Requiem 4 by Mike Duran

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Blurb from the author:

Graviton Cemetery—the biggest, oldest, most haunted graveyard in the world.

And Requiem 4 is here to clean things up.

In a dystopian, war-torn future where a godless global network reprograms the masses for compliance, the Requiem units are a dying breed. Manned by sciocists—scientific exorcists—and armed with state-of-the-art technology, the units sweep cemeteries of ‘latent soul energy.’

However, there’s a lot more than just ghosts in Graviton.

Father Aguste Lax, military chaplain to Requiem 4, has his own doubts. The cross around his neck is a feeble reminder of his waning faith. Yet when they encounter a Type Six entity, no amount of quantum firepower can save them. Lax becomes their only hope for escaping Graviton alive. But can his faith prevail against an evil this ancient? Or will Graviton Cemetery become the final resting place for Requiem 4?


My review:

I’ve heard people say, “Christian Horror Fiction? Isn’t that an oxymoron?” And to be honest, I kind of used to think that myself. Then I read Mike Duran (check out his Reagan Moon series — so cool!), and I found that, just like Christian Death Metal, it can and does exist — and it’s pretty awesome.

Requiem 4 is Duran’s latest work. It’s a novelette, so it’s only around 100 pages long. But trust me, those pages are packed with nail-biting tension and lots of “Whhaaattt?” (think of the sound Scooby-Doo makes — yep, that’s exactly what was going through my mind) and “Oh my tripes and trollibags!” (don’t ask, just go with it). It’s like Ghostbusters on a whole new level. He does a superior job of meshing mythology, religion, adventure, social commentary, and just enough fright to keep me wanting more. Duran is skilled at creating an atmosphere of tension, at leaving the reader on the precipice, so you feel compelled to continue reading just to keep you from teetering over while you’re trying to be good and clean the house or something.

And so you know, this would probably be considered a PG-13 story, so take that into consideration before you let your kiddos steal your copy. But do snag a copy (it’s available on Amazon) — I highly recommend it!

Many thanks to Mike Duran for the advanced copy of this story for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

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The Paranormal Conspiracy by Timothy Dailey, Ph.D.

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Did you ever have one of those weird or creepy experiences you couldn’t quite understand? Thought you saw a ghost in your kitchen or saw something in the sky that couldn’t possibly have been a plane or bird? Were you certain that it happened, but at the same time couldn’t really believe it to be true? I know I have, quite a few times at that. I grew up near Sedona, Arizona – practically the world capital of the weird – an environment that encouraged belief in the paranormal. And it was there, in the small Arizona town where I was born and raised, that I had my most creepy experiences.

Some people would probably say that because my childhood home was right near an old U.S. Cavalry fort the souls of the cavalrymen who died were trying to contact their descendants or something similar. And when I was younger, I would’ve totally believed that. Why not? It kind makes sense, right? I witnessed strange things, they unnerved me – I wanted to know what it was.

My sister was just here visiting for the weekend, and she told me that my nephew has recently had a few creepy occurences – seeing her standing in his doorway, when she’s actually down the hall in her room or having things move without an apparent reason. My nephew is a smart, Christian young man, not your typical teenager experimenting in all things taboo. But he’s concerned about these things and wants to know what is going on. So why do strange things happen to seemingly normal, intelligent people?

Timothy Dailey’s book, The Paranormal Conspiracy, sheds the light on what is really happening when the unexplainable occurs. Dailey explores the paranormal – from Bigfoot to UFOs to “spirit guides” – and demonstrates the hallmark of all things paranormal: they engender fear, are full of misinformation, and are beyond rationality. Why is that? According to Dailey, all those baffling occurrences have their root in the same place – darkness. As Jesus said, “ Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed” (John 3:20). Satan’s goal is to keep people from the LORD. What better way to do that than to make weird things happen, make people doubt that reality is real, force people to strive to discover the “truth” (or as the serpent in the Garden said, “to be like God.”)?

Dailey presents a fascinating correlation between the ghostly and the anti-Godly, demonstrating how deftly Satan has wormed his way into the very foundations of modern society, cloaked in darkness and deceiving the masses. I’d certainly recommend everyone read this book and begin to bring the Light back to the forefront of everything from the media to our very own minds.

Many thanks to Chosen Books and NetGalley for the free copy of The Paranormal Conspiracy for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!