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A Lever Long Enough

A Lever Long Enough [Kindle Edition]

Amy Deardon
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A small military team travels back in time to film the theft of Jesus’ body from the tomb: "The Case for Christ" meets "The DaVinci Code."

In the near future, the Israeli military has developed a prototypic time machine. When believers in Yeshua (Jesus) create a politically explosive situation that threatens the balance of peace between Israel and nearby countries, the Israelis must send a team of four elite soldiers back to film the theft of Jesus? body from the tomb and thus disprove Christianity. The team, consisting of a Special Forces soldier as leader, an ex-American astronaut as engineering specialist, an archaeologist, and a linguist, has exactly seventy-two hours to collect the video evidence. Drawn into a web of first century deception and death, the only way to escape is for the team to change the past. In the present, a traitor attempts to sabotage the mission and seize control of the military complex. The Special Forces leader operating in the past is the only one who can reveal him, but he is trapped two thousand years away.

Even with a time machine, time is running out...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Deardon is a skeptic who was stunned by objective evidence supporting the resurrection of Jesus. Her novel presents some of this evidence in a fictional adventure that appeals to readers regardless of their religious affiliation or preconceptions. This is her first novel.

In January 2010 "A Lever Long Enough" was awarded the annual Pluto award from the ezine Y30 Sci-Fi, a speculative fiction review site that highlights works respectful of Christian values.


“Who wouldn’t want to time-travel back to first century Jerusalem to see if the Resurrection really happened? Amy Deardon has given me the next best thing with her novel bringing old Jerusalem to life. I raced through the book at lighspeed and enjoyed it immensely. Strong characters and an unpredictable plot made this a book I’ll want to read again.”
—RANDY INGERMANSON, Christy Award-Winning Author of "Transgression" and "Oxygen"

“If you could go back to Christ’s crucifixion, would you do it? What if the only way you could was by time-traveling with skeptics bent on proving Christianity is based on a lie? Author Amy Deardon tackles these provocative questions in her phenomenal debut novel: A Lever Long Enough. Readers will find themselves enveloped in the scope and import of this adventurous tale where love, loyalty, and faith will be tested in the crucible of first century Jerusalem.”
—WAYNE THOMAS BATSON, Bestselling author of
"The Door Within" trilogy, "Isle Of Swords," and "Isle Of Fire"

“Amy Deardon’s debut novel is compelling, intriguing and explosive! Fans of Michael Crichton, Mark Mynheir, and Creston Mapes will love the fast-paced, character-driven and suspense-filled plot. I cannot wait to see what else Deardon has in store for her fans!”
—THOMAS PHILLIPS, Author of "The Molech Prophecy"

“Did Jesus rise from the dead? Deardon wrestles with this question in an exhilarating adventure full of high technology, romance, and treachery that excites the imagination. There are no easy answers, only compelling arguments that will challenge your beliefs—whatever they may be.”
—RALPH HAMILTON MD, Professor of Surgery, Emeritus,
University of Pennsylvania

“Whiz-bang twists in a never-ending series of surprises and subterfuge drag the reader right inside all the thrills. Breathless shocks, sweaty fingertips, romantic suspense, forbidden faith, a trail of corpses—yes, this one is definitely hard-hitting…Ten out of ten! I hope to see more work soon from this brilliant author.”
—GRACE BRIDGES, author of
"Faith Awakened" and "Legendary Space Pilgrims"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1042 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taegais Publishing LLC (1 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AQBBX6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #428,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and suspense-filled plot 4 Nov 2012
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Many people would travel back in time to first century Jerusalem to investigate the death and resurrection of Jesus, given the chance; I know I would. You don't need to be a Believer to want to do that, or to read this novel, you just need to have an inquiring mind and a fascination for history as it has been portrayed to us. The product descriptions is accurate and sums the storyline up well, "A small military team travels back in time to film the theft of Jesus' body from the tomb: "The Case for Christ" meets "The Da Vinci Code."
I really enjoyed the storyline of this novel: a plot that moves backwards and forwards through time seamlessly and continually takes the reader from the future to the past, enabling them to walk through first-century Jerusalem, observing the people and the trades and the way of life, and then return to a futuristic military base. I found it utterly fascinating and intriguing. I also love the detail and historical accuracies ~ it was clearly well researched.
However, the book does end rather abruptly and leaves some questions unanswered but I have since learned that there is to be a sequel (yet to be written) and I enjoyed this book enough to want to read it. On the whole a really good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Oct 2012
By Dazzak
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I found this book as a freebie and wasn't to sure what to expect but I'm so glad I read it.
It has an interesting twist and really makes you think about the plot & the story.
A real page turner.
I would love a sequel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Great First Book 18 Feb 2009
By Holly - Published on
Synopsis - An Israeli scientific/military team is sent back in time to find proof of the theft of the body of Jesus Christ from the tomb, and thereby discredit the story of the resurrection and in so doing discredit the faith of `followers' in an Israel set in the future.

An author's first book is always so interesting to me. It's almost like those annoying American Idol shows (not that I watch, but unless you've unplugged your TV, you've seen them) where they are listening to people for the first time. You might find a superstar, or you could find something painful and horrific.

