Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Published in the Latter-day Saint Market
Latter-day Saint speculative fiction encompasses the hundreds of novels, stories and films created by or about Latter-day Saints which can be classified in the literary sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror. In terms of volume, Latter-day Saint S.F. is matched or surpassed as a religious sub-genre only by Jewish sf, Evangelical/conservative Protestant sf, and possibly Catholic sf.
Latter-day Saint speculative fiction can be divided into three types based on authorship and target audience:
1. Fiction written by Latter-day Saint authors for the Latter-day Saint audience.
2. Fiction written by Latter-day Saint authors for a general audience ("mainstream" market)
3. Fiction written by non-Latter-day Saint authors for a general audience which features Latter-day Saint characters or references
This system of classification is based partially on Michael Austin's classification of Latter-day Saint literature in general. In Austin's classification scheme, the second category, fiction by Latter-day Saint authors written for a general audience is actuall two separate categories: Latter-day Saint-authored fiction for general readership which is about or not about Latter-day Saints. Such a distinction is irrelevant for the purposes of this list, because this is only a list of science fiction and fantasy books published for the Latter-day Saint market.
The Latter-day Saint market is smaller than the national market, of course, and Latter-day Saint market speculative fiction is less frequently the subject of book reviews or critical literary analysis. Interestingly enough, because there are relatively few products competing in the niche sub-market of "Latter-day Saint speculative fiction," many of the titles by top-selling Latter-day Saint authors (such as Gerald Lund and Chris Heimerdinger, etc.) outsell all but the top-selling mainstream market authors.
Admittedly, this is a large list and a person interested in this subject might easily wonder where to begin. Richard H. Cracroft, a professor of literature at Brigham Young University and one of the deans of Latter-day Saint literary criticism, has written an article for Meridian Magazine (15 May 2001) in which he lists Some "Classic" LDS Novels. Most are contemporary or historical, but a surprising number can be categorized as science fiction or fantasy. The novels on both Cracroft's list and this list of LDS market sf/f are:
Nephi Anderson: Added Upon
Chad Daybell: The Emma Trilogy (3 volumes)
Chris Heimerdinger: Daniel and Nephi
Chris Heimerdinger: Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites
Kenny Kemp: I Hated Heaven
Robert Marcum: Dominion of the Gadianton
Anne Perry: Tathea
Samuel W. Taylor: Heaven Knows Why
Cracroft's list also lists the following science fiction or fantasy novels which have significant Latter-day Saint content, but which are marketed nationally:
Orson Scott Card: The Tales of Alvin Maker (5 volumes)
Orson Scott Card: The Homecoming series (5 volumes)
Note: Most of the brief book descriptions that appear on this page are from the book jacket or publisher's promotional material.
Contemporary Science Fiction/Fantasy
[Books in this section are "contemporary" in that they take place in the present, or only a few years in the future. Some are science fiction in that they utilize plausibly-described scientific or technological developments. But some would be classified as "contemporary fantasy" because they feature fantastic developments as important plot devices, but without any real attempt to provide a naturalistic explanation (e.g., a character's inexplicable invisibility in The Invisible Saint). Many also utilize fantastic religious elements.]
Curtis Taylor. The Invisible Saint. (Stanley Curtis Pub., 1990)
Comedy. A Latter-day Saint man gains ability to become invisible and walk through walls. He has no idea why, but decides to use his abilities to do some good, such as by helping a neighbor who was sent to prison for theft. (Many elements of plot and premise are similar to those found in spirit fiction, and this could be classified as part of that sub-genre. The character's spirit-like status, however, is not identified as having religious causes, and is not linked to his death.)
BJ Rowley. My Body Fell Off!. (Golden Wings Enterprises, 2000)
(Originally published by Covenant in 1997; Reprinted as Light Traveler: The Adventure Begins in 1998. Covenant versions now out-of-print.)
Traveler Adventure Series, volume 1. Young adult novel about a Utah County youth who discovers he can leave his body as an invisible spirit any time he wants. He uses his newfound ability to solve a murder mystery of a cheerleader from his high school.
BJ Rowley. Silver Hawk's Revenge. (Golden Wings Enterprises, 2000)
(Originally published by Covenant Communications, 1998, as Light Traveler: Silver Hawk's Revenge. Covenant version now out-of-print.)
Light Traveler Adventure Series, volume 2. Sequel to My Body Fell Off! Silver Hawk and his cohorts in crime escape from prison and vow to destroy Bart and friends.
BJ Rowley. Missing Children. (Golden Wings Enterprises, 2000)
Light Traveler Adventure Series, volume 3. Sequel to Silver Hawk's Revenge. Join Bart Elderberry and friends in another action packed out-of-body adventure as they attempt to put the brakes on a ruthless and cold-blooded baby-snatching organization.
BJ Rowley. Sting!. (Golden Wings Enterprises, 2001)
After a strange power line incident, Sting Fischer has become a walking human lightening bolt. Friends are non-existent, and only newcomer Connie Phillips and her mysterious scientist dad take any interest--until some jewel thieves discover how to utilize Sting's new talent' to neutralize burglar alarms. Throw in some vengeful, electrocuted schoolmates, indignant church members, and the unexplainable disappearance of Mr. Phillips' multi-million dollar, supercharged Corvette Stingray, and the result is: stunning, shocking, electrifying adventure from start to finish.
Chris Heimerdinger. Eddie Fantastic. (Covenant, 1992)
Young adult novel. Eddie Fanta is a fifteen-year-old boy entangled in tragic secrets which leave him questioning life, questioning justice and questioning God. Louis Kosserinski is a savagely scarred and crippled old man who has remained in utter seclusion for the last forty years. Mysterious circumstances bring these two characters face to face where Eddie discovers the old man's unprecedented genius for electronics and microcircuitry - a genius which has spawned a series of inventions which could change the universe forever! Although Eddie sees Louis' inventions as an opportunity to improve an imperfect world, he ends up wreaking havoc at every hair-raising turn. Join Eddie in his incredible journey through time and space, reality and spectacle, until at last he discovers an ultimate wisdom and understanding about our universe's Creator.
Thom Duncan. Moroni Smith in the Land of Zarahemla. (Horizon, 1990)
Indiana Jones-like action adventure featuring the "Church Special Projects Division" on a quest to find the still-extant city of Zarahemla, hidden deep in the jungle of Central America. Publisher: "Non-stop action follows Moroni Smith and his friends into the Central American jungles as they search for a lost archaeological expedition while trying to avoid death at the hands of the evil 'Unity' organization. An exciting cliff-hanger that will be enjoyed by all ages!"
Jack Weyland. A New Dawn. (Deseret Book, 198x)
A young woman at an Ivy League university becomes world famous when she discovers the Unified Field Theory. In order to escape the intense unexpected media interest this brings her, she forges a new identity as "Dawn" and hides out as a student at BYU. Essentially a romance/conversion story, with the physics discovery qualifying it as sf.
Doris Charriere. Beyond the Forbidden Sea (Chalet, 1987)
A Pre-Millennial Novel Based Upon Biblical History and Prophecy and Modern Enigmas. Who were these gentle giants in the space craft? Why their surveillance of the earth? What connection did they have with Biblical history and prophecy? Elaine and Bill Walker were to find the answer to these and many other questions in the land -- beyond the Forbidden Sea. Elaine and Bill Walker learn from alien friends of an approaching disaster which will bring devastation to both worlds. Alerting their families to the impending danger, they begin their personal quest for survival. [Marketed beyond just the Latter-day Saint audience.]
