Judgement Day

Fiction - Religious Theme
358 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2019
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Author Biography

David Witt lives in Lexington Kentucky with his wife Karen and their rescue Australian Shepard, Millie. He left the corporate world and is now pursuing his passion of writing. Being raised in a strict religion and then majoring in political science in college has spurred him to craft a work that explores the light and dark sides of both. When he isn’t writing you’ll likely find him exploring the world, adding to the twenty-eight countries he’s already visited in search of the similarities and differences that make us all human.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Judgement Day by David Witt is a thriller/suspense novel that takes the reader on a very unique journey where the future of the world is at stake. The President of the United States is Abigail Banister. She is bright, funny, intelligent, determined and belongs to the LGBTQ+ community. To say that she is loved and hated by the masses would be an understatement, but that does not stop her from doing her job and excelling at it. She had many challenges during her career, but the biggest challenge of all seems to be right now. Someone hacked the media and television streams across the globe and claimed to be Gabriel, the messenger of God. He announced that he would be returning to Earth the next day. So when a dangerous asteroid is seen on a collision course towards Earth on the very day that the pseudo claimed to be arriving on Earth, people start panicking. Not for nothing, Abigail is trying her best to save humankind and ensure that there aren’t any casualties. She has a two-week plan that could actually work, that is if people take a chance on her.

This was definitely a different kind of approach, one that I haven’t read so far. The end-of-the-world has been discussed many times, but never in such a quirky and original way. As much as I loved the mystery and the suspense carefully woven into the story, I loved Abigail more. Too bad she is a fictional president because she definitely has the makings of becoming a strong person to rely on. I enjoyed her dry humor, her witty comebacks, but more than that I enjoyed how headstrong and simply tenacious she was when it came to things that mattered the most. The plot itself is exceptionally well-crafted, it is built on a very strong background and the fast pace simply makes the story even more entertaining. All in all, it is a wonderful story that will give you an adrenaline rush unlike any other.

K.C. Finn

Judgement Day is a work of contemporary fiction with modern religious themes and was penned by author David Witt. Sharply observant and up to date with current affairs, the story begins with a technological scandal as the media is hijacked by a figure who claims to be Gabriel, the true messenger of God. As Gabriel proclaims that the literal end of the world is nigh, in the form of a giant asteroid, global conjecture and argument ensue. Network host Larry Knewell juggles differing and combatant opinions live on air, whilst President Abigail Banister desperately cobbles together a solid plan to save her nation and the wider world beyond. What follows is a mystery about the real nature of God and the still-relevant clashes of faith and belief in the modern day.

I thoroughly enjoyed author David Witt’s conceptual vision for a modern-day apocalypse tale, with realistic reactions from so many different factions of believers and non-believers in today’s world. Abigail is a sincerely well-drawn character, progressive but also fallible, and out of her depth in the madness of the situation. As the mystery unfolds around the messenger Gabriel and the prelude to doom begins, the atmosphere picks up with snappy dialogue and well-chosen wordplay. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Judgement Day for its thrills and spills, as well as for its highly effective social commentary.

Romuald Dzemo

Judgement Day by David Witt is a religious thriller with end-time themes. It starts with the announcement of a major event and from a source that creates a disturbing atmosphere. Someone has hacked into every television station and network and claims to be Gabriel. But that is not all; he has a special announcement for humanity: “I am Gabriel, messenger for the One Eternal God, Creator of the Heavens and Earth, Lord and Ruler of all. I stand before you today to announce that your Heavenly Father will be returning to Earth tomorrow.” A day later, an asteroid is apparently on a collision course with Earth. The eccentric and ego-filled Larry Knewell of CBN is covering these events. But what is the relationship between the asteroid and the coming of the Father to Earth? And can President Abigail Banister’s plan save her people and humanity from imminent extinction?

David Witt has created a narrative that is very relevant, especially in our own time where there is so much religious manipulation centered on the final coming of the Lord. The premise is very strong, a major event about to happen, and this creates conflict as different groups take sides and a general sense of fear grips people. Readers will encounter the typical attitudes of religious fanatics as the story unfolds and a presidency on the brink of crisis as it tries to implement a plan to protect its people. The story is wonderfully told and it has the originality that readers definitely want in such a story. Themes of religious conspiracy, cybercrime, politics, and science are intelligently written into the plot. Judgement Day features a cast of strong, well-developed characters, including journalists, scientists, religious leaders, and politicians. I loved the drama and enjoyed the tension which moves quickly to a satisfying conclusion.