Greetings, Reading Friends! This is David Telbat with some research background for my new upcoming novel! Dawn of Affliction, Book One in the Last Dawn Trilogy, begins in the City of San Diego, where Levi Caspertein has become a man in the aftermath of America’s collapse. If you’ve ever been to San Diego, then you know what a mighty symbol of strength and beauty this city holds in America. But in this novel, the city and all its might is brought to its knees. What am I symbolizing here?
A City on Top
San Diego is a beautiful city. Within just a few miles of the coastline, everything a person could ever want to do or see seems to be available. It’s no wonder why many residents of San Diego don’t stray too far from home. They have everything they need and want down the street—Balboa Zoo, Seaport Village, the Museum of Art, Spreckels Organ Pavilion . . .
The might of San Diego is seen in the strength of its military sites as well, both historically and currently. All along the coast we can find naval strength, like the Naval Station, Point Loma Submarine Base, the Maritime Museum, the Naval Air Station, and the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Perhaps the most mysterious and honored tradition is found on Coronado Island, where the Navy SEALs have privately trained for years, surpassing other countries’ Special Forces units by their versatility and specialties.
San Diego contains everything from the fun to the fierce, from tourism to Old Town shopping markets.
This World is Fading
History reminds us that nothing lasts forever. All the mighty empires of the past have faded into memory. The Bible teaches that this is the way of all things in this fallen, decaying world. What seems so mighty now, will be brought low. What is filled with pride, will be humbled. What is strong, will be made weak.
In Dawn of Affliction, I took this magnificent city and brought it low through a pandemic that sweeps America. The city is made into a symbol for readers, gone the way of all earthly things—ruin. We see that people who establish their lives upon such cities of strength or entertainment, will experience the same collapse.
As wonderful as San Diego is, it will not be so forever, so we must look higher. We must establish our lives upon that which is eternal, invincible, and trustworthy. Mighty cities and fierce military bases are prone to corruption and entropy, along with the rest of creation. But attaching ourselves to the sure foundation of Jesus Christ, we will not meet with disappointment.
Dawn of Affliction teaches that there is joy, life, and love beyond disaster. Watch for this new novel around Christmas time!
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Visit our Last Dawn Trilogy page here to learn more about the series, as well as to see what is coming next!
COMING UP: Join us next time for David’s Author Reflection about Dawn of Affliction in, “Ebola Inspired Meridia Virus in Dawn of Affliction.” And for the following post, we have his new short story, “The Debt is Paid.” Thanks for reading!