Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Sounding by Carrie Salo - Blurb, excerpt | Supernatural Thriller

The Sounding
brief synopsis of a novel by Carrie Salo

In the Book of Revelation, a man named John has a prophetic dream. He dreams of the final prophecies that will come to pass – and the seven archangels that guard them. Each angel waits to sound their trumpet God’s appointed time, preparing humanity to fight and win the final battle.

2,000 years later, Father Chris Mognahan is a member of the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret society within the Catholic Church that studies Biblical omens. The society asks Chris to investigate an unusually grotesque crime ¬ a murder on a college campus where the killer's hand literally burned off the victim's face. While the killing seems isolated at first, the societyties the murder to the final Biblical prophecy and a terrifying omen that the order of the prophecies is about to be disrupted. The final battle is coming too soon – long before humanity is prepared to win it.

Suddenly, Chris finds himself fighting against time and hell to keep the prophecies in order and stop an early Armageddon. He is joined by a band of unlikely allies, and together they find themselves in Rome above the Vatican Necropolis - the city of the dead – where the future is revealed to them in ancient texts.

They are not alone, however; an evil as old as time itself hunts them. As they travel across continents on their mission, the demonic force follows relentlessly, waiting in every shadowed corner, and every dark place.

As Armageddon descends, Father Chris finds that his only hope lies in a young woman within the group who has a secret gift - and their belief that God Himself may have sent her to keep the final angelic trumpet from sounding out the early end of the Earth.


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EXCERPT

Chris remembered a conversation with his mother many years ago.  They had been in the kitchen getting coffee while his father rested in the living room.  He had said something like, “This is Dad’s second bout with cancer.  He’s strong.  He’ll beat it again.”
But his mother only shook her head.  “I can tell.  This will kill him.”

Chris had been shocked at her simple admission, her complete lack of hope.  “Why do you say something like that?” he asked with more than a small trace of anger.

Though Chris remained angry with his mother for refusing hope, he never forgot her silly wisdom that day.  And as the months passed while Brian Mognahan fought a steady battle for his life, he continued to steadily surrender the battles of his lifetime.  He lost his interest in politics, forgot to hate the dog next door, dismissed his loathing of leftovers, and suddenly lived a life of complacency that he would’ve curled his lip at a few short months before.  He passed away six months after turning the heat to 72.
“Because he let me turn-up the heat,” she replied plainly.  “My whole life, I’ve wanted this house at 72 degrees, and my whole life, it’s been at 68.”  A small tear had appeared at the side of her eye when she spoke then, but she continued in a steady voice.  “And that’s how I know.  When we got home from the specialist, that was the first thing he told me to do.  ‘Go ahead and turn-up the heat, Ann.”





GIVEAWAY
Enter HERE or below and comment on this post for a chance to win a PRINT copy of The Sounding. Like Carrie on Facebook for a bonus entry. The winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. This giveaway ends February 11th at 11:59PM CST and is open to "ship to" addresses in US/Canada.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Carrie Salo is a dark storyteller and emerging author of supernatural thrillers.   Classically trained at an Ivy League university, she studied the works of master storytellers seven stories underground in the muffled heart of one of the world 's largest libraries. 
 
Carrie seeks to wield unrelenting suspense in her own exploration of all things (especially true things) that keep us awake at night.   She has written under the guidance of two bestselling and national prize-winning authors.   Her extensive travels have taken her to many haunted places, including the private catacombs of the Vatican.   The Sounding is Carrie’s debut novel.
  
Carrie enjoys the smell of old books, New York riesling, late night jogging and thunderstorms, though not in that order.   Storytelling is Carrie's secret life.   While she looks into all the dark corners by night, by day she is an advertising copywriter and account manager.

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14 comments:

Katrina said...

Want to read....Excerpt was not enough. lol. Probably because I would like to read the whole thing. And also, I too enjoy the smell of old books. And also new books. Too bad I can't get my nook to smell like paper.

Nedraw said...

Yes! I must read this book. I also love the smell of old books, new books, well just books in general I guess.

Irene Menge said...

Your giveaways are just the greatest.

Anonymous said...

Would love to win...sounds like a great read....Good luck everyone!

Patsy said...

What an interesting sounding book! I would love to read it.

toledomama88 said...

Sounds like a good read :)

bn100 said...

This book sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

Tina Anthony said...

maaan~ I want to read this:) Thanks for the great giveaway!

The Zoo said...

I would love a print copy! swak50 at hotmail dot dom

Heather said...

This sounds really interesting. I do hope I win this!

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone! I just wanted to wish you luck with the giveaway. I hope to see each of you between the (book) covers...

Carrie Salo

RoyalCheryl said...

This book sounds like a Winner. Thank You and Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Laurie said...

The winner is Melissa Sawvel1.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Melissa. I hope The Sounding really thrills you!

Carrie Salo