Book Review: Deluge by Daniel Diehl

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3-10-2014 7-54-00 PMBOOK TITLE: Deluge

AUTHOR: Daniel Diehl

 RELEASE DATE: Dec 20, 2013

 BOOK GENRE: Historical Fiction/ Family Saga/ Inspirational

DESCRIPTION:

The story of Noah and the Great Flood is unquestionably one of the most beloved and uplifting tales from the Old Testament. Its story of spiritual awakening, family oriented values, good versus evil and the redemption of mankind has warmed the hearts of people of faith for thousands of years. While Deluge is a novelized adaptation of the scriptural story of the Great Flood, it adheres closely to the Biblical text and should find a ready market among all Christian denominations as well as the Jewish community.

‘Deluge’ deals not only with the story of the Great Flood itself, but also with the relationship between Noah’s family, who are presented here as fully-rounded human beings who find themselves caught in the unprecedented nightmare of a world-destroying flood brought on by a God whose existence they had never suspected. In counterpoint to the story’s main theme is the evolving relationship between the members of Noah’s extended family and their collective relations with a world so hostile and dangerous that God has decided to destroy human life.
Deluge is designed as a ‘family’ book and should be accessible and acceptable to all readers over the age of 14 or 15 years and will make ideal family reading for all peoples with a faith in God’s grace.
Considering that virtually every major culture has told the story of a great, all engulfing flood which took place at some time in the distant past, Deluge will be embraced by both conservative and liberal Christians, as well as Jews and will find a ready market among all faiths and denominations as well as those interested in ancient history in general.

REVIEW:

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

In Deluge, Noah is presented in a way that I hadn’t pictured him and it opened my eyes to the struggles that he most likely did go through when God came to him. 

I am normally not one to enjoy reading long, detailed descriptions but this book is an exception. The details of wine-making interested me because my son is a winemaker. And the building of the ark was fascinating. I always knew a lot went into it but reading the detail made me stop and think what a huge undertaking it actually was.

The author did a lot of research for this book and it’s obvious. At the end of the book he explained the research he did and included copies of the documents he used for his research. I found this part information as interesting as the book itself. He also explained some of the liberties he took to make a better story and to make it an easier read. 

Daniel Diehl is also good at describing human interaction. There were a couple times I caught myself with my mouth hanging open.

I definitely recommend Deluge, especially if you like historical and/or Christian fiction.

Purchase on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

3-10-2014 7-54-25 PMDaniel Diehl is an author and investigative historian with more than thirty years experience in his field.  He has authored three novels and co-authored 20 historical based, non-fiction books (see below), written more than 170 hours of documentary television and contributed to numerous periodicals.  Mr. Diehl’s lifetime book sales exceed 200,000 English language units and his work has been translated into nine foreign languages.  He has served as historical consultant on such films as The Color Purple (Amblin Entertainment, 1986), and Darrow (PBS Television Theatre, 1991) and Baskin’s Run (Finnegan’s Wake Productions, 1994).   

Dan Diehl’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/daniel.diehl.31

Deluge Website: http://deluge1.webs.com/

Twitter: @DanielDiehlBook

Book Review: Alchemy by Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West

1-21-2014 9-42-59 PMTitle: Alchemy (Prophecy Breakers) 

Authors: Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West 

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance 

Description:

We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.

 Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.

 We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This world of magic is different than any other I’ve read about before and I found it interesting. Someone is infected with magic, gets crazy for a while, and then ends up with powers. Once someone is infected, they aren’t allowed to lead a “normal” life.

I like how Alchemy is in journal form and the reader can follow what each character is thinking by reading those journals. The main characters are unique, they each bring a different point of view, and I liked all three of them.

This story is well written and full of magic, suspense and humor. It is a good book not only for young adults but adults as well. I’m looking forward to reading the next book!

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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