Stories and prophecies about the end of the world have been circulating since the beginning of human history. Now, one man decides to create a new world in his own image. Starting with a small group of disciples, The Prophet builds a legion of followers who will heed his every command.
When the majority of the world's population refuses to believe his lunatic ravings, The Prophet brings a weapon of mass destruction into play-- removing them from the picture in one horrendous burst of power.
A New World Order comes about as prophesied, yet a small group of people struggle to return some semblance of order to their lives. As they struggle to regain power from The Prophet, this small group will reclaim their dignity as the new Noble Savages-- a "good, proud, independent" people living in harmony with nature.
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Heedless of her mate's warning, Khia passed into Old Town, the restricted zone of the city, where illegal vagrants filled the rotting skeletons of tumbledown buildings. Dangerous vagrants.
People, who wandered into the area, ignoring the 'Keep Out' signs posted along the perimeter, often didn't come back out. That fact didn't bother Khia. She'd grown up in the area and knew the layout of the streets. The names of each of the buildings filled her memories. Nothing about Old Town frightened her. Not even the vagrants. She walked the debris-strewn streets in darkness. Usually, she came out during daylight, but tonight she'd wanted to enjoy the glittering starlight
overhead. The silence soothed her.
A rustle sounded in the pile of crumbled concrete that once housed a Chinese grocery. She paid no attention as she pictured cheery building, whole again, scented with exotic spices and filled with the chattering voices of cheery people. From the apartments upstairs, she'd often smelled simmering dinners of cabbage, rice, and fish.
She heard another noise and stopped. All was silent but the gentle whisper of the wind through the metal ribs of a fallen building.
She moved. Another noise. A footstep.
Stop. No noise.
Heart pounding, she moved on, hearing the odd things behind her once more. Then she placed a hand to her throat and managed a strangled laugh as she realized in relief that the sound was only the echo of her own footsteps. They spooked me this time.
Khia continued strolling streets empty of everyone but herself, most everyone else locked in their homes for the evening. The dusk curfew wasn't strictly enforced. Occasionally, the Squad came out to clear the streets of vagrants, but not often. No one was quite sure what happened to the poor souls in the end. I shudder to think.
As she walked along she heard the footsteps again, louder this time, and stopped to listen. Numerous footsteps echoed on the cool air. Someone was definitely following her.
She started running. Blind panic sent her scurrying in the opposite direction from the sounds like a roach startled by the light.
"We must take into consideration the fickle hand of time. Our lives have accelerated to breakneck speeds where days race by in the blink of an eye. Current events blur into a haze as the vicious cycle of tedious routine dulls our lives. We, the unfortunate born into this world of the late twentieth century, face cookie-cutter replicas of every other day we've lived."
Reviewer: Shirley Priscilla Johnson from MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Did you ever love a story and hate it at the same time? That is how I felt about "Noble Savage". Now don't misunderstand me, as far as I am concerned Liz Moore is one of the finest writers I have had the pleasure to review their work in quite a while. Her work touched a nerve within me, it was different, deep, sinister and perhaps too real to life. The story is about one man who decides that he is the best choice to rule the world. All those who accept this "Prophet" are given a shot to protect them against the impending doom of death that will take place, all those who do not are warned that they will not live to see another day. Few believe his ravings, but on that fateful day a good percentage of the world meet their final destination, eternity. I was drawn into the lives of the characters that Ms. Moore penned through her description of their personalities, families, beliefs. I hated them and I loved them, feared some and cheered for some. Their deep feelings of despair and longing for a life and loved ones that were long gone seeped within me as I actually felt their emotions. What a ride this read was! What was to happen to the human race as this madman continued to rule with no limits set on his insane plans. Some chose to end his reign of terror and set out to plan his destruction, but I wondered was it too late? This was a great book from a great writer, however it left me disturbed and unsettled. Perhaps because it could happen? I don't know! Would I recommend it? Yes I would, but be prepared for something that will stir inside of you and leave you with a prayer that we will never have to face such a fate!
Good job Ms. Moore! Any book that can rile up such emotions has to be a winner!
MidWest Book Reviews
Adam and Eve announce Armageddon!
Adam and Eve announce Armageddon! Denouncing the decadence of contemporary life, these two prophets offer the world a half-day to join those who will survive the end of the world and create a new, cleansed planet. Electrically mesmerizing his listeners, Adam succeeds in filling the world with fear of the coming doom. Some laugh away his predictions, others nervously await the 1 a.m. deadline after the New Year, and the media (as usual) unconsciously serves Adam's purpose to warn and condemn the world for its selfish perversion of everything sacred and beautiful. Sounds ominous, doesn't it? It most certainly is! Moore adeptly succeeds in creating the same effects in the reader as those reverberating through her known and unknown characters. There's a bit of a snag, however, as the plot unfolds. Adam is not as pure as he first appears. He represents unopposed scientific genius and maniacal, egotistical power gone awry! Even knowing the end will come, the reader is far from ready to absorb the devastating effects of Adam's weapon of mass destruction. Interestingly, one never gets a clear explanation of what this weapon is but only its horrifically unleashed result. Pockets of survivors gather to bury the dead and begin creation anew, by natural and scientific means. When the crueler side of Adam touches some of the survivors, secret rebellion arises. The tense plot doesn't slow down for a second. Will Adam or the rebels win the greatest power struggle ever to exist? How far will the PUUNKS (People United Under a New Kingdom) go to obey their new leader? What will they and the rebels do with the scientific advances Adam has spawned and how will they save the beautiful aspects of creation that citizens are now forbidden to revere?
This is a wonderful read for those who love guts and gore adventure. It's a timely foray into the world of unquestioned righteousness and a celebration of all that makes humanity's essence what really matters!
Fascinating, Ms. Moore!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal
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