Doris Charriere. Cataclysm
Sequel to Beyond the Forbidden Sea. Bill Walker is first charged with treason against the United States, then, given the gargantuan task of coordinating emergency preparations for the entire nation. As disaster looms before them, Elaine despairs of the attitudes of members of her family and the philosophies which lead them into perilous paths. With wave after wave threatening destruction, Bill and Elaine become acutely aware of their need to come to grips with their own faith in God.
Wayne Hunter. Millennial Run: A Latter-day Saint Novel to Celebrate the Year 2000. (Richard Maher Sales, 1999)
Elijah Grant. Tribal Gate. (TriQuest)
Young adult Native American fantasy adventure.
Science Fiction set in the Future
Linda Adams. Prodigal Journey. (Cornerstone, 2000)
First volume of projected 4-book epic. About fifty years in the future, incredible events start occuring that fulfill end-times prophecies.
Pamela Blackwell's Millenial Series: Ephraim's Seed. (Onyx Press, 1996)
Ephraim's Seed is a fast paced page turner, barreling into the 21st century where Ben Taylor, a Jewish convert to the Latter-day Saint Church, and his friends are caught up the miraculous last days' events long prophesied.
Jacob's Cauldron. (BF Publishing, 1998)
In the 21st century people are fleeing to Zion, the antichrist is on the move. Ben Taylor and family are among the first to reach Zion, the miraculous sanctuary in central Missouri under the hand of John the Beloved.
Gerald Lund. The Alliance. (Deseret Book, 1983)
Eighteen years after the fall of civilization, Eric is among a group of survivors living using pioneer-era technology in Wyoming. They are attacked by a powerful group with access to high technology. Eric is taken to the Alliance, a despotic regime which uses electronic implants to control the behavior of people. The novel is written essentially as science fiction, without explicit reference to Latter-day Saints, but the plot and is a metaphor used to dramatize the plan of salvation and Satan's plan. [Synopsis based on review by Scott Parkin.]
Glenn L. Anderson. The Millennium File. (Horizon, 1986)
In 2075, two Latter-day Saint scientists (an archaeologist and a zoologist) who are part of a larger Norwegian team discover a startling relic above the Arctic circle which may hold the mystery of the Ten Lost Tribes.
Glenn L. Anderson. The Doomsday Factor. (Horizon, 1988)
The Quest V, a NASA deep-space probe, is returning to earth with its passenger: a rhesus monkey. Only scientist Morgan Hart knows that the monkey has become a vector--a carrier of Satanic spirits--during its voyage through hyperspace. Caught in a living nightmare, Morgan and his on race against time to keep the Quest V from touching down and unleasing its hellish contamination upon an unsuspecting world. However, a mysterious cult also realizes what the craft contains and is determined to do whatever it takes to thwart Morgan's efforts. Truly exciting Latter-day Saint-oriented science fiction!
John M. Pontius. Spirit of Fire. (Cedar Fort, 2000)
Book 1 of "Millennial Quest" series. Latter-day Saint end-times novel.
Mark C. Peterson. House Upon the Sand. (2000)
Near-future novel focusing on the political events preceding the Millennium, especially those relating to the deterioration of the United States.
Kenneth R. Tarr. The Gathering Storm. (Cedar Fort, 2000)
Book 1 of "Last Days" series. A new Latter-day Saint book about the last days. When Steven Christopher's wife abandons her family to join a polygamous cult, Steven is left with a heart full of bitterness and the sole responsibility of raising three young children. This fast-paced novel shows how Steven grows from these trials, and how he and other Latter-day Saints deal with the worldwide changes which occur as the Lord begins to pour out His judgments upon the wicked without measure. This novel is full of danger, suspense, adventure, humor and tender romance
Kenneth R. Tarr. Zion's Trail. (Cedar Fort, 2001)
Book 2 of "Last Days" series. This stirring sequel to The Gathering Storm continues the story of Steven Christopher, who was chosen by the prophet to guide the first wagon train of Saints back to Missouri to reestablish Zion. Set in the near-future, the novel stays true to the prophecies about the last days. The story dramatically presents the obstacles the Saints may soon face, yet shows to the reader that the Lord is watching over His people.
Joseph E. Belnap. The Coin's Edge. (Granite, 2000)
Book 1 of "Shadows of the Last Days" series. R.F. said: "The actions starts with a man in a hospitial reliving his past and fading in and out of the present. Once he's healed he's on a run for his life against mortal and spirtual enemies, while getting help from a former missionary companion."
Joseph E. Belnap. The Shadow Walkers. (Evans Book, 2000)
Vickie Mason Randalls. Red Moon Rising. (Cedar Fort, 2002)
In this opening volume of the Out of Barren Ground series, peace and purpose are rare commodities in a war-ravaged world. Everywhere there is famine, drought, pestilence, and hatred. Those people without their God are searching frantically, or are lost completely. Rachel lives a lonely, dreary existence in the earth's final days, but while searching for a pure water source, her life changes dramatically. The dead ends she has followed in the past have yet to change anything. Until now. This thought-provoking novel will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Steve Anderson. The Enoch Scroll and the Final Battle. (??, 2001)
For thousands of years people have been waiting for it - the last days, the millennium, the end. At last, a book that tells not when, but how it might happen.
In Israel, in the weathered cliffs by Qumran, near the spot where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947, an American archaeologist named Kyle Shepherd, along with Maria Muir, a beautiful Jewish woman, discover a cave with another scroll, but with a message so powerful that the Mideast soon reels from its impact.
Eventually, the discovery of the scroll leads to a confrontation on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the whole world succumbs - armageddon, the apocalypse - with Israel fighting for its very existence.
Time Travel to Book of Mormon times
Chris Heimerdinger. "Tennis Shoes" series Contemporary Latter-day Saint youth accidently find themselves in Nephite times.
All published by Covenant Communications.
Tennis Shoes among the Nephites (1989)
Jim Hawkins has a bad attitude. What's more, he enjoys having a bad attitude - about everything - especially about the church. Garth Plimton is a fanatic. He's spent so much time studying the scriptures and thick books on archeology that he can't carry on a normal conversation with other kids. That's why they consider him a nerd. Through an unusual chain of events, these two opposites become fast friends.
It all began when Garth told Jim a simple truth:
"They really existed once, you know."
"Who?" Jim asked.
"Nephites," Garth replied. "Every character in the Book of Mormon ate, slept, died and was buried..."
That statement, taken for granted before, would soon echo deeply in the two boys' minds - because they were on the trail of a chilling secret. At the root of this secret was a faded Indian legend that old men told children to make their eyes grow big. As Garth and Jim put the pieces of the puzzle together, they accidentally stumble upon a mysterious passageway hurling them into another world - an Ancient American world.
