The Light of Reason

The Seekers

Book 3
Evolved Publishing LLC
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Orah and Nathaniel return home with miracles from across the sea, hoping to bring a better life for their people. Instead, they find the world they left in chaos.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction

WINNER: Feathered Quill Book Awards - Gold Medal - Science Fiction/Fantasy

WINNER: Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Bronze Medal - Fiction Dystopia

“But what are we without dreams?”

A new grand vicar, known as the usurper, has taken over the keep and is using its knowledge to reinforce his hold on power.

Despite their good intentions, the seekers find themselves leading an army, and for the first time in a millennium, their world experiences the horror of war.

But the keepmasters’ science is no match for the dreamers, leaving Orah and Nathaniel their cruelest choice—face bloody defeat and the death of their enlightenment, or use the genius of the dreamers to tread the slippery slope back to the darkness.

[Dystopian, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Religion]

Kirkus Reviews: "In this third installment, Litwack gives fans a plot both action-driven and cerebral. All around, a superbly crafted adventure. An enthralling finish to a thoughtful, uplifting sci-fi series."

Evolved Publishing presents the multiple award-winning third book in the extraordinary "The Seekers," a series that has received many awards (for all 3 books) and exceptional reviews This is a series you do not want to miss. [DRM-Free]

Books by David Litwack:

  • The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)
  • The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)
  • The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)
  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
  • Along the Watchtower

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  • The "Dirt and Stars" Series by Kevin Killiany
  • The "Red Death" Series by Jeff Altabef
  • The "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault
  • The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler

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About the author

The urge to write first struck me when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But I was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, I religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into my twenties. Then life intervened. I paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When I found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

There Comes a Prophet, published in July 2012, was the first novel in this new stage of life. It will be re-released by Evolved Publishing as The Children of Darkness, the first book in the series The Seekers. My second, Along the Watchtower, came out in June 2013, and my third book, The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky (refer to first paragraph above), released in May 2014.

My wife and I split our time between Cape Cod, Florida, and anywhere else that catches our fancy. I no longer limit myself to five pages a day and am thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

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Publisher
Evolved Publishing LLC
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Published on
Nov 26, 2016
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Pages
339
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ISBN
9781622534371
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Language
English
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Fiction / Dystopian
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
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A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction

"But what are we without dreams?"

The vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with "temple magic," and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.

Childhood friends, Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When they're cast into the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people.

Yet they would also incur the Temple's wrath, as it is written: "If there comes among you a prophet saying, 'Let us return to the darkness,' you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light."

"The plot unfolds easily, swiftly, and never lets the readers' attention wane... After reading this one, it will be a real hardship to have to wait to see what happens next." ~ Feathered Quill Book Reviews (Awarded "The Children of Darkness" the Gold Medal in Science Fiction & Fantasy

"A tightly executed first fantasy installment that champions the exploratory spirit." ~ Kirkus Reviews

Evolved Publishing presents the multiple award-winning first book in the extraordinary "The Seekers," a series that has received many awards (for all 3 books) and exceptional reviews This is a series you do not want to miss. [DRM-Free]

Books by David Litwack:

The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)The Daughter of the Sea and the SkyAlong the Watchtower

More Great Sci-Fi from Evolved Publishing:

The "Red Death" Series by Jeff AltabefTwo Moons of Sera by P.K. TylerThe Silver Sphere by Michael DadichThe "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault

If the Seekers fail this time, they risk not a stoning, but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction

WINNER: Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Silver Medal - Young Adult Sci-Fi

“But what are we without dreams?”

Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.

Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.

The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. The cost of failure: unimaginable.

[Dystopian, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Religion]

Kirkus Reviews: "In this YA sci-fi sequel, Litwack pushes his characters into new physical, mental, and emotional realms as they encounter an unusual, tech-based society. A grand, revelatory saga that continues to unfold."

Evolved Publishing presents the multiple award-winning second book in the extraordinary "The Seekers," a series that has received many awards (for all 3 books) and exceptional reviews This is a series you do not want to miss. [DRM-Free]

Books by David Litwack:

The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)The Daughter of the Sea and the SkyAlong the Watchtower

More Great Sci-Fi from Evolved Publishing:

The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. TylerThe "Red Death" Series by Jeff AltabefThe Silver Sphere by Michael DadichThe "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault

What if your last day at school turned out to be your first day as a rebel warrior?

“Think,'Lord of the Flies' meets the wild children in 'Beyond Thunderdome.”

In a land disfigured by famine and disease, panic spreads throughout the scattered population of NotSoGreatBritAlbian as the Agro Empire cuts food supplies and special children known as Meeks, disappear.

Now, starving Renegades are gathering, ready to storm the last haven in NotSoGreatBritAlbion. Whispers of a saviour have brought them to the perimeter fences. They want Adara, Catcher of Birds.

17-year-old orphan, Adara, isn’t like the other girlygigs in Cityplace. She has a special power which must be kept hidden. High-spirited and headstrong, she is thrilled about leaving school so she can follow her dream to train as an elite soldier of the New World Territories. But her plans are cut brutally short when Agros send in troops to lay waste to the capital. After her brother, Deogol, is abducted by a dark stranger, Adara must choose between saving him or joining her Santy Breanna to defend the once peaceful Metropolis from a vicious and deadly force.

“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense!” 

Do you enjoy reading books that are different, have a strong storyline with offbeat characters, and quirky language? Then you will love Whisper Gatherers. It is a great addition to the dystopian/Sci-fi tradition of authors such as Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Bella Forest, Patrick Ness, Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.

