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Times of Trouble: an End Times novel by Cliff Ball 
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Times of Trouble is my 6th novel, and newly released. It's an End times thriller available for $2.99 on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords, or $8.99 for paperback.

Thirty years in the future, the U.S. government has turned into a tyranny as the EPA and TSA grow with ever more power.

Brian, the main character, tells his story from first person point of view. His work with the FBI involves mostly cyber terrorism and actual cases of potential real world terrorism. Eventually, his wife gives birth to their third child, who has Down's Syndrome, which does not please the U.S. Health Administration because there are rules and regulations set-up in cases like these to prevent "genetic freaks" as they like to call them, from sucking up a lot of Health Admin money. Because the Atwoods are born again Christians, they never considered aborting the baby, so now the Health people have to take him away to deal with the problem later.

Meanwhile, the Secret Service decides to recruit Brian to be the personal agent of the President of the United States, David Collins, due to his great work involving a case that dealt with terrorism that would've involved Offutt Air Force Base. Brian's faith is tested every day as he deals with a man who has no morals from what Brian can see, and is tested even more when his wife finds out that she's dying from a fast growing form of breast cancer. Trouble in the rest of the world occurs as Iran attempts to nuke Israel, which fails spectacularly, so Israel takes care of the problem. This brings condemnation from everyone, including the U.S., which takes the side of Iran.

When the re-election of Collins doesn't turn out the way he wanted it, he and his people declare the election nullified because of supposed "irregularities" with the ballots. Collins claims that the new President-elect may take the seat sometime in the middle of next year, if everything looks to be sorted out. Collins purges his staff of what he considers unloyal people, including Brian. At the same time, he loses his wife, but regains the son he thought he had lost.

Brian moves back to his family home in Nebraska, where we follow what happens as the country slowly falls apart. Events play out as Brian and his family sees the End Times approach.

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Post Re: Times of Trouble: an End Times novel by Cliff Ball
Two weeks ago, I sent in a copy of the paperback to Instapundit, and it showed up on his website this week.

Featured here: The Vessel Project

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Post Re: Times of Trouble: an End Times novel by Cliff Ball
Hi Cliff

I found your conception of "end times" in your summary very disturbing. You seem to be advocating a conservative evangelical doctrine that does not match with scientific evidence. It is wrong in principle to accept the Bible as a literal source for events that could contradict scientific understanding.

I also found the politics rather disturbing of presenting ecology as a source of tyranny. Surely the military-industrial complex is more dangerous?


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Post Re: Times of Trouble: an End Times novel by Cliff Ball
Like Left Behind? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_behind

http://www.salon.com/2002/07/29/left_behind/ "Left Behind, the bestselling series of paranoid, pro-Israel end-time thrillers, may sound kooky, but America's right-wing leaders really believe this stuff."

Like The Late Great Planet Earth? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Late,_ ... anet_Earth

This Christian End Times genre claims variously to be and not to be fiction, while tapping into a lode of literal fundamentalist belief.


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This novel's aimed at fans of Christian fiction, and its not meant to be like Left Behind.


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New book reviews
From LaTawnia Kintz, who gave it 4 stars on Amazon

and from Christian Book Reviews, the non-spoiler version is on Amazon, and it was given 5 stars.

Now available on Apple & Sony


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