Heaven’s Oasis: Jeff Horton
Imagine passing through some very special gate or portal to another world filled with majesty, beauty and the many fruits that God created in so many different trees. Imagine being able to eat from on of the trees that bared these fruits and told that when you do it will change you world, bring hope into so many lives and help cure those that are ill if they believe in the miracles of God. What would you do if you passed into this place, prayed to God and found yourself in what so many call The Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve were banished from bring the downfall of man? Dr. Kevin Foster met Claire Evans and within seconds of meeting they knew they were destined for each other. She a well renowned archeologist and he a history professor just getting his doctorate as their lives would intertwine and yet never really coming together. As Claire spends much of her time on digs hoping to find the hidden secrets and portal to this Garden someone out there wanted to make sure she would fail. Someone was and still is after what she was looking for and threatened her if she dared to find the entrance to the Garden before him. With his thugs in tow Kain Masterson was going to do everything in his power to stop Claire and he did.
With the many flashbacks the author creates a special and unique sequence of events in their relationship as we get to understand the sacrifices made, the torment in being apart and the many times Kevin risks his life and could wind up in serious trouble. The final scene where they get married is breathtaking but the end results just a few days after heartbreaking. Kevin contacted someone by the name of Jaffari who handed him two stone tablets to scrutinize. Each one covered with symbols which were some form of ancient writing. Sumerian was the langue and the two tablets plus several others were discovered these two tablets and several others when this company uncovered a small settlement, which the Iraqi archaeologists have not been able to date. Within this settlements structures were several tablets like the ones he was looking at. But, when asked if Claire ever found Heaven’s Oasis Kevin Foster just stated that he was hoping to finish what she started. The ancient tablets had symbols on them that represent what earth, no sky and no that’s it heaven. `
Claire was looking for Heaven’s Oasis however there was no mention in the Torah or the New Testament and this information confused and puzzled both Kevin and Claire. Claire’s research Kevin states must have come across something that that mentioned or focused on this Oasis as having huge historical significance but that was all she learned. But, a startling illumination happened why speaking to Mr. Jaffari as Kevin thought for a while that Heaven’s Oasis might be a synonym for The Garden of Eden.
Author Jeff Horton takes us back in time to where and when Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden and when the facts are finally revealed and the ending of Claire’s research comes to light what you will witness, see and experience will change every reader’s life forever. Claire and Kevin had a special relationship that would follow him throughout his life. The romance scenes were tasteful, well though out and written and done with a special romantic and unique touch. The storyline focuses on both Kevin and Claire’ s pursuit of finding the portal to the Garden of Eden. Just what she learned and whether his pursuits would prove fruitful are the basis for the remainder of this novel Added in Kain Masterson is a dangerous man and his true confession to Kevin as the one person that hunted her down, had unlimited funds and was an arms dealer alerts the reader that he will do anything to stop Kevin not short of taking him out of the equation. Every step of the way Claire is sited and although he finally changes course he hopes to undo the negative remarks and stories about Claire and to restore her integrity as an outstanding archaeologist. Her murderer is at large and the misguided statements about her from those she worked with uncalled for. Kevin Foster has to learn to understand God’s messages and ways and be able to come full circle with his feelings and deal with Claire’s untimely death. Will Kevin’s faith in love and God be restored as he meets Zari. Zari decides to work with him to help him find his way and hopefully complete what Claire started. Zari’s father is high up in the Iranian government and with his connections he might be able to ease Kevin’s way to finding out and having access to the information he needed along with Dr. Jaffari to help solve what Claire started and hopefully lead him to seeing and entering Heaven’s Oasis himself. Danger is at every door and at times Kevin winds up in the hospital or in situations that he cannot recall. Difficulties arise and when the final scenes are created you won’t believe the ending.
While Kevin explained to Zari how he and Claire met and how they dated on and off for several years you have to admire her that she understood and listened. Meeting Dr. Abedin who had certain information and papers that Kevin needed to view and read and Zari with her connections got Kevin the permit for him to travel to Iran for an archeological expedition also learning that without authorization he could not dig plus notifying the authorities if he finds anything but will not be allowed to take anything out of the country. But, one main question haunted him and that is why she, Zari offered to help him? The answer is quite remarkable as she too thinks Claire was onto something and then telling her that he learned his wife was murdered. With her dual citizenship in both Iran and Iraq it would behoove him to take her with him and find out what he needed. But, will he? Also relating that on his last trip that someone else was looking for the ancient site and that someone else killed Claire? Who and Why? Chapter 20 changes it all as the author once again flashes back but this time to Kevin discovering his wife dead. At the funeral he barely kept it together and then someone warned him to be careful and that his life like Claire’s was in danger. What would happen if someone found the Fountain of Youth? The author continues by stating that three major religions, where blood was spilled for “millennia in the name of the three religions.” Masterson related that he knew about The Garden of Eden what about the Tree of Life that allows someone to life forever? What will happen if someone gets to eat some of the fruit from the tree? An ending so riveting, so captivating and astonishing you the reader will have to life and experience it yourself. For anyone to enter the Gateway to Paradise :”Only the Innocent no ..the Redeemed may enter and live, the Wicked will surely be destroyed.” When the final scenes are played and Kevin disappears and someone greets him what he embarks on and what he experiences will forever change everything. The final chapter are so beautifully and graphically described as the author allows readers to learn whether Kevin finds what Claire was looking for and if he does will he be able to share what he finds or even be able to document it. The surprise ending is quite illuminating and the final outcome just might not be what you expect as Zari finds herself on death’s door, the doctors count her out but will there be a miracle and what will their final fate be? Will Kevin finally marry and find a new life? Will he find and complete Claire’s work? What happens when one man pursues another’s dream he just might find his own : Heaven’s Oasis. Characters that are true to life, well crafted and a story that will bring you back in time to where it all began. The final page and the final paragraph that I will leave to you the reader says it all.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine