On April ninth, thousands of people wake from the same dream, visits from angels instructing them to build a biblical ark in their front yard, or the town square or little league field. Anywhere, to prepare for the worst natural disaster to strike the world since the days of Noah. A widowed California high school teacher risks everything to build a boat in the sixty days she is given. A homeless and self-proclaimed prophet of God preaches across Boston's waterfront, unaware that he is not alone in his visions. A young priest is torn between the signs around him and the skepticism of his Church.
In the end, only thirty people may board each boat. As the world slowly comes to grips with events unfolding around them, they must weigh their own faith in the exceptional and identical visions of so many people. The skies are clear, without a hint of rain. But if the dreams are true, something terrible is looming on the horizon.
"...a quality work of fiction, written by a professional who knows his stuff. A gripping story about the power of faith. Though it moves slowly and takes time building its tension - and build tension it does - this novel is the mark of an experienced craftsmen. The characters are varied and engaging, prompting genuine sympathy in the reader. His success is that he does what spiritual fiction often fails at: he focuses on the human element, how humans deal and grapple with the difficulty - and demands - of faith." - Kevin Lucia, Shroud Magazine Reviews
"I couldn't put this book down. Margaret's Ark is a scary look at what might end the world someday. Dan Keohane, a finalist for the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, has taken a different approach to the usual religious apocalypse stories. This is not the Rapture -- this is a natural disaster that will change the world forever. " - Sheri White, Terrorflicks.com
|Publisher:||Other Road Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
"...a serious storyteller with big ambitions. No longer an apprentice, he's become a journeyman of his craft." - Cemetery Dance Magazine
"...perhaps THE best of the next wave of writers in this genre - and heads above many of the better-established names." - Jeffrey Thomas, author of Letters from Hades and Punktown
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At any given time, a certain percentage of people on Earth suffer the horror of God's will. What if everyone suffered it at once? How would it be done? And how would people respond to a warning of it? This is the premise of MARGARET'S ARK. Margaret is one of a limited number of people who've been visited by angels in their dreams. The dreamers have been commissioned to build their own arks before a great flood arrives in two months. The ark, which can only hold thirty people per God's specs, allows for the survival of some people, whether they believe or not. Doubt, logistics, and politics all come into play, but Margaret's tenacity against these odds is the crux of the story. A nice mix of other major characters provides dramatic episodes before the final disaster. Most of the characters are Christian but not all. Most are believers but not all. Most are good but not all. Keohane provides enough details about the the construction of the ark and weather conditions to keep the reader engaged but not overburdened. Due to the nature of the story, there's a fair amount of religious dialogue, which could be a plus or minus for some readers. But Keohane's real strength is bringing his characters--good, bad, and ugly--to life. Their dynamics keep the reader riveted.