The Nephilim Ark by Matthew James Daniel centers around the biblical story of the Nephilim – a race of giants that came down to Earth and mated with human women. After this union led to debauchery and societal breakdown, God unleashed the flood – the story of Noah’s Ark. The Nephilim Ark fast forwards to modern day where the Nephilim are trying to grow their numbers again by attempting to breed with English women, while also trying to eradicate Anglican clergy. Their plans are discovered by a woman who aims to destroy their plan, but may lay waste to more than she bargained for.
The Nephilim Ark is an interesting modern take on an old story, woven into a crime thriller that veers away from being straight religious fiction into something that can appeal to a wider audience – ala The Da Vinci Code. It’s heavy on religious themes, but it is more concerned with telling a story than proselytizing. Unfortunately, there are a fair number of grammatical problems that do mar the flow of the story, and some of the dialogue could be pared down, but this is an intriguing spin on religious fiction, written by a former priest – lending the book credibility and filling the book with detail so this epic story has a dynamic reality.