The Rapture of Darkness:
A Novel of Hope for the Coming Age
"Will St. Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes
be fulfilled in 2012? ... are these the End Times?"
"The Rapture of Darkness"....is the
inspiring story of an American Vice-President,
an Irish Bishop, and a Professor of Antiquities
determined to save the Catholic Church, America
and the World before the arrival of the "Doomsday
Date" of December 21, 2012.
“Finally, a novel has been written as
an antidote to 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Left
Most believe that Cal St. Martin is the debonair
professor of antiquities at Trinity College in
Dublin, Ireland. But the new American president,
Mike Rounds, knows the real truth—
Prof. Cal St. Martin is a man with a hidden
past––and a secret mission.
Three days before the Presidential election,
the story begins when a satellite falls from
orbit and strikes Washington, D.C. Mike concludes
that it isn’t a random event or terrorism
when a strange gold box is found amidst the wreckage,
addressed to—”The Future Bishop of
Then, four members of the U.S. Supreme Court
vanish without a trace and several top-secret
stealth planes go missing. So, Mike goes to Armagh,
Ireland to deliver the gold box to the new Archbishop,
Diarmuid Martin, and sets out to discover who
is responsible for the strange events.
Mike’s journey takes him into a world
of international political intrigue, adventure,
and religious mystery involving stolen relics,
missing underworld leaders, end times predictions,
and the prophecies of an obscure twelfth-century
Irish saint named Malachy.
As Mike solves the mystery of who is responsible
for the thefts and abductions, the Archbishop
unravels clues left by Professor St. Martin which
will answer the questions on everyone’s
... Are these the Last Days?
... And will “Doomsday” 2012 really
bring the end of the world?
The Rapture of Darkness's
subtitle is "A Novel of Hope for the Coming
Age," and this is just what I found this
book to be. A look at the current headlines
suggests that a different age is indeed coming
whether we like it or not, as traditional religious
and political values are challenged as never
before. This book does offer hope in the deep
richness of our universal, Catholic (and not
only Irish) heritage. It reads as fresh (and
at times as dark) as today's newspapers, but
it's also suffused with the light that comes
from the Scriptures and the Church, including
the writings of our 2,000 year heritage of
saints. I was impressed with the author's knowledge
the great Irish saints, some well-known, and
others hardly heard of anymore. He uses their
legacies and prophecies to weave a gripping
fantasy intertwined with modern American and
and even a fair share of modern astronomy as
well. The author also provides links to resources
for those who would like to immerse themselves
even further in the facts behind the fiction.
I much enjoyed this creative, fast-moving adventure.
It left me yearning to learn more of the lore
and the wisdom of the Irish saints, to visit
Ireland, to appreciate more deeply traditional
Catholic values and once long-held American
standards of gentlemanly conduct and dress,
and the desire
to read Mr. Spring's next book!