A love story set in Apocalypse. Last Year’s Resolution by Robert Lampros takes you to author Edmund Stovender who falls in love with Marie, a journalist. Stovender’s plays, books and writing process are a layer on top of reality’s lives hit by apocalyptic events, as described in the Bible, especially the book of Revelation.
Despite the plagues and disasters, there’s time to pray, have gatherings as believers, marry and have children. The biblical prophecies become reality, just as described. The President of the United States recognizes the events from his Bible knowledge, though it’s left open what caused the events and whether or not God’s wrath can be avoided. Although Stovender is drawn into a spiritual battle at the end of the book, a happy end is reserved for him and Marie as well.
A setting like this has a lot of potential for a good plot, character development and the reflection of overwhelming events. None of this is present. The 170 pages are too short for more than superficial characters, time lapses, lengthy repetitive prayers and quotes from the Bible. Stovender is like a last man standing, reaping what he sewed. I’m not a fan of series like Left Behind putting too much fiction in a particular interpretation of the Bible. For a general public Last Year’s Resolution is too overtly Christian, clean and stripped from raw emotions, intimacy and off-guard transgressions. For novel lovers it’s too shallow.
About the author
Robert Lampros is an author of Christian poetry, essays, and fiction who lives in St. Louis. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. His books include Fits of Tranquility, Illuminating Sidewalks, Om-Bork, Afternoon, Eleven Floors, and What Is Sacred. His latest novel, Last Year’s Resolution, is currently available as an e-book and is set to be released in paperback in Fall 2016.
I received a free review copy from the author in exchange for my personal, unbiased review.