||June 12, 2012
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The Story of Noah, set in a modernistic steampunk world.
Noah, patriarch of the affluent House of Seth, is a troubled man. Despite his strong walk with God, and his best efforts, his atheist wife, Kira and their three sons have bought into the depraved world system around them. While Noah struggles with his wayward family, humanity is fighting and losing a ruthless war with a hybrid of human and angel; a savage race called the Nephillim. Disgusted with rebellious humanity, the Lord has decided to destroy all life on earth; however, Noah has found favor in His sight. Noah secretly builds the vast ship, unaware that he is the target of a deadly conspiracy. Lucifer, to prevent the advent of the promised Messiah, who will come from Noah's bloodline, has warned the Nephillim of the coming cataclysm. Plotting the destruction of both the Ark, and the House of Seth, the Nephillim will make certain that when the waters recede, it will be they, and not humanity who inherit the new world.
Great, fast-paced read!
As per the title, one is able to assume that this novel is about God along with Noah and the ark - which is correct. But, in this novel, Newman puts a modern spin on the whole story. Usually with religious novels, they are either hit or miss. I was a bit interested and also a bit nervous to start this book because of that. I must say, The Ark is a hit!
I thought it would take me awhile to get through this, honestly. But, it hasn't at all. From the first page, there hasn't been a dull moment. It is full of action.
There is the classic theme of Good vs. Evil. God vs Satan. The Humans vs The Giants. They are present throughout the whole novel.
In The Ark, Noah is cast aside by many members of the community and also his own family for his beliefs. They think he is crazy for believing so much in God and trusting Him to guide him through life. When God appears before him telling him that the world is going to end, and tells Noah that he needs to build an ark to keep him and the animals safe, everything takes a turn for the worse. The family starts falling apart, and a huge target is put onto Noah and The House of Seth from the outsiders.
Then at the end - my favorite, there is a huge twist! I never saw it coming which made me super excited.
Overall, The Ark is an easy, fun read. I, myself, am a Christian so it was especially entertaining for me to read. The chapters were short, so it makes the book seem not as long. And Newman never leaves you with a dull moment.
It is a great modernized retelling of Noah and The Ark, and I would recommend anyone who has some interest in the Bible and God to pick it up. Even non-believers could be entertained. Very well written.
5/5 Stars from me!
I'll read this again!
In my opinion this is another amazing book by Ken Newman. I loved how the story takes place in modern society and ties in with the Biblical story of Noah and his family. In a world where we are bombarded with materialism and greed it's refreshing to see characters that CAN open their hearts and learn to have FAITH. I WILL recommend this book to friends and family. This would make a Great gift for scifi readers also!
An action packed and great read
I really enjoyed the book "The Ark". I was really surprised at how the author expanded the characters of Noah and his family. We know very little of his wife and sons and I thought the author did an amazing job making the relationships real and very believable.
The action was on going and never a dull moment or a lull in the story. I felt that Mr. Newman really expressed the true nature of the fight between the Lord God, those that are His children and the devil...
I enjoyed that the Ark was in a setting of today's society and an encouragement to everyone that even in today's world we can be victorious through our faith in God.
Even though the story was based on a biblical story I believe that it would be enjoyed whether you were Christian or not. I think that the author hit on all the things that we face and struggle within our world today. I loved the battle between man and the natural and supernatural.
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