wouldn’t want to time-travel back to first century Jerusalem to see if
the Resurrection really happened? Amy Deardon has given me the next
best thing with her novel bringing old Jerusalem to life. I raced
through the book at lighspeed and enjoyed it immensely. Strong
characters and an unpredictable plot made this a book I’ll want to read
Randy Ingermanson Christy Award-Winning Author of Transgression and Oxygen
Deardon’s debut novel is compelling, intriguing and explosive! Fans of
Michael Crichton, Mark Mynheir, and Creston Mapes will love the
fast-paced, character-driven and suspense-filled plot. I cannot wait to
see what else Deardon has in store for her fans!
Thomas Phillips Author of The Molech Prophecy
you could go back to Christ’s crucifixion, would you do it? What if the
only way you could was by time-traveling with skeptics bent on proving
Christianity is based on a lie? Author Amy Deardon tackles these
provocative questions in her phenomenal debut novel: A Lever Long Enough.
Readers will find themselves enveloped in the scope and import of this
adventurous tale where love, loyalty, and faith will be tested in the
crucible of first century Jerusalem.
Wayne Thomas Batson Bestselling author of The Door Within trilogy, Isle Of Swords, and Isle Of Fire
Jesus rise from the dead? Deardon wrestles with this question in an
exhilarating adventure full of high technology, romance, and treachery
that excites the imagination. There are no easy answers, only
compelling arguments that will challenge your beliefs— whatever they
Ralph Hamilton MD Professor of Surgery, Emeritus University of Pennsylvania
In A Lever Long Enough,
Deardon expertly weaves science, technology, fact, and fiction into a
riveting tale. Deardon’s ability to take the reader from within a
top-secret military lock-down facility to a realistically depicted 1st
Century Jerusalem makes this science fiction thriller a stunning and
captivating read from start to finish.
A.K. Arenz author of The Case of the Bouncing Grandma
is a book packing multiple big pleasures within its pages— clever
time-travel adventure, political intrigue, fascinating historical
settings, philosophical/religious challenges, and a captivating mix of
imagination and technological authenticity. Deardon’s exhaustive and
meticulous research and her deft writing skills set this book well
apart from the crowd.
Donna W. Payne, PhD Biomedical researcher co-author of The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader
twists in a never-ending series of surprises and subterfuge drag the
reader right inside all the thrills. Breathless shocks, sweaty
fingertips, romantic suspense, forbidden faith, a trail of corpses—yes,
this one is definitely hard-hitting…Ten out of ten! I hope to see more
work soon from this brilliant author.
Grace Bridges author of Faith Awakened and Legendary Space Pilgrims
fiction strong enough—To borrow a phrase from Archimedes, this “Lever”
might just move your world. Smart, action-packed, and meticulously
researched, this thriller is thoroughly believable. So buckle up and
get ready for your own ‘time throw’—once you open this book, you will
immediately find yourself transported five hours into the future. Be
sure to clear your schedule!
Amy Fogelstrom Chai, MD, MS author, columnist, educator
Lever Long Enough is a fascinating story of faith and action. Ms.
Deardon’s use of technology keeps the adventure high, and Biblical
accuracy makes the story factual and believable. I could barely put the
book down, and am eagerly anticipating the next part of the adventure.
Michael Saunders Biblical Teacher, The Holy Land Experience, Orlando Florida
“Fascinating and intriguing…unpredictable and provocative… I look forward to the sequel.”
T.H. Shumpert, Ph.D., P.E. Professor Emeritus Electrical and Computer Engineering Auburn University
author Amy Deardon does many things very well in "A Lever Long Enough."
First and foremost, she puts a new spin on a familiar story. That one
thing draws the reader into the story with fresh eyes. The plot of the
story reads like an action flick. Think "Star Wars" meets "Quantum
Leap" meets spy movie, only with a Christian theme and perspective!
When you read this novel, it's obvious that the author has spent hours
on research. Because of the attention to detail, the story world comes
alive on the page. From ancient Jerusalem to futuristic time machines,
the realism is nothing less than amazing. There is a considerable
amount of historical information in this book, but Deardon skillfully
weaves in action to keep the information from becoming boring.
One of my favorite parts of "A Lever Long Enough" is the parallel that
is drawn between opposition to Christ and His followers in the first
century and the opposition that continues in the story world of the
future. The followers of The Way in the futuristic part of the story
had to operate in much the same way as the early followers of Christ.
Another thing Amy Deardon did exceptionally well is ending chapters so
that the reader keeps turning the pages. The chapters are shorter than
normal, which I really enjoyed and appreciated. There's something for
everyone in this book--sci-fi, romance, history, and more!
