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Rift in Time 

by Michael Phillips


Archaeologist Adam Livingstone takes center stage in the compelling novel Rift in Time. He begins with an amazing discovery, one that seems like it could be enough to require an entire novel to explore. He discovers Noah's ark, buried deep under the ice. But this narrative doesn't stop there. This mind-blowing discovery is, in fact, just the beginning of Livingstone's story. It leads him to think about some interesting theories, and rethink many assumptions he's held for a long time. And it starts his search for Earth's earliest paradise, the Garden of Eden.

Livingstone and the people surrounding him are fun characters, the sort who suck you right into their story. The interesting nature of the work in which they engage makes their tale all the more entertaining. Phillips writes in a way that will keep the attention of most any reader, and the story seems to just fly along.

Adam, an aptly named character, looks carefully into what things might have been like back in the beginning of man's history. He doesn't mind delving into some unpopular theories, testing them out to see whether or not they might hold water. Using the geography and history recorded in the Bible, he investigates a number of sites to see what he might find there, and the discoveries are pretty astounding.

The thoughts proposed about the Garden of Eden are quite intriguing. The novel might or might not be on to something — one never knows — but either way, the book is quite thought-provoking, and fun to ponder.

 Reviewed by Shelly Bryant © 2010


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