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The Origin Story of the Book of Revelation 

What in the world was going on when John had his visions of apocalypse?   

Ancient Rome, AD 64. Alexander, a Jewish doctor loyal to Rome, has his life turned upside down when the evil emperor Nero Caesar launches a horrific persecution of Christians.    

When Nero discovers that an apostle has written a secret apocalypse about the end of the world, he orders a Roman warrior to hunt down the scroll, destroy it, and kill the author.   

But a bold Christian woman named Cassandra holds a dark secret that opens the door to a world of spiritual warfare they’re not ready to face.    

It will lead them to the holy city of Jerusalem and to the true meaning of the apocalypse.   

It will change their world forever. And yours.   

Tyrant: Rise of the Beast is Book 1 in the shocking controversial series Chronicles of the Apocalypse. It’s an edge-of-your-seat action-packed supernatural epic, written by Brian Godawa, respected Christian and best-selling Biblical author.   

Spiritual Warfare, Angels and Demons 

The human story is not the only one in the book of Revelation or in this series. Chronicles of the Apocalypse shows the evil plans of Satan and his fallen angels the Watchers masquerading as gods of the nations at war. This gang of demons is not going down easily.   

Extra bonus: Historical and Biblical Facts Behind the Fiction

When you buy this audiobook, you’ll get a PDF attachment of more than 100 pages of endnotes tied to the chapters.   

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 

©2017 Brian Godawa (P)2017 Brian Godawa

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An Imaginative Take On Biblical Truth

If you liked Mr. Godawa's previous series, you'll love this one. I appreciate the historical research that went into this book and the rest of the books of the Apocalypse series. While some plots threads are a bit predictable, they're still enjoyable. I would caution parents on getting these books for younger children who love to read, there's some graphic violence and some sexual activity, but Mr. Godawa does a good job at using the depravity as a way to showcase God's grace, mercy, justice, and sovereignty. While reading about the persecution of the Christians during the reign of the Caesers I was constantly reminded, "this is your inheritance, this is your family linage," it's a solid reminder that the Gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church.

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AWESOME!!! GAME OF THRONES FOR CHRISTIANS READERS!

Again! he's done it. Netflix needs to hire this guy and turn ALL OF HIS NOVELS INTO TV SERIES!

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Rise of the Beast

I found the story intriguing as the author unravels Revelation from a preterist perspective. I appreciated it as I grew up with a dispensational view and am increasingly finding room to question that viewpoint. Not quite there though. I also appreciate his other audible books explaining his research. I think this is excellent. I also appreciate the fact that the author took the time to narrate his story - not to mention attempting to use multiple voices in line with his characters! I will say he needs to work on his feminine side though....just kidding. As someone who has attempted/attempting to engage story telling from a Christian perspective I can appreciate the author’s use of some artistic license - something that is not necessarily easy to do with Christian literature (at least my attempts!) I look forward to the rest of the series as well as his others. Makes my 0430 treadmill endeavors less daunting at my age!

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Not reflective of previous books

First, let me say that I love this author, have re-read most of his books and anxiously await his new releases.

This book was a disappointment all the way up until the last 3 hours. Everything before that was long, boring, and easily forgotten.

I hope the next installment is better!

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Great read.

Great fiction novel and interesting handling of Revelation judgements. Well worth your time and money.

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Tyrant

Awesome. Another classic by Brian Godawa. A good eye opener for one of the most misunderstood books in the Bible.
The only small section I did not particularly care for was Godawa's presentation of the 3 angel's attempt to capture Appollion before his decent to Tartarus. Godawa showed 2 of the 3 angels engaged in their silly rivalry and inattentive and that was part cause of them not capturing him. I could not wrap my mind around the fact that the evil one was stronger, swifter and far more focused than God's angels. But the book was an absolute classic; can't wait until Remnant comes to Audio books. Godawa is such an awesome narrator Great job!

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Never fails to capture my imagination.

Mr Godawa’s novels give a new vision to biblical history. By combining the Bible with stories and historical events, to better tell the word of God. Though I wouldn’t mind seeing his books made into movies.

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Captivating

I absolutely loved this book. Even though it is fiction, there is so much truth and history in it that you just don't get anywhere else. I cannot wait to read the next one!

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Amazing

I’ve already read these books on Kindle but listening to Mr. Godawa narrate them is whole different experience. Love the story.

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A Satisfying Read for an Armchair Theologian

As someone who is highly studied in 1st century Palestine & Rome, as well as early Christianity, this book was more than a "goodie bag" for theology nerds. It was a treasure trove expositing the Apocalypse of Jesus Christ from the Preterist perspective. Additionally, Brian Godawa is well versed in the "Divine Council Worldview" of the Bible that has recently come in vogue through the work of Dr. Michael Heiser. That, along with a plot that gives lives, personalities, and motives to notorious historical characters like Josephus, Nero Caesar, Simon bar Giora, and John of Giscala, made for a real treat.

I especially enjoyed the various scenes in which characters dispute over some point of theology from a Christian preacher or epistle, wherein the author has a Jew or Christian explain the meaning and symbolism. It opens the reader's mind to understanding the Biblical and 2nd Temple worldviews in ways decidedly more effective than basic didactic teaching could hope to be.

I fault the book only in that the writing was a little juvenile at times. Several of the evil characters (both human and demonic) seemed to have the depth of a Dragon Ball Z villain with regard to their motives and, of course, their quintessential "diabolical laughter". In addition one scene portrayed a group of archangels bickering during a battle like kids. It reminded me of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles more than anything. I found it denigrated what should be characters of fear and awesomeness.

That said, the historical and theological "goodies" more than make up for the sometimes juvenile writing. This book is incredibly well researched, with over 122 pages of footnotes for his sources. Those in themselves are a joy to read through. In the end, I enjoyed this book much more than I was expecting. I am usually aversive to historical fiction, but this was such a satisfying read. I plan to move on to the sequels.

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  • 09-03-21

interesting story.

I have long pondered just how the end would come. I know this is fiction, , but it introduces and interesting take on things. love the characters as well.

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  • 12-01-17

A great Read

I loved it, wished it didn't end. Most memorable was Gabriel appearance to cassandraon the way to Ephesus

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  • 01-13-18

It was alright

I like the story line. However I would have preferred a more conclusive ending. It left me hanging.