2 out of 4 stars
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The Bible tells us the story of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. They walked with God in the Garden of Eden until they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. At that time, they were banned from the Garden and were forced to toil the rest of their lives. We learn of their children, Cain and Abel and the first murder. We are also told about a man named Enoch who walked with the Lord. He was then caught up in the sky without having died. And perhaps one of the most well known stories would be that of Noah. He found favor with the Lord and was saved when the Lord destroyed the world by flood.
It is these stories that are retold and elaborated on in the book The Sixth and Seventh Day Man. The novel is broken up into three different books. The first is The Time of Adam and Eve. The second is entitled The Time of Enoch with the last being The Time of Noah.
Whenever possible, the author stuck to the true facts of the stories; but when information was left out, the author used his creativity to fill in the gaps. I enjoyed seeing these biblical stories extrapolated on based on the author's imagination. It was fun to see what the world could have been like during those different times. It made the actual stories come alive more in my mind as I read. Mr. Pollack did well at helping me to relate to these characters as actual people which in turn gives new meaning to these stories as well as bolstering my faith.
I'd love to be able to end the review there and give the book a perfect score. Sadly, that is not the case. There were a few issues that I noticed within the book. First, the book was poorly edited. I noticed a plethora of grammatical errors throughout the book. There were words used incorrectly (contacted instead of contracted), quotation marks were frequently missing or in the wrong location and punctuation between words and sentences was often wrong. Furthermore, in the Kindle version, the table of contents did not link to the correct place (book one went to book three and so forth.)
Second, the dialogue was just a bit awkward. As most of us who read a lot know, dialogue is one of the hardest parts of a book to write well. In this book, it just comes across forced and unnatural.
As this book would be considered Christian fiction, there are a couple of issues that I feel I need to point out as a Christian myself. Primarily the sensuality and gore contained in the book. If you read the biblical story of Noah, you know that the earth was more wicked and sinful than it had ever been. I realize that the author needs to portray that, but I feel that Mr. Pollack goes a bit too far in describing some of the sexuality and violence of that time. While there are no overt sexual scenes, there are many adult situations that I still feel make this book R rated when it should really be PG. I believe that there is a way to describe the wickedness of the people without being explicit.
Also, I (and most Christians I know) believe that Adam and Eve were the actual first man and woman on Earth. The author does not seem to share this belief. He believes that there were other men and women, but that Adam and Eve were the first ones set apart by God. This was an issue that I was able to overlook, but some may not.
I found The Sixth and Seventh Day Man to be a very engaging and insightful read. There was plenty of adventure and the characters were extremely relatable. So, this was another book that I had a very hard time rating; because, in spite of my enjoying the book, there were still a number of problems that need to be addressed. In the end, I rated this book 2 out of 4 stars. There is nothing in this book that couldn't be fixed by a really good editor as the author has all the essentials for a great book. I recommend this to those who are interested in learning more about the first few chapters of Genesis in The Bible and don't mind overlooking errors.
The Sixth and Seventh Day Man
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