2014-04-10 15:32:43 - The end of the world has been a point for speculation for thousands of years. Author Doug Atkins paints a picture of the future that combines ancient prophecy with modern issues such as water shortages, environmental depletion and corporate greed
Noah's great-grandfather Enoch predicted the world would end by fire. But, as recently portrayed in the blockbuster movie 'Noah' and as many believe, the ancient world ended with a great flood. Predictions about how the world will end have been at the forefront of man's consciousness for thousands of years. Today's water shortage could a modern day omen of a future that may well signal the end of life as we know it.
"The movie 'Noah, stated Atkins, "is all the news today. It’s an amazing adaptation of one of the most spectacular stories in the Bible. Within the movie, Noah himself mentions his great-grandfather, Enoch, who had said that humanity would come to a fiery end. Noah was quick to
say life would end by water, and so it did as this epic tale depicts."
"That leads to the question, 'How would that have played out if Enoch were right and things ended by fire?' That’s the theme of the ancient text, 'the Book of Enoch,' written in segments between approximately 300 BC – 100 AD. In that work, the end result would be that the watchers languish in agony for 10,000 generations and the righteous (the elect) lavish in bliss for eternity. That didn't happen, but it could."
In Atkins’ dystopian novel, 'The Watchers', he creates a future involving a water shortage (no natural fresh water) and a massive cult’s drive to hail an Enochian end to those who rule humanity. 'The Watchers' is a modern adaptation of the Book of Enoch.
Long after the turn of the 21st century, all natural fresh water has dried up and oxygen levels of the atmosphere are slowly depleting. Water and oxygen are monopolized by a mega-company: Aquasuperior. Chaos reigns in this future dystopian world as everyone wonders if the Book of Enoch has foretold a truthful ending to the end of humanity. It is today's water shortage makes this story line all the more believable.
"Nearly 15% of the world’s 7 billion people struggle under conditions without safe water," Atkins continued. "Among our fellow man, that’s 1 billion people. By 2050, this figure will reach 3 billion. In an ideal world, where everyone had access to safe drinking water, 3.6 million lives could be spared every year."
A recent review stated, "Definitely a great book for those who like to contemplate the end times and enjoy apocalyptic stories, and this book definitely takes a unique look at what could happen in the end. The sad reality that this future world could be where our very own world could end up."
Doug Atkins speaks and writes on both his novel and the topic of water shortages. He is also available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at email@example.com
. 'The Watchers' is available at Amazon in Kindle format. More information is available at Atkins' website at www.TheWatchersOnKindle.com
About Doug Atkins
Doug started his writing career as a sports writer for a small newspaper. The Watchers was originally published by iUniverse where it won their "Editor's Choice Award." His short story - Heidi - won an honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest; a competition that draws 10,000 annual participants from around the globe. Today, he is a regular in the Boston Globe's tech blog, The Hive, as well as their newly launched Beta Boston. He is on the advisory board for Harvard Business Review.
Doug's personal life has been both tragic and triumphant. His late wife passed away after suffering for many years. A child very dear to his heart was savagely murdered. Both events lead him to hate God. Today, his life has changed for the better. He has one son who shines in his eyes. His is totally in love with his second wife and the six grandchildren he has inherited. Doug has also been developing an education technology business, Honouroll Learning Games.