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VMI Publishers LLC / 2009 / Paperback
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A mysterious Nazi super weapon, hidden for more than 60 years, has been discovered by members of a reclusive, private think tank and perfected using modern technology. This fully realized and reliable device is so powerful, so provocative, that the basic beliefs of science, history and religion could be overturned in an instant. After a cataclysmic system failure kills an expedition attempting to return to the year 100,000 BC, a team of skeptical scientists and adventurers is dispatched to the Antediluvian world, a world that no one anticipated full of wonder, danger and advanced civilizations that will rock the accepted theories of science and history to their core. However, the team is unaware of another plan that is unfolding; there are people who will kill to use this remarkable machine to further their own plans for our past and future.
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Author: Sam Batterman
Located in: Collegeville, PA
Submitted: July 06, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a software engineer working for Microsoft Corporation. I live with my wife, Susan, and two children, Samantha and Parker in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Wayback is my first novel, but there will be many more.
What was your motivation behind this project? I've always been fascinated with the Antediluvian age. What technology did they have? How advanced were they? What was it like to live hundreds and hundreds of years? What would the Ark have been like? Most of all, what must the Flood have been like to impact the planet we now see from the very different world that was created. This book allowed me to investigate all of these questions in a fast paced narrative.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? In writing Wayback, I have gained a whole new appreciation for not only how God created the Earth and the Heavens, but the most important question that can be asked why He did it. The Flood as described by the Bible is not a simple rainstorm and its not a localized river overflowing its banks. It is the single event that destroyed the early earth and set the conditions for the world we find ourselves in now. The world before the Flood still had vestiges of the perfect haven that God created. The Garden of Eden was still there, but it was guarded and inaccessible. What was that world like? This is the mental journey I hope that readers will travel with me when they read this book.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Writing a book about Genesis and the Flood makes you go there mentally. What must this world have been like? Its my opinion that all the flannel graph, coloring pages and other ways we present the Antediluvian world to children in VBS and childrens church may not be very effective in communicating the many important truths of Genesis and may actually hurt the overall message of the early earth. The Ark is not some small, cramped craft that is barely seaworthy with silly giraffes and elephants sticking their heads out of portholes. The technology needed to build and design this craft proves that men were not cavemen and simpleton, hunter-gatherers. There was a lot more going on at this time-mankind was far more advanced than we ever give them credit for. Still with all the advances, the longevity and mans fall swirled together to make a world that was exceptionally dangerous and wicked, what could this civilizations trespasses be that would warrant God drowning the entire earth.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I enjoy Michael Crichtons novels immensely. I think he was a huge influence on my own work his ability to take something that is complicated from a scientific perspective (or even historically) and break it down and make it entertaining is something that I aim to do in my novels. I also enjoy Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and Robert Ludlums work. Finally, the Bible is my authoritative source. It is incredibly rich and layered. I can read a chapter over and over again and get more and more from it. Its amazing that God gave us this guidebook on how to live and preserved its meaning over the centuries. Its as relevant and important as it was a thousand years ago.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'm currently working on the sequel to Wayback and also a number of other projects. Visit my author website to track the progress of these and other projects.
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