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The Fourth Kingdom Paperback – May 7, 2010
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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 five novels: The Fourth Kingdom, The Twelfth Juror, The Chosen, The Invitation and The Force. The Fourth Kingdom was a top four finalist in the Christianity Today 2011 book of the year awards. 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 has been downloaded on Kindle over 100,000 times since its release in May of 2012 and has over 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. 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, and the young adult series N. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband of over 50 years.
Alexandra is author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at Age Sixteen, Writing for Today and The Planner. She works in Dallas, Texas, in financial services.
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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. Why is Helmick cloning and who is he cloning and how is Josef really related to Helmick? Nazi Germany plays a big roll in the story and Dr. Sinclairs wife is very educated in the history of the Nazi's and World War II.
It is easy to tell where the book is going from the beginning, though there is still enough suspense plus twists and turns to keep it interesting. There were times I wanted to yell at the characters to have them open their eyes as to what was going on in Helmick's cloning facility. As much as I thought I knew what was going to happen in the book, the ending still caught me by surprise. The Fourth Kingdom was quite a wonderful read, one I had a hard time putting down. The only concern I had was how fast it jumped forward in time. In just 360 pages we travel 21 years.
I would highly recommend The Fourth Kingdom to anyone who enjoys Christian Suspense.
No. I have no idea how the cover relates to the story.
The good guys are actually believers!
They're not obnoxious. Just believers. What a treat that is! They may be a bit goody two shoes, but not too bad.
I love to read but there are certain books you just can't put down. This was DEFINITELY one of those. There was energy, action, great joy, and sadness throughout the book. The Fourth Kingdom is about scientists who escaped Germany after Hitler fell and were trying to build a 4th reich (Hitlers was the 3rd reich, if you remember) for world domination. So, these scientists were working on cloning, with the end result to clone the best soldiers (strongest, smartest, obedient to the cause) to rule and eliminate all others in the world. To say more would be to give away the book! A definite must read for upper middle school on up. There are references to the ear and what happened in some of the concentration camps, so if you have a tender hearted one, I'd suggest you read it first.
With that being said, I'm totally looking forward to The Force!!
It is also a very good reminder of historical fact about the brutality of the Third Kingdom in trying to eliminate the Jews and anyone else who didn't fit into their idea of perfection.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science, history, world hunger, or just likes a good thriller.
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