Soar Through Space with the New Novel “Ark of Time”
(Review by Rebecca Frazer)
Looking for entertaining, wholesome reading for adults and teens alike? As a twenty-year-old homeschool graduate who has all-but-exhausted the typical reading list for Christian homeschool families (G.A. Henty, anyone?), I’m thrilled to have discovered a new book, the first of a soon-to-be trilogy, to recommend to families!
Ark of Time, by Peter A. Kerr, provides the reader with a scintillating ride through the universe, as space battles, ominous aliens, time-travel adventures, and an array of colorful characters unite to illuminate the human soul and one man’s courage to persevere the human race.
The author’s background as a homeschool dad of four, a communications professor, a captain in the U.S. Air Force, and an ordained minister allows him to provide the reader with a God-centered book that is both engaging and intellectually stimulating. If you are looking for a book that is loads of fun and yet stimulates critical thinking, Ark of Time should be at the top of your list.
So what is Ark of Time about? When Earth falls to invading aliens, scientists on an outpost called Horizon concoct a desperate plan to use time travel to plunder the past for people and resources in the hopes of preserving the future of the human race. Valerius, a former Roman legionnaire turned commander of Earth’s reinvasion force, has to overcome millennia of human differences in order to forge a force from throughout history that is capable of delivering Earth from its alien captors. With the need to avoid alien detection, preserve the timeline, and fight the rising internal division, he hardly has time to acclimate to a post scientific-revolution age, or even figure out how to meet the woman of his dreams.
Beyond a gripping plot and fun characters, one of my favorite parts of Ark of Time was how it intellectually challenged me. I learned about string theory, ethics, theories of the soul, historical figures, Christian worldview applications, culture, and much more. While the book may seem to be more stereotypical “boy-reading,” I can say that as a girl (who had never read science fiction before), I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some vocabulary is challenging; still, I would recommend the book for avid readers ages twelve and up, and certainly for adults. Younger children may find one or two battle scenes intense or scary (parents can use discretion), though the violence is not gratuitous and the book is certainly free of any profanity or sexual content.
You can order The Ark of Time in paperback or Kindle exclusively at Amazon. In fact, the second edition–now being sold–includes a sneak preview of book two of the trilogy, which the author is currently writing. Also, check out and ‘Like’ the book’s page on Facebook, where you can read reviews and send the author a message if you have any questions!
Prepare to have your mind boggled!
Peter A. Kerr is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and finished his career at the Pentagon. Today he is a university professor and communications consultant. Peter has traveled to more than 50 countries on six continents, speaks various languages, and has won numerous writing awards.
Rebecca Frazer is a personal friend. We have known her for many years and have come to respect and value her thoughts on culture and Christian worldview very much – so much so, that when she recommended the book, I read it even though the science fiction genre is new to me. The plot, as well as the characters, grabbed my attention immediately. The characters seem to experience and question so many issues that we, in society today, care about deeply ourselves. Kerr’s story line is phenomenal and incorporates futuristic technology, history, and human interest in an intelligent, thought-provoking, and fun read. The book was so good that I lost some sleep over it. The included preview from The Ark of Earth, book two (coming in December), has me looking forward to the other two in the trilogy. I recommend this for teens and adults alike. [Jacqueline]
Thanks for reading!