God (Adonai) and the Devil (Samael) have worked together for billions of years creating Nature, and for the last few hundred million with intent to forge a species capable of carrying their work forward into the otherwise sterile universe. But quite recently, say, ten or fifteen thousand, they’ve come into severe disagreement on the prospects 
of a particular species both promising and threatening to the entire enterprise, Homo sapiens. Humankind.  

Early in the book Samael convinces Adonai that the sapiens are too inherently destructive to succeed. Adonai, broken-hearted over facts which She knows to be accurate, finally agrees to stop guiding and assisting them and, reluctantly, to allow the sapiens to run themselves into extinction. Her last, best hope for the species, Anne Murphy, a young, new President of the United States with the vision and leadership to steer at this critical juncture the Western world in the right direction, is not likely to get her chance because multiple adversaries — human and spiritual, internal to the USA and external to it— intend to destroy her. 

Meanwhile, Samael, acting through Iran’s Supreme Leader and the Republican Guards Quds Force, has invented bomb-like devices that convert breathable oxygen into unbreathable ozone and has planted them throughout the three hundred largest cities of the world. When detonated they will strangulate sixty percent of the world’s population, precipitating chaos and inciting wholesale destruction of humankind.

Furthermore, major Oil concerns within the USA intend to assassinate the President before she can enact a Constitutional Amendment regarding stewardship of the environment.

Francis Xavier O’Rourke and Deirdre Anne Kavanagh are two spirits in the afterlife who intend to do whatever they can to change that. As members of Heaven’s elite Commando force, they league-up in an unusual strike team named “The Roués.” They boldly venture into the depths of Hell to confront Samael and into the highest reaches 
of Heaven to address Adonai, angling and bargaining for one last chance to save humanity. They race against time, distance, and human and spiritual obstacles to try to avert the catastrophe, and to support President Murphy. The strain will destroy the actors in this narrative, or bring them closer together. 

The fate of humankind lies in the balance.


Illus: Tim Leeming
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