Last Days and Times

Rated 5.00/5 based on 14 reviews
The world lurches toward nuclear Armageddon. A mysterious evangelist-gone-terrorist with supernatural origins hopes to usher in a biblical apocalypse using stolen atomic warheads. Three stand against him, a seer of good and evil, her academic beau, and a disaffected FBI agent. All these may be emissaries of God, but who, in these times, does God truly favor? A supernatural urban thriller. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452323268
About Stephan Michael Loy

Stephan Michael Loy has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and an advanced degree in Art Education. He is a military veteran, having served five years in Armor and Cavalry commands in Europe and the United States. He uses all of these experiences in the stories he creates. He has published multiple novels and novellas on Smashwords that can also be found in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, among other online sources. Go to stephanloy.com to easily find these books in print or ebook formats.

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Review by: Brian Dowd on Oct. 17, 2012 :
This is a well-written, very interesting story with intriguing characters and exciting plot twists. I enjoyed it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joseph M on July 10, 2011 :
Great story. I found it to be very interesting and fast paced. Much better than i expected. I highly recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ben choy on May 31, 2011 : (no rating)
Interesting book with a religion spin to it. Try to tackle a few social and religion issues, without going overboard with the moral tone. Rare to see books without sex and violent (well sex anyway, quite a bit of violent in it). Proves that good writing does make good books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: miapjp on May 04, 2011 :
Excellent, excellent book. It kept me up way too late for a few nights. You know how sometimes you pick up a book where you left off the day before, can't quite remember exactly what was going on and have to go back a ways to refresh your memory? Didn't have to do that with this book. Found myself thinking about it during the day, looking forward to being able to get back to reading it.

I'll be on the lookout for the author's next book (and where are the others mentioned in the author's bio??? I'd read 'em!)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jason McIntyre on Sep. 09, 2010 :
Many reviewers throw around the word craft, but Stephan Loy has truly crafted an original and compelling suspense story. Does it happen to pull in the sci-fi and drama genres? Yes. Does it have engaging, well-realized characters that have arcs which each move with the tide of the overall book? Yes.

There are obvious ties to the popular writing of Koontz and Deaver but what I enjoyed was that Loy tackled a topic that many may consider a bit taboo: extreme religious fanaticism. It is a topic to which I am not overly exposed but Loy tackles it not only with fervor but a deftness which left me satisified that his expertise on the matter is absolute.

The story moves along at a good clip. My only criticism might be that there was a great deal of initial back log to the characters which could have unfolded a little more organically as the story progressed. Done poorly, however, and this may have slowed down the later chapters so I hesitate to even mention it.

Well done, Stephan. Keep writing! Keep sharing!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tish Wright on Aug. 16, 2010 :
Excellent read! Well written and with well-developed characters. This book is edgy, yet well grounded in today's world. A real page-turner!

It's good to see a book that fearlessly addresses what scares some of us the most...extremism...regardless of the base religion.

Buy and enjoy!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rita Kemple on July 11, 2010 :
LAST DAYS AND TIMES demonstrates the craft of this author/artist at the large canvas. Stephan Loy paints for us a compelling story with figures we recognize as true and situations we cannot disregard.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Doug Welch on June 11, 2010 : (no rating)
This book is a prime example of the reason that commercial publishing houses are soo lame. The irony is, that the only possible reason that this is not a best-seller is because the publishing houses were afraid of right-wing-christian backlash if they did publish it. I have read many examples of the trash that comes from the big guys, and they cannot hold a candle to the quality of this book. It is fast paced, with impeccable timing, and contains characters whose fate you emote with and care about. Mr. Loy is one good author, and a great writer. I wish him the success that he deserves. I enjoyed this book immensely, so much so, that I purchased it to read to the end. I recommend that you buy it because, like me you will eventually.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Talweh Thegalka on Feb. 10, 2010 :
Wow, this is the first book I have read from this author, but it surely won't be the last. A perfect example of "don't judge a book by it's cover" I had low expectations when I got the sample, based on the cover, and some of the other things I had DL in the "apocalyptic genre" but this book is genuinely good, every bit as engaging, and well written as a Dan Brown, or Dean Koontz novel.
Great story, realistic people you can relate to and become emotionally attached to, and a fast paced, "keep you reading" type of plot.
KUDOS to you Stephan, you have a new fan!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Thomas Farrell on Feb. 07, 2010 :
Clever. Gritty. Enlightening.

Words you would hardly expect to see in a review for a tale about the apocalypse. After all, we’ve all read the haughty dime store novels (or at least seen them lined up on the Walmart bookshelves), we’ve all seen the big-budget, 'blow up by numbers' Hollywood disaster movies, we’ve all watched the drab sci-fi TV mini-series’ that get carted out every fall like Dick Clark on New Year's Eve. What should we expect from a genre designed to play on our primal compulsion to straddle the brake at car wrecks?

Well, quite a lot evidently.

If you’re expecting a predictable end of the world yarn, you will not find it in Stephen Loy’s “Last Days and Times.”

With a fully fleshed cast of characters and a razor-sharp hook that will drag you through a complex and neatly woven narrative, Last Days and Times will not only entertain, it will enlighten.

Issues of faith, race, family, and a snappy whodunit; Loy lights fuses from every angle, leaving the reader to follow the sparks. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself swimming in the powder keg, watching the whole thing go “boom.” And man, what a sight to behold.

Add this one to your reading list before the cataclysm strikes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brad Severance on Jan. 25, 2010 : (no rating)
A hell of a read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JE Flint on Jan. 20, 2010 :
Steve has a beautiful way of spinning a story and merging multiple character plot threads into a single compelling story.

Each of the characters has a vivid background that makes you feel like you've known them and could hold real conversations with them.

The speculative nature of the future and the impact upon religion in this story makes it hit close to home and keeps the reader firmly gripped in the reality of the world of both the characters and the world we live in. Drawing interesting parallels from fact to make the fiction that much more enjoyable.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Connie Frink on Jan. 20, 2010 :
Wonderful work by a promising author!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: James L. Wilber on Jan. 18, 2010 :
Stephan Loy spins a good yarn in Last Days and Times. I’m normally not into end of the world stuff, but this was recommended by a friend.

He creates protagonists that are real people. You can tell he speaks from the heart when he writes them, and it makes you care about them too. Even though this is firmly in the realm of sci-fi/fantasy, the writer comes at it from a place he is intimately familiar with, and thus creates something special.

The villain has depth, and is steeped in Christian Mythology (yeah, I know, He hates it when we call it mythology). Since I studied early Christian history at school I found this extremely interesting, and I was impressed by his research.

I highly recommend Last Days and Times, and hope to see more from this author soon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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