||Jan 1 2002
Sradurvial is an angel that fell from the grace of god with Satan and an untold amount of other Angels that is now falling from the grace of hell
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Sardurvial has found a false sense of comfort within the ice-cold shadows of a derelict stairwell. He’s found it is his only protection against the shadows that can move, that can hunt him down, do him harm like they already have. Lying on his back and unable to move another inch, he mutters how thankful he is that he was able to escape those who nearly beat him to death. He can remember the hostility in the angry mobs voices and the fury in their fists. He can still see their faces. The look of betrayal in their eyes that fueled their aggression will be branded in his mind forever. The memories are so painful and unrelenting.
Though he feels what he’s done didn’t merit an assault of that caliber, flashes of the moment keep coming and keep the pain both body and mind fresh. But of all the familiar faces that participated in the beating, none stand out more than the one he thought was his best friend. Dear Aramus. His anger and hatred for Sardurvial seemed just a bit deeper than everyone else’s. It was what drove the frenzying crowd. Maybe Aramus never was a true friend because if he were, then why would he have turned on him so fast and with such vengeance? Everything spun out of control so quickly.
Sardurvial fights the vivid memories away. Just thinking about Aramus and the events that brought him to this moment pains him deeper than any wound the beating may have left upon his body. The pain he feels in his heart is intense but yet benumbing. He always believed he and his friend would stand by each other’s side through eternity. Friends forever. That was the pact they’d made so long ago.
Though it hurts to do so, Sardurvial can’t help but chuckle, because really, what is forever? He should’ve known better and foreseen all of this the very moment things began to fall apart inside the forest. It wasn’t like Aramus even attempted to hide his bitterness when everything began to unravel…
Sardurvial swears underneath his breath then mutters how he’s beaten Aramus and beaten the Father by surviving their onslaught. Knowing full well his victory may be ephemeral, Sardurvial believes now is the perfect time to do something he feels is way overdue. Though severely beaten and paralyzed by the pain, he forces himself to kneel. He reaches his trembling hands outwards, and with tremendous effort, he holds them as steadily as he can. Interlacing his blood caked fingers, he drops his head, rests his brow on his white knuckled hands and prays, pleading with all of his might for forgiveness for the sins of his past.
Finally feeling as though he’s made peace with his God, and feeling the invisible weight called burden and guilt being lifted from his shoulders, Sardurvial sighs in relief. Falling to his back again, Sardurvial submits himself to destiny—whatever that may be. He feels he can accept death now, if that is what his fate is to be, even though he knows once the moment comes it may mean the end to everything he’s ever known. And most of what he knows is execrable, so, he decides without reserve, how bad could death be? He figures to be done with the world and its’ misery might be a great relief.
Unsure if he could ever gain forgiveness for the things he’s done, he trembles. All of the things he witnessed while standing idly by… Watching the people suffer with delight… The atrocities surrounding his existence are infinite. But if nothing else, it was worth the try to save his soul. Even if the prayer did nothing more than free his mind of the guilt for the moment, it still felt right—like a spiritual cleansing of sorts. It is a release that brings him to silent tears.
And if he is not forgiven… he knows, it is exactly what he deserves after all the corruption and sin he’s imposed on others...
But for the moment though, the details of his past sins is of no matter. He understands he can’t erase the wrongdoings of his past. He can only use those events to guide himself from this day forward. To never make those same mistakes again if he’s offered another chance at life again.
Please, just give me one more chance to make things right…
He smiles inwardly because he believes he’s finally conquered what he has despised about himself for so long…the consuming inner hatred, the animosity, the jealousy, and the cold proud heart. Yes, he can actually feel the coldness inside his heart has been melted away, replaced by swirling warmth. It is love, this warmth, and he worthily embraces it with the continuing flow of bittersweet tears because that is something he hasn’t felt for a very long time. His only hope now is that he didn’t embrace the love too late. But he questions the invading thoughts: could it ever really be too late, even for a poor soul like me to love again?
No. Sardurvial doesn’t, just can’t believe it’s ever too late for love. The thought brings about a faint smile that parts his lips. Love will do that.
Sardurvial needs sleep and knows he cannot resist its’ calling much longer. Maybe the rest will help his body heal. There is a chance, he knows, that he won’t wake from his slumber because of the severity of his injuries, or maybe those who are hunting him will be able to track him. He knows while he sleeps he will be unguarded, and the thought of his vulnerability frightens him; the chance he is taking by closing his eyes is something he never had to worry about before this moment. But he is tired now, too tired to care about his fear or the consequences of wanting something so simple as getting a good nights sleep. He knows there is plenty of time to worry about the shadows that look to take his life after he wakes. That is, if he is to ever wake again.
The constant questions of both present and future consume Sardurvial and soon tire his mind. He sinks into a deep sleep. Finally, Sardurvial begins to feel the peace he’s been seeking, and there, within the sanctity of his mind, he remains oblivious to the world and the dangers that await him…
…The dangers that is both tangible and concealed.
"SATAN'S GAME" -- Review by Bruce Von Stiers - BVS reviews
What would happen if a group of angels defied God and struck out on their own? What would be the results? That is part of the plot of a novel by author Keith Rommel. This novel is titled Sardurvial Dissenting. This soon to be published novel has a real interesting take on our faith structures.
