Watchers, fallen angels, demons, giants, raiders, armies and Father Cain —
what can a boy of little promise do?
Enoch in the City of Adam chronicles the early years of young Enoch. As a mere “lad” Enoch is not the most obvious choice to lead his people, being smaller and weaker than most of the young men of his village and having a speech impediment that makes him appear weak to many. Nonetheless, Father Adam recognizes in him one who will rise to the call to help his people when perilous times threaten on the horizon.
Technological implementations and diabolical deceit were destroying the people, their civilization, and the very planet, and Enoch sought feverishly to gather out those who would listen to his message before the end came crashing down on them in planetary upheaval.
Darkness hangs an ominous cloud over the land and young Enoch seems destined to take the weight of the troubled world on his narrow shoulders. The boy comes face to face with the reality of evil and employs every mental and spiritual power at his disposal to combat it.
This is not your typical Sunday School or Bible Study treatment of the subject matter, but a comprehensive course that includes accounts and histories from several ancient texts, the most reliable of which have contributed to the telling of these antediluvian adventures. The world before the Flood was a cruel, dangerous and sophisticated place to exist. Satan, with his demons, fallen angels and fallen Watchers, meted out knowledge of sin, technology and weaponry with the purpose in mind of destroying God’s children and their planetary home. Sophisticated weaponry and technologies are a constant subject of the ancient texts, and author J.L. Thompson incorporates that unwieldy knowledge into the Historical Fiction of A Coming Flood novel series to demonstrate the global path of destruction pursued for over 1,000 years by those who knew God, but rejected Him and his chosen emissaries.
“Look around you, and what do you see? Rest assured; It has all happened before!
Do you notice how the world is becoming more wicked? Do you see how people are separating themselves from God—even many former Believers? Do you see how human life has less value every year, and that Believers are being persecuted and murdered? World populations are becoming intolerant of Christianity, as are our own political leaders and fellow Americans.
This has not only been prophesied from the beginning, but everything we are going through has happened in the past. We are on schedule.
This is the urgent message of “A Coming Flood” book series, beginning with volume one, Enoch In the City of Adam. Seeking latter-day Zion is the same as former-day Zion—nothing more than recognizing where the world is headed, and why and how it is happening, then separating ourselves from those who are taking it there. As the world crumbles around us, there is confusion, because the Destroyer is the author of confusion. Enoch helps us recognize who hates us, and how he destroys us. Enoch points the way to salvation and exaltation, often by illuminating the path humanity has walked—from the pre-mortal existence, to the Garden, to the world of Adam and Enoch, to the Temple, to the Church, and into the future. Enoch is a prophecy of today, and tomorrow—a personal Urim and Thummim.
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REVIEWS & COMMENTS:
Deseret News — Sunday, March 1, 2015 — reviewed by Sharon Haddock
“A COMING FLOOD, Volume One: Enoch in the City of Adam,” by J.L. Thompson, Leicester Bay Books, $17.95, 280 pages (f)
“Author J.L. Thompson must have his own expanded Bible as he seems to know details and characters extraordinarily well in the historical novel “The Coming Flood, Volume One: Enoch in the City of Adam,” due out March 15.
“Enoch in the City of Adam” provides not only a look at the first 1,000 years after Father Adam and Mother Eve started their family, it explores the birth of evil and the mindset of those who chose to follow the Prince of Darkness.
Sobering, challenging and inventive — depending on how the reader interprets his or her own scriptures — this story considers how the first people on the planet might have thought and reacted to their challenges.
The language is clean. The violence is mostly in blows and battle. However, there’s some seduction and some fairly mind-blowing lustful ceremonial rites, including the casual use of young women. There’s liberal drug use among the followers of Satan.
It’s a creative story written so it doesn’t come off as stilted even though it addresses the long lives of those in this society and their steady but slow progress developing water systems and weapons while Cainites and giants threaten their peace.
Thompson is pretty good at this, making what could easily be a clunky story into something readable. He previously wrote for BYU’s Law Review magazine and is now the editor-in-chief of a ghost-writing company.
For the strong-hearted and open-minded, this could be an illuminating series.” — Sharon Haddock
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REVIEW by Dr. Richard W. Andreasen
“The latest historical fiction novel by J. L. Thompson, “Enoch in the City of Adam,” gives us a glimpse at what the lives of Adam and Eve’s children – and their children’s children – may have been like. Far from mere speculation and conjecture, Thompson has obviously researched the scriptures – ancient, modern, and apocryphal – to pull together a vivid, engaging timeline and story that draws the reader in and engages him in the original struggle between Good and Evil. The reader will be amazed at Thompson’s ability to paint a landscape of characters, locales, and scenarios that are juxtaposed between being amazingly familiar yet strikingly new. He will be amazed at the lengths Thompson went to to gather and extrapolate so much information on a prophet who is only mentioned in one chapter of the Old Testament, yet was so righteous that he “walked with God… and God took him.””
REVIEW by Jaymie Reynolds for the Association for Mormon Letters
“”Cain was a great leader among his people, tall, strong, and quite handsome with dark, chiseled features. His eyes were deep blue, one of the few distinctive features he shared with his father, and they penetrated the souls of all those in his small kingdom. He knew each of them thoroughly, and knew their strengths and weaknesses, and how to manage them accordingly.