Amy Deardon really impressed me. If I had read this, I would not have said that it was her first book. She has a main plot and sub plot, with references to historical events and it is a compelling page turner. The story covers a couple of different genres - a little sci-fi, with an historical action theme. She weaves the story arcs together with dexterity and subtlety. When I read the back cover I wondered how this book was going to play out. Amy confesses to being a `skeptic who came to faith', and I worried that I was about to read was more proselytizing than enjoyable.

Remarkably, she finds a very nice balance between the overall story and the faith that she is explaining. This alone impressed me, since in the hands of an experienced author this would be a tough balance to find, but for a `newbie' to nail this was quite the achievement.

The main characters in the story are well rounded, but a little more work on the supporting cast would have been a useful addition, but that's probably more my bias for complex and multi-faceted personae than any real criticism of this book.

To sum it up, it did keep me up at night longer than I wanted to be up, which for me is often the truest test of a book.

A great first book - I will definitely read her again.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Time Travel into a New Dimension 2 Jan 2009
By Anne Lang Bundy - Published on
In A Lever Long Enough, author Amy Deardon cleverly takes time travel into a new dimension: change history and shape the present not by altering the past but by disproving it.

The story's steadily brisk pace paradoxically slows for time travel sequences that take the breath away (the only time my page turning slowed during an up-all-night read). Deardon jettisons an Israeli two-man, two-woman team into vividly portrayed first century Israel and its dangers, while adeptly keeping stride with the unraveling espionage back at their base.

Characters and scenes nicely blend military rigor and the dominant action with a sprinkling of humanity's tender moments--and the romance which progressively motivates Colonel Benjamin Feinan, without compromising his drive for a successful mission and unwavering patriotism. His romantic interest, the competent "ice princess" Major Sara Levenson, is driven by her gripping search for truth to the point of vulnerability.

Magnificent and authentic depictions of ancient Jerusalem will fascinate the faithful, while details of science both true and fictional are sure to intrigue the analytical and the curious alike. This reader's only complaint is that Deardon's surprise ending leaves me hungry for the sequel she can't serve soon enough.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Lever Long Enough" by Amy Deardon 5 Jan 2009
By Cathy Bryant - Published on
A Lever Long Enough
First-time author Amy Deardon does many things very well in "A Lever Long Enough." First and foremost, she puts a new spin on a familiar story. That one thing draws the reader into the story with fresh eyes. The plot of the story reads like an action flick. Think "Star Wars" meets "Quantum Leap" meets spy movie, only with a Christian theme and perspective!

When you read this novel, it's obvious that the author has spent hours on research. Because of the attention to detail, the story world comes alive on the page. From ancient Jerusalem to futuristic time machines, the realism is nothing less than amazing. There is a considerable amount of historical information in this book, but Deardon skillfully weaves in action to keep the information from becoming boring.

One of my favorite parts of "A Lever Long Enough" is the parallel that is drawn between opposition to Christ and His followers in the first century and the opposition that continues in the story world of the future. The followers of The Way in the futuristic part of the story had to operate in much the same way as the early followers of Christ.

Another thing Amy Deardon did exceptionally well is ending chapters so that the reader keeps turning the pages. The chapters are shorter than normal, which I really enjoyed and appreciated. There's something for everyone in this book--sci-fi, romance, history, and more!

A quick word of warning--this story will leave you wanting more!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel At Its Best 30 Dec 2008
By Lydia Tsirozidis - Published on
Author Amy Deardon takes the old idea of time travel and gives it a new twist. Who wouldn't like to have been there when Jesus resurrected from the dead?

Israel is on the verge of signing a pact that could finally bring peace to the troubled nation. But The Way, a growing sect of Yeshua (Jesus) followers, is making things difficult. They need to be silenced with the truth. Seeking to debunk the account of Yeshua's resurrection, Benjamin Feinen leads a small team of military experts back in time to first century Jerusalem. Time travel is risky enough. Operation FlashBack becomes even more dangerous when a traitor works to sabotage the mission.

Benjamin Feinan's uncanny ability to accomplish near escapes has earned him the reputation for being invincible. As commander of the team executing Operation FlashBack he can handle danger, deception, and even death. Doubt moves in when he begins to have feelings for his second-in-command. Finding the truth behind Yeshua's empty tomb takes on a deeper significance.

Deardon's stunning debut novel dovetails the awe-inspiring history of the first century with the chilling technology of latter times for a fast-paced, action-packed suspense. I've read other novels that switch from one setting to another and have found myself preferring one over the other. Not so in A Lever Long Enough. Deardon's masterfully written past and present equally captivated me. The author's attention to detail in both setting and plot gave this reader an unforgettable experience. In fact, A Lever Long Enough would make a terrific movie. I look forward to seeing what Deardon has for us in the future.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars couldn't get past the blatant anti-Semitism 13 Oct 2012
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This writer needs to do some fact-checking. Christians are going to de-stabilize the relationship between Israel and "its neighbors"? (She's too chicken to name those neighbors, apparently). And because of the Christian threat, a secret Israeli military operation is going to try to disprove Christianity. Oh those silly Jews, always out to get the followers of Jesus! Give me a break.

The first few pages of this book demonstrated a farily good command of language. There were no horrible grammatical errors. But the threads of the plot are too discontinuous. There was plenty of action, but it jumps around from one vignette to another so quickly that it's more a collection of scenes than a story. Perhaps she ties it together later. I'll never know because I'm putting it down right now, at Chapter 9.
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