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Dark Light: Dawn by Jon Land (Created by Fabrizio Boccardi)
Cover Artist: Shutterstock
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Forge Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765328724
Date: 01 August 2017 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Author's Website / F. Boccardi's Wikipedia Entry / Show Article /

While drilling for oil on cursed lands in Yucatan, Mexico, Ben Younger becomes trapped in an underground cavern. He discovers a glowing rock. Its touch burns his right palm, leaving a permanent scar that sometimes bleeds. Soon afterward, Ben's wife, Melissa, unable to bear children, becomes pregnant with their son, Max; he is born with a birthmark on his palm--a scar like his dad's, which also bleeds. Max becomes a Navy SEAL; in battle, he is capable of single-handedly killing dozens of enemies with his superhuman strength and supernatural powers. Meanwhile, Ben Younger's wicked business partner, Dale Denton, plans to become the richest man alive by locating the mysterious stone and using it to create an unlimited, un-exhaustible source of energy.

A psychopathic Islamic terrorist, Mohammed al-Qadir, is using the stone to create the Medusa virus; it transforms its victims into stone-like monsters. Victoria Tanoury, a member of the WHO, is investigating this contagion which has gripped the Middle East; she races to discover a cure before it infects the entire world. On numerous occasions, Father Pascal Jiminez of the Vatican Miracle Commission has traveled to remote parts of the globe and discovered the horrible destruction that the stone has brought to both man and beast. He must reconcile science and the supernatural while laboring to unveil a conspiracy of corrupt men who are protecting the extraterrestrial stone. It may contain the essence of pure evilness--an evilness that will destroy all of mankind.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Since the dawn of time good and evil have challenged the free will of man. Now the time has come for one man to choose for all human kind.

With an uncanny ability to survive any combat situation, Max Younger has built a heroic life for himself as a Navy SEAL. That is, until a rogue rescue operation plunges him back into a past he thought hed escaped forever.

Waiting for him back home in New York are terrible, long-hidden truths rooted in the tragic death of his father. But the origin of those truths lie even further back than that, and Max finds himself ensnared in a sinister plot involving nothing less than the biblical apocalypse.

The explosive conflagration of events reunites him with the only woman he ever loved: Victoria Tanoury a brilliant infectious disease specialist working for the World Health Organization, whos on the front lines in a battle to stop the spread of a deadly pestilence threatening the planet. Max's reunion with Vicky comes amid a combat mission, in which their dual quests merge in a desperate fight for survival against forces of unspeakable evil.

Across the globe, inexplicably diabolic events are rising, sparked by a fearsome plan to visit the End of Days upon civilization in horrific form, as the lines between science and superstition become increasingly blurred. Max finds himself mired in a titanic struggle within his own soul, between love and hate, unsure whether his ultimate fate is to help fight the evil ... or embrace it in the shadow of the Dawn of a Dark Light.

(Source: Forge Books)

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