is your middle name William? I am Jeffrey William Horton as well, just a funny coincidence.