Chris Heimerdinger. Gadiantons and the Silver Sword. (Covenant, 1991)
They came from the past to retrieve something stolen. Something evil...and only Jim Hawkins stands in their way. Chris Heimerdinger, Latter-day Saint master of high adventure, reunites the compelling characters from his best-selling novel, Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites, in an explosive saga that transports you from the familiar settings of Utah and the American West to the deep and shadowy jungles of southern Mexico. Jim Hawkins, still unable to remember his former adventures among the Nephites, in nevertheless haunted by fleeting images he can't seem to connect with any particular source. Vivid memories are returned to him bit by bit when strange and ancient visitors suddenly interrupt his life--one desperate for his help, others desperate for revenge. Be a part of the excitement as Jim Hawkins, Jennifer Hawkins, and Garth Plimpton embark upon the most thrilling and hazardous quest
of their lives: one that teaches them the true meaning of valiance in these latter days and where every step of the way they are pursued by the darkest of villains.
Tennis Shoes and the Feathered Serpent, Part 1 (1995)
Join Jim Hawkins as he embarks upon his most difficult and perilous quest - a quest for survival against unseen enemies. A quest to solve the deepening mystery of the disapperance of his sister, Jennifer, and his old friend Garth Plimpton. Jim, now a father of two teenage daughters and a ten-year-old son - all as stubborn and self-willed as he ever was! - must battle the forces of an old and secret adversary set on decimating every shred of his existance. Once again Jim must descend through the mysterious passages of Frost Cave and the Rainbow Room, only to emerge with his family in a land and time teetering on the brink of ultimate destruction. The time just prior to the Savior's appearance in the New World. The time of the Feathered Serpent.
Tennis Shoes and the Feathered Serpent, Part 2 (1996)
Join Jim Hawkins and family as they stand face to face with the ultimate forces of good and evil in the concluding volume of Tennis Shoes and the Feathered Serpent, and forth volume of the ongoing Tennis Shoes series. Hearts will pound and adrenaline will rush as this spectacular Book of Mormon epic races to its breathtaking climax.
The Sacred Quest (1997; formerly titled Tennis Shoes and the Seven Churches)
Fifth volume in the ongoing adventures of the Hawkins family. Join fifteen-year-old Harry Hawkins as he takes the baton from his noble father, Jim, and embarks upon a perilous quest to grant what may be his sister's last wish and reunite her with the love of her life. In the process he discovers secrets about the mysterious caverns of Frost Cave that his father never dreamed of - secrets that plunge him into a world he never expected. A world in rebellion against the oppressors of Rome and against the pure and undefiled doctrines of Christ and His newborn Church - the dangerous and reeling world of Jerusalem and the New Testament in the first century A.D.
The Lost Scrolls (1998)
Join fifteen-year-old Harry Hawkins and Meagan Sorenson in the continuing adventure of Tennis Shoes and the Seven Churches as they face the awesome challenges of courage and survival in the hostile world of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Now in the grasp of the evil sorcerer, Simon Magus, Meagan must conquer her greatest fears to free herself and the young Jewish orphan, Jesse. In the meantime, Harry must make an impossible journey to Jerusalem with Gidgiddonihah, the Nephite warrior, as the thundering armies of Rome seek to bring about the city's fiery destruction. Harry's object: to recover a sacred scroll that may contain the ultimate power and mysteries of the universe - the very key to saving his friends, and perhaps even to saving himself.
The Golden Crown (1999)
Hang on to your seats as the heart-pounding adventure of Harry Hawkins and Meagan Sorenson in the land of Jerusalem and the world of the Romans races toward its thrilling conclusion. In a nightmarish twist of events, Harry finds himself in the midst of unforeseen enemies who seek to separate him from all he holds dear. To make matters worse, Garth Plimpton and Meagan are forced to make choices that could leave Harry permanently lost in time. Harry's father and Meagan's mother enter the fray to save their families, while Harry knows that to survive he must somehow reach a land where resides a true apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. "We're all on a golden journey," Harry comes to learn, "inspired by golden dreams, and at the end awaits a golden crown of righteousness."
Warriors of Cumorah (2001)
Leave all your expectations behind as your favorite characters from the "Tennis Shoes Adventure Series" are reunited in a miraculous journey into worlds never before imagined, where villains old and new must be stopped to keep the landscape of history from becoming permanently altered. Just when the children of Jim Hawkins and Garth Plimpton thought they understood the powers of the Rainbow and Galaxy Rooms, a transformation of staggering dimensions takes place. Its a mystery whose secrets can only be unraveled by a pair of small white stones -- stones in a gleaming silver frame whose powers can only be harnessed by the mightiest of prophets or by one pure-hearted little girls. Embark on the millenniums greatest adventure, an epic that one day soon will culminate in one of the most tremendous battles ever fought -- a battle of tragedy, heroism, and the rebirth of dreams on the slopes of a hill called Cumorah.
Other Time Travel
Gerald Lund. The Freedom Factor. (Deseret Book, 1987)
Time travel/alternate history tale about what would have happened if the Constitution had never been written.
Chris Heimerdinger. Ben Franklin and the Chamber of Time. (Shadow Mountain)
Young adult novel. Near death, Ben Franklin is struck by lightning and travels forward in time to the present. Mistaken for a homeless man, he is taken in by a troubled family. The novel has no overtly Latter-day Saint references. Technically, this could be classified as a mainstream market book. But the publisher is Deseret Book's Shadow Mountain imprint, the author is Chris Heimerdinger, and the moral themes are Latter-day Saint/Christian.
Nancy Campbell Allen. Love beyond Time. (Covenant, 1999)
Contemporary Latter-day Saint physician Amber Saxton is misplaced in time to the Civil War and falls in love contemporary accountant Tyler Montgomery, who is not a Latter-day Saint but has been stranded in the same time period.
J. Todd Walker. Thrice in Time: A Novel of the Savior's Love. (Horizon, 1994)
Join Jake Isaacson, a specialist in ancient Hebrew culture with the National Time Studies Foundation, as he travels in time from the 21st century to old Jerusalem at the time of the Savior's ministry.
Daryn Tufts. My, Myself and E.F.Y. (2001)
You know him as the guy with a Franklin Day-planner obsession in The Singles Ward. Now, from one of the stars of the #1 LDS hit comedy comes a brand new, hilarious LDS novel. Me, Myself & EFY is an LDS romantic comedy of epic, zany proportions that tackles the completely unique LDS cultural phenomenon, Especially For Youth. It's a fast-paced romantic comedy-with just a dash of science fiction thrown in- follow all that with the most bizarre event in EFY history. Exploring gospel themes and ideals, Me, Myself & EFY is story like you've never heard before, that just may change the way you look at dating forever.
BJ Rowley. Sixteen In No Time. (Golden Wings Enterprises, 2001)
Celinda Russell has a date to the Jr. Prom with Travis Foxx, THE most popular guy at North High. She has her dress all picked out and knows just what to do with her makeup, hair, and nails. It's truly a dream come true.
The only problem is: Celinda doesn't turn sixteen until the day AFTER the Prom. So -- according to long-standing family rules -- she can't even date yet.
In a desperate attempt to solve the problem, Celinda makes a powerful wish that she could SOMEHOW find a way to go to the dance. "Whatever it takes!" she pleads. "Let the powers-that-be decide."
Well . . . the Powers-That-Be decide to send Horace and Minuet, the "Special Agents in charge of all Time Related Yearnings and Aspirations." And her wish is suddenly granted.
