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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
Children of Sinai by Shelley Clarke is an exception to the large number of apocalyptic novels in that it can’t be allocated to a specific genre. There are elements of fantasy, science fiction, and conspiracy, but it stands head and shoulders over the majority with doses of ancient history, archeology, religion, and above all the impact of verisimilitude throughout. I’ll not go deeper into a synopsis of the story as to do so would reduce the wonderful sense of discovery that I believe every reader yearns to find in a book. A lengthier synopsis could also act as a “spoiler” that invariably takes away from that sense of discovery.
I will, however, review and praise the talent of first-time author Shelley Clarke. The age-old cliché that authors should write what they know has long been overcome by a handful of authors who write what they discover through exhaustive research and work hard to insert the facts or conspiratorial theories of that research into an exciting piece of fiction. I often quote Stephen King who said, “Fiction is a lie. Good fiction is the truth within the lie.” Children of Sinai is good fiction and Shelley Clarke has done her homework exceptionally well. No facet of fiction writing technique falls short. From true to life characters to a factual background that serves as firmament for the fictional events and scenes, a sense of reality reigns supreme. Shelley Clarke has written a novel that transcends simple genre classification in that the cliche “fans of...” comment holds no sway. Every lover of a wonderful story, well written, will enjoy this book. I’ll close with this parting statement—any book, any story that creates a welling of tears in my eyes is a story far above the norm.