The World's Oldest Legend Dramatically Retold


A Novel of Noah and the Flood
         by Daniel Diehl


Epic but Intimate

This is a retelling of what is probably one of oldest stories our species has. It’s been told and retold already for thousands of years by so many cultures. During that time it’s acquired so much baggage that it’s hard to approach the subject without some kind of bias or expectation, and everyone knows how it ends. I’d recommend looking at the author’s notes and introduction before you get stuck into the main story. It helped me get past some of the questions that would have distracted me as I read on. There is some enjoyment to be had trying to second guess where the story will go and how the author will tackle some of the elements, but it’s not long before you’re so completely engrossed in the lives of the characters that you pretty much forget any other versions you’ve heard or read. So often while I was reading I realised that despite my familiarity with the story I was wondering what was going to happen next, and mostly out of concern for the people I was reading about. Whether you’re familiar with the Babylonian or the Biblical this is an epic story, crammed with layers of meaning and symbolism to the point that it’s almost abstract. The author has returned to what I’m sure were the roots of this story and the reason it has endured for millennia. Deluge is about real people and real lives. The level of detail about ordinary things is extraordinary. Long before anything unusual happens you’re caught up in the life of a family you’ll recognise and for the most part grow to love. The technical issues of the undertaking have been given a great deal of thought and give a necessary grounding for the supernatural elements. The less down to earth parts of the story are handled very well and wisely with little explanation. Things happen which are entirely out of the ordinary and people react as ordinary people would under those circumstances. It works far better than any attempt to demystify would have done.
All in all it’s a remarkable achievement and a great read.

-by 24th Moment

A fascinating and humanizing take on an ancient legend

Daniel Diehl has once again proven his ability to tell an engaging and absorbing story. This time he has tackled one of mankind's oldest and most ubiquitous stories - the great flood. Of course we all know the story from bible school, but the story we have been told is nothing like what Daniel Diehl has created. It must have been a difficult line to walk to recount this religious story in the most secular way. If one assumes that the details of the story are straightforward archaeological and historical facts, and one leaves the question of faith out of the narrative, then what one is left with is a fantastical action adventure story. In this light, it is little wonder that this story has been told and retold for millennium. Deluge is a very worthy addition to this ancient legend. This is a great read and a great take on a story you thought you already knew. I would recommend this novel to anyone.

-Mark P Donnelly

A Fascinating Spin on an Old Story

I received this from Library Thing to read and review. After reading this, I know I will never, ever think about Noah and the big flood we read about in the Bible the same way again. The author has done a very good job tackling a story we all know so well. It takes a brave soul to attempt this. The author has done quite an amazing job bringing the story to life and infusing a bit of modernity into it. I must admit, reading the characters of Noah and his sons and their wives and children speaking in today’s vernacular came across as a bit disconcerting at first, but, once I got used to it and into the story, I found it really did not make much difference to me. Noah is a typical father for the times, with two pretty good, well-behaved sons who have pretty good marriages, one son who has not managed to grow out of his adolescent belligerence and immaturity despite his wife, and one teenage son who is a pretty typical teenager. All his sons have a pretty good mix of life and culture from the era we generally associate with them, along with a good mixture of present day life and culture. Noah is different from everyone else, if you can believe just how old he really is. Sometimes even his family wonders about him and whether he’s lost it already or is on the verge of losing it completely. This comes to a head when he insists on building a huge boat to save himself and his family, and they really begin to doubt him. However, things change when strangers appear to help him in this endeavor, and his family begins to come around. During the construction, tensions grow between Noah and his family and his neighbors, until it begins to rain, when things really change. The author has taken a well-known story and made it contemporary (sort of), and brought it and all the characters involved to life. He has managed to combine a pretty good mix of the culture and life of the times with just enough modernity to bring the story home to his readers. I enjoyed watching Noah interact with each of his sons, their wives and with his own wife, as he struggles through the important mission he has been given. As I said, I will never think of the story of Noah and his ark the same way again. This story will appeal to anyone who is looking for something a little bit different from the stuff that is out there today. It will also appeal to anyone who enjoys a great story or who is into history. Most readers may begin with some serious doubts as I did but will quickly find themselves totally involved in this story of a man, his family and his special mission from God.