Apocalypse, The Unveiling: Millennial Glory, Volume 3
Wendie L. Edwards
Seventh Seal Publishing, Inc., 2003, 2007
(In order to appreciate this review, it will help readers to refer to my reviews of volumes 1 and 2 in this series.)
The Rogers family is back in this thoughtful and sometimes-surprising third volume in the Millennial Glory series by Wendie Edwards. In previous volumes, we’ve met the family and came to know them intimately. Bo and Corrynne Rogers are the parents. They have 10 children, ranging from 22 years to 1 year old twins. Several of the children are absent from the home as this volume begins. One is working in Europe for the United Nations.
Time is drawing to a close, and the Rogers family is caught in the middle of the havoc descending on the world. In particular, the winds of tragedy are blowing on the Provo valley. With the bursting of a dam, and a major earthquake, many of the Saints have found themselves homeless, with little or nothing, other than the sustenance offered by their fellow Saints under the concept of the United Order, to support them through these difficult times.
The plotline of this volume is more complex, and more nuanced, than the previous volumes. There is one point where Bo and Corrynne battle over the care for their dying son Dane. The dialogue is sharp and well-written; the reader is brought into the story so nicely and so thoroughly.
Central to the story in this volume in the strength that families can find when facing extreme adversity. The Rogers family must find a way to lift each other up when all looks so bleak. Their faith is sometimes all they have, and they are not shy about appealing to the Lord for help.
Other strains show from time to time. Two of the brothers have a conflict during a very difficult time. It’s not revealed in this volume how they resolve their problems, but it leaves a nice tension in the air, a desire to read the next volume and see how they work things out.
In my reviews of the previous books, I mentioned my dismay at the seemingly total lack of editing, the amazing number of typos and punctuation errors. This volume actually has two editors listed. Alas, it’s no better than the first two. I found myself wishing someone, anyone, had taken a look at these books before they went to the printer.
If I were author Edwards, I’d sue the editors for malpractice. Just kidding, of course. But, honestly, if two editors read this book, shouldn’t one of them have picked up that the yolk of an egg is not spelled “yoke”? Shouldn’t at least one of the editors know the difference between “affect” and “effect”? And, honestly, is it that hard to learn the rules of how to use a semicolon, a comma? I could go on, but I won’t.
I will, of course, read the next volumes in this series. The plot is thickening. Everyone is in on the plot, including a new pope (who isn’t who he seems to be), a Rogers family member who has been to the spirit world and learned many lessons, and a son who works for the U.N. It’s coming together nicely. If only Edwards would engage the services of a real editor and correct the enormous number of errors. This series deserves better.