The Lost Civilization Series – by Vaughn Heppner.
Most people I know need some down time. For me, that down time will usually find me reading (my wife calls me ‘readie smurf’). After spending the last 4 days laid up in bed with a shoulder and neck injury, I got to do a whole lot of that recently!
One of the things I am sure many of you will relate to, is the difficulty of finding a good, clean author. I still want to read a good story, but, I would like to avoid many of the things that many authors like to include these days (I am sure you know what I mean…).
So onto the Lost civilization series. The first book, Giants, came up when I was looking at books from another Christian author (Ben Witherington), as something Amazon would like me to look at. I took a look, and it seemed promising. And at under a dollar, was well worth the risk!
Giants (and the rest of the series) delves into the time before the flood, and bases it’s primary story line around a fictional portrayal of the Nephilim – yes, those ones. The meeting of the ‘sons of god’ and the ‘daughters of men’. The author also draws heavily from the Bible and Biblical themes, though out of place and context (for example, a key character has many of traits of Abraham, though obviously out of place and time). The book has a well weaved story line, though it takes a few chapters to understand what is going on. There are the usual ups and downs, mysteries and puzzles. Heppner also isn’t afraid to deal with issues of good vs evil and right vs wrong, which is very refreshing. Even better, he has an obviously biblical viewpoint of the world.
In a typical fantasy style, the storyline of the first three books follows primarily the character Joash, who is one of Elohim’s seraphim (chosen people – not Angels) to bring about things on the Earth. The fourth book takes up a side story of another character Lod, who we heard but didn’t see in the first three. The books all have little side stories and paths which add to the overall picture, and leave you interested and looking forward for more at the end. While not ground breaking (the first book is a little less polished than the rest especially), they are a good read.
My recomendation? If you like a good bit of fiction, without all the garbage of many modern writers, give it a go. For a dollar, seriously, you can’t lose. It is good to see people with more solid morals addressing a story we would all be interested in hearing. I will be looking forward to reading Heppners other series called ‘The Ark Chronicles’, and hope that he considers adding more to this series as well.
Do you know of any good authors who deal solidly with Christian values, whilst still writing a good book? If so, please share! Leave a comment below and I will check them out (and encourage others to do the same).