In The Valley of the Dry Bones, Jerry B. Jenkins overlays the ancient End Times prophecies of Ezekiel onto the landscape of modern California. After a 17-year drought, multiple earthquakes, and uncontrollable wildfires, the state is desolate. The United States President declares the state uninhabitable and irreparable, directing California's 39 million citizens to relocate. From the air, California looks like a vast abandoned sand box, but to a few groups of people, it's their home. With less than 1% of the population remaining in California at their own risk, the holdouts encounter a clash of cultures, ethnicities, religions, and politics that pits friend against friend with the future of California at stake.
My take on this book:
This is one of those end time stories that as you read it you think wow this could really happen! The story takes place in the future and the premise is that after several natural disasters including earthquakes, wildfires and a severe seventeen year drought the state of California has been declared unlivable, a natural disaster area if you will, and the residents are told to vacate and relocate. Thing is there are some people who stay behind, including a group of christians who want to tell the others about God. I wasn't sure I would care for this story but once I started reading it I became invested in the characters. Speaking of characters there were plenty of them, but each one was unique making it easy to follow along instead of feeling overwhelmed. This is one of those stories that makes you think what if something like this really happened. I think the author does a great job of creating a story that incorporates scripture into the storyline and provides several religious messages while managing not to sound preachy, something that is often hard to do.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.