Item description for Unholy Empire (Chronicles of the Host, Book 2) by D. Brian Shafer...
Overview Shafers novel chronicles the duel between God and the fallen angels as both focus their attention on the Seed. Devils watch for any sign of the Seed in an all out effort to stop, delay, or destroy this prophetic nightmare.
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Studio: Destiny Image Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Nov 10, 2002
Publisher DESTINY IMAGE #45
Series Chronicles Of The Host
Series Number 2
ISBN 0768421608 ISBN13 9780768421606
Availability 0 units.
More About D. Brian Shafer
D. Brian Shafer is Associate Pastor at Valley Christian Center, in Dublin, California. He has an earned doctorate in ministry and is passionate about seeing others develop in their personal ministry gifts and knowledge of God's transforming word. He is blessed with a wonderful family comprised of wife Lori, daughters Kiersten and Breelin, and hamsters Anna and Toffee.
D. Brian Shafer currently resides in Pleasanton, in the state of California.
D. Brian Shafer has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Unholy Empire (Chronicles of the Host, Book 2)?
Chronicles of the host II Feb 12, 2007
Arrived timely. Condition of the book as promised. Thank you!
Good, but.. Nov 18, 2005
I read the first CotH book, loved it, and read this one as soon as I found the time to do so. The first book was tight, coherent, and dealt with a linear yet compelling What If account of Lucifer's exile from Heaven. Read the sentence over again. Now, I shall tell you what I thought of the sequel.
This book, dealing with the sickening spiritual state of the human race due to the trickery of Lucifer himself, is anything but linear, jumping all over different Biblical storylines with no account usually to how much time has passed by. If one didn't know their Bible history, they would not if ten years passed by or if ten centuries!! It just jumps around so much. It's still a coherent narrative for the most part and I give shafer credit for that, no doubt. However, the first in the series was very cohesive, focused and linear, which made it all the more easy to read and kept it tight and compelling. This book jumps all over the place, though. It covers almost the entire Old Testament within a 300 page storyline. Oh, yes.. compression abounds and that's never a good thing, becuase the plot feels very rushed at times, and uneven as a whole.
Enough rambling about the bad things, though. Other than those flaws mentioned above, this is still a good book for the reasons that the original book was good. Mainly due to how well worded the book is. Shafer knows how to write. He knows how to develop characters and convey strong emotion, using depth and reason to drive his characters. That was what drove the original book and it's the same again here.
The early Old Testament from an angelic perspective! Aug 8, 2005
This, D. Brian Shafer's second novel in the series, was just as intense and insightful as book one. He gives us a behind the scenes look at how the forces of darkness would have most likely viewed the events of the early Old Testament from Adam and Eve to the death of Moses. It shows how they would have been working through people to try to stop God's promise of the Seed coming through the line of Abraham.
There were a few things I wish the author would have mentioned to clear up a few Biblical misconceptions that people have, but these are just an aside, as the amount of information covered was so vast that these little points were probably not viewed as important. One is that in Genesis, chapter seven, Noah took seven pairs of clean animals (by their sevens, male and female), and only one pair of the unclean animals. Even with the alternate interpretation, at least seven (three pairs and one extra) of the unclean animals were taken aboard. The second thing that people gloss over is the manna in the desert. Most people do not realize that God gave them manna (bread from heaven) in the morning, but he also gave them meat (quails) to eat every evening. Read Exodus, chapter sixteen.
Now to what I learned from this book. In the section where Moses returns with the ten commandents, Mr. Shafer points out something that I had forgotten. The fact that Moses melted down the golden calf and then ground it to dust, placed it in the water, then made the people drink it. I think he took a bit of fictional license with Moses using an axe to destroy the golden calf, as Exodus chapter thrity-two just says he burned it. Maybe there is another Biblical reference I missed. Also, though Aaron later tells Moses the calf just appeared in the fire, the Bible says earlier that Aaron fashioned it with a graving tool. The people also refer to the calf as representing the gods and not the Lord. It probably represented the Apis bull, which was Egyptian cult worship.
Mr. Shafer does a great job of showing how the fallen angels worked through the religions of that time. I most vividly remember the Egyptian gods and what they represented, then how the plagues God sent were tailored to humble each of the gods in turn, up to the last and greatest one. This was a new insight into the plagues that I had not realized until I read this novel. Mr. Shafer opens your eyes to the overall picture of what was happening in ways, and from a point of view, that you have never looked at these events with before. The way the fallen angels tempted the people to turn against whoever God was working through at the time, was also very well done. This book opens your eyes in many, many other ways, and I believe that this novel would be great to give to someone who is lax in reading the Old Testament. It gives a Biblical overview that is presented in an insightful and interesting manner, letting you see that the promise of Christ was there from the garden.
Highly recommended! Pick up this series now! You won't be sorry.
D.S. Burton, author of the Orianus Creation Series
What a Read Nov 12, 2003
Such a cool read! The book picks up after Adam and Eve's fall and moves through to the end of Moses' life. I loved following through the Bible stories with the author. If you are interested in a behind the scenes glimpse into the angel world with the Bible story at its center--you'll love this book!
Is it really just fiction... Jan 2, 2003
Unholy Empire is the second book of a trilogy that follows the story of how Satan forfeited his place in Heaven--and took a third of the "Host" fellow angels with him.
I thought that I came across this fine book by accident, however, I am not so sure that God did not lead me to it. The first book is based on what may have actually happened in Heaven during those first days of creation.
The first book totally drew me into the story, and at times I felt as if I was not reading a fictional account on what may have transpired, but that I was given a ring-side seat to witness the events as they actually took place.
I was hopeful that the second book would live up to its predecessor. I was not disappointed; the second book was fantastic!!. I read through it in a couple of days, the author D. Brian Shafer has really done his homework, he weaves the story with imagination, creativity, humor and insight.
I must admit that I have not been up on reading the Old Testament in quite a while, however, after reading "Unholy Empire" my interest for reading the Old Testament has been increased.
Also, as a fringe benefit, my walk with God and how I relate to Him has deepened. It has put this verse in a new light for me... "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12 NIV
I cannot recommend this book enough; it is a work of art. And it just may change your life...