“The impetus for this story was spawned from my interest in genealogy,” Liam says, a descendant of thirteen Mayflower passengers . “I have been fascinated with the application of DNA analysis to field of genealogy, particularly the ambitious Genographic Project sponsored by The National Geographic Society.
“A friend asked me if I would draft an explanation of the science of DNA from a biblical perspective. She was intrigued by my idea that the story of the Flood might be written in our DNA and wanted to share it with her home-schooled grandchildren. As I began to write, the story came to life.
“I am also concerned about the threat that Islam represents to civilization. I wove this theme into the story with the hope that my readers will educate themselves further about the oppressive Muslim worldview.
“The reluctant hero is an archetype that interests me. Believers find themselves in a world filled with daily challenges. Most are not endowed with the traits that would be deemed heroic in the traditional sense, but they faithfully respond to their calling and often shun acknowledgment.
“My son said it best in a speech before the Secretary of the Navy and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was speaking of his fallen comrade who was killed in Afghanistan: “Heroes are not people who possess supernatural strength and abilities. Heroes are normal people who make extraordinary decisions every day of their lives.”