The result is that Celinda and her best friend Mandy "get" to age four whole days while the rest of the world slows to a crawl and advances a mere four minutes. It looks like time has stopped. But . . . she'll be sixteen a couple of days before the Prom, and, therefore, old enough to date.
Willard Boyd Gardner. Race Against Time. (Covenant, 2001)
Life seems simple enough for Owen Richards. He likes it simple. Twenty-nine, single, a steady girlfriend, and unburdened by religion, Owen enjoys his work as an elite police officer. Then his best friend is killed during a dangerous hostage rescue.
Guilt-ridden, irritable, and questioning his own lack of beliefs, Owen agrees to do a favor for a family friend, hoping to get his mind off of his troubles. The favor turns out to be driving Julianna McCray, an intelligent, gorgeous, LDS woman to Missouri.
Julianna's companionship makes for the perfect distraction. But just when Owen's life seems to be making sense again, he steps unwittingly back into history. The year is 1838, and Owen helps a distressed frontier woman save her brother from a group of anti-Mormons and thrusts himself into the middle of the vicious persecution by the Missouri mobs.
It will take all of Owen's training, discipline -- and some help from above -- to stay alive, defend a newfound truth, and return to the woman he . . . loves.
Chad Daybell. An Errand for Emma. (Cedar Fort, 1998)
Part 1 of the "Emma Trilogy." Emma Dalton wants to have a memorable summer before starting college at BYU, but she stumbles into more than she ever thought possible. Emma starts the summer looking for Mr. Right at local dances, and by the end of the summer she is dancing in his arms. David North is everything she's ever dreamed of, but
there is a slight problem - he lives in the 1860s!
Emma's desire to uncover the truth about a mysterious ancestor sends her on an errand for the Lord in a place she's never imagined - the untamed West of the 19th century. An accident catapults Emma back among her forefathers. A chance meeting with Brigham Young puts her on track to find the answers she seeks but she must first survive a dangerous trip on horseback to lawless Denver, and escape the evil men seeking to thwart her mission. The journey, however, allows her to find true love and build a family bond that spans generations.
But Emma doesn't know how - or if - she'll return to modern times. Is she meant to live her life in the 1860s with David? And if she does stay, what will happen to the family history information she has sacrificed so much to recover?
Chad Daybell. Doug's Dilemma. (Cedar Fort, 1999)
Part 2 of the "Emma Trilogy." The past year of Doug Dalton's life has been full of highs and lows. He shined as a high school athlete, but he also suffered through his sister Emma's disappearance during her dangerous errand into the 1860s.
Now he'd like to rest, but duty beckons as he is called to serve an LDS mission near New York City, where Doug and his missionary companions handle more perilous situations than Emma ever faced. His days are so busy he's sure the Lord would never require him to take a journey into the past. He should've known better!
In this riveting sequel to "An Errand for Emma," the Dalton family tackles another unexpected dilemma that threatens their family. Doug is teaching the gospel one afternoon, and by that evening he's wandering the streets of 1944 Manhattan. World War II is reaching its conclusion, and Doug's actions there alter the future of everyone around him, especially his own.
Chad Daybell. Escape to Zion. (Cedar Fort, 2000)
Part 3 of the "Emma Trilogy." A strange world greets Emma Dalton on her journey into the future. Chariots are racing through Salt Lake City's streets, Temple Square is surrounded by an electric fence, and earthquake-caused destruction is visible everywhere as Emma embarks on "An Escape to Zion," the concluding volume of the Emma Trilogy by Chad G. Daybell.
Such surprises aren't what Emma expected on this day. She'd planned to welcome home her brother Doug after his LDS mission, but an auto accident changes everything. Instead, Emma finds herself several decades in the future -- within months of the Savior's Second Coming.
Emma's intriguing errand places her among some of the most wicked people on earth, which tests her faith to the limit. But after several amazing turns -- including befriending one of the Three Nephites -- she
makes her way to New Jerusalem. Her stirring account of the glorious city includes a reunion with family members. After participating in the events at Adam-ondi-Ahman, she gets a glimpse into the Millennium and the First Resurrection.
Most importantly, Emma learns the future isn't necessarily set in stone. After reading "An Escape to Zion," you'll be sure to ponder what the future holds for you!
[These are "fantasy novels" in the more traditional, Tolkienesque sense. That is, they take place on other worlds in pre-technological settings, usually where magical powers are operative.]
Perry, Anne. Tathea. (Shadow Mountain, 1999)
Technically, this was not a Latter-day Saint market book. Although published by Deseret Book's Shadow Mountain imprint, it was indeed purchased and reviewed widely by the mainstream sf/f market. But it is of particular interest as Latter-day Saint fiction, and has been listed here. The plot has the queen Ta-thea fleeing an assassination attempt and embarking on an adventure that takes her the far reaches of her world and through a spiritual journey. She obtains a golden book with powerful truths unknown to her world.
K. L. Morgan. Castledance. (Granite, 1997; now TriQuest)
Young adult novel. Fiarah, the beautiful and magically skilled Historian, tells a tale of adventure and magic involving the people of Furth. Elf, Delf, Human, Undant, Troll, and Gnome have lived together in harmony for hundreds of annums, but that is changing. Where peace and magic have consistently been a way of life, suddenly turmoil and careless death ravage the countryside. This disruption of The Balance indicates that a Dark Sorcerer is again plaguing the land, and this time he is not making the mistakes of his predecessors. The adventure begins with Wit, a young delf, struggling against terrific odds to bring news to the Ministry at Delflia of a forbidden castle fortress built on their beloved mountain, Lightning Dance. A seemingly indifferent Ministry forces Wit and his friends to strike out and battle the evil alone. Castledance is the first in a five part epic fantasy series, From the Chronicles of Fiarah.
K. L. Morgan. Judges of Light. (TriQuest, 1999)
Young adult novel. At first it appeared that another Dark Sorcerer had arisen tin the land to plague the inhabitants of Furth. Undant, delf, elf, human, troll, and gnome feel the lash of his power. It is becoming clear that some other insidious malevolence is at work. Odeledan, the Exalted One of Fentressen, is frightened. His prayers are in vain; the Guardians are silent, and Furth is in turmoil. Lady Fiarah, the Historian of her people, has discovered that instead of a Dark Sorcerer, one of the High Ones, a Judge of Light has fallen. Who will be able to save them from this monumental evil? Is anyone to be trusted in these terrifying days? A chosen few step forward to battle the evil, and one of them is a Sorcerer of the Dark! Travel with Wit, Doylen, Lokfar, Azan, Fiarah, Adarlaedama, and others as they rush to save Furth from impending doom. Meet the mystical and holy Judges of Light in this exciting second volume of the Chronicles of Fiarah.
K. L. Morgan. Lodestar. (TriQuest, 2000)
Yount adult novel. The third volume in the series From the Chronicles of Fiarah. The perpetrator has been unmasked, and the heroes have alerted the Judges of Light. It seems that once again there will be a war between good and evil. The war begins in the home of the Undants, the Grassy Plains, but soon spreads to all of Furth. The Judges have disbanded. The Elves fight a desparate battle to save Elvenhome. The Ministers of Delflia must route the evil from their mountains, the Trolls have disappeared, and Wit and Fiarah must find the dragons while Adarlaedama and Cryptic hunt for the Lodestar, a jewel that when joined with the Efstan Sword may save them all.
