The Truth Chronicles – Book 6: The Ark by Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook – Risen Books (2013)


tc6What happened to the Ark Noah built after the Flood? You can get solid answers to this question and other matters concerning the Biblical Ark in the 6th installment of the Truth Chronicles by Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook, appropriately entitled The Ark. If you’re not familiar with the Truth Chronicles, you should definitely remedy this situation as soon as possible. This series follows the time travelling adventures of four teens from Silicon Valley Prep, providing fans with heavy doses of fun, action and apologetics along the way. The series is once again illustrated by Christian manga artist Melissa Mathis, aka Inkhana. Awesome as usual, Inkhana!

TC #5 left our time travelers in the post-Flood world, within a few generations of the Flood itself. The wraparound I mentioned in my review of Book #5 starts the book off with a big shock. I mentioned that it gets a bit dark, as Pastor Rich, the youth pastor from the first trilogy, faces the possibility of martyrdom for smuggling Bibles into an Islamic country. I won’t give any spoilers but the beginning of this book left me stunned.

While this book isn’t as action-packed as the others, it is pretty heavy on drama and intrigue. Pull my man card if you want to, but the ending of this book brought tears to my eyes. There’s a pretty heavy reminder that sometimes God allows Christians to suffer so that those who are watching our lives can see how we react in the crucible… for it is there that you find out what a Christian truly believes. I can’t give any spoilers but I can tell you that we’ll be coming full circle in this one and that the journey will be worth it.

The apologetics concern the Ice Age (yes, just the one) and the Ark of Genesis for the most part. I feel the need to mention that Tim Chaffey is the content manager for the Ark Encounter. The answers to questions of how the animals were housed, watered, fed and otherwise cared for on the Ark and where the vessel ultimately ended up reflect his expertise in this area. My only complaint was that I wanted more!

TC #6 resolves the vast majority of the cliffhangers and plot threads that fans of the series have been wondering about. It does leave us a tantalizing hint that this need not be the end of the series [Pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease], but if it is… well, it’s been an amazing and rewarding ride.

I received an advance reader copy of The Ark for a fair and honest review. The rest of you will have to wait until some time in December to pick up your copy. Be sure to Like the Truth Chronicles Facebook page and keep up-to-date on the book’s release.

-Tony Breeden
From the Bookwyrm’s Lair

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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About Tony Breeden

Tony Breeden is an author, creation speaker, Gospel preacher, vocalist and artist from West Virginia. He is also the founder of DefendingGenesis.org. Find out about his books at http://TonyBreedenBooks.com.

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