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Babylon’s Falling: The Story of Belteshazzar, also known as Daniyyel

Title: Babylon’s Falling: The Story of Belteshazzar, also known as Daniyyel
Author: William G. Collins
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Description: This story is a biblical fiction that fills in some of those gaps in the first six chapters of Daniel in the Bible. The author has taken biblical history and has created a past for Daniel and his friends. Collins explains that this is his interpretation and what could have happened. From beginning to end, we journey with Daniel.

Review

This book was fair. I say “fair” because it was entertaining at times, but often felt rushed and regurgitated. Normally, I enjoy historical fiction, but this was an exception. There were many editorial errors that I kept getting hung up on. For example, it seems as though the writer couldn’t decide whether to use “Daniel”, “Danyyel”, or “Daniyyel” and that was in the first few chapters. Sprinkled throughout the book were random quotation marks that were misplaced and/or misused. I realize that this may seem picky, but it really throws the reader off. I think it would have been helpful to stick with “Daniel”, since most of us are familiar with this spelling. The same goes for Jerusalem and Ezekiel. I have a similar suggestion for the names, nicknames, and Babylonian names for his friends. The author uses them interchangeably, which could lead to confusion. I think it could be done, but it just doesn’t happen in this book.

The characters, message, and overall story are great, but then again they were created by God. The author is simply just filling in the details, which I think can be quite fun and interesting. However, this book has a strange rhythm or flow. Basically, it became boring and flat. I found it difficult to pick it up and finish. I think this could be a great book with some major refinements. At best, this is a decent creative writing assignment by a college student.

On the upside, it is easy to read because it isn’t super long (thankfully). There are many twists and turns, which keep the reader semi-engaged. But, if you have ever read Daniel in the Bible, you already know what they are.

Unfortunately, I would be hesitant to recommend this to anyone.

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I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 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.


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