With round-the-clock drugs, games, and eros parlors to entertain them and virtual weather to sustain them, humans live inside a global network of domed cities known collectively as the Enclosure. Having poisoned the biosphere, we’ve had to close ourselves off from the Earth. The cities of the Enclosure are scattered around the globe on the land and sea, and are connected by a web of travel tubes, so no one needs to risk exposure. Health Patrollers police the boundaries of the Enclosure to keep the mutants and pollution out.

Phoenix Marshall decodes satellite images for a living. He has spent all 30 years of his life in Oregon City, afloat on the Pacific Ocean. He busies himself with work and various forms of recreation to keep boredom at bay. One morning he opens his door to find Teeg Passio. Teeg is the same age as Phoenix, but she’s different; she’s menacingly and enticingly wild. She grew up on the outside. Her mother oversaw the recycling of the old cities, and her father helped design the Enclosure. Teeg works maintenance, which allows her to travel outside the walls. When she introduces Phoenix to her crew, he is drawn into a high-tech conspiracy that may threaten everything he understands. Are humans really better off within the Enclosure? Is the Earth? Are Health Patrollers keeping us safe or just keeping us in?

Teeg seduces Phoenix out of his orderly life, enlisting him in a secret, political, and sexual rebellion. Teeg and her co-conspirators, part mystics, part tech-wizards, dream of a life embedded in nature. Then one day, during a closely monitored repair mission on the outside, a typhoon offers the rebels a chance to escape the Enclosure and test their utopian dreams in the wilds.

A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction

"But what are we without dreams?"

The vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with "temple magic," and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.

Childhood friends, Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When they're cast into the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people.

Yet they would also incur the Temple's wrath, as it is written: "If there comes among you a prophet saying, 'Let us return to the darkness,' you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light."

"The plot unfolds easily, swiftly, and never lets the readers' attention wane... After reading this one, it will be a real hardship to have to wait to see what happens next." ~ Feathered Quill Book Reviews (Awarded "The Children of Darkness" the Gold Medal in Science Fiction & Fantasy

"A tightly executed first fantasy installment that champions the exploratory spirit." ~ Kirkus Reviews

Evolved Publishing presents the multiple award-winning first book in the extraordinary "The Seekers," a series that has received many awards (for all 3 books) and exceptional reviews This is a series you do not want to miss. [DRM-Free]

Books by David Litwack:

The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)The Daughter of the Sea and the SkyAlong the Watchtower

More Great Sci-Fi from Evolved Publishing:

The "Red Death" Series by Jeff AltabefTwo Moons of Sera by P.K. TylerThe Silver Sphere by Michael DadichThe "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault

A thought-provoking look at the line between faith and fantasy, fanatics and followers, religion and reason.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Fantasy
WINNER: Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~ Albert Einstein

Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena's plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena's home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever... and perhaps their world as well.

"...a fully imagined, gripping read...." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"Author David Litwack gracefully weaves together his message with alternating threads of the fantastic and the realistic.... The reader will find wisdom and grace in this beautifully written story." ~ San Francisco Book Review

Evolved Publishing presents the literary saga of a young girl plucked from the sea under mysterious circumstances, from the award-winning author of The Seekers series and Along the Watchtower. [DRM-Free]

Books by David Litwack:

The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)The Daughter of the Sea and the SkyAlong the Watchtower

More Great Literary Fiction from Evolved Publishing:

The Atheist and the Parrotfish by Richard BaragerHannah's Voice by Robb GrindstaffEnfold Me by Steven Greenberg

If the Seekers fail this time, they risk not a stoning, but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction

WINNER: Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Silver Medal - Young Adult Sci-Fi

“But what are we without dreams?”

Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.

Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.

The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. The cost of failure: unimaginable.

[Dystopian, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Religion]

Kirkus Reviews: "In this YA sci-fi sequel, Litwack pushes his characters into new physical, mental, and emotional realms as they encounter an unusual, tech-based society. A grand, revelatory saga that continues to unfold."

Evolved Publishing presents the multiple award-winning second book in the extraordinary "The Seekers," a series that has received many awards (for all 3 books) and exceptional reviews This is a series you do not want to miss. [DRM-Free]

Books by David Litwack:

The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)The Daughter of the Sea and the SkyAlong the Watchtower

More Great Sci-Fi from Evolved Publishing:

The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. TylerThe "Red Death" Series by Jeff AltabefThe Silver Sphere by Michael DadichThe "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault

A tragic warrior lost in two worlds... Which one will he choose?

WINNER: Readers' Favorite Book Award – Bronze Medal – Fiction Drama

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Literary Fiction

The war in Iraq ended for Freddie when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once a skilled gamer as well as a capable soldier, he's now a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he's inhabiting two separate realities.

The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic, which Freddie enters when he sleeps. The lines soon blur for Freddie, not just caught between two worlds, but lost within himself.

Is he Lieutenant Freddie Williams, a leader of men, a proud officer in the US Army who has suffered such egregious injury and loss? Or is he Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde, his only solace the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, whose gentle words calm the storms in his soul.

In the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission to that of the prince—a journey along a dark road, haunted by demons of guilt and memory. Can he let patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart? It may be his only way back from Hell.

"This is a book that deserves to be read. It is both gritty reality and magical fantasy, and filled with both love and beauty, and ugliness and despair, but ultimately it is a story of healing, of burying the past, finding hope and taking control of the future." ~ Awesome Indies Reviews

Evolved Publishing presents a literary journey exploring the physical and psychological depths of trauma caused by war. [DRM-Free]

Books by David Litwack:

Along the WatchtowerThe Daughter of the Sea and the SkyThe Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)

More Great Literary Fiction from Evolved Publishing:

Enfold Me by Steven GreenbergRed Clay, Yellow Grass: A Novel of the 1960s by Richard BaragerBehind the Open Walls by Lanette Kauten

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