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Margaret's Ark [Kindle Edition]

Daniel G. Keohane
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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On April ninth, thousands of people wake from the same dream, angels instructing them to build a biblical ark in their front yard, or the town square or little league field. Anywhere, to prepare for the worst natural disaster to strike the world since the days of Noah. A widowed California high school teacher risks everything to build a boat in the sixty days she is given. A homeless and self-proclaimed prophet of God preaches across Boston's waterfront, unaware that he is not alone in his visions. A young priest is torn between the signs around him and the skepticism of his Church. A physician’s plans for advancement are threatened by her husband’s dreams of a coming flood.

In the end, only thirty people may board each boat. As the world slowly comes to grips with events unfolding around them, they must weigh their own faith in the exceptional and identical visions of so many people. The skies are clear, without a hint of rain. But if the dreams are true, something terrible is looming on the horizon.

"...a quality work of fiction, written by a professional who knows his stuff. A gripping story about the power of faith. Though it moves slowly and takes time building its tension – and build tension it does – this novel is the mark of an experienced craftsmen. The characters are varied and engaging, prompting genuine sympathy in the reader. His success is that he does what spiritual fiction often fails at: he focuses on the human element, how humans deal and grapple with the difficulty – and demands – of faith." - Kevin Lucia, Shroud Magazine Reviews

"I couldn’t put this book down. Margaret’s Ark is a scary look at what might end the world someday. Dan Keohane, a finalist for the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, has taken a different approach to the usual religious apocalypse stories. This is not the Rapture -- this is a natural disaster that will change the world forever. " - Sheri White, Terrorflicks.com


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"A gripping story about the power of faith. This novel is the mark of an experienced craftsmen. The characters are varied and engaging... he does what spiritual fiction often fails at: focuses on the human element, how humans deal and grapple with the difficulty-and demands-of faith."  - Shroud Magazine Reviews

From the Author

Hey, everyone, thanks so much for reading! Quick note: the previous kindle manuscript contained a small number of annoying typos (to me, as a reader, any typo is annoying) which have been corrected and a new is version now live....

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  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Other Road Press (July 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BR27XA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,413 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Self-Published Work March 1, 2012
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In [Margaret's Ark] thousands of ordinary people are visited in their dreams by "angels" with a message from god; they need to build an ark in order to survive a flood of apocalyptic proportions that will ravage the world in 60 days.

I was really quite pleasantly surprised by this book. I expected it to fall along the lines of some of the other Apocalyptic Christian Literature (i.e. the Left Behind series) that I've read which have a tendency to feel very "preachy" (if that makes sense). In reality I found it to be the opposite. While the main character, Margaret, is a Christian, the non-Christians in this book who had the dreams were visited by entities who were sent by the god(s) of their chosen religion. I thought this was a nice touch. I also like how the book included the perspective of characters who had the dreams but chose not to act on them.

I also REALLY enjoyed Margaret, the main character. In many cases I find that female protagonists written by men tend to be weaker characters who need a man to "save" them, but I didn't find this to be the case with Margaret. She is strong, intelligent, and I really enjoyed her back-story.

The books started off slowly, but builds wonderfully. After the first few chapters I couldn't put it down. In fact, I literally stayed up all night reading.

This book is self-published, but it is one of the BEST self published books that I've read. There were only a few spelling/grammatical errors that really stood out in my mind. There were, however, two major spelling errors that really bothered me, and were the sole reason why this isn't a five star book for me.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love a Book That Makes You Think March 1, 2012
By Karen M
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This is one of those books that really makes you think. It's certainly about angels and God but it's also about us, humans, and how we react to the unknown.

Angelic visitations to certain people is what drives this story. The impending end of the world as we know it, God's wrath or something else? Why some are chosen and others not is not really addressed. There are no definitive answers here but this is a story you should read.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flood of Emotions January 12, 2012
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At any given time, a certain percentage of people on Earth suffer the horror of God's will. What if everyone suffered it at once? How would it be done? And how would people respond to a warning of it? This is the premise of MARGARET'S ARK.