“They looked up to him because of his abilities, his personal strength, and his wealth. The wealth was a natural result of his raw talent, and the gods had rewarded him well for his faithfulness. Not everyone recognized him as their leader; but that would soon change… “
And so it is that author J.L. Thompson introduces his readers to Cain, yes, the Cain of biblical infamy. Although this introduction appears to be from an outside perspective, Thompson is actually allowing readers to see Cain as Cain sees himself. He doesn’t stop there. In order to set the scene for a young Enoch’s arrival, Thompson builds a clear and extraordinarily descriptive picture of Satan and his minions as well. Detailed characterization appears to be a strength and a passion for this author. He has a fairly extensive vocabulary and uses it to build vivid pictures. While it does, at times, feel as though he is trying just a bit too hard, lending the occasional sentence or paragraph a slightly stilted air, overall, Thompson’s grasp of language lends itself well to his goal of humanizing characters many have only read about in brief, scriptural accounts.
Historical fiction centered around familiar biblical stories seems to be becoming more and more en vogue these days, so Thompson’s book may have a larger appeal than it might once have been privy to. There seems to be a niche market for such literary works, and there are many readers who are eager participants in this growing movement of scripture-based storytelling. Readers who already have a passion for written works of this variety will be the most likely to embrace “Enoch in the City of Adam.” However, because of the vivid imagery and the appeal of the added element of humanity found in the retelling of an old tale, Thompson may be able to generate a greater interest in his work.
There is, in Thompson’s tale, a certain element of the little boy who is fascinated with the macabre. Occasionally, this crops up in the imagery Thompson uses to detail the scenes his characters are viewing and participating in. While it is helpful to be able to see the scene through the eyes of Enoch and other key participants, some readers may find it disturbing to get inside the head of Cain. They may find it more disturbing still to be given a glimpse of how the author sees events from the devil’s perspective. There are some scenes that may be a bit difficult for sensitive readers to bear. That being said, any who are familiar with the biblical stories centering around individuals like Cain and Enoch will be well aware that, in the Old Testament, even the righteous examples faced some fairly horrific moments.
The attention to detail that is found in Thompson’s writing is seen clearly within the pages of this book. Biblical purists may find the extreme human and overt supernatural elements to be both recognizable and disturbing for, although they follow the biblical stories rather well, there is a great deal of poetic license being taken to flesh out the tales that have generally been presented in skeleton format.
Because of the familiarity of the story and the interesting perspective that Thompson takes in his retelling, it is difficult to say much more without stepping on the author’s toes. Expounding on the story would rob it of its thunder and, after all, most tales are best when one is reading new interpretations for the first time.
Thompson does well carrying out clear themes in his writing, including those of good vs. evil, reality vs. delusions of grandeur, and councils seeking or delivering counsel. In this work, thematic ideology is another of Thompson’s strengths. Perhaps, this is what “Enoch in the City of Adam” has in greatest abundance for readers. It’s an interesting exploration that just might prompt one to see the old as new again.
Thompson’s novel offers a unique perspective that will add depth to any modern, home library. Many readers will find it well worth a look.”
LINK to the AML review page
REVIEWS FROM READERS ON AMAZON:
Well worth reading!!, April 17, 2015 By Rick A.This review is from: Enoch In the City of Adam (The Coming Flood) (Volume 1) (Paperback)The latest historical fiction novel by J. L. Thompson, “Enoch in the City of Adam,” gives us a glimpse at what the lives of Adam and Eve’s children – and their children’s children – may have been like.
Far from mere speculation and conjecture, Thompson has obviously researched the scriptures – ancient, modern, and apocryphal – to pull together a vivid, engaging timeline and story that draws the reader in and engages him in the original struggle between Good and Evil.
The reader will be amazed at Thompson’s ability to paint a landscape of characters, locales, and scenarios that are juxtaposed between being amazingly familiar yet strikingly new. He will be amazed at the lengths Thompson went to to gather and extrapolate so much information on a prophet who is only mentioned in one chapter of the Old Testament, yet was so righteous that he “walked with God… and God took him.”
Very insightfulon March 14, 2016Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseA very enjoyable read, and very interesting. A topic you wouldn’t normally consider, but a great setting for the style.
on March 3, 2016Loved this book
Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseLoved this book. Good insight into The Creation and the days of Adam and Eve. Looking forward to the next book.
Is there going to be a second book in the series and if so do you have a publish date yet? I absolutely loved the first book and I’m dying to read the second!
James,Thanks so much for your response! I’m so sad to hear there isn’t enough demand for this kind of historical fiction. I’ve always loved church related historical fiction like Women of Genesis, Work & the Glory, Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites etc. I have whole bookshelves packed full of these types of books and they’re pretty much all I read. Your book was particularly interesting as there is so little literature like this from the Old Testament. Until I read your book I never thought much at all about Adam and Eve and Enoch. But your book brought them to life and made me love and appreciate them so much! It especially helped me to have a deeper understanding of the temple endowment and why it explains the story of Adam and Eve which I never really understood. It was a fantastic book and I was eager to find out what happens next. My 12 year old daughter and my mother also read it and we couldn’t put it down. We got our books on Amazon kindle. Anyway thank you so much for taking the time to write such an insightful, uplifting and exciting book. We are all big fans!Mahalo!Rachel MurdockMakakilo, Hawaii
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