Hell Shall Not Prevail

Apostle John Series

Christian - Historical Fiction
401 Pages
Reviewed on 12/20/2017
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Author Biography

I set out to tell a story of the early Christians and the struggles they went through to 'Hold the Faith.' Well, that turned into a five-book series, of which Hell Shall not Prevail is the final story.
My Christian faith is important to me, but I do not preach in any of the stories. I respect my reader's right to make up their own minds.
I describe myself as a story-teller. Research, fascination and curiosity became a combination of treasure hunt and mystery tour. (I am still researching.)
My life experiences were not always happy – the death of a son, then in 2013 the death of my husband. The emotions from all these experiences contribute to my understanding of the people of the stories.
I have been a registered Psychiatric nursing sister, a registered computer trainer and assessor, possessor of the Master’s qualification for Microsoft Office 2007 which comes in very handy, and have numerous other qualifications.
The ‘people’ in the books have become ‘family’ as I learned to walk in their shoes.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Hell Shall Not Prevail: Apostle John Series by Susan M.B. Preston is a powerful blend of historical fiction and inspirational writing, a story with a setting that uncovers great historical and cultural elements during the period of the Roman Empire. In this entry in the series, the author takes readers on a memorable journey, exploring the life of the Apostle John who suffers imprisonment and more. In an intriguing and captivating style, the author introduces historical and compelling characters, and raises strong religious and spiritual questions related to the destiny of the followers of Jesus, the life of the early Fellowship, and the general sentiments in regard to the message of Jesus.

Susan M.B. Preston doesn’t only demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Bible and the life of the earliest followers of Jesus, but an equally strong gift for compelling writing. The story is skillfully plotted with characters that readers quickly become familiar with. I enjoyed the way the conflict is developed and couldn’t help noticing the gentle, yet powerful revolution brought about by the work of John the Apostle. The writing is excellent and the prose flows with uninterrupted fluidity, featuring great descriptions, intelligent and well-written dialogues, and a setting that comes out vividly in the reader’s imagination. The author has a rare gift for combining faith, culture, and history to recreate a story that plunges the reader into the life of the early followers of Christ. Hell Shall Not Prevail: Apostle John Series is entertaining reading, but it is also a very inspirational book.