First, let me say that the title of this book is a misnomer. The archaeological evidence of the Flood is really covered specifically in only a few chapters of this entire work. Mr. Williams presented a great deal of seemingly irrelevant material in order for the reader to understand his arguments. Some of it was indeed necessary to support his thesis (meta data); some was marginally needed (background information that enhanced the understanding of the reader); and some of it is extracurricular (not about the Flood but about truths of Christianity in the modern world).
Secondly, let me say I found the book incredibly fascinating because it presents a logical, cohesive model different from any I have previously been exposed to. I have an appreciation for the development of such paradigms, whether I accept them as my own or not.
Thirdly, let me suggest that you may not want to read this book if you are not interested in hearing at length someone else's views. The strength of this writing lies in the extensive research that went into the work, the author's complete belief in what he is presenting, and the persuasiveness of his logic. His is a closed, comprehensive paradigm girded by faith, knowledge, and logic.
I read the entire book, every word, trying to understand the author's message from the depth at which it was written. It took a long time to work my way through it. To say the least, most people will find it controversial. Some people may find it as captivating as I did. Many people will not have the patience to read it in its entirety. Above all, it should not be taken at face value because it was not written at face value. It is the work of a man's soul. It cannot be taken lightly.
While everything in the book is theoretically directed as an argument for the veracity of the Flood stories, there is so much to learn and absorb from this tome. Mr. Williams pulls together information from a wide variety of sciences and presents it in a truly different and credible way. It was remarkable to see the facts in a new light that offers the opportunity to review and clarify them. This was the kind of book that on the surface I wanted to dislike, reject, and cast aside as not worth my time - but I could not. Although the author's agenda goes beyond just verifying the Flood, there was too much value within the work to "toss the baby out with the bathwater."
Just when my mind was ready to pounce upon some emotional remark that Mr. Williams was making, I would discover that I agreed with him on that particular point. Although his arguments are mostly based in logic, Mr. Williams' voice varies throughout the book: sometimes beautifully logical, sometimes ranting with emotion, sometimes actually stilted, and sometimes reverent and peaceful. The reader is able to see and experience his passion as well as his intelligence. I truly resonated with his discussion of time: qualitative, quantitative, and genetic. His suggestion that the many archaeological "burial" sites of ancient civilizations are actually the results of the Flood makes perfect sense. The need to become a people in spiritual ways that go beyond the idea of country or race (servant rather than ruling) is something of which I have no doubt. As descendants of Noah, we have a common ancestor and are truly one people.
While it is not possible for me to agree with everything Mr. Williams says, I applaud him nonetheless for the courage and fortitude of writing this book. It appears to be a very personal and elevating experience for him. I found reading the book opened my mind to greater possibilities both mental and spiritual.