Welcome to the official home page of Anthony Horvath’s Birth Pangs Series.
The Birth Pangs series was conceived while AR Horvath was driving a semi truck back and forth across the country back in 2005. Many of the places described in the series were ones he saw with his own eyes and in some cases scenes are directly inspired by things he witnessed. The series is on its second book. The first book, Fidelis, was first released in 2006. The second book, Spero, was released in October of 2008. The third book, Caritas, is in the works.
Horvath was a religion teacher and a director of parish ministry for seven years before his spate as a truck driver. He currently invests much time writing on explicitly Christian themes. The Birth Pangs series is not shy about its Christian roots but it is written to be enjoyed by non-Christians. Horvath cites CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and JK Rowling as inspiration and/or influences.
Fidelis is Latin for faithfulness and Spero is Latin for I hope. Astute readers will guess what the name of the third book in the series, Caritas, means. The three books overlap each other a great deal in terms of the events and time periods covered but the events and time periods are described from three different perspectives, emphasizing faith, hope, and love, respectively. The remaining four books have titles that have not been released.
The series is set in the not too distant future of the United States. The United States has been defeated by the joined forces of the Chinese and Mexican armies to the south and humiliated by United Nations forces to the north. However, because of a small scale nuclear holocaust and a devastating pandemic, these enemies have been thrown off. The current context is one of anarchy, but not for long. Various groups are vying for power and control. In this setting, the characters strive to determine what is worth living- and dying- for and what, if anything, is true.
The term “Birth Pangs” is derived from a passage from the book of Romans in the Christian Scriptures:
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the one that subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time…” Romans 8:18-22.