Cross Intents: The Birth


Book: Cross Intents: The Birth

Author: Scott R. Wells 

Illustrators: Debbie Lewis, Paul Elsner

Publisher: Illumify Media, 2021

ISBN-13: 978-1955043410

ISBN-10: 1955043418

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Language level:  1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Historical fantasy

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Wells,Scott R.  Cross Intents: The Birth (Published in 2021 by Illumify Media Global).   Elric is an angel captain, one of the heavenly hosts, who is tasked with the job of seeing that the Messiah is born by keeping a young betrothed couple whose names are Mary and Joseph safe.  However, there is also a multitude of demons under the direction of Marr, Satan’s right hand prince, who are trying to foil God’s plan. How will the King enter the world? When will He come?  And will He be able to deliver His people?  This very well written book is “fantasy” in the sense that the author, Scott Wells, wrote, “The primary angelic characters in this story are fictional, and the specific actions they carry out are the simple musings of a single man.”

     Yet, I hesitate to label it as just “fantasy” because it is based on and includes historical events.  So I have coined (I think) the category of “historical fantasy” for it.  The book is an amazingly marvelous story of the age old battle of good versus evil.  Here the physical and spiritual realms intertwine as angels and demons fight for the sake of their kingdoms in the most important warfare in history.  There is an appendix in the back with references to quoted passages of Scripture.  The Birth is Book 1 of the “Cross Intents” trilogy.  The second book, The Baptism, covers Jesus’s escape to Egypt and His childhood years.

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