Title: The End of the World is Nigh (Ally Oldfield Series #1)
Author: Tony Moyle
Narrator: Aubrey Parsons
Everyone’s heard of Nostradamus. No one’s heard of Philibert Montmorency. One was a legend. The other, not so much….
A newly discovered Nostradamus prophecy has taken the internet by storm thanks to “The Oblivion Doctrine”, a group of online conspiracy theorists. Apparently the end is nigh. And in case anyone’s interested, nigh is definitely a Tuesday.
Doctor Ally Oldfield, professor of Medieval Languages, is summoned to Lyon for a second opinion. She’s not happy about it. But then again she’s rarely happy about anything. She’s got a coffee deficiency, a low tolerance towards almost everybody, and nothing good to say about Nostradamus whatsoever. And in her expert opinion, although the prophecy is over 500 years old, it’s definitely not by Nostradamus. So if he didn’t write it, who did?
Helped by Gabriel Janvier, the second-worst “prepper” of all time, and Mr. Palomer, a mysterious old philanthropist, Oldfield must scour history to discover the truth before the prophecy comes true or the Oblivion Doctrine’s fake news destroys civilization anyway.
In the search for truth, only history can save the future.
The End of the World Is Nigh is the first book in the Dr. Ally Oldfield series.
If you love books about con men, conspiracies, Renaissance history, massive agitated boar, exploding beds, marmalade, and historical satire then this is the book for you. Okay, you’ve never listened to a book like that before…here’s your chance, get into the laughter today!
From the author of How to Survive the Afterlife series.
When a flu-like virus takes over the world in a plague like pandemic, people become desperate. When a prophecy of Nostradamus is uncovered that seems to predict the flu to be end times, not everyone believes it. Ally, a medieval literature professor, decides to see if the prophecy is indeed authentic. That decision leads her on a journey she could never see coming.
This is unlike any book I’ve read before. With the parallels of the flu-like virus compared to everything that’s happening today, it made it almost an eerie read. I liked this book though. It flipped between the modern day and past in an interesting way. It was almost as if there were two books woven together in one tale. None of the modern-day characters were particularly likeable, but I liked the relationship between Philibert and Nostradamus in the past.
I thought the entire bit about the prophecies, how they are created and interpreted was all an interesting part of the book. My favorite part is how the philosophers admitted to created broad prophecies simply because it was harder to prove them wrong. It’s interesting because people do have a tendency to put their own meaning into the words they read. It’s not much different when it comes to ancient writings and “prophecies.”
While a bit hard to get into at the beginning, I am glad I stuck through to the end because this book was a gem. It had plenty of adventure, mystery, intrigue, and humor. Well done!
I’ve heard the narrator’s book on several other books, and I am never disappointed by his performance. Every audiobook he touches, he turns to gold.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.