Publisher: Basket Road Press. Author: Gary Ludwig. 2008. 236 pp. FIRST EDITION. Soft Cover - 5.5" X 8.5" - ISBN# 9780981509921. Hard Cover - 6" X 9" - ISBN# 9780981509938.
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Gary Ludwig's novel, The Angels and Demons of Hamlin, tells the story of a terrifying war between Heaven and Hell leading up to the Second Coming.
Readers who appreciate mysteries with unpredictable plots will enjoy this novel - The Angels and Demons of Hamlin. Nobody is safe when a small, quiet village nestled in rural Pennsylvania's farm country becomes the battlefield in a terrifying war between Heaven and Hell leading up to the Second Coming. This tense thriller, that begins in 1819 and continues to present day, puts the reader right in the middle of the horrific struggle. Pay attention or you'll miss the twists in the story and the clues that explain how God intends to fulfill His plan.
Henry Bernharter, the tall, balding and lanky village blacksmith of Hamlin, Pennsylvania, lingered outside on a bitter cold February night as his wife Sally labored to give birth. At forty-three years of age he had given up becoming a father, but then God blessed the couple. He kept pacing the length of the massive covered porch of his stately white frame house. It stood two blocks East of the village square along the dirt main street, often described by postmaster Jake Waller as being “always scattered with horse shit and bordered by immense chestnut trees with their branches hanging over the street, shading the entire village.” Looking at the house with its large pillars holding up that mighty porch roof made you quickly aware how much wood it took to build the place. Years later it was described as a mansion, but in 1819 it was just a big wooden house, one of two dozen or so in Hamlin, with yellowing white paint peeling at the corners and edges. Inside it wasn’t anything fancy; it had a cook stove in the kitchen, a potbelly stove in the parlor, and assorted pieces of furniture on oil-cloth floors. Some rugs were scattered about. Sally was enduring her condition on a thick, massive bed in one of the chilly second floor bedrooms.
Henry’s Aunt Pearl had been summoned to assist the midwife, Margaret Starkman, who made the trek from her house in the next town of Franklinsburg, only two miles North. The first thing Pearl did after arriving was to order Henry out of the house