In the first segment of the novel we are introduced to Sardurvial. He has been beaten and is hiding out. Who and what is he? He is found by a nurse, Faye, who has her own share of tragedies. She is overworked, has a bad back, and is terribly lonely. Faye finds a man in the stairway of her apartment building. This man is Sardurvial, who tells her that his name is Sam. For the time being, all Faye knows is that this is a beautiful man who has been hunted and beaten. She will try to protect him, even though this is not something that she would normally do.
We also get to see what has brought Sardurvial to this point in his life. There is someone he calls Father. Sardurvial had blindly followed the Father and now found that this was not the way things were supposed to be. This entity that Sardurvial calls Father goes by another name. That name is Satan. We learn that Sardurvial is an angel who went with Satan out of Heaven.
Other characters that are introduced into the story are Faye’s sister Megan and Jaiden Michael, Megan’s little boy. Megan has left her abusive husband and his a lot of struggles in her life. But Faye also has had struggles. She has lost her husband. That is why she is so hesitant about the man she knows as Sam. Could she really get involved with someone who is surely in trouble and is very mysterious?
The story goes back and forth between the present day and 2,000 B.C. This is when the events of Sardurvial ‘s life begin to progress and merge into the present. We find out about a group of angels that are becoming disillusioned with what God is doing with the humans on Earth. So what do they do? They strike out on their own. And their leader? None other than Satan. These other angels don’t really know the ultimate plans that Satan has for them and for himself. They follow Satan and perform acts on his behalf, not really knowing the repercussions. But when Sardurvial deviates from his instructions on one occasion, he discovers what it means to have pain and agony. Now he wants to come back home to Heaven and be forgiven by God.
The underlying storyline of the novel is the reason Satan really left Heaven and why he causes so much grief and pain in the lives of the humans. Faye, Megan, Jaiden Michael and Sardurvial become pawns in the battle between Satan and God.
The concept of fallen angels repenting and wanting to get back into Heaven isn’t exactly new. But Keith Rommel has a really interesting spin on what could happen if one of Satan’s minions want to come back to God. The novel also deals with one of my favorite theological discussion subjects, Free Will. Do we really have Free Will or does God just let us think that we do? Keith puts this whole discussion into a different light with Sardurvial Dissenting.
Good versus evil and God versus Satan are age old subjects. They have been written about in numerous way throughout time. But I have never read anything that treated these subjects quite the way that Sardurvial Dissenting does. Keith Rommel has a very active imagination and presents a compelling story of the struggle between God and his fallen angel, Satan.
A very good novel and one that deserves every success. -- Review by Nigel - Booklore
Sardurvial is a fallen angel in the service of the Father, also know as Satan. As a member of the Fathers Elite, Sardurvial's task is to indirectly cause as much pain and suffering in humans as possible by guiding susceptible subjects to commit horrendous crimes… the more vile the better.
At the beginning of the story we find Sardurvial close to death in a stairwell, ready to die but reaching out for help. This is where he is found by Faye, a kindly nurse returning home from a hard shift at work. Faye takes in Sardurvial and from this point on she becomes a pawn in the much greater game that is the battle between Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil.
Sardurvial has realized his mistake following the Father and wants to redeem himself and return to heaven and the service of God. However, this absolutely cannot be tolerated and Sardurvial's execution is ordered… or so you think. The plot, seemingly straightforward, takes many twists and turns at the end, with cross and double cross (there may even be a triple cross in there somewhere:)
This story is very well written with good characterization and a sustained storyline. The scenes are well crafted and you feel part of the story. One good example is the description of Lenny, chosen by Sardurvial to kidnap a young girl he calls Redhead. Lenny, listening to the 'voices' in his head does as commanded. Sardurvial, however, breaks the golden rule and stays while Redhead suffers. The whole scene affected me and the sense of loss was great, not just for the fictional character but the often suppressed realization of the horrors that are perpetrated in this world… excellent writing.
--Phillip Tomasso III, author of Johnny Blade, Third Ring & Tenth House
"The stories that Keith Rommel writes always manage to amaze me. Rommel's latest novel, Sardurvial Dissenting, is no different. Comparable to best selling Christian novelist, Frank Peretti, Rommel lays out a battlefield where angels are the warriors.
Do you think when God created the world and humans the angels became jealous? We know Satan did, and that Satan wanted nothing to do with God any longer. Many angels followed Satan, who preferred to be called Father. The Father used his army of dark, evil angels to torment humans. The Father had a rule. His angels could never watch the victims die. They needed to set the stage for torment, but that was all. And this is where the story begins ...
Sardurvial led a weak minded person toward committing a heinous and devastating crime, but got caught up in the excitement. Sardurvial broke the Father's rule. He watched the victim die. And everything in his evil world changed ... Like a bolt of lightening from the Heavens, Sardurvial understood how wrong he was. Leaving the Lord to follow the Father ... all the lives he'd ruined, all the suffering he'd caused. He chose to leave the Father ... only the Father is not at all understanding and sends an army of dark angels out to capture and kill the dissenting Sardurvial.
Beaten and close to eternal death, Sardurvial meets up with a compassionate woman and boy. For all the kindness she offers him, he brings in return only immanent and deadly danger.
Sardurvial Dissenting is a compact thriller that will force readers to ponder its significance for a long time. Fast-paced, disturbing scenes and thoughtful insight make each chapter better than the one before it. Rommel has a unfair talent in his select and unique genre. As a fan of his works, I love being along for the ride."
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