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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Before It Began is a work of fiction in the science fiction, Christian, mythology, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Thomas Zman. The work is intended for the general reading audience and forms the first novel of the Neuphobes series. Set amidst a fantastic mix of mythology, theology, ancient lore, and far-flung star travellers, we find ourselves in a world where aliens descended during the time of Palaeolithic mankind, and the timeline of human history as we know it was skewed by their influence because of it. What results is a highly engrossing conspiracy fiction tale that is sure to keep readers turning the pages from cover to cover.
Author Thomas Zman has crafted an illuminating and imaginative work of fiction with plenty of food for thought and intriguing concepts to offer its readers. This is a novel that will surely hit or miss with readers depending on if you buy into and enjoy its central concept, so for me, I was fascinated more and more with Zman’s intelligent intertwining of popular conspiracy theories from years gone by and much original thinking of his own to weave together the historical timeline in an innovative way. I found that the variety of characters held up well across a sweeping timeline with enough development to keep them realistic despite it being a heavily plot-driven tale. This gives the work a confident sense of narration and a balanced feel. Overall, I would highly recommend Before It Began to fans of well-considered science fiction, mythology with an alien twist and for alternative history enthusiasts everywhere.