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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Doomsday Diaries IV: Luke and the Lion”, by Aaron B. Powell, is the concluding book in the four-volume Doomsday Diaries series, In this closing chapter of the story many things are explained that were, perhaps, a bit hazy when first presented earlier in the story. Spiritual matters open this final book, as Moesha returns to Luke as a form of essential energy. Others who have “moved on” likewise return in similar manner. But evil spiritual essence also plays a large part in this final episode, as it must be finally, once and for always, defeated by good, so “the good guys” can live on in peaceful co-existence with all of nature, for an extended life span, otherwise known as “Heaven on Earth.”
The images Powell elicits in the reader’s imagination may well be somewhat unique to each reader, with the common thread being that those images will all reflect themes of personal happiness. His depiction of the ultimate “battle” between “Good and Evil” is an intriguing conceptualization of one way that event may play out. The story fades to gray as the newly married couple heads away from the rest of the people, to get started on the first baby to be born on the New Earth, while Luke’s Uncle picks up the Diary in which Luke had been keeping a record of the Doomsday events, so that he can pick it up where Luke left off...if only he could find a pen!
As with the previous three volumes, Book IV is not a standalone novel, nor was it ever intended to be. It is, however, an eloquent ending that nicely wraps up any loose threads still remaining, and gives new meaning to “happily ever after”. Once again, I offer my most sincere, heart-felt recommendation for this series. “Luke and the Lion” must be read after reading the prior three volumes. Once you have done that, you will be fully satisfied that the story is, at last, finished.