By Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner
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I’ve always been interested in apocalyptic, prophetic fiction. I’ll admit, I read the whole “Left Behind series. So when I saw the description of the new novel “The Seraph Seal,” I knew I had to give it a read.
In “The Seraph Seal” by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner, it’s the end of the world as we know it, and no one is feeling too fine. The story opens on Dec. 12, 2012, with the birth of “The Eight” – eight people born at the exact moment in time with the same birthmark who are the key to the future of the world.
Fast forward 36 years to 2048. Ancient prophecies are being fulfilled and the world is falling apart. Cultural history professor Paul Binder, one of “The Eight,” receives a mysterious letter that starts him on a journey that could lead humanity into a new age.
While the story starts with an interesting premise, the story falls short in its execution. The characters are forgettable and the rapid-fire scene changes made the story disjointed and hard to connect with.
Sweet and Wagner obviously put a lot of time researching before starting to write this book, as evidenced by the hundreds of pages of notes they included after the story ended. Together, they tell a tale that may be their vision of how biblical prophecy could unfold, or it may purely be a work of fiction. No matter what they intended, readers should make sure to remember that this is just a work of prophetic fiction, not a blueprint for how the future will unfold. Too many readers make that mistake with any work of prophetic fiction. Anything other than the Bible is merely a writer’s interpretation of how things could unfold.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “The Seraph Seal” a 3.
I received this book free from the publisher (Thomas Nelson via Booksneeze) as a review copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I did not guarantee a positive review.