Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Review: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars by Donovan Neal

The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars
By Donovan Neal
Publisher: Torn Veil
Published: Jan. 5, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

The prequel to the Bible is here!

We have always thought Hell was created for man...we were so wrong.

The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars is book one of a five part series that explores the fascinating story of the Fall of Lucifer.

Lucifer was God's perfect creation. Yet he rose up to betray the Lord and bring Heaven itself to civil war.

Many tales have referenced this great angelic war but few have sought to explore the behind the scene relationships between God and the angelic hosts. Why did a third of Heaven seek to overthrow their creator?

See Lucifer and his actions in a light never before seen. Journey back to the beginning, and see the drama unfold before your eyes: as allegiances are broken; choices made, and why all of creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God!

˃˃˃ Man's was NOT the first sin

See the back-story to mankind's own story, in this powerful, gripping tale of angels at war.

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My Thoughts:

The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars gives us the answers to the question most readers of the Bible have ever asked: How did Satan come to be? This novel is speculative fiction about how this angel fell from grace and became God’s worst enemy. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about how it happened, so it is in a sense, a pre-quel to the Bible.

The Third Heaven starts out interestingly enough. We are given beautifully detailed descriptions of heaven and of the different angels. Lucifer (the angel who eventually becomes Satan) is described several times as shining like living diamonds and his body also made beautiful music. We learn about the work that the angels do in heaven during the seven days of creation.

The book is flawlessly edited. That made the reading easy. What made the reading not so easy was the switching back and forth from old English (King James Bible English) to modern day English.

I followed along well enough through to about the halfway point in the book. What I found interesting were the parallels that the author drew among the scenes in his story and the stories in the Bible. An example would be where they are having a meal just before El (God) goes for his day of rest and he tells his angels that there is a betrayer among them. They ask who it is and El says it is the one he shares the sop in the cup with. Then he hands the cup to Lucifer. This is a parallel to Judas and Christ at the Last Supper. There were several of these types of parallels in the book. Unfortunately that aspect of the story will be lost on those who are not familiar with the Bible.

Once past the halfway point in the story, I found that the book just bogged right down for me and got decidedly boring. I was kind of struggling up until this point anyway because I really had a hard time being invested in any of the characters. I didn’t really like any of them and I didn’t really hate any of them. I did find El to be rather cold and distant, not the kind of loving and just sort of God that I know Him to be.

The scenes in the second half of the book just dragged on and on. I even skimmed part of the book just to get through it. I think the battles could have been shortened. I admit I was disappointed. I was so looking forward to reading an exciting book about how Lucifer thought himself better than God.

For me, this book was a 1 star out of 5, but that’s just my personal opinion.

I bought this book on Amazon for the purposes of reviewing it.

About the Author:

Donovan Neal  S. N. P. has served in the ordained ministry and as an instructor in the Bible for 20 years, and is the author of the self-published book, ‘The Gospel Explained.’ Donovan is also a prolific songwriter and singer having written over 50 different songs of praise and worship for the local church, and has performed in various schools and churches in the Ministry of Christian rap. 

He is an Adjunct Professor at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a freelance writer for Donovan has spent his entire 23-year career, helping underprivileged and disempowered populations ranging from abused and neglected children, adults with disabilities, to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. He currently works to end hunger in his community.

He has been an experienced trainer in such areas as nonviolent crisis prevention intervention to adult CPR and First Aid with the Red Cross, Working with Different Personalities, and many more. Donovan brings a wealth of experience and interests that has allowed him to write on a host of subjects ranging from gaming, internet/technology, Christian themes, to nonprofit management and leadership. 

Donovan is currently working on the sequel to the The Third Heaven the Rise of Fallen Stars.

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