Babylon’s Falling, written by William G. Collins, is a fictional look at the first six chapters of the book of Daniel. I must admit that I am a fan of Biblical fiction so I was really looking forward to reading this book. And after having taught the book of Daniel earlier this year, I was more than a little familiar with the events that take place in the book and concerned that the book be accurate to the Scriptures. I was not disappointed.
Collins brings the characters of the book of Daniel to life with his detailed dialog and story telling. The author does a great job of setting the stage with the characters on their journey to Babylon after being captured in Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar’s army. Through the imagination of the author we follow Daniel and his three friends as they gain the attention of the Babylonian king and are spared the life of ordinary prisoners of war.
The book then continues as Daniel rises to prominence in the Babylonian government and gives us a look at the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar’s walk on the wild side, Daniel’s night in the lion’s den and even the handwriting on the wall. I really enjoyed the ending of the book which attempts to explain the reason the remainder of the book of Daniel is comprised of his visions.
When one attempts to write a biblical fiction book it is important that the author stay true to the Word of God and not interject major fictional events that would confuse those who are not familiar with the Scripture. The author has remained true to the original Scripture and only fills in the cracks with his vision of the lives of Daniel and his friends to enhance the story. Collins tells a believable story of the life of Daniel that is interesting and enjoyable.
Overall I really enjoyed “Babylon’s Falling,” as a work of religious fiction. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of work. I would compare this work with Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series. If you have enjoyed any of her work, then you will enjoy Babylon’s Falling by William G. Collins. I would also recommend this book to anyone who has studied the book of Daniel and would like to imagine what happened between the verses.
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