Neil K. Newell. The Reluctant Wizard. (Manor Books, 1979)
Bible and Book of Mormon Historical
[Written as straight historical novels, these are not necessarily classified as science fiction or fantasy in the traditional sense. Note that more modern historical fiction is perhaps the most frequently written genre of Latter-day Saint fiction. These books are primarily about early Latter-day Saint history between 1830 and 1880, but sometimes encompassing previous and more recent periods. Historical fiction of this type has not been included on this list.]
Chris Heimerdinger. Daniel and Nephi. (Covenant, 1993)
Subtitled "A Tale of Eternal Friendship in a Land Ripening for Destruction." In this novel, Daniel (the Biblical prophet) and Nephi (son of Lehi) know each other as children in Jerusalem.
Gordon Ryan and Kate Armitage. Upon the Isles of the Sea. (??, 2001)
Subtitled: "A Book of Mormon Adventure from the Nephite Chronicles." (First book in a proposed series.) Ryan is a New Zealand author.
When Seth, a young Stripling Warrior comes home from the wars after nearly eight years of fighting, he barely has time to settle in before Helaman, his former commander, now a missionary, comes to the village and calls him on yet another assignment. But Lilliana is determined that Seth will not leave the village again - at least not without her. Jared, Seth's best friend and also a former Stripling Warrior, is persuaded by General Moroni to remain in government service to infiltrate the devious "Secret Combinations." When Seth and Jared meet Hagoth - an "exceedingly curious man," - in the City of Bountiful, their quest takes on a whole new dimension.
John McRae. Blood of the Lion. (Horizon)
This novel is set in the tiny nation of Judah at 600 B.C. It weaves the factual threads of the scriptural account into an action-packed, romantic saga that makes Lehi, Nephi, and their family come alive. Problems in the land pose threats which influence each character, and increases the drama of the story. An excellent portrayal of the turbulent period prior to Judah's fall to Babylonia.
S. Dean Wakefield. Elijah. (Horizon)
Of all the great men whose deeds are recorded in the Bible, no name calls up more vivid images than that of Elijah, the chosen prophet of Jehovah. Elijah's ministry is expertly described by the author, who mingles powerful historical events with gripping fiction to make this ancient prophet spring to life. This insightful novel gives the reader an unprecedented glimpse into the times of this great Biblical prophet, as three close associates of Elijah tell how he touched their lives.
Orson Scott Card. Stone Tables. (Deseret Book, 1999)
Novelization of the life of the prophet Moses.
Annette Pierce. Rachel's Hope. (Covenant)
A story of love and redemption in Book of Mormon times.
Clair Poulson. Samuel: Moroni's Young Warrior. (Covenant)
Youth novel. Richard Cracroft said of this it: "...a well-told, fast-paced, exciting first novel about Samuel, a sixteen-year-old who becomes a Nephite hero through freeing his village and, on joining Captain Moroni, freeing the entire land from the Lamanite yoke. Latter-day Saint teenagers will enjoy this work, as will parents willing to wait their turn patiently."
Doris Charriere. Tamar, The Tender Twig
Based upon Biblical and other historical accounts of the Prophet Jeremiah, and Tamar, the daughter of King Zedekiah. Biblical history ends with their exile to Tahpahnes, Egypt, where some believe Jeremiah died a martyr's death. This novel, however, continues the story as found in the histories and legends of Ireland, where Jeremiah is known as Ollam Fodhla, the learned prophet, and Tamar, as the wife of King Heremon. Through their posterity come the kings and queens of Ireland, Scotland and England, including today's Queen Elizabeth II. A tender romance of young royals caught up in the turmoil of the dark days of the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC, entwines the reader in their struggle to survive against savage seas and ancient pagan cultures, as they and the prophet establish a Golden Age in Ireland. [Apparently marketed beyond just Latter-day Saint audience.]
Katherine Myers. The Lehi Tree.
A unique and touching narrative placed in the context of actual scriptural events which brings the Book of Mormon to life.
Larry Barkdull. Zion: Seeking the City of Enoch. (Origin Book)
In the year 647, calculated from the time Adam and Eve left the Garden, a thousand-year effort was begun to prevent the earth's inhabitants from being annihilated by flood. A young prophet named Enoch was the key messenger of the warning. In a world where the people were almost wholly given over to perversions and wickedness, Enoch raised a city of holiness, a place of consummate peace, a society that subsequent generations would long for and attempt to duplicate. During the millennia of the earth's existence, the desire for that kind of society would permeate literature and occupy the thought of great people. Some in ancient times called it the City of Enoch, but Enoch called it ZION. It existed on the earth over 300 years before it was wholly "taken up into heaven" by God. Tradition and prophecy abound that in the seventh millennium, Zion will again be established on the earth and bring peace to a troubled world.
This story follows the life of Rabunel as he and his family struggle to accept Enoch and his teachings and help him set the foundations of the most successful society in history.
Larry Barkdull. Zion: Seeking the City of Enoch. (Evans Book Wholesale Distribution)
Set in the year 650, this story follows the mission of Enoch, the seer as he works to establish the most successful society of peace ever to exist on the earth.
At the outset, this second book in the ZION series is filled with adventure. Rabunel, on a mission of mercy, is captured by the secret Mahan society. Wounded, he is thrown into a pit and lest for dead. His brush with death sets off a series of events that resolve into a central question: "Is a Zion society the product of environmental of individual choice?"
Other questions posed in the book are:
How does one develop the spiritual capacity to hear and see?
What is the most organizational unit in heaven?
Why, when some people know the truth, do they often rebel against it?
What are the foundational principle upon which Zion is built?
What was the mechanism used to unify, care for, and sanctify the people?
This book points toward the emotional and pivotal time in Rabunel's life when, in order to spiritually survive, he must seek from his God a character trait that he does not possess. His poignant struggle and ultimate sacrifice forge the steel of his soul and raise him to the state of sanctified. ZION: The Long Road to Sanctification is a story you will not forget. In the words of one reader, "I learned to love the characters. I found I was gaining unique insights through the gentle, simple, messages contained within its pages."
[These are novels showing life in pre- or post-mortal realms (spirit world, etc.), an/or featuring pre- and post-mortal spirits mingling with mortals.
This is a highly imaginative and particularly Latter-day Saint sub-genre. This category includes some of the most well-written and influential Latter-day Saint S.F., as well as more forgettable efforts. Mainstream forays into this genre (not necessarily by Latter-day Saint writers) include films such as "Heaven Can Wait", "Ghost" and "What Dreams May Come."]
Nephi Anderson. Added Upon. (Deseret News Publishing, 1898).
The classic novel which created the Latter-day Saint spirit fiction genre. Has never gone out of print.
Samuel W. Taylor. Heaven Knows Why!. New York: A. A. Wyn, 1948
Actually, this was not written for the Latter-day Saint market, but was originally published by a national publisher. So, technically, it doesn't belong on this list. But it is an important and hilarious classic of Latter-day Saint fiction, one of the foundational works of Latter-day Saint "spirit fiction," and has been reprinted for the Latter-day Saint market. (Reprint. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Millennial Productions, 1979. Reprint. Murray, Utah: Aspen Books, 1994.)
