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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Only Evil Continually, Part 1 by Clifton Voshen (The Order of Melchizedek, Book 2)



After the events in End of All Flesh, the fallen angels grapple with their prior defeat. What can they do to control mankind? Standing against their efforts to rule the Earth is Enoch. But he has his own problems.
















Review: 


Even though this is only Part 1 of Book 2, it has proved itself as a worthy sequel to End of All Flesh. I loved all of this, especially the second half. Voshen describes well the fallout from the fallen angel's defeat from the events in the End of All Flesh and how they plot their revenge.


Meanwhile, Enoch has his problems coping with more of his dysfunctional family who have walked away and rejected the One True God. He becomes estranged from his wife of Semiramis who has been seduced by the gods/demons of the world and is outraged at her allowing two of their triplets to be sacrificed to the god Saturn. He manages to save his third son with God's help and calls him Methuseleh.

We also get further updates on some of the characters from the End of All Flesh and these fit in nicely with Enoch's continual stand against the further seduction of the population by the Domin, demon gods and Nephilim and the population's further rejection of The One True God. Some of these descriptions are very well written. A few events stand out more than others notably the events where the population are seduced into one will to storm the gates of the Garden of Eden together with the Domin, demon gods to eat of the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This is so very well described that it is a real time stopper, and you are totally absorbed in this scene to the exclusion of where you are. Voshen's description of Enoch's stand against the high priest Khanibal is very authoritarian, and you can tell he is speaking with the authority of God and from God.

One thing I loved about this novel and the previous one is how Voshen has developed and described the conversations between Enoch and God. These are very beautiful, and he has set the stage in each of these conversations that have a very calmly effect on me as if I was in the place of Enoch and God was talking to me. It must be hard for any author to depict God as God when we have not met Him as He is, and our only experience is through His Spirit, His Word, and the witness and interaction of others being used by Him to minister to us and make Himself known to mankind. Voshen does this very well and to me shows a glimpse of his personal relationship with God.  This is one thing that I love about Christian authors, through their writing, you do get a glimpse of their relationship with God. I name such authors as Steve Goodwin, Ian Acheson, Bryan M Litfin, Mike Dellosso, Jess Hanna, Michael J Webb to name a few. This can only encourage the reader's faith and relationship with God. Another way God minister's to us through the written word and through his people.

As in the previous novel, Voshen has researched well the antediluvian world. This shows in the rich descriptions that depict this world and transport you there. Speaking to this author, he has no qualms about including his own impressions he believes may have been in existence at the time, such as electricity, coffee, pistols, flying machines. This is not just his imagination. Many Christian experts who have studied this antediluvian world also believe there was an advanced technology even such that we have not discovered or reproduced since the Flood. It seems a lot of knowledge and technology was lost in the Flood.

Voshen has also depicted the nature of the demons and fallen angels well in this novel and the previous one. Again, you are transported to this era and can feel the evilness of their character and the hatred for mankind and especially God and his angels. Again, I would say he has researched this subject well, and this only enhances this novel and his depiction of this antediluvian world.

My only complaint is that Voshen has released this in Parts. Part 1, this novel, ends in a cliff hanger of sorts, where I can see this would be a great place to end this story if it has to be in parts, but it also whets your appetite for the rest of the novel. Not sure why he has done this. No doubt he will answer my query here in an email once he reads this review!!

A great read.

Strongly recommended.

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