The End Begins

The End Begins

by Sara Davison


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"Thought-provoking, relevant and suspenseful, The End Begins is a must-read."
-ROMANTIC TIMES, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick

When your beliefs are at war, does love stand a chance?

Bookstore owner Meryn O'Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. After a series of terrorist attacks in 2053, martial law has been declared in Canada and the military has taken over. When a radical Christian group claims responsibility, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn's city to keep an eye on the Christians and ensure they are not stepping outside the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit. She could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier, namely Lieutenant Gallagher.

Jesse watches out for Meryn when possible, although she wants nothing to do with him. His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.

"The first book in Davison's Seven trilogy grips the reader from page one and holds on until the very end. Meryn O'Reilly is a believable character, and-though dreadful-the story is plausible. The events unfold in a forward-moving way that allows readers to sympathize with Meryn and Jesse and understand the dilemmas they face. Thought-provoking, relevant and suspenseful, The End Begins is a must-read."
-ROMANTIC TIMES, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick

"What would you do if the government outlawed the Bible? The End Begins depicts the response of a bookstore owner, the army captain duty-bound to arrest her if she breaks the law, and the family, friends and enemies in their lives. It's a compelling and scary read you won't soon forget."
-SANDRA ORCHARD, Author of the Award-Winning Port Aster Secrets series

"Sara Davison takes 'what if' to a chilling level that is all too real. Yet wrapped in love, both human and divine, this novel gives us hope. Book Two can't come out soon enough."
-NANCY RUE, Author of One Last Thing and The Merciful Scar

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941720196
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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The End Begins 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
If you remember I highlight this series back in October. It was the first time it had come across my radar and I knew then and there I had to read this series. Welp, it's right about three months later and here I am, reading this series! I'm super excited to bring you the entire series throughout this week. I mean, Revelations based fiction isn't knew, who *hasn't* read the Left Behind series. Post-apocalyptic fiction is popular in both mainstream and Christian fiction genres. Dystopian? Gotcha covered in both genres as well. Set in Canada? Stop right there! It's easy as American's to not necessarily thing of the great worldview of how events might unfold in different countries. We can easily speak to and account for the actual impact to the world. But have we ever stopped to view how different countries might approach these events? I know I haven't. Spoiler alert, this will come to play in book 3 of this series. I think I just assumed that it would be handled on a world wide stage and everyone would just do what we do. No egocentric at all am I? :D I always accounted for the world wide impact but I never thought about it from a country specific impact. Until now. I have to thank the author for opening up my mind to the idea that world view (or impact) is not the same as how each country, or even region, might handle this unfolding of this prophecy. It was unexpected to read how the perspective that Canada, known for their easy going peaceful demeanor, could potentially react so viscerally. I think that could really speak for all us when we are pushed to reacting out of fear and even politically motivation instead of with our minds and hearts. The drawback for me though was the heavy handed on the romance. I devoured this book for the drama and suspense and even adventure with a side of romance. What I got was a book wrapped into a romance with a side of drama and suspense and adventure. I felt like world, and even country based, events were happening around this romance instead of the other way around. I felt many times that I was being told about the events and steeped in the romance. I'd rather they would have been more balanced. That doesn't stop me though. I'm still invested in Kingston Canada. I'm still invested in Meryn and Jesse and the rest of the group. I'm still invested in how things will unfold as we draw nearer to what we know is the end. It really is a snapshot of how the beginning of the end could play out. Another view, another take, another reminder that this world, this life is not forever. As the basis for this romance is tied out I'm hoping to find more drama and suspense and adventure in book 2 'The Darkness Deepens' (though it is moniker-ed on Goodreads as 'The Dragon Rises'). So, in it with me? See ya Wednesday! :D I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Just Read. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
AdventurousBookworm More than 1 year ago
Set in the near future of 2053 Canada, this dystopian novel immediately caught my attention and the cliffhanger ending left me wanting more. I really admired how dedicated Meryn was to God. She always followed His call even if she knew that it would be difficult and painful. Her dedication to her beliefs really brought her character to life and I enjoyed reading about her. I really liked the friendship between Jesse and Caleb because they encouraged each other so much while looking out for the other one as well. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great Christian dystopian novel. Add in the few plot twists and this book will keep you entertained for hours. *I received this book for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Personal Rating: 4 Stars Content Rating: 3 Stars
chantalcooper More than 1 year ago
This series introduced me to Sara Davidson and was a complete pleasure to read. I really love her writing style and how she draws readers in. Each of the 3 books were well written and easy to follow. They offer a steady pace and relatable characters. The stories unfold naturally and are realistic so you never feel like the author is grasping or disconnected. These books will have you on the edge of your seat wanting more as you root for characters. Emotions build slowly, but you will be 100% invested before you know it! I loved how each book is built upon the last and how closely we were able to follow the characters throughout the books. I highly recommend this series! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for the purpose of my review. All opinions remain my own and weren't influenced.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
The End Begins by Sara Davison is a gripping, suspenseful, and compelling story, one that is relevant for today’s times. I’m not usually a fan of suspense and rarely read end-times literature, but this story is very moving and thought provoking. There are some unexpected twists and turns, and nothing is easily predictable. The setting is in Canada, approximately 35 years into the future. The tables are turned and supposedly a radical Christian group has been bombing mosques, resulting in hatred of Christianity, the imposition of martial law, and the placing of severe restrictions on personal freedoms. As one of the first laws is put into place – the confiscation of Bibles because they are deemed to be hate literature – two unlikely friends begin a growing relationship. Devout Christian Meryn O’Reilly owns a bookstore that carries Bibles and other Christian literature, and Jesse Christensen is part of the military that is enforcing those laws. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Meryn and Jesse, especially Meryn’s testimony and witness. There’s also an uncomfortable realism to this story, with some element of torture and the threat of sexual assault. For me, the greatest significance about The End Begins is that it both challenges and encourages our faith, forcing me to ask if government opposition to Christianity is actually such a far-fetched idea. Do I take my Bible for granted? Treasure, study and memorize God’s Word like I should? How courageous would I be under threat of real persecution? On the other hand, God’s sovereignty shines in this book, reminding that He is in control no matter the circumstances around us. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Wizardrylibrary More than 1 year ago
This was a amazing read set in the future. It was thrilling, and had me turning the pages till the late hours of the night to find out how it would end. It even had romance which I can never get enough of. I really liked the story it was very well written. And the characters were well developed. This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm very happy with the outcome. I'll definitely be reading more of her work. Disclaimer: I recieved this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
DruCampbell More than 1 year ago
I finished reading Sara Davison's book, The End Begins, a week ago and the story has stayed with me. The scenarios she paints in the book unfold naturally and realistically, so much so that I've found myself nearly referring to scenes as if they had actually happened - maybe that is because I see the "beginning of the end" in the world and even in my own life. This is a gripping tale that grabs hold of you from the very beginning and it doesn't let go. I couldn't wait for the end of each day so I could get back to reading this terrifyingly realistic book. Well done, Sarah. I highly recommend this book to all adult readers.