The Exodus Gates by Stephen Zimmer

Benedict Darwin, host of a popular late night radio show that deals with the paranormal, comes into possession of a virtual reality simulator that turns out to be something far greater and more powerful than he ever expected.

Supernatural powers from the Abyss and their human allies are working tirelessly to bring about a One World Government, bridging the boundaries of time and space to bring back the Nephilim, the offspring of Fallen Avatars and humans, who were destroyed in a Great Flood that occurred long ages ago.

On the verge of enslaving the entire world, the vast forces within the Abyss under their proud and defiant ruler Diabolos are more powerful than ever before, and they hunger to shake the foundations of Heaven itself.

A Convergence of unprecedented proportions is underway, as meticulously designed plans from malevolent otherworldly powers, set into motion at the foundation of the world, begin to unfold.

In the face of this rising storm, other powers begin to come together to resist. A most unlikely group begins to form, including high school student Seth Engel and his friends, who witness pony-sized wolves during a hike in a forest where wolves have not been seen in decades, to Benedict, his niece Arianna, and even souls existing within the afterworld. The Exodus Gate sets in motion many new forces and unexpected allies that are not going to allow their world and those beyond to fall without a fight.

I am happy to say this novel has everything I love– Nephilim, humans, lupine-like creatures and who could forget the Avatars.

Normally, Christian fantasy do not entertain me, but I will give this one props. Zimmer has created vivid realms and enthralling characters. I do have to admit at times I got lost in the words, but still over all it is a very entertaining read.

My favorite realm was The Abyss, and I am not ashamed to admit it. I believe it was Zimmer’s way of describing The Shining One’s blazing appearance in the layers of blackness. I felt like I was there watching as his fiery radiance parted the darkness.

My favorite characters oddly is the An-Ki. I know I must be insane, but I just want them to wipe the dirt with the heinous shadow hunters. These wolf-like creatures are hunted to the verge of extinction, and I want them to come back!

This is not for light readers, but for someone who wants to leave reality behind and be swept up into Zimmer’s imagination.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (February 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615267475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615267470

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Books in The Rising Dawn Saga in the order they should be read:
The Exodus Gates
The Storm Guardians

Benedict Darwin, host of a popular late night radio show that deals with the paranormal, comes into possession of a virtual reality simulator that turns out to be something far greater and more powerful than he ever expected. Supernatural powers from the Abyss and their human allies are working tirelessly to bring about a One …

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Justice strongly believes two books a week keeps you healthy and happy. (Three or more prevents any depression and long lines at the checkout). Reading is her first love, she started her health regimen at the tender age of 5 when the County Bookmobile did its weekly run through her neighbor hood. Now being a mom she fits in her workout in between mommy duties, wife duties and work duties. Reading is a work out if done right, it even cancels out the chocolate donuts you ate with your kids this morning!

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  1. The Exodus Gate was a great read. I’m looking forward to reading book two The Storm Guardians soon. Stephen Zimmer knows how to pull you into the story. He had me getting so ticked off during the scene of the Society meeting because of the arrogance filling the room and the apparent ease and lack of morale aptitude that they were going about tweaking world events to suit their materialistic needs. Then I was scared because it seemed so realistic that that may be what is going on today…but I digress.

    The Exodus Gate is an excellent book that I highly recommend.

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