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A trio of gigantic earthquakes devastates cities all over the world. Conflicts between Latter-day Saints and other major groups have reached their breaking points since the Mormons moved their headquarters from Salt Lake City to Independence, Missouri. Now one of the Twelve Apostles is missing. The end of the Sixth Seal is at hand, and the forces of evil are mounting a greA trio of gigantic earthquakes devastates cities all over the world. Conflicts between Latter-day Saints and other major groups have reached their breaking points since the Mormons moved their headquarters from Salt Lake City to Independence, Missouri. Now one of the Twelve Apostles is missing. The end of the Sixth Seal is at hand, and the forces of evil are mounting a great offensive against the very essence of good. Amidst the turmoil, Merry Galen, a brilliant LDS medical researcher uncovers the truth about a vaccine that promises to end infectious diseases but only at a horrific cost. Now it's up to Merry to escape those who would silence the truth, and to warn the world as forces that may destroy mankind are set in motion....

Title : Seventh Seal
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ISBN : 9781591561903
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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Seventh Seal Reviews

  • Loralee
    2018-11-23 19:46

    This is an exciting book with the LDS perspective of the last days. The story opens with three large earthquakes that happened simultaneously. Three main story lines play out along with a couple of more minor ones. We learn about Dove, a Navaho orphan who has gang ties in order to survive. I initially did not care for this part of the book because I thought it slowed the story down and I had little sympathy for the gang lifestyle. However, it picked up speed as the story progressed and I soon could not wait to find out what was happening with Dove and his associates. We also learn to care about Merry, a LDS convert, young wife, and mother who happen to be a brilliant medical researcher. She has to prove that a large corporation's vaccine could irreparably harm those that its proclaiming would help. The third storyline are e-mails sent from a loving father who works with the Church to his son serving a mission in Taiwan. The e-mails in the book are some of my favorite sections. This wise father is sharing with his son the signs of the Last Days. He shares scripture references which I enjoyed looking up and reading. This book is the first in a trilogy. These books are no longer being published, but it's possible to find used copies online. I highly recommend this book to others who are interested in learning what could happen in the last days.

  • Tonya Freeman
    2018-11-19 17:45

    I really liked the storylines and the details Jessica adds. The commentary on the last days via letters from a dad to his son were very though provoking (and can be taken with more than a grain of salt since Richard Draper is a professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU...not saying it's doctrine, but surely pretty darn close). A very intersting way to visualize the last days. There were a few hokey things in there...people's names, the way she would say "said a blue streak" or "said an unprintable string of words" when referring to swearing. Just state they swore...those phrases just took away from the story and leaves the reader stopping mid paragraph with a huh? I plan on reading the second in the series.

  • Greg
    2018-11-29 18:41

    Somewhat interesting, but it should have been half its current length, and more tightly edited and crafted. The premise is interesting, and the characters potentially engaging, but their development is over the top and unnecessarily broad, and the story drags out forever. I made it about halfway through the book before I skipped to the end (which I rarely do). When I read the last twenty pages or so, I felt that I hadn't missed anything. That's a bad sign...a well written novel of this sort should keep you at least a little in the dark, and this one did not. It was frustrating for me, because it could have been much better.

  • Cydnie
    2018-11-16 20:44

    I gave this book 3 stars because I am hoping that after I read the next two in the series I will have a better opinion. The author basically has three story lines running through the novel: Dove- a Navajo teen living in the borderlands of "Amexica" and member of a gang; Merideth [Merry:] Galen- a former genetic scientist, Mormon convert, wife & mother, who takes over a quest to prove the dangers of a new 'cure-all' vaccine; and Chinedu- a Nigerian father, and leader in the LDS church, whom we get to know through his emails to his missionary son. I kept waiting for the stories to intersect, but they didn't.The first half of the book was very slow to me, waiting to be 'caught up' in the stories. Then they finally took off- well Dove's and Merry's stories- and I wanted to keep reading. But the end seemed to wrap up a bit too smoothly. After all of the drama, it ended too easily. Another thing that bothered me was the author's 'fear' of swearing. The use of 'blue streak' was overused, ["What the blue streak...":] and putting in lame phrases. Toward the last third she would occasionally use "________" to denote a word which worked a lot better in my opinion. The other overused word was "slew, slewed, slewing". I mean couldn't she think of other words - turned, swung around, pivoted, etc... There were a few other words that were either meant to impress us with her knowledge of archaic words, or confuse the reader as to what was being said. I plan on reading the next book in the series because despite the 'buggy' things, I could see the author evolving as a writer during the course of the novel. The characters were described well and easy to picture, and the scenes were well written. I hope to see that continue in the next two.

