Children of Sinai

Following your dreams can change not only your life, but the future of the Human race.

Fiction - Thriller - General
377 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2020
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Author Biography

I was born into a naval family in Kent in 1958 and later had ambitions to follow in my father's footsteps and become a carpenter in the Royal Navy, but these were not female occupations then. So I learned to type... which has come in jolly handy for putting my stories first onto paper, and now onto screen.

I'm a keen painter, poet, and karaoke enthusiast. I love mad family get-togethers and currently live in Devon with my husband Kev, and our two Tibetan Terriers Nena and Pepi, who make us smile every day. I often forget I'm a grown-up.

I felt compelled to write Children of Sinai as there are many aspects of things I hold dear within the story. I look beyond what I see, hear or read and think ‘But, what if …’ As I started to get deeper into the story and spent years on the research; verisimilitude (what a lovely word, it rolls off the tongue) was of the utmost importance. I’ve always been interested in biblical events and archaeological finds, both subjects being open to multiple interpretations.

This story wouldn’t leave me alone and I wanted, in a small way, to show how I believe we all came from the same beginnings (whatever they may be) and at one point all had the same story to tell. Human migration and organised religions have changed that story and it has separated us. My dream is for humanity to realise this and live in peace.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

Children of Sinai by Shelley Clarke is an exception to the large number of apocalyptic novels in that it can’t be allocated to a specific genre. There are elements of fantasy, science fiction, and conspiracy, but it stands head and shoulders over the majority with doses of ancient history, archeology, religion, and above all the impact of verisimilitude throughout. I’ll not go deeper into a synopsis of the story as to do so would reduce the wonderful sense of discovery that I believe every reader yearns to find in a book. A lengthier synopsis could also act as a “spoiler” that invariably takes away from that sense of discovery.

I will, however, review and praise the talent of first-time author Shelley Clarke. The age-old cliché that authors should write what they know has long been overcome by a handful of authors who write what they discover through exhaustive research and work hard to insert the facts or conspiratorial theories of that research into an exciting piece of fiction. I often quote Stephen King who said, “Fiction is a lie. Good fiction is the truth within the lie.” Children of Sinai is good fiction and Shelley Clarke has done her homework exceptionally well. No facet of fiction writing technique falls short. From true to life characters to a factual background that serves as firmament for the fictional events and scenes, a sense of reality reigns supreme. Shelley Clarke has written a novel that transcends simple genre classification in that the cliche “fans of...” comment holds no sway. Every lover of a wonderful story, well written, will enjoy this book. I’ll close with this parting statement—any book, any story that creates a welling of tears in my eyes is a story far above the norm.