Moroni Skinner, deceased Latter-day Saint working hard in the afterlife, is allowed to visit his ne'er-do-well grandson in rural Utah to help him win the hand of the bishop's daughter in marriage.
Doug Stewart and Linda Higham Thomson. Saturday's Warrior. (Deseret Book)
Novelization of the popular Latter-day Saint musical about a family in pre-mortal life reuniting and struggling on Earth.
Linda Higham Thomson. Star Child. (Deseret Book)
"As he opened his eyes he began to make out the familiar shape. 'The stars-they can't be-not tonight! I'm through, I told you! Go away-no more unicorn-no more boy-no more hope, I tell you!' 'Stay away, please. I only want to rest-not climb up again, not to ride you into my dreams." From magnificently portrayed pre-mortal realms to the stark realities of earth, become intimately acquainted with the characters that are loved on stage in this first novel ever to accompany a Mormon musical. Meet Chuck Baker, the super athlete and rebellious son of a wealthy Southern California rancher; Marie Reynolds, the new girl at Chuck's school who is drawn to Chuck for reasons she does not understand, but refuses to compromise her reputation; Kestler and Greene, those two lovable returned missionaries who come home in search of "Miss Perfect"; and Laurence Clayton, Chuck's pre-earth friend who is born and raised in London with only a sign in the heavens to remind him of a foreordained missi!
on yet to be fulfilled.
Alice Morrey Bailey. Stellarian. (Horizon, 1986)
As an unembodied spirit, Paul is a Stellarian, a gifted musical genius ready for a glorious career on Earth - but is he ready for a devious sibling who is seeking to destroy him? This imaginative view of pre-mortal preparation for earth life will excite young and old.
Michael Ritchey. Disoriented. (Cornerstone, 1999)
Religious action adventure romance thriller science fiction novel in which Latter-day Saint physicist and non-Latter-day Saint biologist uncover a conspiracy to destroy the world's ecosystem.
Arvin S. Gibson. Love's Eternal Legacy. (Horizon, 1994)
Publisher: This vivid novel is an eternal love story in the truest sense. It shows the legacy of love that persists beyond the boundaries of this life's forgetfulness of pre-mortal truths. Laura is a lovely spirit living on Kolob-1, anxiously preparing for her turn on Earth. Her friend and companion for eons of time, Mathias, is uncertain of his ability to meet the challenges of Earth's great risks and feels he might be better suited for a mortal experience on a less-threatening planet.
Richard M. Siddoway. Degrees of Glory. (Cedar Fort, 2003)
Publisher: Noted author Richard Siddoway takes readers on an enlightening, uplifting journey among the kingdoms of glory. The novel is based on D&C Section 76, and while fictional, it allows readers to better visualize the opportunities that await us in the afterlife. Why did one-third of the Host of Heaven decide to follow Satan? Why would anyone want to live in Outer Darkness? Who will be living in each of the other kingdoms? Will they be happy there? What challenges will they continue to have? Through the eyes of a fictional traveler visit these various destinations, meet the residents, and see how they live. Your eyes will be opened to what awaits us.
Marc Otte. Pray for Justice: On the Trail With Orrin Porter Rockwell #1. (Alaska Outdoors?, 2000)
When a mutual friend and fellow ward member is murdered during a prison break, two modern-day deputy U.S. Marshals are spurred into a horseback chase after three ruthless outlaws through the rugged mountains of Northwestern Montana. The manhunt pits them, not only against vicious killers and the remote Montana wilderness but, against hate, their own spirituality, and the hard decisions a lawman must make in the discharge of his duties.
Without most of the conveniences of a present day peace officer, the friends are content to rely on their trusty mountain horses and personal strengths. Not until the most famous of all Mormon gunfighters, Orrin Porter Rockwell, pays them a visit from across the veil, do they come to realize the importance of relying on a power far greater than their own.
Marc Otte. Hide and Seek: On the Trail With Orrin Porter Rockwell #2. (Alaska Outdoors?, 2000)
Since the murder of his father, eleven-year-old Paul Fuller has tried to grow up too fast. Afraid his bitterness might overwhelm him, Deputy United States Marshals and fellow ward members, Terry McGreggor and Skip Garret, take the boy under their wing and hatch a plan for Terry to take him on a fishing trip to a remote Alaska lodge. Abundant wildlife, untamed wilderness, and pretty Athabascan bush pilot seem to be just the ticket to take the boy's mind off his troubles-until the little group gets between a fugitive from the law and two of his old business associates from the Russian mafia who want to see him dead.
Guided by a member of the famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police and armed with nothing more than a cryptic warning from the famous Mormon gunfighter and somtimes gaurdian angel, Porter Rockwell, Deputy Garret must leave his wife who's expecting their first child and head north to search for his friends who hope for rescue-but are trying desperately not to be found.
John McRae. A Place Near Kolob. (Ross House, 1999)
Quinn and Joanna Adams awake after this tumultuous experience and find themselves
in familiar surroundings. Gradually, they realize nothing is really the same. Time has stopped.
They are summoned into meetings with people they know are dead, but apparently are not. They
are told they are now on a planet near Kolob, but they don't know where Kolob is, or what it is.
They try to convince themselves they are sharing the same dream, but events around
them seem to prove everything is really happening.
Then, by using a strange Life Key, they start to travel back through time that no longer
exists. Suddenly they are once again caught up in the events that led to that brilliant flash of
light. The world is once again as it was, and nations are at war. Quinn and Joanna must relive
dreadful scenes of horror and carnage.
U.S. and Israeli intelligence uncover Operation Red Tiger and know Asia is about to
explode into flames. Then they discover it is only one of four deadly, interlocked military
operations designed to seize control of the world.
Quinn heads a desperate effort to destroy the nest of spiders that is entangling all of
civilization in its web of terror.
The Chinese gain control of Asia. The Russian military seizes control of all former
Soviet republics. China makes one last attempt to bring down the United States. A holy war
erupts between the Israelis and Muslims and Israel makes a deadly request to save the nation
A Place Near Kolob offers a unique view of earth's final years. It is mind-numbing
how all the events follow in logical sequence, carrying mankind toward a final, unfathomable
John McRae has put life into prophecies recorded through the ages, letting the reader
experience them through the lives of people caught in this inexorable journey to a rendezvous
with eternal destiny.
John McRae. A Place Called Eden. (Ross House, 2000)
The peace and tranquility that has lasted on Eden for a thousand years has suddenly ended. Telepathic communication between Eden and the planet Hades, banned for almost a thousand years, is resumed. Hades is the planet inhabited by Lucifer and all those banished from participating in the great Eternal Plan.
This renewed contact with the dark influences of Hades brings ugly changes to the people on Eden. Families are devastated as people respond to strange new promptings.
The Freedom Crusade attempts to force a second chance for the banished people of Hades to gain salvation. The idyllic life enjoyed for a thousand years is destroyed as evil thoughts are once again in the hearts and minds.
Eden must soon fulfill its celestial destiny. The end of time is quickly approaching.
