Experiencing the Big X by Mark David Smith
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'The Big X' refers to the large scale actual event that happened through about 80%
of the first five books of the bible. Or in other words -
The first section of the book, the plagues, takes place mostly in the ‘Nile Delta'. Egypt is in the northeast corner of the continent of Africa.
The title, Experiencing The Big X', refers to how the characters in our story experience living through the ten plagues and then the ultimate leaving for their promised land. The 6 main characters are teenagers. If you are an adult, please do not stop reading now. There are more adults in this story than teenagers. I used teenagers as my characters, because they have fresh, unadulterated views of life around them. This allows me, the author, to give a perspective that is not usually seen by reading the bible account or hearing someone give their commentary on what happened during the exodus.
If I were to give a one line explanation of my entire story, this is it: An Egyptian boy and girl whose families have always been kind to the slaves, befriend four Hebrew teenagers and they all experience the plagues before leaving Goshen.
Obviously, just these 6 characters, each by themselves, present their own situational problems. But, by putting away the two completely different cultural backgrounds, all they know is that they are the same age and they are friends to the end. Adults, in any society and cultural setting, CANNOT do this.
The bible says that when the Hebrews left Egypt, many of the Egyptians left with them. Now, looking at my characters, the rest of this story writes itself.
With any historical novel, the main outline of the story is history. Usually, some of the characters are actual people who were a part of this history and the others are added in to tell the story. With this actual historical event, I used the opposite approach. My main characters are fictional people interlaced with actual people who were part of the original story. You will even find the biblical Moshe, Aharon and Korah as everyday characters.
Experiencing the Big X -
There are 30 chapters -
The first 2 chapters and Intro are free (hopefully they will get you hooked!)
Buy 7 chapters for $6.00:
Chapters 3 through 30 are available 7 chapters at a time by clicking here.
Buy the entire book for $23.00:
Chapters 3 through 30 are available as a whole by clicking here.
Free extras to enhance your reading:
The Names list will help you keep track of characters.
A list of what happens is for slower readers who loose track.
In case you loose track of a place during the story and where it was -
The map of the camp is for the last couple of chapters -
The rest are images you can use while reading the story.
Google Earth Image of Egypt & Nile Delta (JPEG Format) by clicking here.
Google Earth Image of the canals in the Nile Delta (JPEG Format) by clicking here.
Google Earth Image of Goshen and Qantir (JPEG Format) by clicking here.
Google Earth Image of the Nile Delta (JPEG Format) by clicking here.
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