The author calls these abilities the gifts of the spirit; they have no idea what’s happening to them. These teens are pitted against fallen angels and their demon hordes as the kids champion a war raging between the fallen and the favored angels. It’s somewhat eerie and frightening like Stranger Things and as much of a superhero origin story as Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
Taking a look into the first novel of an apocalyptic series called The Ushering. It begins a journey of mythic proportion with the title Amber. It follows a group of 3 unwitting teenagers who, after being empowered with supernatural gifts, find themselves doing battle against fallen angels and the demons serving them. One of the intertwining main themes of the book is finding one’s purpose, and an underlying theme in the book is “Finding the Superhero in Ourselves.” The Ushering: AMBER is, in the simplest terms, a superhero origin story with Biblical overtones.
These Teens, unaware of their abilities, begin this epic journey, stumbling along until the realization of their destiny, their purpose, becomes clear. Inspired by their mentors and directed by angels, they persevere to battle for good against absolute evil. All to stop Satan’s doomsday clock from signaling Armageddon. Set in 1969, the fallen angels begin the events that will eventually bring their champion, the antichrist, into existence. Using their special abilities, these 3 young people face the forces of Hell itself in hopes they have what it takes to push back the hands of the devil’s doomsday clock and prevent the ushering in of the unholy ambassador of Satan. Follow their exploits as they discover their abilities and stumble headlong into the frightening era of the apocalypse.
Throughout the novel, The Ushering: Amber, the reader wonders how these flawed, anger-ridden, socially challenged teens (who are empowered with supernatural abilities) can overcome. Dan-Dwayne takes us on a journey that delves into the lives of these young people, as well as into the scary world of the supernatural.
Actually, it’s for the adventurer in everyone. Yes, it fits the criteria of a young adult novel, but it speaks to adults of all ages. Partly because it was set in 1969. You see, in this story, the Lord of Hell has long-range plans. He moves his fallen angels and demons into play in order to manipulate the future. Those plans of his remain unspoken, but it is something I expect the reader to pick up on. Oh no, I’m starting to reveal spoilers. I better stop there.
This certainly sounds like an action-packed adventure. A little horror mixed with fantasy, and we can see by the cover description it is going to have something to do with the end of the world. Since this is book 1 of a 3-book trilogy, the world does not end in this novel. For these 4 gifted teens, there is a lot of adventure ahead.
Here are what people are saying about The Ushering: AMBER
- One Amazon reader said, “Amber is an engaging and original story which hooks you from the very beginning. Set in the sixties, the attention to detail makes you feel like you have traveled back in time. The characters are relatable as they grow to confront the supernatural threat facing them. The tension in this book slowly builds to a dynamite ending that makes it impossible to put the book down.
- Another 5 Star Review was given by Writer and Editor Debi Weir, saying, “Author Dan-Dwayne weaves an engaging tale of teenage angst meeting an apocalyptic horde.”
Series Title: The Ushering
Book Title: AMBER
Book Release Date: March 15th, 2021
Available at Amazon.com
Paperback – $12.99
E-book – $5.99
Fantasy/ Magic Realism/ Apocalyptic Fiction
To Order, the Book go to https://www.amazon.com/Amber-Ushering-Dan-Dwayne-Spencer/dp/B08YQR81CZ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+ushering+amber&qid=1617143773&sr=8-1.
Renowned Author Dan-Dwayne Spencer:
Dan: went to Lubbock public schools and graduated from Texas Tech in fine arts. He actually went to Tech twice. When he went back, He got his teaching certification and ended up teaching for 24 years, part of that at Monterey High School. He even worked for a while as the Art Director for KAMC and KLBK Television. But those are years gone by. For the past twenty years, Dan-Dwayne has been writing. This new book is his fourth novel, but his first series.
As an author of 4 published novels, a novella, a number of short stories, and a children’s book, as well as illustrating a Bible coloring book, Dan-Dwayne Spencer’s career is hard to pigeonhole. He draws on his life experiences seasoned with a large dose of imagination to inspire his stories. Writing under the name Dan-Dwayne, he authors adventure book. His alter ego/nom de plume Liam Shea writes historical fiction without the Sci-Fi or Fantasy thrown in. Currently, on the Caprock Writers and Illustrators Alliance board, a member of the Lubbock Write Right Critique Group, and at times teaches drawing at the Lubbock Garden and Arts Center, he is involved in promoting both the visual and literary arts on the Texas South Plains. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a longtime resident of Lubbock. He says, “That one of his favorite things is to sit on his deck with his wife, watching the Texas sunrise while sipping a good cup of coffee.”
For more information about Dan-Dwayne Spencer, go to www.Dan-Dwayne.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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