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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Eden Quest: Before the Beginning by Ken Urbansky and Bob Mertes is the first book in the Songstone Series. We meet Rapheldrn and Milderett on Tyros before the evil set foot on their planet, before Lucifer destroyed their pure world with the seed of evil. Their lives were simple yet honest, but that changed when sin was introduced into their world. We also meet Bobby in 1948. He didn’t believe in God, but that changes when he gets an angelic visitation of a special kind. That is his turning point and soon he is looking for faith and answers. He believes the Watchers (fallen angels) are still trying to open the gate to the Garden of Heaven. They might have the right “weapon” to open a portal to the Garden of Heaven and Bobby must stop them. Does he have what it takes to go against the Watchers? Is faith enough to empower him or will he need someone’s help?
If Christian science fiction is a genre then Eden Quest is its best example. Authors Ken Urbansky and Bob Mertes share two different timelines and three different settings (Heaven, Tyros, and Earth). They give ample background to each of these settings and give readers enough information to make these believable. The descriptions are simple yet vivid enough to make them real. Bobby is a smart man who doesn’t blindly follow his faith. He pays attention to his surroundings, gathers the information he needs, and then makes a decision that he knows will give maximum output. Nataya, on the other hand, is very instinctual. She does what feels right and follows her gut. The mystery behind the Watchers is also handled exceptionally well. This story has all the hallmarks of great entertainment. You have drama, suspense, mystery, intelligent leads, and enough action to keep you hooked. I enjoyed this book.