Margaret is one of a limited number of people who've been visited by angels in their dreams. The dreamers have been commissioned to build their own arks before a great flood arrives in two months. The ark, which can only hold thirty people per God's specs, allows for the survival of some people, whether they believe or not.

Doubt, logistics, and politics all come into play, but Margaret's tenacity against these odds is the crux of the story. A nice mix of other major characters provides dramatic episodes before the final disaster. Most of the characters are Christian but not all. Most are believers but not all. Most are good but not all.

Keohane provides enough details about the the construction of the ark and weather conditions to keep the reader engaged but not overburdened. Due to the nature of the story, there's a fair amount of religious dialogue, which could be a plus or minus for some readers. But Keohane's real strength is bringing his characters--good, bad, and ugly--to life. Their dynamics keep the reader riveted.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, disappointing conclusion September 23, 2012
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The story of Noah's Ark is most of us were taught in Sunday school. But, when you really think about it, it's a really dark story. We tend to think of the story from the perspective of Noah and his family surviving and being spared by God, rather than think of the millions of men, women, children and animals that drowned because they were all so evil. Because that story has such moral problems- like why did God have to kill every living thing? Couldn't he have been a bit more selective? For those reasons, I read a book In the Shadow of the Ark which looked at the flood from the perspective of those not on the Ark. The older I got, the more the story of Noah's Ark bothered me. And that's why I was interested to read Margaret's Ark. I wondered which perspective the writer would take.

I could not figure out whether the author intended this book for devout fundamentalist Christians, who might not have a problem with the literal interpretation of Noah's Ark; or for more progressive Christians who might think of the story as allegory or for just general fiction readers. By the end I still hadn't figured out the audience for this book. There was some pretty rough language, which will offend some Christians. The angels who visited th Ark builders were quirky at best. There was unnecessary violence, not as bad as Stephen King. But, too much for many Christians. The author realized that In the Bible God agrees not to destroy the Earth by flood again and indicates it's different this time. God is not destroying all life on Earth, but instead saving those who choose to be saved from a natural disaster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern take on Noah's Ark
Cute story. The characters battle with staying true to their faith and not appearing like "Religious Freaks" to those who do not believe. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dena S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
A very thought provoking story. It will make you wonder how people would really react to such a drastic warning.
Published 6 months ago by GrammaSue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Very well written. It held my attention throughout the story. Was so sorry to have it end. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Published 9 months ago by Barbara J Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
This is really a good book. Do not read during a rainstorm.
Be prepared to struggle with issues of faith and family in ways you haven't before. Read more
Published 10 months ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Loved it. Couldn't stop reading. Great book to read
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really enjoyed this book. The plot line was very well thought out and kept me reading long after I should of gone to bed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by paula cyrus
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
If you're interested in a new twist on apocalyptic doom, you might like this one. Kind of a modern twist on a old tale
Published 15 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking story
I was a little wary of reading this book because I don't care for religious themed stories. However, I quickly realized this wasn't about religion as much as it's a story about... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sharon Hecker
4.0 out of 5 stars READ this straight through.
Unusual. I can't wait for the next one if there is to be one. This is not a Noah's ark. This is a thought provoking read with likable characters and and interesting plot.
Published 17 months ago by Sherrie L Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever!!!
The book had a lot of suspense and slot of intense scenes. Great book! Only wish what would happened after the flood.
Published 17 months ago by Christopher
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More About the Author

Daniel G. Keohane's first novel, Solomon's Grave (2009), was a finalist for the international Bram Stoker Award. In 2011 the critically-acclaimed Margaret's Ark was released. His short stories have been published in a number of major horror magazines and anthologies over the years, including Cemetery Dance, Apex Digest, Shroud Magazine, Fantastic Stories and many others. He's received multiple Honorable Mentions in the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror / Best Horror of the Year.

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