Welcome, Reading Friend! This is David Telbat with a little tidbit from my writing research for Dawn of Affliction. One of my favorite locations in this novel, which is Book One of the Last Dawn Trilogy, is the real ghost town of Eagle Mountain, CA. This old iron mining town once had four thousand people living in it, way out in the Colorado Desert, but now it is a totally abandoned site. What a perfect place for a post-apocalyptic traveler to visit!
Abandoned, but Revived
The real town of Eagle Mountain was once a thriving mining town, complete with a park, shopping center, swimming pool, and baseball diamond. The nearby landscape may look like the surface of Mars, but it once hosted a bowling alley, two gas stations, churches, and schools.
In Dawn of Affliction, I fictionalized a re-population of this abandoned town. Survivors of the Meridia Virus escape with their families and livestock to hide in the desert. For twenty years, they are alone, but then evil strikes. Levi Caspertein travels through the area, heading east. We know that no man of God can pass through without caring for those who desperately need his help.
Traveling with Levi Caspertein
In this upcoming book, you will travel with Levi through towns like Eagle Mountain. You will step on cracked pavement where weeds are growing, be drawn to where a child is crying, discover why a goat is wandering. You’ll climb Eagle Mountain with Levi to spend the night in the rocks, hiding from aggressors. And you’ll accompany him as he cares for strangers, saving lives while risking his own. We will trust God together.
So get ready! Lace up your boots, and grab your backpack for the trek. Dawn of Affliction will be available later in December!
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