September 10, 1993. That was a very special day for sci-fi and conspiracy theorists everywhere. It was the day that the Fox TV sensation The X-Files aired for the very first time. The show, tapping into our culture’s burgeoning mistrust of government and an increasing interest in the UFO phenomenon, became what is known as the “defining series of its era” (Wikipedia.com). But Kent, you might be saying, this blog is about books and authors. Not TV. What’s the deal? Well, I’m getting to that…but first let me say, that I, along with my entire family, became huge fans of this show. My mind whirled with the possibilities. Like many people, I was fascinated with the prospect of alien life visiting us from afar…possibly researching us…observing us. What was their intentions? What did they want?
Of course, it took a little while for the real question to enter into this Christian’s mind–how can a believer in Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible believe in such things? What would the existence of such creatures do to orthodox theology? How could I reconcile doctrine with countless eye-witness testimony (including my own) towards these strange phenomena? Thankfully, in the midst of the popularity of The X-Files, I was introduced to a novel that truly gave me a fantastic explanation for these things…not to mention, just a fun, exciting read. Whether you agree with L.A. Marzulli’s theories or not, there’s no denying that he has spun a fantastic yarn in his Nephilim Series.
The trilogy, starting with the book entitled simply “Nephilim” weaved a story that would have made X-Files creator Chris Carter…ahem…green as the little guys he liked to write about. Here’s the synopsis:
Two years ago, Art “Mac” Mackenzie was a respected newspaper journalist with a wonderful family and a great future. Now he lives by himself, eking out an existence as a freelance writer. His faith in God, humanity, and virtually everything else is gone. What’s left is a pile of bills and the ache of his eldest son’s death. Enter a woman in a psychiatric ward, with an off-the-wall story of how aliens abducted her, created a baby within her, and later stole it. From her seemingly twisted account springs the potential media story of the century . . . and more trouble than Mac has ever imagined. In this engrossing page-turner, Mac follows his story to Israel, where he comes across the remains of one of the nephilim: an ancient biblical giant, sired by demons and born of human women. Mac’s encounter is just the tip of a terrifying supernatural iceberg — for the nephilim are back on earth. And Mac has stumbled onto their secret. Nephilim winds from the Holy Land to the Nevada desert, through mind-numbing dangers and choices that will affect the future of the human race. Just one hope stands between Mac and destruction: the power of the risen Messiah. But can it save Mac and his children from the evil spiritual forces that spawned the nephilim? Or fulfill his agonizing quest for meaning and purpose in life?
Sounds intriguing, right? I thought so. And Mr. Marzulli followed this fantastic book up with two more: The Unholy Deception and The Revealing, which carries on the story of Mac as he uncovers an ancient conspiracy that goes far beyond politics or national interest.
But throughout the whole series, he poses a very important point. The UFO phenomenon is well-documented. The evidence is overwhelming. Something is happening around us in a global scale. But what exactly is it? What exactly is happening? Are these beings truly from another world or from somewhere else? L.A. Marzulli explores all these things and more.
But he hasn’t stopped with just fiction. He’s also written several non-fiction titles centered around the same strange occurrences, as well as a regular blog that can be found on the link at the end of this post.
Recently, I had a chance to ask Mr. Marzulli some questions about his writing, his beliefs, and his own research into the supernatural. Here’s what he had to say:
2. The crux of your writing seems to be focused on UFOs and similar phenomenon. Are you currently involved in UFO research? If so, what role are you playing and how do you see God using this in ministry?
3. Besides the Nephilim trilogy, what else have your written? What are some things readers can be looking forward to in the future from you? Where can they find your blogs and other non-fiction writing?
4. Between UFO research and ghost hunting, people today seem preoccupied with the unknown…what do you believe is the draw for so many people to these things?
5. Besides UFO research, prophecy, writing, etc., how do you occupy the majority of your free time? What are your interests? Hobbies?
6. If you had only one chance to say something very important to your readers, what would it be?