BOOK TITLE: Deluge
RELEASE DATE: Dec 20, 2013
BOOK GENRE: Historical Fiction/ Family Saga/ Inspirational
DESCRIPTION: When God decides to reveal Himself to mankind for the first time since the fall of man, He selects Noah, the aged patriarch of a small family living in the Kingdom of Jericho at a time before the dawn of recorded history; probably between 8,000 and 9,000 years ago.
A retired carpenter, Noah has long since turned the running of his business over to his two eldest sons Shem and Ham, and wiles away his declining years tending his vineyard and preparing for the wedding of his youngest son, Japheth, at least until his life is turned upside-down when he begins having visions and hearing a terrifying, disembodied voice telling him of an impending disaster of global proportions. Having no concept of one, True God, both Noah and his family are afraid the old man is losing his mind.
Eventually, coming to believe in the inconceivable truth of his revelations, Noah is faced with the task of convincing his family not only of the existence of a single, all-powerful God, but of the cataclysmic events which are about to overtake them. Skeptical of the old man’s ramblings, his wife, NIN, and their three sons at first urge Noah to seek the services of the Dream Interpreter at the far off city of Shurrupak. Eventually, after much arguing, soul searching and life-threatening encounters in Jericho, they agree to help Noah with the monumental project of constructing a ship which will carry them to safety and gather together a viable stock of every living creature – as well as food for the menagerie and themselves, and seed corn to replant their fields and vineyard - so that life can continue after the watery onslaught.
If dealing with his family posed an initial problem, the reaction of others in their tiny community amounted to no less than open mockery that soon turns into violent confrontations, particularly when a group of mysterious strangers, who are Archangels sent by God, appear from out of the desert to help with the construction of the ship.
It is only after Noah sends out his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, to collect all the creatures of the earth, that those closest to him realize that their patriarch has, indeed, been touch by something divine. Having ordered the boys to travel to the North, East and South for seven days, stopping every hour to blow twice on a ram’s horn, they agree only out a sense of duty and the sad certainty that they are still indulging a senile old man’s ramblings. During the course of their travels they see exactly what they expect to see – nothing. Only when they begin their return journey do they realize they are being preceded by a vast army of animals, insects, lizards, snakes and birds, all of which should have run from man, but are now peacefully heading back toward the great ark standing in the middle of the desert landscape.
The final chapters of the book recount the terrifying rains and the claustrophobic, storm-tossed voyage which follows, culminating when the great arc comes to rest on dry land and God reveals the beginning of His covenant with mankind by sending the first rainbow as a sign that all life will never again be destroyed. By the close of the book the flood waters have receded and Noah and his family have reestablished themselves, and human life, in their new home.
Deluge is the story of Noah, an inspiring man who claims to have lived more than 600 years. Noah, is a good, caring, loving, and fair man to his family and others. He also has difficulty believing in the wide variety of "gods" that other people devoutly worship. Noah's upstanding character and past lineage do not go unnoticed by God. So when God decides to destroy mankind as punishment for their sins He chooses Noah and his family to be the only survivors. But, when God first visits Noah it turns his life upside down. Noah begins to question many things, even occasionally his own sanity. As God continue to visit Noah, Noah accepts the will of God. Now, Noah must convince his family that God knows what He is doing and that Noah and his family must obey, regardless of what anyone thinks.
Having heard the story of Noah's Ark many times, I was eager to read Deluge. Daniel Diehl is a talented storyteller and his book takes readers on the incredible path that Noah and his family follow to serve God. The story is well told with vivid details and the author's knowledge of the story of Noah is evident.
I highly recommend picking up Deluge. You won't be disappointed. Available on Amazon.
Multi-Award Winning Author, Screenwriter, & Investigative Historian: Daniel Diehl
For more than three decades Daniel Diehl has been involved in writing for publication and documentary television production. His canon of work includes 20 non-fiction books (which have been translated into eleven foreign languages) scripts for more than 170 hours of documentary television for A&E, History Channel, BBC, Biography and Discovery.
Mr. Diehl’s work has won awards from the Houston Film Festival, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US) and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Arts Foundation. He is currently short-listed for the 2014 Crompton Crook Award for Best New SciFi/ Fantasy Novel.
In addition to his books and scripts Diehl has served as historical consultant on such films as The Color Purple (Amblin Entertainment, 1986), Darrow (PBS Television Theatre, 1991) and Baskin’s Run (Finnegan’s Wake Productions, 1994).
He has written for such periodicals as Victorian Homes, Gilded Age, Old House Journal, Voice of Russia, MAXIM, Country Victorian, FLAIR, Tournaments Illuminated, Popular Woodworking and Conde Nast Traveler.
He frequently lectures and has been interviewed for television, radio and podcasts in both the US and UK. When not otherwise scheduled, he will have a table for book signing and conversation about the many & varied topics on which he has written and lectured.
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