Book Review by Mary Chanton
but usually conservative fictional
British book critic Mary Chanton
Krater has her say about Hephzibah
of Heaven by world famous
Canadian Science Fiction writer
Mark A. Carter. Whereas, she usually
butchers her literary prey,
she actually likes what Mr.
Carter has done. In and of
itself, her approval speaks
Mythpunk novel Hephzibah
of Heaven, Canadian author
Mark A. Carter displays his inspired imagination in a
combination of historical fiction, religious romance, and science
fiction known as Mythpunk
that will bring you to tears.
The book is about
the special relationship that the Earth has with
Heaven and Hell, and
that we have with Angels and
Demons. It is about destiny
versus freedom of choice,
hubris versus humility, sin
and redemption, the rapture,
and the end of the world at
the hands of the Devil, in
lieu of Armageddon denied.
The book is about
Hephzibah of the
Seraphim, her twin sister
Lucifera, and the young God to whom they have each been
betrothed. It is about the misstep
Hephzibah makes for love, at the time of the crucifixion,
and the two thousand year
punishment she receives. It is about her battles with a sister
punished by God and transformed,
and her struggle to believe in Father,
Son and Holy Ghost
during a time when it is hard to conceive of anyone but
A. Carter has said, "I am a bug who dreamed he was
a man who promised God that
he would write a book," and this author has written an inspirational
In this graceless
age in which we live, Hephzibah
of Heaven provides a ray
of hope. Yes, the end of the world occurs. Yes, those
who have sold out to the Devil
for fame and fortune, in Hollywood
and in New York, go
to Hell; whereas, those who
have always believed, and those who repent, are given the
rapture. But, that is just a small part of the stories
that are told. In the background, the War of
Heaven rages. The origin of
Lucifer is revealed, and an emotional and psychological
battle, lasting two millennia,
occurs between Hephzibah and
the Lord of Light.
abuse of women, creation by intelligent design, eugenics, genetic
manipulation, nuclear testing, and the
right to die, are among several social issues that are
addressed in this intriguing Mythpunk
novel and High Romance
that champions women.
A. Carter's Mythpunk novel
Hephzibah of Heaven is designed to rekindle our
faith, and is told in three, interwoven stories.
The first story
occurs in the present. It is about
Gabriel, a struggling writer with a family history going
back to Mary Magdalene Benjamin
and the time of the crucifixion, who becomes gravely ill. While
he hangs on the precipice, he is tempted by the
tormented by Demons, visited by Seraphim,
and promises God he
will write a book for him if God
helps him recover from his illness.
The second story
begins in the near future and moves into the far future. It is
about Shepherd and others
aboard starship Noah who escape
the end of the world, brought
about by Lucifer and his asteroid
namesake. It is about their four million
year journey through space and time to establish a home
in the future. It is about women evolving on a
corporeal path toward the
ethereal, toward becoming
Homo angelicus, with the help of
The third story
starts two thousand years
ago and moves to the present. It is the love story of
Hephzibah and Jesus Christ.
It begins with the crucifixion.
It meshes with what is described in the
Bible, but shows us more.
of Heaven a Mythpunk
novel by Canadian Speculative Fiction
novelist and literary theorist
Mark A. Carter is a tear jerker
and a page turner.
If you are an avid reader of Romance,
you need to read this High
Romance. It will break your heart, and make it anew.
And if your faith has been sleeping, it will reawaken. You will
believe. - Mary Chanton Krater
Hephzibah of Heaven copyright © 2007 Mark A. Carter.
All Rights Reserved.
Paperback - Matte finish
pages / 1.5 lbs.