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People of the Ark (Ark Chronicles 1) [Kindle Edition]

Vaughn Heppner
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An epic unmatched through the ages…

An Almighty power unleashed in a lust-drenched world with a terrible and unyielding hammer.

With astounding narrative power—Vaughn Heppner, Winner of the Writers of the Future Award—sweeps the reader into the whirlpool of pageantry, passion, splendor, chaos and earth-shattering upheaval that was the world before the Flood. Here is the story of Methuselah, the wealthy patriarch of a rebellious clan, and Noah, a farmer driven mad with a vision of catastrophic disaster.

So begins a towering saga of great events and mortal frailties. It is peopled with a vast, and vivid cast of unforgettable men and women—queens and soldiers, temptresses and wives, carpenters and orphans—combined in a richly embroidered human tapestry to bring a remarkable era to bold and breathtaking life.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring the story to life. January 21, 2011
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I just finished this book, and on the way to download #2! The author made the story real, and brought up many points I had never thought of before. The reality of how huge a task Noah and his family took on never hit home until reading this novel. I have no idea how long the book would be on paper, but I was kept busy for quite some time, so I would think it would be a large novel.
I was caught up from begining to end. I am not sure when I have enjoyed a book more. I would absolutely recommend to friends. Vaughn Harper put in details that make you truly in awe of the situation. He brings to light things I never had thought of before in all the years of Bible stories.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New respect for Noah! February 16, 2011
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This is a great book! I've heard the story of the Noah and the Flood many times in my life. But it's usually the same truncated story about an old man building a big boat, that somehow gets filled with animals. This novel brings the characters of the Bible to life! It explains how the ark was built, the immense scale of size and time of the ark, and it explains how the ark functioned. More than that, it gives personality to all the characters of the story. To my knowledge, it keeps everything we know about Noah and the Flood consistent with biblical doctrine, but then fills in the gaps with a riveting story. Noah was my favorite character. I've never seen him described like he was in this book (strong, loyal to Jehova, defiant in the face of overwhelming enemies, courageous beyong compare). I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative storytelling of historical fiction August 20, 2010
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I enjoyed the story "People of the Ark" and right away started reading "People of the Flood", Books 1 and 2, in the four-book series. Vaughn Heppner is an imaginative storyteller, and I look forward to reading more from him; probably "Star Soldier" next.

I'll warn you: Heppner's books are full-sized novels (an amazing deal for the price!) and once you start one you'll continue the series, as the active writing creates a story that clips along and keeps you reading.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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100X better than expected when I started reading it, it builds up slowly - each novel may be self contained but one doesn't really grasp the entire message of the series until the end. I believe the series could be appreciated by anyone w/ an open mind - surprised it isn't already a classic of some kind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! February 26, 2011
By Andrew
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Loved this whole series. It builds on some of the most intriguing little verses in Genesis and creates a huge world with well-crafted characters, without violating the basic overall Genesis narrative. Some of the elements brought into the narrative are fascinating: pre-flood civilizations, post-flood ecology, development of mesopotamian religions, overlapping of the seen and the unseen and the occult, origin of dragons, etc. I am turning into a definite Vaughn Heppner fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down May 3, 2011
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I have never written a review but felt compelled. What a great series, excellent research and fantastic author. It speaks to you on many levels and I find it fascinating how the author tied in so many events and made the characters real people.

Once I read book 1 I was hooked and stayed awake at nights finishing the series. The only thing I feel bad about is how cheap it was! I felt like I should have paid more for so much entertainment and introspection.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vaughn didn't research first. July 26, 2011
By Paimbia
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This, although interesting wasn't realistic at all. First, they are from the Middle East, therefore did not speak 1500's British English at all. There were no, thee's and thou's. Not that it was littered with it but it should NEVER have been put in.

He didn't do his homework on ancient Hebrew culture at all. He knew enough to refer to the raven as "unclean" yet had Noah roasting a hog. IF he studied the culture he would have known that "all food" meant all CLEAN food. "All Food" meant clean food, food clean enough to be sacrificed would be clean enough to consider a food source. If YHVH/God set "you" before animals and said, this is food for you ... would you eat your cat or your dog? NO, because they aren't FOOD. Neither were the ancient garbage disposals.
He had them using methods to make weapons that hadn't been invented yet, and wearing Renaissance era clothing. They didn't wear clothing that hadn't been invented yet. Also, he wastes too many words/pages talking about how to make something such as smelting or forging. Taking bunny trails talking about the animals. It was as if he was trying too hard to convince his readers that it really did happen. Or needed filler for the story.
He didn't get his information from the scriptures about how the animals were brought to the ark OR the fact that it wasn't two of every animal on the planet. He took YHVH/God out of the equation while on the ark concerning the animals. God tells Noah to build an Ark, brings the animals into the Ark, shuts the ark door, but doesn't know how to keep the animals calm during the journey? Wow, just WOW.
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Published 1 month ago by Barry Munro
5.0 out of 5 stars his love and the truth about man while still connecting you ...
I really was caught up in this book. It portrays a very accurate picture of God, his love and the truth about man while still connecting you to real feeling people and their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Kamradt
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed
I read this in one day and was very pleased with the biblical accuracy . It has been a long search for to find an author that would write true to the scriptures and not a child's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
although made up I guess all biblical stories are. well written and ill get the next in the series. thank you for the hours of enjoyment Mr Heppner
Published 5 months ago by Scott G. Hein
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
It told the story of Noah in a whole different way. A bit preachy at times, but I couldn't put the book down! I saw the movie with Russell Crowe and it paled by comparison. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maryann Bowcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Kept my interest.
Published 8 months ago by Leesa Dohman
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not my favorite
Published 9 months ago by datoddtrton1998
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING STORY
Published 12 months ago by MISSIONARY GMA
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok novel
I enjoyed aspects of this novel but had a really hard time empathizing with the characters. Most of the story is told from a omnipresent third person point of view. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hannah Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
As a Bible scholar, I am slow to choose fictional stories based on historical fact and as a Christian, I consider the story of Noah and the Arc historical fact. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephen Schwartz
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I was born in Canada and remember as a small boy crawling in my snow-fort. I closed my eyes, and when I tried to open them, they were frozen shut. I didn't panic, but wiped away the ice crystals, unglued my eyes and kept on building my tunnel. Those were great days! I moved to Central California before seventh grade and couldn't believe I lived in a land where oranges grew on trees and you could pick grapes from the vine.

I used to wonder what I wanted to do with my life, what kind of work specifically. I was miserable not knowing and bordering on desperate. Then one day a friend gave me his typewriter. I began working on a novel. A different person told me it was much easier on a computer, so I bought one and began getting up at 4:30 A.M. each morning before work, writing for three hours. My eyes were unglued once again as the pang of misery left my gut. I knew exactly what I wanted to do: write. So now that's what I do, I write, and write, and write, and I love it.

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