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The age-old question, 'Where was Daniel when his three friends were thrown into the fiery furnace?' is answered in this work of historical fiction. The young nobleman, Daniel of Judah, is taken captive and finds himself prisoner and forced to march all the way from Jerusalem to the ancient city of Babylon. He and his three companions survive the four month journey of cruelty and hardship and are thrown into a pagan culture of idolatry and apostasy. Given new names, and a new king to serve, their lives become an ...
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Babylon's Falling: The Story of Belteshazzar, also known as Daniyyel

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Overview

The age-old question, 'Where was Daniel when his three friends were thrown into the fiery furnace?' is answered in this work of historical fiction. The young nobleman, Daniel of Judah, is taken captive and finds himself prisoner and forced to march all the way from Jerusalem to the ancient city of Babylon. He and his three companions survive the four month journey of cruelty and hardship and are thrown into a pagan culture of idolatry and apostasy. Given new names, and a new king to serve, their lives become an adventure filled with danger, mystery and romance. Trained as a seer, the new Belteshazzar finds his faith strong enough to fulfill his new role as governor and counsel to the mad king Nebuchadnezzer. As God's man, he sees the coming fall of the great empire and is witness to Cyrus the Great's deliverance of his people and eventual return to the land of their fathers. With the love of his beloved Inanna and support of an important general, the man from Judah is able to rise victorious from Babylon's ruin like a phoenix that will not die. "Babylon's Falling" is a story for our times that will uplift, inspire and encourage the reader to live a life that dares to believe!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449708344
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,448,481
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

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    Daniel, one of the fascinating people of the Bible, comes to lif

    Daniel, one of the fascinating people of the Bible, comes to life in this new book by William G. Collins. The story unfolds with the authenticity of the setting, bringing the reader into Daniel's world. Of course, we know that Daniel had three friends he traveled with, and they are also a big part of the book. The four young men were taken prisoner, carried to a foreign land, then forced to serve a king whose beliefs were totally different from theirs. Yet, they were able to stand. But, what were they thinking when the hard questions needed answers? What was it like to face trials like the den of lions or the fiery furnace? Come take the difficult journey with Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and find out how they coped with the changes in their lives and how they stood firm in their faith.


    I really enjoyed this book because it was interesting and well written. The story is one I have heard from childhood, yet Mr. Collins gives some information about the land and people as he tells the story. This work of fiction reminds me of being a child, wondering how these Bible characters dealt with the problems, and trying to fill in the blanks. If you ever wondered, this book is for you.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Babylon’s Falling : The Story of Belteshazzar, also known

    Babylon’s Falling : The Story of Belteshazzar, also known as Daniel

    By William G. Collins

    Babylon's Falling is a fictionalized account of the prophet Daniel's life in Babylon during Nebuchadnezzer's rule. The story begins as Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are being led into captivity, along with thousands of their fellow Judeans, by the Chaldean army. The storyline continues as Daniel and his three friends find favor first with their captors and then King Nebuchadnezzer himself. The life of Daniel is explored from this point until his death many years later.

    While I prefer to give positive reviews, this is one instance where it is not entirely possible. Christian fiction has had a bad reputation in the past for poorly structured plots, sappy, unbelievable dialogue, and, dare I say it? a tendency to heavy-handed preaching disguised as fictional novels. While Mr. Collins avoided the preaching for the most part, somehow the dialogue often came off as too modern in its phrasing or flippant in the author's attempt to show Daniel with a sense of humor. While we are aware the Biblical characters were indeed human and shared the same emotions and day-to-day experiences that we have, somehow it seemed that Daniel tended to make jokes at the oddest moments. And the author's completely unnecessary attempt to describe Daniel's wedding night was just awkward and painful. Also, I found myself distracted by his frequent use of exclamation marks! They are fine in their place, but just because a chapter or a paragraph has come to an end is not a reason to throw in extraneous punctuation.

    In short, I was disappointed. Perhaps I expected too much of what is, of course, a fictionalized account of people who lived thousands of years ago. We cannot possibly know what their daily lives were like in detail, nor we can imagine their personal conversations. It is not a horrible novel, it just did not live up to my expectations.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    a more inspiring look at a bible hero

    I remember the story of Daniel from my childhood, but I never really cared about what happened to his friends or why he wasn't there for them when it happened. What I do remember is Daniel in the lion's den and how his faith saved him from being eaten alive. For a long time, Daniel has been a picture of courage and strong faith. But you know how the Bible is, and how really hard it is to connect to the characters in it without a man of God expounding on the stories. So I really found Daniel's unrelenting faith in God somewhat... fantastical.

