Monday, January 19, 2015

EDEN by Martin Roy Hill

“If this is paradise, how bad could hell be? To this day, Staff Sergeant Estrada’s words still haunt me. Years later, everything about that night in Iraq still haunts me.”

Adam Cadman, Captain, U.S. Army, is riding in a convoy located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers when they attacked by enemy fire, trapping them in an ancient ruin chamber. In the chamber, Cadman and what is left of his crew, Estrada, Oberg, and Thomas discover carvings from the ancient Sumerian civilization depicting the beginning of mankind. In addition, they locate a sarcophagus made of an unusual substance non-existent in present civilization. After tampering with the sarcophagus, it opens revealing a woman being named Ninmah from a world unknown to man relaying information regarding the birth of man.

Thomas, who is a strong believer in God and the Bible, rejects her story while the others compare the story with Bible verses, scientific discoveries, and multiple religious beliefs. If Ninmah’s story were true, the world as they know it would collapse into total chaos with their belief system being destroyed.

Eden is a book I could not put down until I finished reading the last page. It is well written and the characters are believable in their reactions to the character Ninmah. I loved the way Thomas carried his pocket size Bible with him and defended his belief and faith in God. Mr. Hill interweaved scientific and several religious beliefs into the novel so cleverly that it made me retrieve my own Bible to verify his storytelling of a book I knew to be fictional. I recommend to all who love the debate of mankind’s birth and military drama mixed into one sitting.

I received this book free from the author, Martin Roy Hill, through the Masquerade Book Tour review program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

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