The Ark, Ken Newman, Sunbury Press, Speculative Fiction, June 16th, 2012, 244 pages.
Synopsis: Set in an antediluvian world as modern as our own, The Ark is a new spin on the Biblical account of Noah. 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. With the end of humanity at hand, God orders Noah to build the Ark in order to save his family. 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.
My thoughts: In the past, I've been disappointed by many books delving into Noah's story, and had yet to find a great one. This time, I found one that needed fine-tuning, but otherwise turned out well. I found that at first it was hard to speed through, because of typos, wording errors, and confusing sentences. When I shut out these distractions, I was able to see the plot arc for what it was. It must be said, though, that it turned out to be a pre-published galley, and these errors are not in the copy being printed now.
While some of the characters could be a bit more unique, staying with the reader longer, Noah and Kira did just that. I appreciate the way he portrayed their strengths and stubborn natures, alike. Similarly, Newman put a unique view on the flood, using modern technology intermittently, but not in such a way to make a point of showing it off, and didn't distract from the story. The finale, which most people know, needed something extra, while not deviating from the original tale. I feel that Newman delivered this well, though some might be able to predict it, yet still enjoy it.
In conclusion, the errors mentioned above are not in the final copy, so if you like a good plot, you will enjoy The Ark's speculative view of the House of Seth and Noah's story.
*This book was provided free by the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*
My rating: 4 stars
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