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The Fourth Kingdom (The Kingdom Chronicles Book 1) by [Swann, Alexandra, Joyce Swann]
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"Another awesome book! I started this book and couldn't put it down. If you enjoy medical thrillers that involve cloning...you will love this book! You won't believe how far reaching this novel is as you turn each page in this must read book." Sally Shupe, book blogger, sallyshupe.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-fourth-kingdom-by-joyce-and.html

About the Author

Joyce and Alexandra Swann are mother and daughter. Joyce homeschooled her ten children from the first grade through master's degrees. She is a well-known author and speaker on the subject of homeschooling. For nearly a decade she was a popular columnist for Practical Homeschooling Magazine. She now blogs regularly on parenting, homeschooling, and Christian lifestyle issues.

Joyce and Alexandra have co-authored three other novels, The Twelfth Juror, published in 2010, The Chosen published in 2012, and The Force, published in 2013. Joyce's personal story of her experiences raising and educating her family is chronicled in Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother, published in February of 2011. Her novel, The Warrior, which tells the story of one woman's ten-year prayer vigil for a man she has never met, was released in May of 2012 and has been downloaded over 100,000  times on Kindle. She is also the author of two children's books, Tales of Pig Isle and The McAloons, which began as stories that she told to entertain her grandchildren. Her newest project, N, is a young adult series.  Book one, N: The Beginning, was released in the fall of 2015.

Alexandra is author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at Age Sixteen and Writing for Today. She has been self-employed for over fifteen years and was the 2011 Chairwoman of the Board of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She writes a regular blog, Paying for Protection, about the consequences of over-regulation and over-reaching government. Her novel The Planner which is the prequel to The Chosen, was published in June of 2012. For more on the Swanns, visit their website at frontier2000.net.

Product Details

  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Frontier 2000 Media Group, Inc. (December 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M0NDYU
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The Fourth Kingdom - What the characters in the book brag about and what the Book of Daniel describe are two very different things. Or are they? This excellent writing is not for the faint-hearted. The Christian Spirit will cry out for victory!

The Swanns present a scientific environment of very real possibility. The theory of which has been the heart of heated, and sometimes visceral, debate in both Christian and secular circles for decades. When the story was first published in 1989, one wonders whether Joyce and Alexandra Swann realized how close to reality this science would be today, 20 years later.

The story is laced with factual accuracy about a much darker time in world history. Our heroes unwittingly engage the classic battle between good and evil. Evil so vile it is hard to imagine manifesting in human form. Yet the stage is set for the fulfillment of prophecy. Could it be?

I did receive a free copy of The Fourth Kingdom to review. While finishing the book I decided that several friends and acquaintances will also receive copies from me. It is worth sharing.
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This is a book with a lot of potential for a series. Unfortunately the ending leaves a lot to be desired.

This story is about two scientists involved in two different branches of cloning. While they are diametrically opposed in their beliefs, they have much in common in other areas. The story follows their lives through the years and the effects they have on one another. Exciting discoveries and collaboration between both men bring the story to an exciting climax.

As a Christian Fiction genre piece, this book contains the Gospel message in an excellent context. The story is woven masterfully and contains Christian and secular paradigms. The story plot was good but a bit too predictable. I won't say too much about how this happens, but lets just say that it is evident which way the story is going too early in the book. If this series is going anywhere, I would like to see it come to an Apocalyptic showdown involving the Anti-Christ and the two witnesses.

This is hard, because I really enjoyed the book, but in the end, I found it too predictable and lacking in suspense to get five stars. It was however interesting and imaginative in its concepts and creativity. Still a good read and worth the time.
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The Fourth Kingdom
By: Joyce and Alexandra Swann

Another awesome book! I started this book and couldn't put it down. Dr Alexander Sinclair is a Christian scientist who clones vegetation to help eliminate world hunger. He alters a plant's genetic structure to make it adaptable anywhere, and then clones that plant. Dr Karl Helmick is a secular scientist who created Doppelganger, the most successful cloning farm. Even though these two scientists' beliefs are the exact opposite of each other, they team up to create a cure for cancer. Unfortunately, Dr Sinclair has a feeling things aren't as they seem. What does Dr Helmick hope to accomplish and what is he really cloning?

Enjoy a tour through Doppelganger and see the laboratory where the embryos are waiting to be cloned, the finished product of cloned cattle, and how it all works. The scientific explanations are just enough to thoroughly explain what's going on without weighing down the story. Dr Sinclair believes Jesus is the savior and is coming back. Dr Helmick believes there will be a secular savior and he is preparing for his arrival.

Dr Helmick spent his youth in Nazi Germany. He believes Dr Sinclair will renounce his faith and follow Dr Helmick's scientific breakthroughs. If you enjoy medical thrillers that involve cloning, a Christian scientist, a secular scientist, with a lot of intrigue, you will love this book! You won't believe how far reaching this novel is as you turn each page in this must read book.
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The plot was very engaging. It had unexpected twists and turns. The combination of history and how it could be repeated was developed well. Instead of one climax, though, there seemed to be more than one. However when the climax did appear, it didn't seem to be any more intense than other exciting parts. All in all it was pretty good and not too terribly lame as some Christian fiction seems to be.
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The Fourth Kingdom is the first book in The Kingdom Chronicles series by Alexandra and Joyce Swann. There is suspense, good vs. evil, a hint of some end times forces at play, cloning and so much more. Cloning is not something I ever really thought I would be interested in, but it was very intriguing to read, not ultra-scientific, but with enough information to pique my interest and keep me informed.

In The Fourth Kingdom we are introduced to Dr. Alexander Sinclair and Dr. Karl Helmick, both involved in cloning, but living in completely different worlds with completely different belief systems, yet they become close acquaintances who need each other. Dr. Sinclair is a Christian who desires to help others, while Dr. Helmick is focused on himself, monetary gain and a desire to live forever. The Sinclairs have twin sons who are born at the beginning of the book in the year 2000 and Dr. Helmick is guardian to Josef, who is "born" around the same time.

As the book progresses the authors alternate between The Sinclairs and Dr. Helmick over at Doppelganger Genetic Cloning Facility. Their children are introduced to each other, but there is no friendship involved. From the start Jarrod and Joshua Sinclair can sense the evil surrounding Josef, who is also seen as a spoiled brat who gets everything he wants. Josef on the other hand sees the twins as weak because they care about others. As Josef gets older he is taken under the wing of Dr. Helmick unlike any of the other boys at Doppelganger who have been "adopted" by Helmick.

While the basic premise of the book is obvious, there is cloning going on at Doppleganger though not just of cattle, there is so much more that we find out as the story unfolds.
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