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Ryan Domenick

Pages: 276
ISBN: 978-145752-546-9
List Price: 14.99
Available: February 2014
Edition: Perfectbound

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I CANNOT HELP YOU. EVERYTHING IS NOT ALRIGHT. I AM YOUR DOWNFALL. I can hurt you. I don’t want to. But deep down, I really do. You think I can help you. You want to believe I can. You can’t face who I really am. I brought this on you. I am not good. But really, neither are you. You don’t even deserve to be saved. You think you’re somehow different. Better than them. But really, you are just like them. And soon, you might even become them. As I am. I am dark. I am evil. I am hate. I am you. Deep down, everyone is basically good. Good will always win in the end. It’s destiny. But you know that’s not true. Justin is a community college professor in Colorado. He’s had a rough life, and he’s handled it pretty well, but he knows that doesn’t make him special. Glen is a failed software consultant. He cares about his mother, and little else. Now, their paths will be forced to cross by a mercenary named Hector. Hector has a project for them. It’s called Ruckus, and it’s going to change the world. Androse doesn’t live in Colorado. He commands an army of primitive soldiers on the run, from an enemy they do not understand. Victory is a distant memory, but he has placed his hope in one man. A man who could offer hope, or death. The world is dark, but the light is there, just out of frame.

I was born and raised in a small town in western Maryland in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Being raised in a traditional Christian home while facing a series of dark and occasionally life-threatening circumstances gave rise to my interest in the problem of evil. While I majored in aviation, all of my extra credits in college were devoted to philosophy and theological studies. It was a journey that would continue beyond my college years and lead to a new worldview. I now work full time as an airline pilot, filling my free time with trips on my motorcycle, and backpacking throughout the country. I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This book is not about the answers I found at the end of my journey. It’s about the problem that started the journey. It’s about questions that demand answers. The answers are out there. It took me the better part of a decade to find them, and to mold them into a cohesive whole, but it was so worth it. Tenebrism is a style of painting using violent contrasts of light and dark, with the darkness becoming the dominant feature of the painting. The source of the light is usually just out of frame, but it’s there, waiting to be discovered in the darkness. It doesn’t dominate. It merely makes itself known, highlighting what’s most important in the picture. I hope you might find the source of the light in the otherwise dark picture, and, once you do, seek to understand it.