  • Deanna
    2018-11-22 20:50

    I'm finding myself enchanted with "end of days" stories, even when there are a lot of imperfections. It's just really interesting to see how people interpret the signs they see in the world in light of their faith. Seventh Seal is firmly a part of this future-drama genre, and completely from the LDS perspective. The characters are well-written if fairly black-and-white hatted, the dialog is interesting and fairly intelligent. Although somewhat simplistic and unrealistic (this is the future, right?), the action is intense and cunning. The one real drawback to this book is that it is written completely for the LDS audience. There's nothing wrong with that, I guess, but I kept feeling distracted by the thought that anyone outside the "active" members of the church wouldn't understand the book at all. Then again, there's nothing wrong with picking your audience and writing something they would like. I listened to this on cassette tape -- that's the mode that was popular when this was published. It's pretty funny to go out in public holding a Sony Walkman anymore -- people stop me to comment on it. "Is that a cassette tape player?" "Wow, I didn't think anyone had those anymore." I got the book from a service that is like an exchange library. People mail the books to each other, and that's the only cost. Unfortunately, producing this from within the LDS market, I'm sure the financial resources of the large audiobook producers were not available. The reader is not the best -- kind of sing-song and only partially skilled at distinguishing the voices between the characters. Still, I stayed up late to see what happens next.

  • Angelyn
    2018-11-29 18:41

    The Seventh Seal, Rising Storm and Final Hour are a trilogy about the Last Days. Richard Draper (Jessica's Father) is an expert on Revelations at BYU. He's been my favorite ever Education Week Speaker. These are very interesting but painful books. Painful in that I felt tortured until I finished them (they are long books) and with the wickedness they describe (although tastefully done). They have done an excellent job with describing how the last days might be. It was all very plausible and none of the prophecies are left out (at least not that I could tell). These books are also very comforting in many ways. The Church has become very powerful and the Lord takes care of the Saints and righteous. The way he does this in the books is that the Saints gather to Temple communities and there is almost a force field around them. The wicked simple cannot go in because their justifications and denial of their sins are stripped away and they cannot abide it. Anyway I thought they were interesting and could hardly put them down once I got into them.

  • Danielle
    2018-12-04 20:31

    This is maybe a 2.5. The writing is not that great, but the story line has some interestign events. This is written by an LDS author and her father. Her father, Richard D Draper, teaches religion at BYU and specialized in the book of Revelations. This book is a fictional account of what life will be like during the last days. It is interesting to see the church's headquarters move to Independence, Missouri. There are many natural disasters and of course rampant evil in the world. It annoys me that the bad guys are really bad and the good guys (Mormons, of course, or soon to be Mormons) are funny and charming and really good. But it is an interesting look at how some prophecies might be fulfilled, especially about changes in the LDS church.

  • Kris Irvin
    2018-11-19 20:24

    87% of this book was so incredibly boring. Augh. I am all for details and stuff, but not THIS level of detail. The whole gang-wars subplot was ridiculously overblown and not well written at all. One of the lamest things was how when characters swore, the authors would write "blue streak." As in, "you string of unprintable words blue streaking freak!" Those two phrases were present about 5000 times. The other annoying thing was Dove's name. Are you going to call him Dove, Hasbidi, or Salvatore? Figure it out and STICK WITH IT. ARGH. I only kept reading to find out what happened to Merry. Good news is, the series picks up a little in the second volume. But there's still lots of boring subplots to skim.

  • Rachel
    2018-11-17 17:27

    I had high hopes for this book and perhaps the rest of the series is really great, but I decided to quit reading. I quite like apolitic fiction, Chris Stewart's series is the best I've read ("The Great and The Terrible") but "The Seventh Seal" fell really flat with me. I read about 1/4 and found it to be very dense with a plot so drawn-out and slow-moving that I lost interest. The quirky diction choices seemed a bit outdated for the time period. I rarely quit reading a book but I just didn't have any interest in finishing. Maybe I'll try again another time but I decided to leave this one for now.

  • Luisa
    2018-11-25 23:39

    So, I listened to this one as an audio book and it was... pretty good. I don't think that it was meant to be read aloud, because as such, it was incredibly tacky. The narrator sounded like some kind of futuristic female robot. Aside from that, I thought there was a terrific balance between action and church doctrine. I especially loved the letters between father and missionary son. It painted a seemingly realistic portrait of what our future will look like in our world AND in our church.

