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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation and a weekly columnist for News With Views, is the author of the critically-acclaimed Bell Mountain Series of fantasy/adventure novels. Long before that, he was a successful writer of horror novels.
Lee has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 35 years. As a Henry Rutgers Scholar he earned a degree in Political Science, specializing in the study of the Viking Age. He has won tournaments in chess and judo, and still plays basketball every week.
In addition to the three Bell Mountain novels already published by Storehouse Press--Bell Mountain, The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, and The Thunder King--two more are being prepared for publication later this year. "I would not be surprised if the Bell Mountain series wound up keeping me busy for the rest of my life," Lee says, "and I wouldn't mind that at all."
Lee's favorite authors (the ones he's learned the most from) include Agatha Christie, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Arthur Upfield, Walter R. Brooks, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
I thought this might be a good book to keep by my bedside table - you know the kind - read a couple of pages and off you go to LaLa-Land. Well, if that's what you're expecting - pass on this one. It took me two nights to finish it and my mind was so engrossed in the book - I couldn't even THINK about sleeping. After I finished the read - I drifted off to sleep and dreamed of things to come - great and mysterious happenings - all the possibilities of what God has done and is going to do. I felt like I was right there with the kids...going and doing the same as they were doing. I felt their weariness, fear, the happiness - this is NOT a book to be read before retiring to slumber. I loved it! Great read!!!!!!! More, please!
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Do your kids love to muse? Or do they need to have more transcendent things of truth to ponder within their reading material? Do you yearn to find Christian books that will entertain, inspire as an alluring story unfolds? Your answer is found in "Bell Mountain," by Chalcedon's Lee Duigon. This hefty volume (288 pages) is a smooth flowing attention-grabber written in a winsome style that is geared for young people but has enough lift for persnickety adults. This is the first novel from the CF's new label named "Storehouse Press."
This fast-paced kid-friendly volume traces surprising events such as:
- The discovery by a couple youngsters of a bell that will end the world if it is rung - The location and the bell have laid undiscovered as fantastic legends unfold before the reader's eyes - Confrontations with bizarre beasts, outlaws, and unforeseen perils written in marvelous readable prose.
Yes, Christian parents know how hard it is to find enjoyable fiction for our children; In "Bell Mountain," Duigon has bestowed a wonderful and fantastic book that will delight both young and old. Hopefully this is the first in a series of amazing books for godly families.
Thrilling, stirring, edge-of-seat page-turner! Review written by Mike A Robinson author of the Children's book: "Presuppositional Apologetics for Kids" ("Who Made Truth") found at the site: Mike A Robinson.
Jack and Ellayne live in a time when the Old Books have been forgotten and New Books, filled with exaggerations and replacement stories, have become the new Scriptures. People, wealthy and poor, for the most part have forgotten who God is and when they pray, rarely do they expect an answer. In this atmosphere, set in an alternate but ancient-earthlike reality, two children embark on an impossible mission to follow the pull of God in their hearts, to fulfill a mission more important than any other of their time.
But that's just the grown-up stuff.
This is an adventure tale. Fantastical animals, perilous journeys, human friends and foes all combine to take the reader on an extraordinary and heroic quest. Never did the telling confuse, and never did the action lag. The characters are constructed of solid stuff, making them as three-dimensional as in any bestselling adult fiction novel, yet this story would appeal to children of all ages: eight to eighty, and everywhere in between.
A thousand years ago, King Ozias, the last king, placed a bell on top of Mount Yul. Scripture says that when someone rings that bell, God will hear it.
But no one ever has rung the bell.
Many people, from the head priest to a small-town teacher, have felt God stirring their heart to ring it, but the only ones obedient enough to answer that call are two children - Jack and Ellayne.
Jack is a poor boy, a child of misfortune; Ellayne is a rich girl, child of the town's chief councilor. Together they will make it to the top of the mountain and fulfill their calling.
Bell Mountain is such a fun read for people of all ages. It's interesting and moves at a quick pace with lots of action and adventure. As you read, you'll meet new creatures, an expert assassin, Helki the Rod, Obst the Hermit, and Wytt the...? (Well, you'll just have to read about Wytt.)
It's a perfectly clean read with a ton of depth and good Christian messages. One of my favorite themes was the question of how we should treat Scripture. Is it to be taken at face-value and treated seriously, or is it just a collection of myths and metaphors?
I give Bell Mountain an enthusiastic recommendation of Excellent and will look forward to diving into the sequel, The Cellar Beneath the Cellar.
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