Long Road Out of Ur

By Joel Thimell

Religion & spirituality, Action & adventure, Historical fiction, Crime & mystery | Paperback, eBook


An ancient Evil. A new Faith. Can one family lead mankind out of Darkness into Light? The wreckage of the Flood is still fresh; the Tower of Babel lies in visible ruins--but man continues to rebel against God. Savage wars, brutal slavery, and pagan idols rule life in ancient Sumer. Still, a faithful remnant have not bowed the knee to Nanna, the dread moon god. Long Road Out of Ur introduces us to Abraham, Sarah and Lot before they were famous. As the eldest son of the Patriarch, Lot expected a life of independence. His father, Haran, commander of the Horse Warriors, expected him to follow in his footsteps. But nobody expected God to call young Abram and Sarai to leave Ur and the family behind to follow Him, and somebody isn't happy. Tomb-robbery, extortion and murder ensue and Lot is the fall guy. Will the temptations of wealth, power and compromise corrupt? Or will faith triumph? If you liked Ben-Hur or The Robe, you're sure to love Long Road Out of Ur.


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An ancient Evil. A new Faith. Can one family lead mankind out of Darkness into Light? The wreckage of the Flood is still fresh; the Tower of Babel lies in visible ruins--but man continues to rebel against God. Savage wars, brutal slavery, and pagan idols rule life in ancient Sumer. Still, a faithful remnant have not bowed the knee to Nanna, the dread moon god. Long Road Out of Ur introduces us to Abraham, Sarah and Lot before they were famous. As the eldest son of the Patriarch, Lot expected a life of independence. His father, Haran, commander of the Horse Warriors, expected him to follow in his footsteps. But nobody expected God to call young Abram and Sarai to leave Ur and the family behind to follow Him, and somebody isn't happy. Tomb-robbery, extortion and murder ensue and Lot...


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Passionate about writing, food and travel, his love of adventure led Joel to hitchhike from Kenya to South Africa, whitewater-raft the Zambezi River, canoe the Okavango Delta, explore the Ngorongoro Crater, climb Mt.Kilimanjaro, and hike the Chimanimani Mountains. The thrill and terror of those first-hand experiences are brought to life in Lot's own adventures. Joel began his career as a government bureaucrat and erstwhile journalist and is now making amends to society as a starving author. He shares his non-existent garden in Tennessee with endless hordes of mosquitoes, mobs of psychotic squirrels, three jack rabbits, a ravenous herd of deer and an elusive mole named Darwin.


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Passionate about writing, food and travel, his love of adventure led Joel to hitchhike from Kenya to South Africa, whitewater-raft the Zambezi River, canoe the Okavango Delta, explore the Ngorongoro Crater, climb Mt.Kilimanjaro, and hike the Chimanimani Mountains. The thrill and terror of those first-hand experiences are brought to life in Lot's own adventures. Joel began his career as a governmen...


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Now Available in Kindle Unlimited

19 February

"Long Road Out of Ur" is now available to read in Kindle Unlimited.

Biblical Fiction Award Winner

31 December

"Long Road Out of Ur" won second place for best Biblical Fiction of 2017 by the InterviewsandReviews website. Thank you for all the support and encouragement. Happy New Year! Joel Thimell

Nominated for Book of the Year

12 December

My Biblical fiction, "Long Road Out of Ur", has been nominated for Book of the Year by the InterviewsandReviews website. They are encouraging fans and readers to vote for their favourite through December 30th. You can vote without registering or giving any personal information. I appreciate the support and encouragement I have received from this community. Merry Christmas Everyone! Joel Thimell

Highly Recommended by Reader's Favorite

24 May

"Long Road Out of Ur" has been highly recommended by Claudia Coffey, reviewer for Reader's Favorite. Her review from their website: "In Long Road Out of Ur, Joel Thimell introduces us to Abraham, Lot and Sarai before they became the archetypal biblical characters of the Old Testament. This epic tale, told by the elder Lot in flashbacks, begins in the Hursag Mountains of Ur (Samaria) with Lot and Abram as shepherd boys working under the guidance of Terah, the family patriarch. Lot is the nephew of Abram, but is 5 years older and so is responsible for 12-year-old Abram. Although Lot loves Abram dearly, he is at times jealous and resentful of Abram who is beloved by all, even Jehovah Elohim, the God of Noah. Abram even gets the girl - the tall and beautiful Sarai - who was originally intended as Lot’s betrothed upon his service of seven years apprenticeship. Lot is witty but outspoken and impulsive, many times speaking and acting before he thinks it through, which often gets him in trouble. Although many respect Lot’s wit, they don’t always love him. Maimed in an early incident in trying to protect Abram, Lot’s outspokenness and failure to work with the family eventually gets him exiled from his family and his village. Lot’s journey through the Bronze Age Middle East could have been ripped from the cuneiform clay tablets of Sumeria, calling to mind the epic travels of Gilgamesh, Odysseus and even Huckleberry Finn. The glossary, map, memory jogger and advance reviews written by ‘some famous dead guys' add a touch of humor and assistance to the story, and Thimell’s writing in Long Road Out of Ur reminds me of stories by Neil Gaiman and Mark Twain. The sentences flow together in a real-time mode, giving the reader the sense of being there. Some of the supporting characters are in the Bible and some are created; the author wittily gives a prophet the name Mal’ak, which is the Semitic word for angel. Great dialogue throughout, although Thimell’s tendency to lapse into modern vernacular is somewhat disconcerting. Long Road Out of Ur is an engrossing read which I highly recommend."


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"Long Road Out of Ur" has been highly recommended by Claudia Coffey, reviewer for Reader's Favorite. Her review from their website: "In Long Road Out of Ur, Joel Thimell introduces us to Abraham, Lot and Sarai before they became the archetypal biblical characters of the Old Testament. This epic tale, told by the elder Lot in flashbacks, begins in the Hursag Mountains of Ur (Samaria) with Lot and Abram as shepherd boys working under the guidance of Terah, the family patriarch. Lot is the nephew of Abram, but is 5 years older and so is responsible for 12-year-old Abram. Although Lot loves Abram dearly, he is at times jealous and resentful of Abram who is beloved by all, even Jehovah Elohim, the God of Noah. Abram even gets the girl - the tall and beautiful Sarai - who was originally inte...


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New E-book Version Available

29 October

My novel, "Long Road Out of Ur," is now available in a Kindle edition through all the Amazon websites, including Amazon UK.

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