- Series: The World That Was
- Paperback: 486 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (October 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1537476378
- ISBN-13: 978-1537476377
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Perished: The World That Was (Volume 1) Paperback – October 11, 2016
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A spectacular journey from the Garden of Eden to the Great Flood . Perished: The World That Was is a skillfully executed work of biblical fiction that will renew interest in Genesis and spark the interest of new readers. --Ernesto Acosta --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Author
Perished:The World That Was is the first book of my series The World That Was.
That in itself marks this as a special book. But writing it was probably one of the most challenging efforts I have ever done. The reason for thisis that I was taking two previous books (Refuge: The Genesis Chronicles and Adam's Chronicles), which occurred at opposite ends and combining them. Refuge is about the last 100 years before the Flood while Adam's Chronicles is fromCreation to the birth of Cain.
Obviously I had a problem. Toconnect these two books into one required a great deal of additionalconnecting material. And it required immense research! I had to answersuch questions as: What was the world like after the birth of Cain? andHow did they get to the sophisticated society existing at the time ofthe Flood?
So I not only had to dig into my Bible and do a lotof research, I also had to take a look at the first 500 years after theFlood. Why? Because another highly sophisticated society arose in only500 years. This fact suggests that Noah carried information of thepre-Flood world into the new world. In other words, it gave me a peek at what it may have been like! Added to that was researching modernCreation Science articles on the subject.
That was exciting. Tobe able to have a glimpse of what life was like back then was huge! Forexample, my research showed that man probably didn't live in caves verylong. Adam most likely started building structures rather soon after his expulsion or the birth of Cain.
(Side note: Cave dwelling wasnot as pictured by evolutionists. While people have lived in caves itwas usually after some catastrophe. Expulsion from the Garden of Edenand the Flood are two quick examples.)
And this research resulted in my ability to paint with words the building of tents, houses, andmuch more. And to do it with a great degree of accuracy. For me, addingthe details about the foods they ate, the clothes they wore, and evenhow they built the tents and later the homes they lived in enlivened the story.
And reviewers seemed to agree as they gave the book 4 and 5 star reviews.
As I stated at the beginning this is book one. Since then I have writtenThe Rise of Shem, which covers the Flood and early history up to Abram(Abraham) getting ready to leave Haran. I am currently writing bookthree about Abraham and his journeys.
I probably enjoy writingbooks based on Biblical characters more than any other. One obviousreason is that I have only written one book not based on a Biblicalcharacter. And I did enjoy writing that, but Biblical characters arerich with their own personalities, and their God-given role in history.
If my readers get half as much enjoyment from this book as I got writing it then it will have been a treat to them. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Gabrial (Archangel) is the Messenger of God. He speaks of the Elohim being the whole truth.
Eloahh (God, Deity, Creator, Elohim) created the earth, plant life, stars, water, animals, Adam (1st. man, Eve’s husband) & Eve (1st. Woman, Adam’s wife).
Serpent explored the Garden of Eden.
God told the 2 of the Tree of Life & the Tree of the Knowledge which explains both Good & Evil in life.
Cain (16, Adam & Eve 1st. son) & Abel (Adam & Eve 2nd. Son) were born.
Abia is Adam/Eve’s daughter.
Narah (girl) was with child. Enoch (1) will be his name.
Eve was PG also. Seth is his name.
Land was being divided into quarters.
General Gareb murdered General Akkub.
Chakam (scientists) will use God’s laws to benifit society.
The Ark was built 450’ long x 75’ wide x 45’ high (3 stories tall).
Majestic City could be seen in the horizan.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written Biblical historical fiction book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great Biblical historical fiction movie, or better yet a mini TV series. It was different, & just OK for me so I will rate it at 4/5 stars.
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Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
I was surprised reading "Perished"; Based on Genesis, "Perished" brings the readers into an awe inspiring look of the events of Genesis, starting first with Creation and ending with Noah.
Filled with drama, intrigue, heartache and capturing what unfolded in the time from when the world was first created to the Great Flood, "Perished" kept me from being unable to put the book down, and hoping for the time to go back to the book, to read what would happen the next.
The characters are identifiable to those who have read and study the Bible, and Mr. Riddle did a wonderful job of giving the people of the Bible a voice and bringing the readers in to familiar stories and wanting to find out what will happen next, though for those who are familiar with God's word, Mr. Riddle, took the familiar and re-created in a different light.
This is not a book for "delicate" readers who are discerning in what they read; Mr. Riddle captures the reality of a ruthless time that started in innocence and till Noah building the ark, became a time of immorality, sin and violence, but it is essential for the story, and brought Genesis, into more living perspective.
The reader will smile, cry, wince and wait with baited breath as the final moments (no spoilers for anyone who has read and is familiar with the story of Noah and his ark) are unfolded to the Great Flood that God sent upon the world.
This book was very exciting, something that I can see the guys would definitely enjoy reading and a book, that I just really had myself mentally going back to what I had read in the bible and lining up the events with the book as I found myself, just not able to find a "good place to stop" reading and instead found myself, unable to put the book down.
As soon as I had finished the book, I was quickly recommending and loaning the book out (with hopes it would come back so I could re-read) and finding myself scouring the libraries for additional copies of Mr. Riddle's work.
"Perished",though there are parts, that vital for the story, may seem untamed, really capture what could have been the thoughts, the emotions and the events, that for this book, led up to the Great Flood.
It help bring an added dimension of going back through God's Word and looking at it, in a different perspective, and wondering....that brings a possible perspective to things.
Although this is a fictional work based on the books in the Bible, "Perished" will have you re-visiting the book of Genesis and even then, open discussions and with it being the summer, be one of those books, you find yourself, unable to put down till your finish and, if you're like me, recommending it to others to read.
***Special thanks to R. Frederick Riddle for sending me a review copy.***