Noah is one of the greatest heroes in the Bible. If Noah: Man of Destiny is an origins story, Noah: Man of Resolve is his coming of age story, a chance for our hero to test his mettle and, well, his resolve in the face of escalating conflict.
Witney Seibold once wrote that all sequels are The Empire Strikes Back. Maybe there’s some truth to that. What Seibold wrote for the Nerdist a few years ago about that sequel certainly applies to this one:
“It opens in medias res, showing our heroes from the first film entrenched in a new adventure. It depicts the heroes facing even larger and more trying trials than the last time, usually fighting at the edge of their abilities. Their roles are essentially the same, despite having learned lessons and “changed” in the last film. The tone (and I’m most certainly a critic obsessed with tone) is typically a lot more serious and focused, taking the light fantasy elements of the original and forcing them through the beats of a more hefty drama.
“And, most significantly, the story of The Empire Strikes Back revolves around the details of the heroes’ personal lives much more closely.”
That is to say, Tim Chaffey and K. Marie Adams hit all of the right beats we expect from a sequel without being boring or predictable or getting bogged down in a sophomore slump.
The story focuses on Noah and Emzara and their friends as the Serpent Cult of Naamah and the evil kingdom of her father King Lamech grow in power. Death, betrayal and growing wickedness are found at every turn in a story spanning ~400 years. This is a very personal story. We watch as Noah and Emzara face their trials and find their determination to follow their Creator in the face of mounting persecution and world that increasingly reflects the words of Genesis 6:5:
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
The book ends poised to give us the expected grand finale of the building of the Ark and the coming of the Flood itself.
As before, features at the end of the book help to clarify where artistic license was used, where the plot borrowed from other parts of the Bible, and where the story elements reflect exhibits at the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. At the very least, there is now one diorama at the Ark Encounter that I will never look at the same way again!
I unreservedly recommend this book.
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