Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Babylon’s Falling by William G. Collins

Babylon’s Falling: The Story of Belteshazzar, also known as Daniel is a historical fiction novel that is biblically based.  It details the life and experiences of Daniel after Jerusalem was captured by the Babylonians. 


Babylon's Falling makes the book of Daniel come to life.  I appreciated the vast historical knowledge incorporated into this book.  For example, the description of the city of Babylon with it's enormous brick buildings, canals and hanging gardens was intriguing.  The cultural refernces and explanations provided an amazing backdrop to the life of Daniel that the Bible doesn't go into details about.


Of course, this book is historical fiction, which allowed Collins to make many allowances.  I like how he portrayed the friendship between Daniel and as they are most known in Babylonian;  Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego.  He created a character and personality for each of them that made me feel like I knew them by the end of the book. 


The thing that I like most about Babylon Falling was how engrossing the story was.  Even though most people know the main points, Collins turned this into a page turner!  The story flowed well and the characters were well developed.


I think something that I never thought about before this book was how amazing it was that Daniel actually survived the capture of Jerusalem, and then the trials of the rising and falling of two major Kings.  He had to work his way up from the bottom each time, even just to save his own life, let alone to be appointed top positions.  Obviously, the hand of God was on his life, not just as a seer but to sustain him.


Loved this book. 5 Stars out of 5.


This book was provided to me by Book Sneeze for free contingent on a non-biased review.



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