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"Spero is an imaginative fantasy that subtly instructs, entertains, and intellectually provokes the reader. It is fascinating reading. I'm definitely hooked on this series." Jean Heimann at Catholic Fire.
"...intelligent as well as inspiring..." Terry Barga at whattodoabout.com.
The first book in the Birth Pangs series, Fidelis, is Latin for faithfulness. The second book, Spero
, is Latin for hope. Spero
is an exploration, in fiction, of what hope is and why we need it. It is an exploration of what things are good to put our hope in and what things aren't. In the America of the future portrayed in the Birth Pangs series, all of the things that people have traditionally put their hope in have been brought low. There are no government agencies, no schools, and not even churches. In the face of daily perils, people have to figure out how where they are going to place their hope in dealing with them.
In the end, there is one daily peril that surpasses them all: death.
is about people- even good people- putting their hope in lesser means to tackle lesser problems and being confronted with the consequences. Spero
is a 'discussion' about our chief problems and what solutions, if any, are available to resolve them.
I got word today that Steven McEvoy at Bookreviewsandmore.ca has posted a review of book 1, Fidelis. As you can guess from the review, I’ll be definitely interested to read his review of book 2, Spero. I hope I was able to sustain Steven’s interest!
Fidelis is the best speculative fiction I have read since the early 80′s. Reminiscent of Heinlein’s writings with the skills of a master wordsmith, A.R. Horvath has created an amazing world and looks to a possible future that is dark and brooding. He creates a world in which the United States has entered a second dark ages after a military defeat. The writing is superb, the characters believable and engaging. As you read you become transported into the events by Horvath’s skill with the pen for he draws you in and captivates you. His storytelling is masterful.
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