    However, William G. Collins's book, Babylon's Falling has given me more insight into Daniel and his friends' personalities enough to make me take a real interest in their lives. The book follows these four Israelites' lives after they are taken from their native Jerusalem into the Chaldean Court, bribed by all sorts of gifts and luxuries in exchange for them forgetting their God. Despite this, however, these men found ways to keep their faith and daily covenant with God.

    But a life with God is not without trial... and eventual blessings. This book has made me see Daniel's story in a different light--more relatable, and oddly more inspirational than the original Bible passages. I am giving it four stars out of five.

    Booksneeze was nice enough to send me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviews.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

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    Based on a Bible Story

    I wasn't sure if this was a YA novel when I first began reading it. I was curious about WestBow publication offerings when I agreed to read it for Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. And, wow, all an author's fears scream at me. You'd think Thomas Nelson would have more respect for its reputation and that of its authors to let Mr. Collins' work come out looking like this. And I sympathize because I've been the victim of poor editing but at least I didn't pay for it.

    William Collins spends time on what might have occurred on the journey back to Babylon when Jerusalem is finally captured 600 years before the time of Christ. He uses the first six chapters of the biblical account as a baseline.

    As an editor I would have made sure that at least the grammar and punctuation was correct. As a historian, I cringed at the dreadful inaccuracies. As a lover of the Word, I was more than disappointed at some of the author's interpretations, such as Daniel and his friends marrying. Of course it might have happened, but there is no indication of that in Scripture. Yes, I realize this is fiction, but then at least change the name, or call it a story based on what might have occurred behind the scenes in Babylon.

    Conclusion: Authors, beware giving your money to WestBow. Don't be that desperate to get your work in print.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    "...an interesting bit of inspirational fiction..."

    If you are looking for an interesting bit of inspirational fiction with a few plot twists, then this is the book for you. Babylon¿s Falling creatively tells the story of Daniel and his post Jerusalem adventures. When you read this book, you will be transported back to ancient times. You will experience the emotions and feelings that Daniel and his Hebrew friends may have felt as they left their beloved Jerusalem behind and faced a new world order at the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar and others.

    Phone Tree Rating: 4/5 Stars ****

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    A great story but moved to fast

    I have always loved biblical novels, Joseph by Terri Fivash is one of my absolute favorites and if you ever get the chance to read it you definitely should, so I was intrigued when I decided to read Babylon's Falling. This book follows the life of Daniel (or Daniyyel as the books calls him) from his exile to Babylon to his death. I thought this book was pretty interesting, enhanced parts of Daniel's life that I knew nothing about previously, but it moved far too fast. It felt like someone was trying to cram a ton of information into a very small space which I suppose is exactly what it was. This was frustrating because I really didn't feel close to the characters at all, I really would have enjoyed it if their had been a more personalized element, getting into what the characters were thinking and feeling and why they did what they did. I also got really confused with dates, there wasn't really any indication of the passage of time so that Daniel seems to go instantly from being twenty to suddenly being seventy. Unfortunately I'm afraid I may have my sights set a bit too high from other similar books I have read, Joseph for example is very extensive with so much to the story while this really just felt far too simplified and short. This book was definitely interesting and a great way to learn about an important person in the Bible but many parts of it felt more biographical than novelized which could be seen as a pro or a con depending on your opinion. This book really had a ton of potential but it just wasn't really fulfilled, but I still recommend it as a great way to learn about this amazing man.
    I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    Babylon's Falling by William G. Collins

    Babylon's Falling by William G. Collins


    Daniel and his friends are taken captive a prisoner forced to march from Jerusalem to Babylon. Forced to give up everything of importance to them. He and his three companions endure four months of cruelty, and hardship. They are given new names, new king and a new land. Their adventure is frothed with danger, romance, betrayal, mystery. Daniel becomes trained as a seer, becomes councilor to the king, gets
    married , and befriends an important general.

    You will enjoy the exploits of Daniel and his companions.

    You will see the kind of faith they had in their GOD. Unshakeable, unmovable.

    He see's the fall of the empire, he returns to his homeland and finds it in ruins.

    What else does GOD have for Daniel to do?

    This is a very interesting book.

    I recommend this book.

    Thomas Nelson has provided me with a copy of this book.

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