Chained in Darkness Anthology

Fiction - Supernatural
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 11/30/2021
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Author Biography

I would read anything that I could get my hands on from my early childhood, including comic books. My brothers and I read first editions and had them in our possession for many years until we left home and forgot about them. I was amazed at the plethora of writers who could bring to us a new perspective of our universe and how man interacted as a whole. Having been raised in the church, I was always curious how our lives intersected with the scriptures and our biblical teachings shaped humanity. Chained in Darkness is my attempt to bring context to a biblical perspective, a context that the layperson could easily understand. We must remember that behind every myth, there may lie a bit of truth.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Leonard William Smuts for Readers' Favorite

The struggle between good and evil began with the dawn of time and with the granting of free will. In Chained in Darkness Anthology, Dr. Eugene Barnes adds a new and exciting dimension to this classic theme. It is a tale of fallen angels and their leader, who have been captured and imprisoned by the forces of Light. They seek to escape being chained in perpetual darkness by using earthly surrogates - such as the evil Charlotte Devereaux - in order to destroy the world. Against this background, Detective Wanda Price investigates a series of apparent suicides in her hometown in Illinois, USA. She suspects a spiritual link and seeks the advice of Reverend Kristofer Masters, the pastor at a local church. The trail leads them to confer with his mentor in New York, where similar unexplained deaths have occurred. There, a team of academics and theologians is assembled, but they must first cope with mystical experiences and be exposed to personal danger by dark forces. Relationships are forged through trust and international associations are established. They pool their esoteric knowledge to unravel clues from sacred texts and ancient wisdom to prevent the impending apocalypse, which reaches its climax in the town of Bethel.

Chained in Darkness Anthology extends the notion of an angelic rebellion and their misused stolen wisdom to include the unseen realms where highly evolved beings oversee our wellbeing. Entrance to those dimensions is strictly controlled. Dr. Eugene Barnes explores fields such as demonology, quantum physics, translocation, and altered states of consciousness through his rich cast of characters, which expands with the plot to include a professor, his student, a rabbi, and his sister. I particularly enjoyed the intricate blend of spiritual beliefs from Christianity through Rastafarianism, Judaism, and the Kabbalah to Native American teachings. A touch of romance completes the mix. The plot is well developed and it seems fitting that such a diverse interfaith team should set out to save the planet. This book pushes the bounds of conventional religion and provides an alternative scenario for a hypothetical Armageddon. It is well-written, entertaining, thought-provoking, and highly recommended. An excellent read.

Pikasho Deka

Chained in Darkness Anthology is a supernatural mystery thriller written by Dr. Eugene Barnes. Divided into two parts, the book follows the adventures of Detective Wanda Price and Rev. Kristofer Masters. Detective Wanda Price visits Rev. Kristofer Masters, a pastor of the Redemption Church, and seeks his counsel related to a murder investigation that she is leading. However, when people start dying of mysterious causes unceremoniously across the globe, Kristofer's mentor, Professor Aaron Nyabinghi, suspects the hand of a Waganga, a dangerous witch by the name of Charlotte Devereaux under the control of the demon spirit, Molodom. Meanwhile, the influx of Nephilims threatens the destruction of the human race. Wanda, Kristofer, and the professor must now team up alongside their friends to save humanity from certain doom.

Despite containing biblical themes, Chained in Darkness Anthology works for Christians and non-Christians alike, and anyone who is a fan of supernatural thrillers should find it thoroughly entertaining. Dr. Eugene Barnes weaves an intricate yarn filled with Bible verses and references. The plot moves at a blistering speed, with numerous twists and turns that keep you engaged throughout the pages. All the characters feel distinct and have well-defined traits that give agency to their actions. The supernatural elements are seamlessly incorporated into the narrative, and it makes for an authentic and unique tale that is bound to entertain fans of the genre. I enjoyed the chemistry between Wanda and Kristofer, and their dynamic was one of my favorite aspects of the book. Recommended to fantasy lovers who love a deep dive into the unknown.

Natalie Soine

The Anthology of Chained in Darkness by Dr. Eugene Barnes begins at the Redemption Church where Rev. Kristofer Masters presided as pastor. Chief Detective Wanda Price of the Champaign Police Department joined the congregation to find out more about demonology. She was investigating the suicide of Warren Johnson who left a note with the word ‘Abaddon’ on it. Abaddon is the ruler of Hades or Hell. Rev. Masters traveled to New York to visit Professor Aaron Nyabinghi for assistance. Prof. Nyabinghi told him that the religious community was being targeted for their sins and compelled to commit suicide at the commission of an aberration. Rev. Masters was told by Rambam Moshe that he had to receive the ritual of the ashes of the red heifer and pass The Guardian of the Gates which controlled access to all the angelic realms. He would undergo a fantastic transformational experience.

Charlotte Devereaux had come of age and given herself entirely over to the demon Molodom. Rev. Masters and Prof. Nyabinghi need the key to Hum-Liel and must return to the Guardian of the Gates to confront their adversaries while 280 soldiers conduct Operation Purify. They must prevent the PACT, Particle Accelerator Cyclotronic Translocator, from releasing demons onto the earth. Twins Mark and Mick (Mick is a Microbiologist, Mike is a Hematologist) will provide a Wangnometer which will see the breach registered and indicated with a potentiometer. The team must formulate their plan to execute before All Hallow's Eve.

Chained in Darkness Anthology is an action-packed novel filled with twists, turns, and surprises - from our earthly world to other realms. Author Dr. Eugene Barnes does a fantastic job of introducing a wide variety of characters and making them interesting, unique, and relatable. The scenes and locations are vividly described and the reader can easily form a mental picture of the various places, some of which may not really exist. I especially enjoyed the way relationships are formed between the characters, including friends, family, and lovers. The story does move around which makes it more interesting and is necessary to understand the history behind it. Overall, a great story that I would recommend to any person who enjoys anthologies about angels and demons.