The Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy Foretold by Ron Hartman

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The Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy Foretold by Ron Hartman
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (265 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Cyclamen

These are dark days for Naphthali. The king has been murdered, the land invaded by the Imperial Army. It will absorb Naphthali into an Empire that stretches across all of Enialé at any cost. The ravaged people cling to an ancient promise, an assurance that a prophesied savior will come to set them free.

Daniel Martin is trapped in a life that hasn’t gone as expected. His pharmacy is struggling and he is losing all hope of making a difference in his patients’ lives. His family is the one shining light in his disenchanted life, but he is torn from them when an accident draws him to Naphthali. The people need him, but Daniel is driven by his need to return to the family he loves. Is he the Prophesied One? Only time will tell as both the Empire and the Resistance battle for Daniel while the fate of Naphthali hangs in the balance…

Daniel Martin, a pharmacist in a small Midwest town, is driving home in a blinding snowstorm when his SUV skids on black ice, sliding downhill, flipping, crashing through a fence, landing on an iced-over pond, and finally, as the ice cracks, sinking into the pond. Trapped in his SUV, Daniel panics and then loses consciousness. As his consciousness returns, he finds himself in the middle of a battle, lying with his feet in a stream, in what must be early summer. He has no memory of how he got there, but he is now in a strange world called Naphthali where a battle between the Empire and the Resistance is raging.

Ron Hartman has written an exciting and well-paced novel. He quickly brings his reader into a totally new world, describing the land and the people in vivid detail. The main character, Daniel Martin, is a well-rounded fully developed person. Daniel’s reactions as he encounters a level of brutality and inhumanity which he was totally unprepared for is completely believable, and he is a very sympathetic character.

Hartman narrates Daniel’s burning desire to recover his memories and to return to his own world, while at the same time, trying to cope with the belief on the part of his new world, that somehow, Daniel is the promised Stranger, destined to fulfill an ancient prophesy and save the world from the Empire. The struggle with beliefs, Daniel’s, the Empire’s, and the Resistance’s, is shown in great detail. The reader feels Daniel’s conflict, his desire to return to his own world, but also his desire to help the Resistance.

Hartman uses Daniel’s trials as a way of demonstrating that the realities of life are rarely black or white. Can Daniel become a savior just because that is who the people believe him to be? How does Daniel cope with all the violence in this new world, especially the deaths that are a direct result of his arrival? Is Daniel just a pawn being swept along by events or does he have control over his destiny? These are perennial questions which give meaning to life, and Hartman treats them sensitively, showing the many sides to Daniel’s situation.

I really enjoyed this novel and all I can say now is that I sincerely hope that Hartman is writing around the clock to get the next novel in this series into the hands of his readers. I for one can’t wait for the next volume.

Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the kind words! It was a lot of fun writing Prophecy Foretold, and I can tell you that the next book in the series, Prophecy Revealed, hopefully will be out in the fall. Thanks again for having me on Long and Short Reviews! If anyone has any questions, I’d love to hear them!

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