The Nephilim Virus, by John T. Prather
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by the Adams Group. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
In a nearly 400 page book, the first-time novelist, at least as far as I am aware, has provided an exciting and adventurous novel that mixes inventive biblical interpretation with a gripping story and some compelling characters. If you enjoyed World War Z and I Am Legend  and have an openness to speculation about ancient evil brought to life all because someone failed to take care of one little detail, this book will provide an action story that hints at a great deal more than simply a good time. In reading this book I was struck by the fact that actress Megan Fox really likes this book and thinks it should be made into a movie, and after reading it I happen to agree. I do not know on how many things Ms. Fox and I agree on, but in reading this I was definitely imagining a very thrilling and exciting film, for it was a thrilling and exciting novel that has a great deal to say about the triumph of hope as well as the persistence of evil.
Without giving away too much of the story, the novel begins with an exciting premise, namely a man has come out of a coma after three years of being one of only four survivors of a plane crash, and finds that the world has gone to pieces while he was sleeping. After that the novel lurches into an exciting look at the rebirth of an ancient evil from the time of David and the division of humanity between supercilious Nephilim who act like vampires and frightened Anakim who mindlessly hunt the few human beings who remain. While Nick Reese and his associates, including the lovely and dedicated Dr. Faith Richards, try to figure out what makes his blood special and how to cure the virus and stop the ancient evil, there is also the need to stay safe and stay ahead of the clever and manipulative Nephilim and the need to act with heart and faith and knowledge and not only with weapons, although these help too. The book starts out with a bang and continues a breakneck and torrid pace to the end, never losing track of the need to build tension but also provide plenty of excitement and peril.
It is pretty easy to figure out who would like this book, and there are many people who would find this book a very appealing one with its mixture of thrilling action sequences, a bit of romance, as well as an inventive and thoughtful reading of scripture. Among the more interesting aspects of this book is the way that the authors offer hope for the oppressed, even among those who are ill. Over and over again in this novel, we see people make choices that seem counterproductive because they are acts of generosity and sacrifice, and yet time and time again that generosity and that love and that kindness to others is rewarded by beneficent authorial providence. This is a rare example of an apocalyptic thriller that makes one feel a greater sense of kinship and fellow feeling with humanity, which is the opposite of the way one normally feels after a book like this. In some ways I got the warm fuzzies that I did out of warm bodies, for example, with an attempt to understand common humanity in uncommon situations in what appear to be the worst of circumstances. This was a rewarding read, and here’s hoping that many other people get to enjoy reading it–and perhaps someday seeing it as well.
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