Thursday, February 23, 2017

#REVIEW: Achaia by Ronald Beckham

Title: Achaia: The Days of Noah
Series: none
Author: Ronald Beckham
Publisher: WestBow Press
Published Date: December 20, 2016
ISBN: 978-1512750010
Buy It Link: Amazon

Synopsis: Technology–it’s about OUR generation, isn’t it? Or is it? Could it have happened long before the stone, bronze and iron ages we think of as the dawn of modern technology? The Bible tells us something of Cain, the second man, who “was building a city” (Genesis 4:17 & forward). Within a short time, we find tent making, the creation of harps and flutes, and the making of sophisticated bronze and iron tools, thousands of years before such things were supposed to exist. “Achaía, The Days Of Noah” presents a high technology on a unique basis, a world filled with underground and above ground cities, laser weaponry, electrical and nuclear energy, modern warfare and space travel. Genesis 6:11-13 is God’s view of the world at that time: “corrupt…and full of violence.” The earth was to be destroyed by an immense flood with earthquakes and volcanism under the waters that destroyed the world, its civilization and ended for a time our violent tendencies. What was that world like?–Read “Achaía” and find out.

My Rating: 2 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really struggled to read this book. The basic characters weren't so bad. Reading the book, sometimes I could understand the inner workings of the characters and wanted to know them more, other times the utter strangeness of the whole book swallowed me up. There is a huge leap in technology to go from the Iron and early Bronze Age and then to suddenly be in something that is more futuristic than our own modern day life, and then knowing that somehow we end up going back to the Stone/Bronze Ages, all within a few hundred years. This disparity is what really threw me, and didn't allow for an enjoyment of the book.
Even as a steampunk and fantasy reader, I felt this book had far too much imagination, with not enough facts to ground it into a believability. Now, if this were a whole different world, it would be so much easier and more enjoyable to read.

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