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Who is Michelle D Starr?
She is an entrepreneur, author, screenwriter, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend, with a highly successful Chimney Restoration Company in New Jersey. Her husband Fred and their three adult daughters... Krystle, Emerald and Jade all work for the family business. "My daughters are dirty chicks by day and drop dead gorgeous by night," says Starr.
After completing three years of modeling school, she became a model and top 10 finalist in the 1994 Mrs. New Jersey contest. She hosted her own radio show, "Truth in Action Music Radio Hour", for three years and has performed in three off-Broadway musicals.
She has seen her share of adversity, enduring her parents divorce, addictions, teen pregnancy, disease, and witnessing her mother’s suicide at age 15. Through it all, she has kept a positive attitude and a restorative belief in God, which is the driving force behind her fantasy novel and newly adapted screenplay "INOCULATION ETERNITY".
Title: Inoculation Eternity
Author: Michelle D. Starr
Publish Date: 2006
Genre: Christian Fantasy
Book Size: 267 pages
Reviewer: Deborah Porter
"Before humankind ever existed there was Eternity, a place with no time, no sickness, no war."
It is to this idyllic world author Michelle Starr introduces her readers. A place before time, as we know it, where life was trouble-free and emotions were virtually unknown. It was a perfect world, under the direction of the Ancient of Days who renewed and regenerated all creation during the regular resurgence of life ceremonies--until one day when Lucifer, the Master of Ceremonies of the Gathering, performed a display unlike any ever seen before. From that point on, nothing would ever be the same.
Inoculation Eternity is an intriguing book which takes the very limited scriptural revelation available regarding the events pre-Genesis and incorporates a whole lot of imagination to paint a "what if" picture of the time before the creation of man. Characters range from the Biblically familiar, such as Gabriel and Michael, through to those recognizable from mythology, such as Pegasus, Pandora and Aphrodite. That mix alone makes this novel quite a fascinating read.
With archangels and cherubs flitting from planet to planet, and traveling through the sun to participate in the spectacular sun dances, the reader is transported to a fantasy world inhabited by characters with personalities that grow increasingly familiar as they are changed by the "infection" spreading throughout Eternity.
In dealing creatively with this time before mankind, the author has dared to delve into the character of Lucifer before his fall. In this first book of a planned trilogy, Lucifer is portrayed in a fairly sympathetic light as he struggles with the changes that are taking place in him.
In writing Inoculation Eternity, the author took quite a risk--a risk that may not pay off for every reader, particularly those not comfortable with anything stepping outside Biblical revelation. However, it is obvious Ms. Starr never intended to preach to the choir with this novel. Her goal was to reach the Harry Potter generation with a message of God's plan for humanity. As part of this goal, she has included scripture references at the end of the book to provide chapter-by-chapter foundations for certain points and characters in the storyline.
The use of language in the novel is at times a little baffling, shifting from contemporary street vernacular to quite intellectual words that had me scrambling for the dictionary (and the very helpful glossary at the back of the book). This shift from the very common to the uncommon was a little jarring at times; however, fantasy-loving readers will probably take it all in stride.
There is no question that Inoculation Eternity was a highly ambitious first novel, made even more so by the knowledge that this is Part One of "an epic trilogy on life before mankind and beyond." As the first book of the series, it focused mainly on setting the scene for the unfolding of events from Genesis on.
Overall, I found Inoculation Eternity to be an enjoyable read, particularly if taken for what it is--pure fantasy. The story progressed quite well and kept me wondering what would happen next. Ending as it did with the "infection" contained and the Ancient of Days' plan for mankind beginning to unfold, I will be very interested to see where this creative author's imagination next leads us.
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