A quick word of warning--this story will leave you wanting more!
was unable to put this book down. The history and time elements were
great and Amy did an awesome job in her quest to make a historically
accurate story of the present going back in time travel to observe
Israel just before and during the death of Jesus Christ. The mission is
to video the occurrences and hopefully change present day
circumstances. They need to prove one way or another that Jesus and his
followers were telling the truth about his burial and resurrection.
Benjamin and Sara are attempting to fulfill the mission against all
odds despite the lack of trust among the crew and their mission support
in the present earth time. The fight for truth extends in all
directions. Amy has woven a powerful story of intrigue between her
characters. I found myself relating to the "good guys" and "bad guys:
in their quest to make things right for the Jesus followers of today.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves time travel stories.
I gave Amy five stars and can't wait to read her next story.
Written Jan. 4th, 2009
by Paulette Harris
A Lever Long Enough fuses strands of intrigue, inventive technology,
romance, and religion into an explosive read. Benjamin and Sara, the
protagonists, enter the story as part of the team leading project
FlashBack, a mission into the past to disprove the Resurrection.
Sabotage only days before the launch date ratchets up the tension of
the mission, a tension that builds once Flashback begins to reveal the
secrets of the past. Throughout the mission Sara and Benjamin endure a
journey that changes their feelings for each other and rocks the
foundations of their faith. This story will drag readers into the past
along with Benjamin and Sara,, a past that comes alive through
Deardon's meticulous research and vivid description. I give this
stunning first novel five stars!
Written Jan. 4th, 2009
by Hannah Cobb
In A Lever Long Enough, author Amy Deardon cleverly takes time travel
into a new dimension: change history and shape the present not by
altering the past but by disproving it.
The story's steadily brisk pace paradoxically slows for time travel
sequences that take the breath away (the only time my page turning
slowed during an up-all-night read). Deardon jettisons an Israeli
two-man, two-woman team into vividly portrayed first century Israel and
its dangers, while adeptly keeping stride with the unraveling espionage
back at their base.
Characters and scenes nicely blend military rigor and the dominant
action with a sprinkling of humanity's tender moments--and the romance
which progressively motivates Colonel Benjamin Feinan, without
compromising his drive for a successful mission and unwavering
patriotism. His romantic interest, the competent "ice princess" Major
Sara Levenson, is driven by her gripping search for truth to the point
Magnificent and authentic depictions of ancient Jerusalem will
fascinate the faithful, while details of science both true and
fictional are sure to intrigue the analytical and the curious alike.
This reader's only complaint is that Deardon's surprise ending leaves
me hungry for the sequel she can't serve soon enough.
Written Jan. 1st, 2009
by A.L. Bundy
Author Amy Deardon takes the old idea of time travel and gives it a new
twist. Who wouldn't like to have been there when Jesus resurrected from
Israel is on the verge of signing a pact that could finally bring peace
to the troubled nation. But The Way, a growing sect of Yeshua (Jesus)
followers, is making things difficult. They need to be silenced with
the truth. Seeking to debunk the account of Yeshua's resurrection,
Benjamin Feinen leads a small team of military experts back in time to
first century Jerusalem. Time travel is risky enough. Operation
FlashBack becomes even more dangerous when a traitor works to sabotage
Benjamin Feinan's uncanny ability to accomplish near escapes has earned
him the reputation for being invincible. As commander of the team
executing Operation FlashBack he can handle danger, deception, and even
death. Doubt moves in when he begins to have feelings for his
second-in-command. Finding the truth behind Yeshua's empty tomb takes
on a deeper significance.
Deardon's stunning debut novel dovetails the awe-inspiring history of
the first century with the chilling technology of latter times for a
fast-paced, action-packed suspense. I've read other novels that switch
from one setting to another and have found myself preferring one over
the other. Not so in A Lever Long Enough. Deardon's masterfully written
past and present equally captivated me. The author's attention to
detail in both setting and plot gave this reader an unforgettable
experience. In fact, A Lever Long Enough would make a terrific movie. I
look forward to seeing what Deardon has for us in the future.
Deardon has penned an imaginative, fast-paced debut novel. The
well-researched specifics of the different time periods, both the near
future and the far distant past, breathe life into a story of suspense
and action. Readers intrigued by first century history will be
entralled with the author's comprehensive content. Readers interested
in a great story will be equally satisfied with a novel that keeps them
turning pages at an ever-increasing rate of speed. Ms. Deardon's blend
of historical accuracy and tight storytelling makes this a read well
worth the time investment.
I look forward with anticipation to more from Amy Deardon. Highly recommended!