New Fiction Thriller Reeks of Hedonism, Idolatry and Impending Apocalypse

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Author Greg Banks weaves a harrowing tale about a New Babel that will repeat history

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“Babylon,” a Greek adaptation of an ancient name, is believed to mean “Gateway to God.” It appears in the Hebrew Bible as “Babel” and interpreted as “confusion.” When people, because of stubbornness and pride, unite and decide to break open the gate to God, chaos and confusion will often be the bitter end. Such is the deeply intriguing backdrop upon which author Greg Banks’ harrowing story is set in his new novel, titled The Sons of God.

Banks weaves his tale around the life of Adam Martin, a small town physician involved in research with Nobel Prize winning laboratories. Upon moving into Wilford Fork, he begins to notice eerie events in this otherwise dreary town. All the town folks, including those closest to him, say the same thing: “Things have changed.”

While still baffled by the town folks’ unusual behavior after a mysteriously unsolved crime, Adam soon discovers another mystifying phenomenon during his practice in obstetrics and gynecology. Many young women come in without prenatal care; always have a Caesarian section, and the babies generally weigh more than eleven pounds. Moreover, the same strange midwife always escorts these young women.

These young unwed mothers, who never have a boyfriend or husband, will not talk openly about their pregnancy or situation. They give neither history nor direct answers. To make matters worse, an unusually high number of the babies are genetically abnormal. People believe they all come from a group of worshippers whose name has overtones of prophecy, and are historically representative of a nation, which is a hotbed of hedonism and idolatry—New Babel.

Blending romance, medical controversies, moral dilemmas and biblical reflections, The Sons of God is a rich, multi-layered novel that tackles big themes within the most engaging of narratives. As Banks creatively pieces together essential elements for a bestseller, readers are left rethinking reason and religion, reality and fiction.

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About the Author
Greg Banks, M.D. is an obstetrician and gynecologist practicing in Birmingham, Ala. He was raised in the small Southern town of Jasper, Ala. He attended Birmingham Southern College for an undergraduate degree. He trained at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He has practiced for 20 years in Birmingham. The Sons of God has been his passion outside of the practice, and is written as fiction. The facts of history can be documented, and additions have been made by the author not to represent Biblical truths. He, like many of the characters, believes in Christ and the Biblical plan for the future, which at present is left up to the speculation of men in timing and sequence.

The Sons of God * by Greg Banks M.D.
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
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