WARNING: THIS BOOKS CONTAINS A DRAGON
“The stories of Beowulf and Genesis are played out across a post-apocalyptic Texas in a book that is not only witty and exciting but wickedly smart to boot. Thirty years ago, the world ended—most of humanity is gone, half of the American South is underwater, and the other half is turned to unforgiving desert. No one under the age of fifty is left, except for a boy and a girl who are maybe aliens, don’t have belly buttons, and can talk to animals. Oh yeah, and there’s a dragon. And a monster and his mother. If the story is starting to sound familiar, it’s guaranteed you’ve never read it like this.
Tommy Zurhellen is a master craftsman. Each chapter is written from a different character’s perspective, and he captures each voice perfectly, from Eve’s disdain for paragraphs to Adam’s insistence that “accordion” means “according” to Dog’s direct discourse with the reader. Eve is recast as the smarter and braver of the pair, a feminist who will have none of these old world gender constructs, thank you very much. Allusions are made to everything from classical Greek mythology to Breaking Bad. And when it’s least expected, Zurhellen packs a wallop of a punch with a breathtaking image: “In the beginning, everything was poetry. Before God invented water or air or amoebas or even sunlight, there was poetry.” – Foreword Reviews
After experiencing a romp through these pages of mythology, scripture, and classic literature, you will see why Tommy Z has been dubbed “the crown prince of zany and the prime minister of zip.”
At the end of the world, there will be a boy, a girl, and a very large serpent.
Armageddon follows the warm reception of Tommy’s first two IPPY gold award-winning novels in The Messiah Trilogy: Nazareth, North Dakota (2011) and Apostle Islands (2012), each published by Atticus Books.
Publishers Weekly complimented Tommy for his “masterful dialogue” in Nazareth, North Dakota, and called Apostle Islands “both universally timeless and contemporary … If Jesus needs new PR, this is one imaginative possibility.”
Now with Armageddon, Texas, Tommy breaks new storytelling ground as he weaves two ancient tales into a work that is so infectious it will tickle your funny bone and make you second-guess your use of the English language!
Armageddon, Texas: A Novel
Book 3 of The Messiah Trilogy
By Tommy Zurhellen
Publication release: Nov. 4, 2014
List price: $14.95
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tommy Zurhellen was born in New York City. He is the two-time award-winning author of The Messiah Trilogy and currently teaches writing at Marist College in upstate New York. He also is co-host of the podcast Fiction School.