A Raging God Returns

A New Book about the Apocalypse

Fiction - Science Fiction
677 Pages
Reviewed on 08/26/2022
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Author Biography

I began writing in 2016 and explored how we might encounter life in much more advanced civilizations. This book is my fourteenth, and I explored a singular concept of God. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote God is Dead. He believed enlightenment obviated the need to believe in a God. Many books write about what God is. However, our major religions began when we were primitive, and our religious leaders have their own agendas. I wrote about how we may have misinterpreted what our ancestors saw and experienced.
I retired in 2017 and decided I wanted to learn to write well and write about civilizations where AI was part of life. We could live forever unless killed in an accident. My books are science fiction adventures and thrillers. This is the first book I published. I am preparing the rest for publication.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

What happens when everything you have believed your entire life was not true? Hunter X Johnson explores this and questions blind faith in A Raging God Returns: A New Book about the Apocalypse. Fifty years might seem like a long time to leave your family on Earth, but in the context of how long it took to ruin the planet with rote indoctrination and social inequality, it's kind of a drop in the Big Dipper. God isn't who we though He was. He's not even a He. He's a They; the Paradigm...and They are mad as hell. So what can be done to save it? For starters, heal a selection of humans and infuse them with masses of knowledge nobody else has. Humans are not exactly quick learners and are in last place within the galaxy, and they've destroyed Earth, which is no longer acceptable. The Paradigm has a list of demands that must be met to develop Earth, failure of which will result in death. Narrated from the point of view of those on both sides, three friends embark on an interstellar mission to find the meaning of life, their role in it, and, of course, save mankind.

A priest, a rabbi, and a doctor walk into a bar.... just kidding. Seriously though, A Raging God Returns is one of the most unique novels I've read about the potential end times and what faith might actually be. Hunter X Johnson builds a universe where 'God' is all about justice and has little space for mercy toward those who are intolerant. There is an unambiguous balance between religion and fanaticism that will not sit comfortably with a wide swath of readers, particularly those who live according to a belief system that isn't embraced by the Paradigm, which is an alien coalition. I've always wondered what any advanced species thinks of us as they look down and it is interesting to view humanity's ridiculousness through a much broader lens. The Paradigm thinks we are stupid because we are. We destroy natural resources, we kill each other, we use religion as a blanket excuse for subjugating others for any number of reasons, and we never seem to learn our lesson no matter how many times we say, “This is the last world war. Pinky swear.” The Paradigm is also flawed so Johnson doesn't take a holier-than-thou approach and he gives the three main characters, David, Brendan, and Ashlyn, the agency to survive projectile vomit and question the economic responsibility of owning a thousand yachts. This is a wonderfully creative book and I have no doubt others will agree. Very highly recommended.