51 weeks to the end of the world?: My review of "The Alarmists" by Don Hoesel

A book impossible to put down: 

Read on for my review of "The Alarmists", a must read for lovers of suspense novels.

Publisher: Bethany House (April 1, 2011)

Book Synopsis as provided by the publisher:

This is the Way the World Ends...

Sociologist Brent Michaels' specialty is seeing order in the chaos of human interaction and he's just been given the most important assignment of his life. Joining a special Pentagon unit headed by Colonel Jameson Richards, they have one goal: Uncover why the world is rushing toward doomsday.

It's December 2012 and the world is approaching the brink of panic--the timing of which eerily coincides with the ending of the Mayan calendar. But, beneath the despair of fanatics and doomsayers, and amid a rising tide of both man-made and natural disasters, something far more dangerous emerges--someone is manipulating events, pulling strings, and only Michaels and the team have a chance at stopping the end of the world.


A few pages into The Alarmists, I knew I was in for an entertaining ride, and I was certainly not disappointed. Skillfully written at an unstoppable pace, I flew through the pages of the book and enjoyed every minute of it. Not only is it filled with twists and turns and fun "what if?" scenarios, but Hoesel has created intriguing characters and woven faith into the tale in a believable manner as well.

I have read other books involving the Mayan calendar that offered a lot of potential, but did not live up to the hype, so I approached this book with caution. However, Hoesel has succeeded at taking the subject of doomsday and the end of the world in a new direction, and packaged it into a novel sure to please it's readers.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.