This is not your Sunday School's Noah's Ark.
Noah Primeval is a speculative retelling of the beloved story of Noah for a new generation. In an ancient world submerged in darkness, fallen angels rule as gods, and breed giants and monsters. Mankind is enslaved to evil. Noah, a tribal leader, has been prophesied to bring an end to the rule of these "gods" and save humanity from coming destruction. But Noah's wife and son are captives of these dark forces. To rise against this supernatural evil and rescue his family, Noah will need an equally supernatural army. But why has God told him to build a huge box out of gopher wood?
©2011 Brian James Godawa (P)2013 Brian James Godawa
This is an excellent fictional re telling of the flood that weaves the biblical account seamlessly with many of the Ancient Near Eastern flood myths; the result is a reasonable (and vastly entertaining) explanation of the presence of and belief in many of the deities and seemingly divergent understandings found regarding the Deluge. I especially enjoyed listening to the appendices following the novel that explained much of the rationale of the author's choices for the depiction of Noah and the other characters. Thank-you, Mr. Godawa, for this series!
first off its a good story and pretty well read. Also it opens your mind up to a whole new way of looking at the bible and history. would be great as a film.
Methuselah... really cool character. He needs his own book.
Really good except for some dialog moments with the archangels... they did not sound... otherworldly enough to me. I dont know if thats the writing was of or the reading. The end conflict however was epic! The reader/ author really gets into it and you feel like you are on this battlefield with him as this wave is coming..
I just got a jolt at the final chapter. It was Just such a cool and epic 3rd act
Great story that rings true to the human heart but also stays true to biblical speculation
The Didymus Contingency by Jeremy Robinson was another fun jaunt into biblical fiction
This is my first, overall I rated him 4 out of 5 because at times I thought he didn't capture how I wanted the characters to sound, but he is the author, so maybe there was a reason for it that I will find upon repeated listenings
True Mythology Made Real
Just another human like all the rest ;)
No, I don't listen or read stories more than once.
Great story, captivating and well created from biblical lore.
Gabrial for sure! Beautiful being full of dimension.
Great book! Kept me entertained the whole way through while connecting much biblical info, events and characters.
The author tried his best to narrate it well and I have to applaud his efforts. He tried really hard and I enjoyed most of the narration.
The writing was at times immature. His research is obviously very thorough, and his writing shines when he's waxing poetic about ancient Mesopotamian irrigation techniques, or something similar. His imagination is just amazing- I would never have thought to write about some of his material. Nothing he wrote about concerning the antideluvian civilizations was too far-fetched for me to believe.
However... At times his writing was just sloppy, especially with the dialogue between Noah, Uriel, and some of the other men. And in the last third of the book, it felt like he Kurt wanted to be finished writing- he would bring up a seemingly deadly or impossible situation, and the n another equally dubious solution would present itself. And Inanna having that weird affection for Lungal-anu the Priest King at the very end-calling him her "little pet" and cradling his dying body with "tenderness"? There was no prior history of such behavior, and I didn't buy that for a second. I think the author just threw that in there to serve as a convenient temporary plot point. Also, I feel that he didn't give enough gravitas to Uriel. The man is an archangel sent by God, but he came off as a grumpy joykill.
This is the sort of book that should be made into film. People want to see this. It would attract believers and non-believers. This book turned movie would flybunder the radar as being ...Bible based or Christian. It would simply be a movie that would educate in disguise while entertaining the audience at the same time. I typically hate reading Christian books or watching Christian movies, because they are normally dry and predictable.
This book is not that. If it were a movie, I would own it. What a breath of fresh air. Thank you Mr. Godawa for such wonderful writings.
Mr. Godawa has done an amazing amount of research to create a story that has a tremendous level of ancient Chaldean concepts and creatures. Many such ideas were certainly a part of the ancient Hebrew understanding of the universe. He does this while having an overall view of what had really happened, compared to how both protagonist and antagonist conceive it to have happened. At the same time telling a riveting story, which gives emotions and depth to characters that have always been reduced to minimal caricatures. While he admits that his story is fiction in many levels, he provides appendices at the end that explain why he had the story elements that he used. In fact, the appendices are some of the most interesting part of this book! For me at least. There are some aspects I would debate him on, but they are not of primary importance to the story, which is great!
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