Heroes of Old by Jay L. Young, a Review

Heroes of Old by Jay L. Young, a Review

Book 1 of the Heroes Series

Self-published through i-Universe, 2007. 187 pages.

Worldview: Christian. Good vs. evil with redemption themes.

Caution: Graphic violence described. Sexual misdeeds are mentioned (not described).

This king-sized tale has been described as “X-Men Meets the Bible.”

Here’s the gist of the story: Peleg, a few generations removed from Noah, is still alive in our era. Across the millennia he has, over and over again, assembled a group of seven heroes with super powers, gifts from the Lord. Their assignment is to oppose the Nephilim, or giants, which are briefly referred to in Genesis. Young has answered the question, “Who are the Nephilim?”

Two parallel stories are told: one of the origins of the evil Nephilim, and the other of a modern Christian teenager named Noah, who discovers he has special powers (actually gifts). Peleg recruits him for the Faction, which sounds very much like the X-Men. Young Noah learns that he will have a key role to play in the struggle with the Nephilim–he is mentioned by name in an ancient prophecy.

Because of the self-publishing, this story has an unfinished quality to it–mainly some consistent spelling errors. It would benefit from editing. (I would suggest avoiding Peleg’s first person narration–it spoils the suspense.)

It is a lively, well-told, memorable story that will appeal to my 16-year-old boys, I am sure. In fact, I think it would work best in another medium–as a movie and/or a graphic novel. I can see it becoming quite popular. I hope Young pushes harder for a wider audience.

In fact this book is doing pretty well on Amazon (very well for a self-published book) and is getting favorable mentions by fans on the Internet. But it is only available on the Internet, and so would-be fans like my sons have been missing out. —Phyllis Wheeler

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4 thoughts on “Heroes of Old by Jay L. Young, a Review

  1. Rebecca LuElla Miller

    Some self-pubbed books get picked up by royalty paying houses if their sales indicate they will sell well.

    Maybe that will happen to Young.

    I suspect that the fantasy issue was only one problem, however. I know most editors say they can’t abite spelling errors. If his finished product had mistakes, I wonder what his proposal looked like,


  2. Rebecca LuElla Miller

    LOL, so in the sentence about spelling errors, I wrote abite instead of abide.

    In my defense, for some reason, my text disappears in the comment box at the right hand margin, so I am typing blind with no way to proof read what I said. In this paragraph that means from “at the r” until “to proof”—and on this line, from that last quoted phrase, I’m not revising.

    Strange. OK, I just played with changing font size, and if I go very small, I get a bit more, but still not all of the typing. So my apologies for mistakes which will occur, probably in every comment I make here. Hope I’m still allowed! 😀


  3. Editor Post author

    Hi Becky,
    I noticed the blind spot on the comments page too. I added a carriage return to get around it.


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