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The Garden by Paul T Harry – Excerpt/Review

    BLURB:   Nearly every religion and society in the world today begins with the story of Adam and Eve. And yet, this most basic story is couched in mysticism, myth, and vague detail. Did such a couple really exist? Were they the first man and woman on our planet, or is there more to the story?     For two hundred thousand years the Neanderthal race ruled Earth, then mysteriously, 40,000 years ago they disappeared forever leaving behind a new race of people — the Cro-Magnon.  Why?  What happened back then that changed our history forever?     The Garden of Eden — a perfect home built and designed for two people until the serpent arrived. Who was the serpent? And what was he doing there in the first place? Is there a chance that the serpent is actually a reference to some hidden sexual transgression?   Imagine traveling billions of light years across space to settle an unknown world populated by primitive barbarians. Imagine being alone, just you and your spouse, the two of you in charge of an entire world with only your faith and your mission to guide you — and, of course, the devil waiting for that fatal mistake.



Adam and Eve rose and walked toward the edge of the meadow and a pile of granite rocks that jutted abruptly out of the ground where the grass ended. Though covered with a dusting of snow, the boulders afforded them a sturdy foothold and it was relatively easy to climb to the mountain’s vertex. As they climbed, the two could tell that the mountain was quite high, perhaps eight or nine thousand metrons. As they neared the apex, the two caught glimpses of the ocean that lay twenty hexons or more in the distance—the water was a pristine, a sparkling blue, but that was nothing compared to what came next. At the very pinnacle of the peak, Adam and Eve had their breath stolen away. For there, lying below to their bird’s eye view was one of the most beautiful and picturesque sights that they had ever seen on the Terran planet—a huge peninsula of magnificence and majesty jutting into the blue ocean waters. Adam and Eve gazed upon the long, slender land mass that protruded into the sea for a good fifty to sixty hexons. The actual length was difficult to judge because the land mass became obscured in the distance. Its width was also hard to ascertain for its shape was erratic, but the range appeared to be between twenty hexons at its narrowest point and forty hexons at its widest. The peninsula also contained a small mountain range with snow-capped peaks and there was a large river angling the length of the cape. The river appeared swift in its movement, dividing the finger of land in half before finally emptying out into the sea somewhere at the peninsula’s end. Transfixed by the beauty of the rugged terrain, Adam and Eve gazed upon the picturesque scene that now held a mystery all its own. For at the base of the mountain upon which they stood, the couple could see where the peninsula merged with the mainland. And there, curiously enough, were two straight lines running parallel to each other—lines that ran the entire width of the peninsula, forming a barrier or dual wall. Did this wall protect the peninsula in some way? That was Adam’s immediate thought—for on the mainland side he could see animals grazing and wilderness. But on the peninsula side there were checkerboard patches of cultivated land, and a network of thin, web-like trails, and dwellings. Was that a village partially hidden by the trees? Suddenly Eve noticed something. “Is that a pyramid?” she queried, pointing to a dark colored mass, it form nestled against the base of the mountains. “I think so,” said Adam. “How?” remarked Eve. “What is this place?” “This is Eden,” replied Lanna, proudly, his form rising up and behind them. “This will be your home on Terran. It is being prepared for you and your future off spring. It is a garden retreat on which Plon and Janno have been working on for almost seventy-five years. They are building it in anticipation of your arrival.”



This was an interesting take on Adam and Eve.  Throw out everything that you have heard or read.   This retelling is spellbinding, provocative and compelling.  Mr. Harry has managed to make Adam and Eve real characters.

Let me explain:  I could identify with them in a way that I never have before.  They have flaws just like us and it was interesting how he wrote them.  Plus, connecting with characters is essential with me as a reviewer.  In the original telling of creation, we really don’t learn too much about them but Mr. Harry has expanded on what makes them tick, so to speak.  What are their goals, motivation and more importantly, their thoughts.

Keep in mind there are a lot of characters to keep up with but in the end, it was actually easy to keep up.  Okay, maybe a character key would have been nice in the beginning but then most readers would have gotten lazy and skipped over parts of the book.   I’m glad that Mr. Harry didn’t do this.  It kept me turning the pages to find out the rest of the story.

I would recommend this story to anyone and everyone.  It will not mess with what you were taught in church or by other means.  Its just a re-telling of a story between and a man and a woman.  Only its richer in content and why more interesting.  🙂



Paul T. Harry attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas as an English major with a theater arts minor before beginning his career as a writer and music producer. He also worked as an editor with Second Avenue Songwriter’s magazine and has spent the last 30 years writing novels, screenplays and short stories. Paul is married with four children and resides in Gold Canyon, outside Phoenix.


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3 thoughts on “The Garden by Paul T Harry – Excerpt/Review

  1. Thanks for having me by today. I appreciate it and your review. I hope your readers will take a chance with a new twist on an old story.

    Paul Harry

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