A Divine Conspiracy (A Divine Conspiracy #1)
By Tom Bruner
Christian Young Adult Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 297 Pages ~ February 15, 2021
It’s a new world for the first fifty, ever-created, Angels.
They have been brought to life for one reason. To fight evil. But no one knows what evil is or where it's going to come from. The story takes place in Heaven another newly created estate, under construction as the Angels begin training, under the watchful eye of the Archangel, Michael, to become Guardians on a yet to be created planet called Earth. Heaven is something to behold. The Angels are mystified as they take their first tour through the new city. Incredible architecture (Skyscrapers made of seashells and white sand), birds of every color (Golden Eagles), and a city made of libraries (For those who like to read), are just a few of the sights the Angel's experience.
We follow Adlay, one of the Angels, from his first breath, through extensive physical training, his Humanities class with Jesus, and his Worship class with a beautiful Angel named Lucifer, who immediately gives Adlay a foreboding feeling. The Angels work hard for months to improve and graduate from training. Adlay excels above everybody else in training but quickly discovers Lucifer is planning something. What he finds out, makes him question if he actually knows what is right or wrong. As the Angels near their big day, Adlay must make a difficult choice. Does he care only about graduating and moving on or does he risk everything to discover if Lucifer and evil are synonymous.
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Chapter 1: Creation, continued...
The giant, Michael, continued, “We will begin today by walking a little bit. You just woke up a few minutes ago, let’s get the blood flowing. You will be stepping outside soon where you will see and experience a place called Heaven for the first time. Heaven is unlike any other place. Anywhere. Ever. It is truly one of a kind. And even though your brains might say that some of this couldn’t be possible, it is.”
Adlay hadn’t been anywhere, so that’s okay. Heaven would be his first stop on his life’s journey. He smiled.
Michael said, “Most of you have been given human ways of thinking in addition to your knowledge. The human logic side of you will absolutely rebel against what you are going to see and witness. Not in a bad way, but in a “that can’t be happening” way. This place was built by God, as a reward for those that will love him and serve him. When I say those, I am talking about humans, which are yet to be created but will soon be. They will reside initially on a planet called Earth, a long way from here.” He paused, making sure he had everyone’s attention.
“In short, humans will go through their short lives with a choice of whether to believe or not believe in God. One of our jobs will be to protect these people," He looked out over the Angels, “I might be getting ahead of myself, seeing as you are new to all of this, but I wanted to emphasize the importance of our mission. It is an honor to be in your position, and it is certainly an honor to be leading you.”
“How could people not believe in God?” an Angel asked from the front of the group.
“That is an excellent question,” Michael eyed the Angel, “Apparently, the concept of a thing called evil will also be introduced to humanity which is where we come in.”
“What is evil?” barked an Angel in back.
Michael held his hands up. “I got a little long-winded, I’ve given you too much. Let’s just enjoy our first day together. You will be learning a lot more going forward. I apologize ahead of time, but some of it will be repetitive, I promise you will have plenty of time to become familiar with your responsibilities and duties once you are settled into your housing. I will answer all your questions by the end of the day as best I can. I don’t know everything. So don’t get frustrated. No, scratch that. You can get frustrated; just don’t take it out on anyone.”
That seemed to quiet the Angels a bit. “Why don’t we move outside and see what you think?” Michael asked.
Excerpted from A Divine Conspiracy by Tom Bruner. Copyright © Tom Bruner
ABOUT The AUTHOR:
Tom Bruner appreciates books. Over one thousand read. Really. Growing up in Southern California, Tom has had a passion for reading books since his early teens. It’s all about the story is what he believes. Tired of the same vanilla spoonful every time he opened a Christian Fiction book, he decided to write, A Divine Conspiracy. This book is set in the newly created estate of Heaven. It tells the story of the creation and training of the first Angels ever to be. We follow Adlay, a newly created Angel from his first breath, through physical training and classes with Jesus and Lucifer until the day Heaven falls apart. It packs a punch. There is not a dull moment.
Tom considers taking a motley group of boys from the 7th grade through the graduation of high school with Lifegroup a church program to be his greatest accomplishment so far. That and U.S. Air Force Basic Training. That and fraternity initiation. Oh, and running a marathon without training. The boys and Tom met once a week throughout each school year. Spending six years with the same boys going through that period of their life a great adventure. Tom, an avid Christian, volunteers on Sundays at his church in the junior high ministry. Please pray for him.
Tom is a Southern California guy through and through. He loves the beach and writing books. A Divine Conspiracy is the first book in a trilogy. Tom hopes to have the second book out in six months.
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