The Fall of the Nephilim is a unique novel, with a Science Fiction twist on the biblical account of Noah's ark. All of the characters from the Biblical story are present, but in Hirt's book he adds a few characters for additional conflict. One is the eldest son of Noah, Wend, who is not in the Scriptures. However, Hirt illuminates through his dialogue and description Noah's characterization in a way that is believable. In particular, he offers a plausible explanation for Nephilim and their purpose in the Old Testament, as well as showing a glimpse of the depravity of man—such as human sacrifice—which led to God's decision to destroy the earth and begin anew. Hirt's novel made this reviewer think of Noah meets Darth Vader (in Star Wars) with a bit of C. S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters and Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness inserted for added flavor.
For the most part, The Fall of the Nephilim is an action-packed tale. It has a lot going on—sometimes so much you lose track of the details. However, as in the famous tale of the Titanic, the reader knows in advance how The Fall of the Nephilim will end because it mirrors the Biblical account of Noah. We know that not all was lost, but that Noah and his family were saved and readers have a sense of hope at the outset. In Hirt's account, Noah has additional children and grandchildren not mentioned in the Bible who are lost, but Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their wives in the Genesis account were saved from the coming destruction.
On occasion, I felt like the author goes on a bit too long in his description—as when Noah and his sons are choosing the wood for the ark—almost to the point where I found myself losing interest. Other portions are riveting, such as the scenes with Lucifer and his minions plotting to take Noah out, or at least bring him down. Overall, I'd say Hirt's novel offers an insightful look into the Great Flood, as well as the inner workings of the enemy's mind as he attacks our human weaknesses. For people who love Scifi, biblical fiction, and spiritual warfare books, this story is sure to be a hit. Recommended. – Michelle Sutton, Christian Book Previews.com
The judgment of the Creator on a wicked world is drawing near, and Noah, having received a commission from the Gardener, is building the ark. Dark powers target Noah for destruction, knowing that if he fails they will have won the war against the Creator.
Douglas Hirt weaves a wonderfully imaginative tale around biblical facts. This highly detailed and well-researched novel serves to satisfy the appetites of science fiction and fantasy readers while providing a redemptive, God-glorifying story about what might have been.