The Spider in the Laurel

  • by Michael Pogach
  • Narrated by Terry F. Self
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In tomorrow's America, belief is the new enemy. Even a silent prayer can get you black-bagged.
In the Citizen's Republic of America, religion is outlawed. Historian Rafael Ward is a good citizen, teaching students the government approved narrative of the nation's history. But when he is tasked by Relic Enforcement Command with destroying the artifacts he cherishes, he begins to question the regime's motives and soon finds himself caught up in a secret revolution. It will take the uncompromising faith of an outlaw Believer as an ally, and the acceptance of his guilt for his mother's death, to help Ward break free of the government's yoke. If he's lucky, he might also prevent an apocalyptic future for which his secular world is completely unprepared.
The Spider in the Laurel has been called "a super-cool, bad-ass book" that is "like a darker, more developed Indiana Jones".

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The Spider in the Laurel

I was very impressed by this book.It is a take on a possible America that puts christians in the spotlight being oppressed.If you are reported for praying,say goodbye to your family.A man tasked with going undercover to bring tresspassers to light ultimately starts to see things differently.Terry F.Self was a fine narrator.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
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- Deedra

Surprising story with a great ending!

I really enjoy books that stretch the imagination and give you different possibilities for our future. This book takes the path of a society in which the United States has turned secular, religion is banned and people are sent to work camps or killed for their profession of any religious beliefs. It centers around religious artifacts and delves a bit into the supernatural, but it's not done so overwhelmingly that it's completely implausible. There's quite a bit of religious speak, history of religion and how some people believe that religion came about.

There's also quite a bit of action as the main character travels from the US where the narrative is controlled very tightly and the citizens are unaware of life outside it's borders to other places where they learn the truth.

I really got into the characters, both good guys and bad guys.

The narration was wonderful and kept a great pace and tone throughout.

Overall, great book.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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- Eric Reeves

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2017
  • Publisher: Ragnarok Publications