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I, AM
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ISBN-10: 1-55404-315-8
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Genre: Supernatural/Horror/Suspense/Thriller
eBook Length: 76 Pages
Published: January 2006



From inside the flap

"I,AM" ... in the mist of GOOD there’s EVIL
...in the midst of EVIL there’s ?
I,AM?

God is completing Heaven and Earth. Heaven was full of splendor... and the Angels were filled with laughter. Except for Lucifer, the most exquisite Angel in heaven and the most jealous of God.  However, Lucifer did not gather his jealousy of God and the thought of War by himself.  Lucifer was tempted, and manipulated into thinking he could defeat God, by an unknown evil, just as powerful as God.

Who was the force behind the uprising in Heaven against God and His Angels?  The written word of the bible acknowledges Satan as the agitator; however, as we find out through mythology and pagan cultures of ancient times, Satan did not act of his own free will.  He was influenced by this entity of true anger, evil and power beyond power.

This entity was neither male nor female, living nor dead, flesh nor spirit, good nor evil, merciful nor malicious, alpha nor omega, beginning nor end, hope nor hopelessness.  Its name was no name.  To encounter it was endless and to understand it was futile.  Hades was a sand box compared to the vast wilderness of its Armageddon.



Reviews and Awards

...Sanders’ greatest strength in this multi-genre work is that he can spin an epic tale based on widely-held beliefs while adding something elementally new. Some of the writing may be elementary, but this does have the benefit of propelling the story forward at a brisk and engaging pace. Given the long time-line of the work the result is, on balance, positive.

If you enjoy horror along with stories based in religious faith, political intrigue or detective drama I’M sure "I,AM" will fit quite nicely on your shelf.

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I, AM (Excerpt)


Prologue

At first, when darkness covered the earth and the sun rested in the propensity of God, entrenched in the darkness was I,AM-a force of relentless evil. A force waiting for the chance to introduce misery into the unsuspecting lives of humans God would eventually create. Contemplating the opportunity to torment their human bodies in the flesh and entangling their souls forever in evil and death.

Who was the force behind the uprising in Heaven against God and His Angels? The written word of the Bible acknowledges Satan as the agitator; however, as we find out through mythology and pagan cultures of ancient times, Satan did not act of his own free will. He was influenced by this entity of pure evil and power beyond imagining.

This entity was neither male nor female, living nor dead, flesh nor spirit, alpha nor omega, beginning nor end. Its name was no name. To encounter it was endless and to understand it was futile. Hades was a sandbox compared to the vast wilderness of its Armageddon. As the battle continued between God and Satan, Satan began losing and called out to the unknown for help. Very loud, "I,AM, I,AM, I,AM," could be heard across time. However, just as temptation had placed Satan at the forefront of battle, it had left him there-all alone. As the battle came to a close, Satan had fallen to the power of God and His Angels, but God, in all His glory, granted mercy to Satan and did not destroy him. Instead, He banished Satan to hell for all eternity. And God, in all his infinite wisdom, found out Satan had not acted alone, so God sent for this entity I,AM.

I,AM, believing himself to be more powerful than God, decided to make an appearance in Heaven. When I,AM arrived, God immediately ordered His Angel of War to lock him in the pit of mourning until God could complete Heaven and begin creating the earth.

Suddenly, a great rumble could be heard across Heaven. I,AM broke away from Aaron, the War Angel, pushing him to the ground. Then I,AM hurriedly ran up to the front steps leading to the throne of God, stood boldly and postured, and challenged God to a battle. Knowing the outcome, God agreed. For a short period of time, a fierce battle between God and I,AM ensued. Suddenly, striking I,AM with the Lance of Transgression and breaking the entity into three pieces of shimmering rock, almighty God prevailed. So God-being filled with happiness-completed Heaven and began creating the earth.

Now the earth was formless and empty, and only darkness existed over the surface of the deep and God’s spirit hovered over the waters. There was no light, so God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. He separated the light from the darkness by calling it "day" and the dark he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day.

Then God made an expanse between the waters, separating the liquid under the expanse from what was above it-calling the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning-the second day. Next, God gathered the water under the sky to one place, letting dry ground appear. Calling the dry ground "land" and the gathered waters "seas."

Still, God’s work was not done. So God ordered the land to produce vegetation: seed bearing plants and trees on the land that would bear fruit with seeds in them, according to their various types. And there was evening, and there was morning-the third day.

On the fourth day, God made two great lights-the greater light was to govern the day and the lesser for the night. He also made the stars, setting them in the expanse of the sky to give light to the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And there was evening, and there was morning.

The next day, which was the fifth, God pondered for a minute, raised his head and created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing which the water produces, according to their kinds, and every winged bird, according to its species. He blessed them to be fruitful and increase in numbers and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth. And there was evening, and there was morning.

On the last day before God could rest, He made the animals according to their species-including livestock according to their species-and all the creatures that move along the ground. Then God created man in his own image, male and female. God blessed them both to be fruitful and increase in number to fill the earth and subdue it. To rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves on the ground. God gave them every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it to be their food. God also gave to them all the beasts of the earth, the birds of the air, and all the creatures that move on the ground for food. And there was evening, and there was morning.

Thus, the Heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. And God, on the seventh day, began to rest.

God sat down on his throne glancing down upon the three shimmering pieces of I,AM that laid there so peacefully. He thought for awhile, then decided to cast I,AM into three different parts of the new world. He chucked the first rock into the bottom of the Black Sea near the shores of Odessa. He propelled the second rock into the hottest part of what would become the Sahara desert in Algeria hidden under mountains of sand. Then, with great thunder, God threw the last rock to the top of where the North Pole would be, near Greenland. The rock landed in a frozen iceberg under a massive peak on the tip of the Arctic Ocean.

Finally, there was peace in Heaven again and the world was free from both Satan and I,AM, at least for awhile. See God understood humankind’s curiosity and knew that eventually, man would summon the entity once again.