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Friday, March 11, 2016

Audacious was the word used by editor/author Rick Marshall to describe J.C. Lamont's vision for The Chronicles of Time. To this day, that still strikes me as the most apropos term.

For those who have not been introduced to these incredible novels, allow me to lay the groundwork: The concept was to show the entire history of time, from Creation to the New Jerusalem, through the eyes of Michael the Archangel. The framework is biblical, but Lamont draws upon innumerable primary sources to ground people in the actual historical context of the entire story. Thus, as you read, you will be drawn into the world in a way you never have. People who read the first volume, Prophecy of the Heir, have said that it changed the way they read the Bible. If Frank Peretti had written The Lord of the Rings, it might have come off a bit like The Chronicles of Time.

Lamont is still writing this ambitious eight-book, four-volume series, but has decided to give us a special look into first half of the second volume. Though the majority of the novel is drawn from Vol. 2: Covenant of Blood (unpublished), Guardian of God: The Young Messiah is a unique standalone presentation of a portion of Vol. 1 and Vol, 2. Titled and published to coincide with the release of the controversial movie, The Young Messiah (based on the Anne Rice novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt), it takes the reader from the birth to the baptism of Christ, and some of the more foreign terminology and fantasy nomenclature from Prophecy of the Heir has been simplified for new readers.

Most "life of Christ" novels are written with a minimum of context, as if the Messiah simply dropped into a vacuum of history with the Roman Empire as a vague setting, nothing more. In Guardian of God: The Young Messiah, we see the historical and spiritual machinations behind getting the familiar players onto the stage.

From the Amazon description:
  • Why did John the Baptist deny being Elijah?
  • What role did Sejanus play in Pilate's desire to acquit Jesus of treason?
  • Why was demon possession so rampant during Jesus' ministry?
  • What sparked the corruption of the once-devout Pharisees?
No other life of Christ book digs into Jewish history to unravel the answers to these and many other questions. Written by Christian apologist and historian, JC Lamont, this novel features a 14,000+ word appendix. Source materials, other than the Bible, include Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Targum (a first or second century BC Aramaic commentary on the Old Testament read in the synagogues in Jesus' day), and works by first century AD Roman historians such as Cassius Dio, Suetonius, and Tacitus.

With stellar cover art by Caleb Havertape, Lamont's Guardian of God: The Young Messiah is sure to attract a whole new generation of readers.

Highly recommended.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Book Signed by the Author: The Wells of the Worlds

A Book Signed by the Author: The Wells of the Worlds: Bid the Gods Arise Maurin in the Gray Lands Caleb Havertape The Wells of the Worlds, ancient gateways between planets, are guarded...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


I DRAW LIKE MIKE LYNCH!: BID THE GODS ARISE: A Special Sneak Peek: Darkhorn Fell (Chapter 34 Header from Bid the Gods Arise).       In the midst of the valley, like a monolithic spike thrust into th...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sequels in other mediums

This year is an exciting one for me in terms of movie-going. I've already gotten to see The Hobbit brought to dazzling life, and am eagerly awaiting my expanded box-set blu-rays so I can have a marathon with The Lord of the Rings. But perhaps more notably, 2015 is going to be interesting because of all of the sequels. Jurassic World is going to take me back to that magical moment of over twenty years ago when my father, my cousin, and I went to a midnight showing of what would become one of my favorite films of all time. Perhaps of less interest, but no less historical significance, is the reboot/sequel Terminator Genisys. And on a more earth-shattering note, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will hit the big screen in December, albeit from a new company. (Ironically, though I have no children, I would in theory have been old enough to take two generations to the Star Wars films as each new trilogy premiered.)

But yesterday I discovered something that really set me aback.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Writing Process blog hop

A couple of weeks ago, J.L. Mbewe tagged me for a blog hop. I initially met her on The Anomaly, and then joined her for her Facebook readers group, where I was fortunate enough to have my book chosen shortly after its publication and thoughtfully discussed by a number of wonderful people. J.L. is the author of Secrets Kept and a number of other wonderful fantasy titles.

In this particular blog, we are to answer four questions about ourselves, and then tag a couple of others. So without further ado:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy Birthday

Dear Jeff,

Well, this is it. It's the year I've been dreading. This is the year you will have been gone from this world as long as you were in it. Though I still have a few months to go before the technical anniversary of your departure, it seemed appropriate, on what would have been your thirty-fourth birthday, to take it all in.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

My Father...

Today, of all days, I am grateful to have my father. Not only glad that he is still alive and available to talk to, but thankful for the kind of man he is.

People say I am my father's son. I suppose that most likely means that I have a similar eclectic (and somewhat eccentric) sense of humor, and my voice echoes with his. I suspect that my penchant for groaning puns and the ability to hear cadence in speech and fit random phrases to well-known music may have something to do with it. It probably also means that I unconsciously share a number of his distinct mannerisms, and there is no doubt when we walk into a room together to whom I belong.  The apple, they say, does not fall far from the tree, and while I am not a teacher, the resonance of "son of an English Professor" is profound in my life.