Breaking the World (preorder)

In 1993, David Koresh predicted the end of the world.

What if he was right?

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Releases April 17th, 2018.

Cyrus doesn't believe in David's predictions, and he's not interested in being part of a cult. But after the sudden death of his brother, his parents split up and his mom drags him to Waco, Texas against his will. At least he's not alone. His friends, Marshal and Rachel, have equally sad stories that end with them being dumped at the Branch Davidian Church.

Together, they're the trinity of nonbelievers, atheist teens caught between a soon to be infamous cult leader, an erratic FBI, and an epidemic that may confirm the worst of the church's apocalyptic prophecies. With tanks surrounding the Branch Davidians and tear gas in the air, Cyrus and his friends know one thing for certain: They can't count on the adults to save them.

In his debut novel, Jerry Gordon takes readers deep inside the longest standoff in law enforcement history for an apocalyptic thriller that challenges the news media's reporting of the event, the wisdom of militarizing domestic law enforcement, and the blurry line between religion and cult.

ISBN 1937009645 (TPB) 1937009688 (HC)

218 pages

Cover art by Noah Aust.

Jerry Gordon is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated co-editor of the Dark Faith, Invocations, and Streets of Shadows anthologies. His short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine and Shroud. When he’s not writing and editing, he runs a software company, teaches, and dreams of a good night’s sleep. You can find him blurring genre lines at