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Overall, worth a read. Entertaining and fun.
So, the book rocked. It jammed. It broke my heart. It strengthened my relationship with the Lord. It honestly taught me more of the truths of our Savior God than my whole week at camp (bittersweet truth). This book laughed. It mightily exceeded ALL expectations. I was not prepared for such a book. I have read many books of the mythic genre- from RAMSES: Son of Light (I read this book directly before Enoch), to the whole Percy Jackson series, to certain of other books by Rick Riordan (The Red Pyramid and the first half of the Throne of Fire before I got bored, the Lost Hero and the beginning of the Son of Neptune), and this one book, Enoch Primordial surpasses them all in an instant in its excitement and its truth and awe.
Now, I have also read some of the classics. I have read the full Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Chronicles of Narnia, along with others by C.S. Lewis (the Space Trilogy, Mere Christianity, A Grief Observed) and at the risk of comparing with giants, Enoch Primordial HONESTLY rivals for the prime real estate of my few favorite books ever that I have read.
This book is elegant in its storytelling. It provides an exposition. This exposition is cool. Religiously it (both the expo as well as the whole book) is both near and far from the norm. It is near enough to stretch your understanding and to be able to stand up in the face of a theology student, while at the same time being separate enough to stand on its own and not infringe upon one’s beliefs. This brings me to a good point. I would really actually love to sit down and talk with this author; just hang out. Because, I’ve had close up contact with people with some really OUT there ideology when it comes to religion. This guy, Godawa, seems to me to know boundaries. To me, he seems to keep his story and his ideas separate from his faith. When you read his appendixes, you will reach certain points (especially at the back of Noah Primeval, where he discusses the divinity of angels… ;) where you say, I don’t know WHAT he’s talking about. But then you go on, and you realize, oh. That makes sense. I like that.
After that exposition, you find a BANG of a beginning. And that beginning holds its own for quite a while. At the end of it, you find a decisive second act. This book has cannibalism, giants, king giants, wars of giants, giant killers, bounty hunters, and more giants; magic, sea monsters, dinosaurs (I think?), angels, gods (or “gods”?), Cherubim, visions, archangels, demons, lies, surprises, werewolves, deaths (but no spoilers for you!), betrayals (And the internal book-reader dialogue of “No they didn’t! Yes they did! They couldn’t have! Now they finally have! Wait… They haven’t!” And finally, “OH NO! Wait… what?”), and romance (lots of it!). Whatever this book does, it gives its whole heart to it. And then it goes and does something else. This book finds a balance in the way of adventure; between the explicit choices of the protagonist, the unknown plots of the antagonists, and fateful chance, which is a hard line to walk. Because, if there is no chance, you lose a certain magic, but if there are only chance occurrences and the adventurer has no decisive role in the plot then I really just… get… bored. That was a weakness of Jacq’s Ramses: Son of Light, which was absolutely absent from Enoch.
As a cinematographer hopeful, throughout the book I pictured for myself, what would this scene be like in a Lord of the Rings-esque movie? And trust me, I blew my own mind. One day, hopefully soon, I want to see someone (hopefully myself) get with Godawa and make a movie of this book with an EXTREMELY large make-up budget. Gosh, what a beautiful day…
Beginning this book, I thought the hard-core, R-Rated aspect of the first book was absent, and although that very aspect made Noah so it was not at all a kid’s book, I missed it in Enoch. But don’t worry, the finale of this book has enough hard-core gore to satisfy even a sixteen year old boy’s palette! (I would know; I am one!)
I used to watch Burn Notice on Netflix; one of my favorite things about the early episodes was their multiple endings- to get you to say, “Oh it must be over”, and then give you one more punch. And then one more. This book does that, while even having an epilogue worthy of being a Marvel Movie Universe after-the-credits scene. The last line of that book almost made me shout with glee in the middle of a vanful of tired campers on the way home.
So, to conclude my extremely long winded review of this extremely worthy novel, it really was fun. Read it. Please. For yourself. And not only because it is fun. It will grow you. The night I barely finished it, I looked at my Heavenly Father differently, and the next morning, I read my Bible differently. This Godawa is a man who knows his scripture and PREACHES his gospel.
I hope and pray that these books will be made into movies! As a fan of C.S. Lewis and Tolkien since I was a kid, I realize that all great stories are based on plots that really happened in our history! This series will provide much room for discussion and understanding of the battle between the enemy of our souls and the Savior of the World!
Thank you, Brian, for persevering and getting these books published. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, as I flew through Enoch (read it 1st as I love being Chronologically correct) and Noah!
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