Angels At The Gate
Cappuccino Books Publishing, Mar 5 2015, $22.50
In 1748 BCE, Zakiti the merchant raises his fifteen summers old daughter Akira as a boy. Akira loves the freedom a male has; which a female can only envy. After meeting two strangers (Mika and Raph) that the tribe believes are God’s messengers, Akira finds she is attracted to one of them; an emotion that confuses her. Meanwhile her fretting father regrets he failed to ask his sister-in-law Sarai to raise his teenage daughter as a female instead of giving her a male’s run of the caravan he leads; especially knowing what will happen to her if she is found out. Reluctantly he informs Akira she must claim her birthright as a woman. Stunned Akira prefers the independence of a boy; as she knows her freedom ends once she comes out of male garb. With Nami the dog protecting her, Akira begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her to tribal patriarch Abram’s nephew Lot in Sodom.
Filled with a remarkable interwoven detailed look into the culture of Abram’s tribe and life in a trade caravan, the second mysterious woman of the bible dramatization (see Noah’s Wife) provides a fascinating look at who Lot’s wife was before she turned into the Pillar of Salt. The key to this entertaining biblical novelization is T.K. Thorne provides a plausible background that explains why Lot's wife would disobey the angelic warning not to look back.