Darkness Descends, Volume I in the (Jewell in the Dark) series, is the prequel to The Between Times.
While suffering unbearable agony at the hands of ‘The New World Order, Rebecca’s mind slips in and out of the past. During the torture inflicted upon her, she recollects why it is happening to her and what is at stake for the USA. The new fascist government has enslaved everyone who is not wealthy, sentencing them to a life of squalor, sweatshops, and war.
She remembers the prophecy taught to her by her parents that her daughter Jewell has the power within her to use the magic of the between times to gather together the power of the people and overturn the New World Order. It is for this she was born.
Rebecca is finally able to call upon the power during the between times and thus find the strength to face the ordeal that is to come.
“I feel this is a story that deserves to be told. I would like to see it marketed as one novel together with The Between Times. Together they make a great novel that could proudly sit on the same shelf with George Orwell’s works. I highly recommend they both be read together and in order.” – Franki deMerle, author, and poet.
Read this Book!!!!
By Robert Blake Whitehill
Marta Moran Bishop’s Darkness Descends is powerful, gripping work! It’s a compelling, sometimes scathing prequel to her first series title, The Between Times. Set in a dystopian city-state, Bishop indicts a patriarchal oligarchy that feeds a rape culture at the same time as it plots the overthrow of the rule of law with the anarchic rule of a well-managed mob psyche. The Roman people were given bread and circuses. The crowds in Darkness Descends are handed Rebecca, Jewell’s mother, and a crucial charter character of the series, who faces public torture, humiliation, assault, and finally, auto-da-fé, burning at the stake, which she accepts as her fate as the ultimate sacrifice for a greater good. Bishop pulls no punches. The blows land all the harder when one realizes she is not working solely from imagination. She has incorporated into her literary tapestry the warp of today’s culture, with the weft of actual history, including a chilling early Twentieth Century plot by brutal American financial moguls to overthrow the United States government. Who knew?! This book is devastating. I’m praying for an uplifting third installment to arrive in my Kindle soon, but given Bishop’s dim view of humanity and history, I’m not holding out too much hope for a Pixar ending. Every win in Bishop’s world comes at a great price, and the brilliant Darkness Descends is no exception. Of course, I absolutely can’t wait to see what Bishop will come up with next!
Robert Blake Whitehill, Author/Screenwriter – The Ben Blackshaw Series