For those who read my first novel, 2013: Beyond Armageddon, or might be curious about it, I have un-published it. When I was on the final draft of what was then called The Root Of All Evil, a hot topic was that the Mayan calendar would end in 2012. Speculation was rampant about whether that meant the end of the world. Since my novel dealt with the final showdown between good and evil, I decided to incorporate the end of the Mayan calendar as a central plot element about the end of days. But since the world didn't end (what were the odds?) the book is dated and the suspense is gone. So I'm going to take out all the Mayan material and consider re-publishing it under its original title, The Root Of All Evil. There are other projects that have to be finished first, so that could take a while.
Some readers didn't love 2013. Of the 98 reviews it got, 70 were 3-star or better; 15 were 1-stars from people who strongly disliked it. In hindsight that's probably to be expected in a book that challenges all beliefs. But after considering the reviews as a whole, I am deeply touched by the fact that people I've never met were moved enough by something I wrote to take the time to post their feelings. I know it's rather self-indulgent to post positive comments about a book no longer available, but for me the writer they're the salve that takes the sting out of the bad reviews. Feel free to skip my self-indulgence if you like.
“Simply Amazing!!! A combination of The Exorcist, The Omen, National Treasure...”
“Riveting! This was an incredible ride! I simply could not put this book down… I love books that make you think about things bigger than yourself. This does that in spades.” Karen
“Robert Ryan creates a Good vs Evil that you find yourself pulled into… Hats off for tackling a touchy and delicate subject with characters that have depth and dimensions…” Wenchette
“Fantastic read. Could hardly put it down. I'm saddened that it is only fiction. It would make one Hell of a history book.” Pamela A. Graf
“For this to be a debut novel the writer knocked it out of the park. I was a little apprehensive at the extreme religious narrative but the writer melds it beautifully into the strong characters portrayed in their respective roles.” Alastair Russell
“Interesting premise, well written, and never dull. Also thought it provided some interesting food for thought, even for the non-religious oriented.” Alan J. Kaechele
“A must read! I was hooked from the first chapter. It gave me the possibilities of what if? I feel a better person after reading…” Jennifer Ramos
“I have just started reading this awesome book, and my wife said she was talking to me…I am just too into it to stop.” Cycotic
And from a young lady in the UK...
"That was the best book I've ever read! It was a coincidence that I began reading it when I did and finished on the 'last day of the world' but seriously there's so much in there that proves that the power of God is real. I'm not even religious. Anyone who can read should read this. By the way, in case this is monitored by the author, my mum wants to read this but she can only read it in a book because of her eyesight so print this please!!! Last thing, I'm only 19. Just wanted to emphasize the point that I'm not an old religious coot who reads these kinda things. Usually I read about vampires lol. But seriously, this book is the best. Thank you Mr. Ryan--Mahalia
THE COVER FOR 2013
PROOF COPY OF ROOT OF ALL EVIL COVER