  • Joy
    2018-12-07 22:37

    The beginning of this trilogy paints a terribly possible scenario for the coming, not to distant, future. Set realistically in the United States, readers are also taken to the Middle East where the best of all possible war results are played out. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will find themselves cheering, crying, gasping and finally slumping back with an exhausted smile as they read the final pages of Book 3.

  • Stacy
    2018-11-14 19:24

    Even though I rated this a 2, I did really enjoy it. It was a bit scary, hearing what the world could be like in the last days. The level of wickedness was very sobering. Following the different storylines in the book was a bit confusing. It was nice to think that even when the world has become very wicked, there are always good people, making good choices and setting an example for others. I will likely try to read the next book in this series.

  • Kaylynn Johnsen
    2018-11-25 23:27

    We listened to this on CD on a car trip. We found ourselves sitting in a running car at gas stations and fast food places until the end of the chapter. We still had a little left when we arrived and we sat in the van and listened until the end. We could wait until it was time to go home so we could listen to book 2. (We had a good time waiting though.)

  • Alexis
    2018-12-02 18:41

    At first I couldn't quite get into this book because it seemed like there was too much going on w/too many people, but as it progressed, the stories melded together and I got into it. I thought it was very well written and interesting, also taught me a few things about the scriptures and church history, I'm excited to finish the series.

  • Lauren H
    2018-11-15 16:29

    In the beginning, it was a bit hard to follow all the different characters and get to know them. Then things got more interesting in the middle of the book. There are a lot of details in the story that does make the story doesn't flow as well. I'm usually a fast reader but I had to slow down in this one. I love how the scriptures are involved in it. I enjoy the book.

  • Katie
    2018-11-25 19:44

    This book is about what turmoil (fictional)is going on in the last days before Christ's Second Coming. I was really excited about this book, but kind of disappointed that instead of showing lots of different exciting things going on, it stuck with one major thing going on. I still liked it, but it just wasn't what I thought it was going to be I guess.

  • Amanda Roper
    2018-11-26 19:42

    this book was horrible the story is all over the place and you can take out entire large sections that have nothing to do with the story. you are introduced to characters who have no bearing on the story. the authors keep changing the point of view while they are writing it. then other parts seem to only be added in so that the authors could show off their extensive vocabulary.

  • Nancy
    2018-12-06 19:21

    This book pretty much sucked, for lack of a better word. I had to force myself to read much of it just to get through it (I have a nasty habit of finishing what I start). I felt like Jessica was trying to shove in every last deatail of her father's "study" on the book of Revelation. There were too many different "groups" of people she was following in a too drawn out story.

  • Nolan
    2018-11-11 21:26

    Interesting. Started reading with negative expectations after reading the book reviews. Nonetheless, I found the book enjoyable, and was able to follow the different characters quite well. I will read the sequels to see where the story goes, especially since I was given the 4th book for Christmas in 2010.

  • Karen
    2018-12-01 17:34

    She has made this story of the last days believable! I could see the things happening as she wrote them, even though it is a novel, it hits on the scriptures that tell what to expect. I liked this book. It helped me to see what I need to do to be ready.

  • Desaray
    2018-12-01 16:46

    This book gives you an interesting perspective on the last days...it was a very involved book with lots of plots. I actually listened to it on CD. It was a little hard to get into but once going it was good.

  • Mom
    2018-11-15 18:33

    It took me longer to read this than some of the other books I have read lately. I am not sure why. I got bogged down in details sometimes and sometimes I had trouble distinguishing characters. But overall I am a sucker for last days books so I will read the next one as well.

  • Brittney
    2018-11-26 20:42

    This is a "last days" series that speculates how things might come to pass. I really got hooked reading them, though I will say the writing is a bit cheesy.

  • Sarah Knott
    2018-11-19 21:47

    This book...for lack of a better word, sucked. It was really cheesy and not very well written.

  • Kristine
    2018-11-16 18:43

    Very interesting. This was a challenging book to read because it had 4 to 6 story lines going in each chapter.

  • John
    2018-11-28 15:40

    I don't know why I finished reading this book. The main idea behind the plot is interesting, but just not executed well. I had to force myself to read it at times so that I could finish.

  • Dawn Hathcock
    2018-12-01 16:43

    I have read this book before and I'm glad that I got to read it again.

  • Cassandra
    2018-11-26 17:39

    This is a great story, I love the characters. I also like the LDS take on the Last Days. I recommend this book to people who like adventure, and prophesy.

  • Matthew Jarman
    2018-11-17 22:46

    Excellent series and author.

  • Bill Carpenter
    2018-11-14 16:46

    Great LDS out look on days to come