Lee Dalton. The Feather of the Owl. (Horizon)
The sudden death of his mother shattered a young boy's tranquility and security. His father, unable to cope with the death of his wife, turned to drink and began to abuse him. The boy escaped from that environment to be befriended by an old Indian, Clay Dog, who taught him how to live off the land and how to build a shelter when there was none. The boy's life was put on a new path through the guidance and wisdom of his Indian friend, eventually leading to his reunion with his departed mother in the Great Hall of the Spirit World. This is a poignant and touching tale of death and entry into the spirit-world Paradise.
Kenny Kemp. I Hated Heaven. (Alta Films Press, 1998)
A construction worker named Tom Waring finds out what heaven is like in Kenny Kemp's I Hated Heaven. Tom dies suddenly of pancreatic cancer in the midst of a full, more or less happy life. He goes to "Paradise," not a purgatory but a sort of staging area for Heaven--and where Kemp works out his rather imaginative theology. Trouble is, Waring left a lot of bills, a trusting young son, and a loving wife whose agnosticism is only strengthened by the sorrows thrust upon her. What kind of God, in other words, would call away a good man leading a worthwhile and vital life? Thus Tom spends his time in Paradise trying to return to Earth in this original, comic novel. PUBLISHER: Tom Waring is in Heaven, but it sure doesn't feel like it. Before he died, he promised his wife April that if there really was an afterlife, he'd come back from the death and tell her. But Heaven isn't all angelic choruses, harps and halos -- it's more like a cross between IBM and the DMV; more graduat!
e school than Sunday School. And when his request to return to Earth is routinely denied,
Tom must risk everything -- even his immortal soul -- to keep his promise to April. [Won the "Ippy" Award for Inspirational Fiction, 1999 Independent Publishers' Association.] [This is technically not a Latter-day Saint market novel, because the book has been successfully sold in the mainstream market. It is mentioned here, however, because it is also sold in Latter-day Saint bookstores, such as Deseret Book, and because its plot places it squarely within the "spirit fiction" genre, although none of the characters are Latter-day Saints.]
Dan Yates' "Angels" Series:
Dan Yates. Angels Don't Knock! (Covenant, 1994)
Jason enters Samantha's life from the dimensions beyond and declares his undying love (pun intended) love for her. Born 30 years too early as a result of a mix-up in heaven, he must court her as an angel except Samantha is already engaged!
Just Call Me an Angel (Covenant, 1996)
A heavenly mix-up sent Jasonto earth thirty years too soon, and he was forced to court Samantha as an angel, but eventually won her heart. In the process however, Samantha had left her ex-fiance heartbroken. So, the two decide to play Cupid.
Angels to the Rescue (Covenant, 1997)
In the previous novels with Jason the angel and Samantha, Jason is forced to cross the veil to court the woman he loved and eventually won her heart. Now, Samantha's Uncle Mac tries to make her marry someone else. Can they make Uncle Mac listen?
An Angel in the Family (Covenant, 1998)
Samantha loves being an angel and developing her girls as an angel matchmaker. But her horror knows no bounds when she hears that her brother, Michael, has an eternal act with Jenice Anderson, a woman she dislikes immensely. Samantha had no idea that Michael met Jenice one summer in Paris. They fell in love and Michael asked her to marry him, but Jenice was determined not to give up her dreams of adventure. She left Michael behind nursing a broken heart, although she has never forgotten him. Michael and Jenice get a second chance, although Samantha is prepared to fight it every step of the way. Fortunately for them, Samantha has her hands full trying to convince a 300-year-old salty sea captain to "give up the ghost" and cross over to the far side of forever. Before they're done, Samantha will have more than a few surprises, Jenice will have enough adventure to last her a lifetime, and Michael will be eternally thankful to have an angel in the family.
An Angel's Christmas (Covenant, 1999)
When Samantha Hackett, angel matchmaker extraordinaire, spends her first Christmas on the far side of forever, she can't help but miss the little details that make the holiday season so special-the Christmas lights, the shopping, the mistletoe. Fortunately, her husband, Jason, knows that Samantha is happiest when she is among mortals, giving destiny a helping hand. So he has arranged a special Christmas assignment just for her. For Captain Matt Browning, Christmas has never been anything special. Raised in an orphanage and a series of foster homes, he remembers receiving only one gift-a silver plane with red wings, given to him by a stranger who came to the orphanage one Christmas Eve. Now, for the second time in his life, Matt is about to receive an unexpected Christmas present from a stranger, a present that will change his life and heal his wounded spirit.
It Takes an Angel (Covenant, 1999)
Lori hadn't meant to lie to Brad, but when her new job drew her into an exciting new world of glamour and adventure, she didn't quite know how to tell him the truth...so she never did. But she never expected him to react the way he did. Since they were in high school, Brad had loved only Lori. When he learned of her betrayal, he disappeared for more than ten years with his sister, who fled to escape an abusive husband. Now that fate has brought him back to Lori, can he ever forgive her? Once again, angel Samantha Hackett must call upon her best matchmaking skills to rescue an endangered eternal contract between Brad and Lori Douglas, and at the same time bring justice to the man who came between them. With the help of a salty old sea captain, Samantha matches wits with a powerful movie producer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Angel on Vacation (Covenant, 2000)
Samantha has been going nonstop ever since she married Jason and joined him on the far side of forever. A natural-born matchmaker, Samantha has loved her assignment to assist mortals in finding true love. Then Samantha and Jason receive a surprise anniversary trip, and they take off on a vacation that is literally "out of this world." The trouble begins back on earth as Samantha's brother, Michael, sets out to look for sunken treasure off the Florida coast. His fiance, Jenice, gets kidnapped and Michael is left for dead...
An Angel in Time (Covenant, 2000)
Howard Placard must go back in time to fulfill his destiny. Heaven help him.
He was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood--until he made a terrible mistake...
Losing all his power and wealth, Howard is exiled to a remote Caribbean island. But heaven has other plans for Howard. And with some angelic help, he travels back to the year 1885 in the old west. There he meets a remarkable young woman named Lorraine, who helps him learn the truth about his destiny.
In An Angel in Time, best-selling author Dan Yates has pulled out all the stops to give his readers some rip-roaring, old-fashioned entertainment--full of suspense, adventure, and of course, a romance to die for!
Eyes of an Angel (Covenant, 2002)
Allison Barker is a guardian angel with a thrilling new assignment on her plate. She'll be working very closely with Ivan Barker, a wealthy attorney who happens to be her still-mortal husband. Her assignment: to help Ivan solve a mystery that has haunted both his dreams and his every waking hour for over twenty-five years. Ivan's daughter had been kidnapped for a large ransom. The kidnapper managed to get the money, but never returned his daughter.
Thomas D. Eno. My Name is John: A New Testament Novel for Our Time.
About the apostle John, ministering in contemporary times.
Thomas D. Eno. The Awakening.
Sequel to My Name is John. The continuing saga of a man chosen by God. John has come to a small island in the Pacific Northwest to serve the members of a small and struggling ward. As he helps these people make sense of the tragedy that has befallen, he senses worse is to come.
Thomas D. Eno. Deep Waters. (Covenant, 2002)
A quiet stranger named John comes to Hampton Corner seeking work. Life in this small town has its share of excitement, drudgery, and trial. But no one is prepared for the terrible devastation and heartbreak that looms in the distance, cresting slowly beyond the view of watchful eyes.
