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Noah, a righteous super warrior and leader of the last pure tribe of humans on earth, is tasked by God to build the Ark, but he refuses and instead wants to take revenge on the wicked fallen angels who rule his world as gods and who killed his family. Noah, the son of Lamech and the grandson of Methuselah the oldest man in the world, has done everything in his power to keep his tribe safe and keep his family away from the ever expanding rule and wickedness of the "gods." Noah, as does his family, knows that these false gods are actually fallen angels who rebelled against Elohim the Creator and were cast down to earth. Noah comes from a proud tribe of warriors who fought the fallen angels in the titan wars when they first appeared on earth and began forcibly mating with women to produce their own half-human, half-demon offspring. These offspring are called the Nephilim, and they are human giants who do the bidding of the gods. Noah's grandfather Methuselah became legendary for being a "giant killer" -- one of the few humans who successfully killed some of the Nephilim.
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With this warrior pride in his heart, Noah leads his nomadic tribe and keeps them at a safe distance from the cities where the gods rule. During this time, Elohim sends Noah a vision to build a large box, though Noah does not understand it, and he does not trust Elohim, so he ignores it.

When, during a hunt, one of the spies of the gods stumbles upon Noah and his kinsmen and successfully escapes, Noah knows his time is limited. He is not able to act fast enough. When the spy returns to the cities, the angry gods send out a "peace delegation" to negotiate with one of the last human tribes on earth that has refused to bow their knees to the gods. The delegation proves to be a trap, and Noah and his tribe are ambushed. Noah's wife and two sons are killed, and he is imprisoned. The gods and their human subjects parade him naked and severely wounded through their city as a trophy of war. He, having lost everything, is broken in spirit.

A prophecy comes to light, one spoken by the righteous prophet ancestors of Noah -- those inspired by Elohim -- that Noah is the Chosen Seen, the one who will finally put an end to the rule of the gods. For this reason, the gods fear that if they kill him, Elohim will raise up another seed. But if they keep him alive as a prisoner, Elohim's plans will be foiled because He will not be able to install another Chosen Seed while Noah lives; yet Noah will be unable to fulfill the prophecy. So the gods banish Noah to a mine.

However, Elohim sends an archangel, Uriel, to free Noah. Together they recruit some of the prisoners in the mine to create a special party of assassins. Noah, in his rage, intends to kill the gods and bind them using Uriel's angelic power. Uriel, however, begs Noah to fulfill his true calling: build the box -- the Ark -- of which Elohim has spoken about in his visions. Noah doesn't understand this, and he resists it, instead choosing to assassinate the gods.

Noah's plans fail when his first assassination attempt against a god fails and buries him alive in Sheol, the underworld where the dead dwell beneath the earth. As he sits alone in a dark dungeon with no hope of ever seeing the living again, powerful visions from Elohim about the Ark come to him, and he finally understands his true calling, and he understands the purpose of the Ark. He finally puts his trust in Elohim. At this moment, archangels break into his dungeon and free him from Sheol. He then retreats to a secret valley to build the ark with the help of a large tribe of pure humans, undefiled by the gods, who have been found. It is here where Noah learns that his two sons are actually alive. They had survived the raid on his village long ago. He also learns that his wife survived as well and was taken as a slave to serve in the courts of the gods, where she managed to stay alive and undefiled. Just when the Ark is finished, Noah goes on a rescue mission with his sons to retrieve his wife. The gods capture him and his sons, but just when all seems lost, the earth shakes and the springs of the deep erupt, and it begins to rain: the Flood has begun. This disrupts the plans of the gods to kill Noah, and he and his family break free and return to the valley of the Ark.

Meanwhile, Methuselah leads the last pure humans in an army to defend against the armies of the gods and hold them back long enough until Noah and his family can get on the Ark. Methuselah and the humans sacrifice themselves to save Noah and his family. The Flood destroys all of the gods and wicked humans as well, and the book ends with Noah and his family safely aboard the Ark, floating in the sea, preparing for a new life once the Flood is over.
Opinion about the main character: I dislike the stubbornness of Noah. I mean, the guy really is stubborn. But the reader is supposed to not like that, so it works.

The review of this Book prepared by Kevin Ott a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 40%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   can see into the future

Setting

Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   orgies    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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