In simple and unassuming ways, this man named John whose every act bespeaks power has a dramatic impact on the lives of the townspeople. People like Jeff McFarland, an inactive LDS man who loses his son and his livelihood, but is able to rediscover his faith and regain his family. And people like Mike and Linda Torres, recent converts to the Church, who desperately want a baby, thinking that it will bring the two of them closer together and heal their troubled marriage.
In this powerful new novel, Thomas Eno tells the captivating tale of a humble man of God and his remarkable influence on those with whom he comes in contact. Deep Waters is a story filled with adventure, miracles, and an inspiring message that readers will love.
[Thrillers or adventures are not typically classified as speculative fiction, but these have some fantastic elements, usually of a religious nature.]
Robert Marcum. Dominions of the Gadiantons. (Bookcraft, 1991)
Tom Clancy-like thriller featuring a Native Amerian war-hero, former bishop, one-eyed stockbroker saving the civilized world from a high-tech conspiracy.
Robert Marcum. Angel of Armageddon. (Bookcraft, 1992)
The following thriller/adventure novels fit within the scope of "popular fiction," but can not be classified as speculative fiction. This is not a complete list:
C. B. Andersen. The Book of Mormon Sleuth. (Deseret Book) - On summer vacation, twelve-year-old Brandon's aunt relates farm chores to the scriptures. A mysterious Dr. Anthony attempts to steal their rare copy of the original Book of Mormon.
Nancy Campbell Allen. No Time for Love. - Connor O'Brian's fiance is killed, FBI agents are after him, and a beautiful private investigator helps him
L. Gardner. Emeralds and Espionage. (Covenant) - On vacation, United Nations employee Allison is shot at and pursued by mysterious intruders; finds out most of the people she knows are involved in espionage.
L. Gardner. Turquoise and Terrorists. (Covenant) - Allison, a new convert to the Church, comes to New Mexico to thwart a plot by international terrorists
L. Gardner. Diamonds and Danger. (Covenant) - Two weeks after their wedding, Allison and her secret-agent husband are sucked into a mystery in San Francisco
L. Gardner. Pearls and Peril. (Covenant) - Allison and Bart find their Hawaiian honeymoon suite ransacked, and find themselves followed by a dangerous madman.
L. Gardner. Sapphires and Smugglers. (Covenant) - At the moment she's Allison goes to Sri Lanka to find her missing spy husband Bart, gets amnesia, and tangles with revolutionary Tamil Tigers
L. Gardner. Amethysts and Arson. (Covenant, 2000) - Allison and Bart must prevent an insane arsonist from bombing dozens of historical sites across the Southern U.S.
L. Gardner. Jade and Jeopardy. (Covenant, 2000) - While Bart is on a mission in Africa, Anastasia (the spy organization he and Allison work for) is attacked by assassins
Karl Goodman. Walk the Edge of Panic. (Horizon) - Latter-day Saint freelance writer, beautiful thief and an assassin join forces in Guatemala against a guerrilla army
J. Hansen. All I Hold Dear. (Covenant)
Chris Heimerdinger. A Light in the Storm. (Covenant, 2000) - man stranded in arctic
Gerald N. Lund and Roger Hendrix. Leverage Point. (Deseret Book) - Latter-day Saint Arabic professor gets encounters international politics and organized crime in Middle East
Gerald N. Lund. One in Thine Hand: A Novel Set in Modern Israel (Deseret Book) - Latter-day Saint Vietnam vet goes to Israel in 1973, right before Yom Kippur War. Meets beautiful Israeli Zionist.
Robert Marcum. White Out. (Deseret Book) - A sheriff and wealthy lawyer's daughter discover a militia's plot in Wyoming.
Robert Marcum. Death of a Tsar. (Deseret Book) - Russian journalist flees rebels planning a new Russian revolution, seeks refuge with his Latter-day Saint cousin
Robert Marcum. Orlov Legacy. (Deseret Book) - In Ukraine, criminals attack Alex's father, leaving him comatose. Alex discover's his father's secret past while searching for the assailants.
Susan Evans McCloud. Storm And Deceit. (Deseret Book)
Susan Evans McCloud. Out of the Shadows. (Deseret Book) - Romance, suspense, and intrigue as Isabel sails the Atlantic to England and a small girls' school
Rachel Ann Nunes. Love to the Highest Bidder. (Covenant) - Cassi and Jared are art buyers who meet at an auction, and encounter thugs, jewel thieves, and the FBI
Rachel Ann Nunes. Framed For Love. (Covenant) - Days before their wedding in San Diego, Cassi and Jared face an organized crime family
Rachel Ann Nunes. Love on the Run. - On Jared and Cassi's honeymoon in France, Jared's former crime boss shows up and wants them (and their ward) dead
Steve Roos. Double Jeopardy. (Deseret Book) - Idaho police sergeant of detectives
Gordon Ryan. Dangerous Legacy. (1993) - Military thriller. When a deadly mishap with a U.S. guided missile cruiser leads to international outcry, Zachariah O'Brien, a young Latter-day saint with the National Security Agency, is assigned to find out who's responsible and stop them.
Jeffrey S. Savage. Cutting Edge. (Covenant, 2001) - High-tech thriller about an LDS programmer who moves from Utah to Silicon Valley and finds murder and intrigue in the computer industry.
D. Searle. Double Image. (Deseret Book) - Investigative reporter travels from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for biggest story of his career
Jack Weyland. On the Run. (Deseret Book, 1994) - Elder Nathan Williams, on his flight returning home from his mission, becomes involved in an FBI drug investigation, and the young Sioux woman at its center.
[Mystery novels are not typically classified as speculative fiction, but they are genre fiction, and these contain some fantastic elments of a religious nature. Other mystery novels written for the Latter-day Saint market are not included here.]
G. G. Vandagriff. Of Deadly Descent. (Deseret Book)
One of Alexandra Campbell's newfound cousins has turned up dead! Alex and her colorful sidekick, Brighamina Poulsen, are Rootsearch, Inc., and they've come to England to find the legal heirs to an American meat-packing fortune accumulated by Alex's grandfather and her recently murdered father. Set in the ancient and picturesque town of Oxford, England, Of Deadly Descent is a murder mystery by G. G. Vandagriff in the classic tradition of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. Alex hasn't been able to determine her grandfather's roots, and her cousins could end up disinheriting her. Apparently someone is jealous, deadly jealous, as potential heirs turn up dead.
G. G. Vandagriff. Cankered Roots. (Deseret Book)
Sent away to Paris when she was eighteen, thirty-five year old Alexandra Campbell has been shut out of their lives ever since. A convert to the church and recently widowed, Alex desperatly wants to have an eternal family. But her parents are strangely reluctant to reveal any details about her roots or to say why they abandoned her.
With the help of a friend, the colorful Brighamina Poulson, Alex uses her genealogical research skills to unlock a family secret. Putting together the puzzle of her genealogical identity, she must face the truth about her heritage as well as her own worst fears. In doing so, she finds her way at last to understanding and forgiveness. G.G. Vandagriff has written a compelling story filled with deception, blackmail, and even murder. Enough susupense and intrigue to satisfy the most seasoned mystery fans.