The Story of Adam & Eve’s First Born Before the Fall---Perfect and Immortal! This novel follows his journey through the centuries.
Alone in Eden is a novel about Adam and Eve’s first born son before the Fall in the Garden of Eden; follow his journey through this first person account of the tragedy of evil and suffering in the wake of original sin and its ultimate consequences. It is an introspective study of good and evil, what could have been and what could still be. Pastore floods the reader’s mind with startling images of the beauty that was and the hopeless void that lingers threatening to happen. In addition to its profound mystical content, it is a treasury of unforgettable imagery. See Adam and Even, Cain and Abel – even Noah – as you have never seen them before. Pastore’s vivid accounts are almost three dimensional – uniquely described. Be brought on a journey…a journey of fear and joy; a journey of love and hope.
What the Human Race was Destined to Become
A remarkable tale of God's love and purpose for us all. A truly fascinating fictional work filled with Truth. Rarely will one find a book having such an abundance of beautiful and precise word pictures. Sure to stimulate controversy and discussion as many unanswered questions are resolved in an imaginative and exciting narrative.
A stunning and visually thrilling work that exercises both your intellect and imagination – and ultimately, your spirit
...Eden is one of those books that no thinking person can put down and no fool can countenance. --New York Magazine
Alone in Eden is a great adventure story made believable by the attention to details. The story begins in the beautifully serene Garden of Eden. A son of Adam and Eve named the 'traveler" and his dog Zas journey through generations of time. The pair witnesses the banishment of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The traveler and his dog travel through wars and famine due to the horrific murder of Abel, by his brother Cain. An angel appears and speaks to the traveler. The angel warns of the future effects on the world many generations ahead, all starting with Cain's choice to follow evil. The story goes on with the traveler learning what good and evil does to man. The Faith of the traveler is tested throughout his journeys. Angels appear throughout the book. The angels help him understand the ways of human nature. I liked the smooth flow of the writing. I felt as if I was walking along with the traveler and his dog. I could clearly imagine the sights and sounds. I could feel the texture of the animals. Even when a storm was being described, I could hear the thunder. The best part of the book was the writing style of author, Stephen R. Pastore. The way many Bible stories were woven in was flawless. There are glimpses of many people from the Bible. The story includes the giants and angels that are found in the Bible. I recommend this book for young teens and adults. Although fictional, this book is a great help in understanding the Bible story of Cain and Abel. The ending is a must read. I will be looking forward to more books written by Stephen R. Pastore. --Reader Views
Alone in Eden speculates on the life of a man known simply as the Traveler - Adam and Eve's first son. Pastore starts with the idea that Adam and Eve had a son before the Fall. And this makes sense. After all, there was the command to "be fruitful and multiply," (Genesis 1:22, to be precise). Why should we think that they didn't do that before Eve decided to eat some forbidden fruit? And really, the only argument that can be made scripturally against this notion is the argument from silence there's no mention of a son before Cain and Abel. But there's an indication, however slight, that Eve knew something about childbirth before the Fall. God's curse to her doesn't say that childbirth will hurt; it says the pain in childbirth will be increased. So it is possible that Eve knew what childbirth was like before the fall. Of course, such speculation is interesting philosophically and theologically - was Adam and Eve's original sin shared by the son/daughter who was already there? If not, is there a race of "perfect men" that are descended from that offspring? AND is that offspring still alive today, having not been cursed with death? But does it work as fiction? Absolutely. The book is a fascinating look at mankind through the eyes of someone who did not sin - in fact, who seems to not have the capacity to sin. Theologically, I did have some disagreements with the book. I thought it ironic that the Traveler disobeys his father Adam very early in the book, but that is not considered a sin, while Adam and Eve's disobedience is sin. Pastore has a unique viewpoint of the stories in Genesis, one that Christians of most stripes will not necessarily share. I was at once relieved and disappointed that Pastore didn't choose to include any interaction with Christ in the book though, from a classic Christian perspective, the Traveler must be Christ the only sinless man. And the book concludes with a slight teaser, as if there may be more in the offering - "I have much to do." The only real, major drawback to this book is the cover art. While those who are less prudish than I am may have no problem with the image of a nude, bound man, I found myself unable to take this one out in public. That aside, it's an outstanding bo --Scribes World
One of those rare masterpieces of spritual fiction that enlightens rather than divides. ..Pastore has a voice that few can equal. --Publishers Weekly
Excerpt from Alone in Eden
There was a full moon that night and the dew had settled on the fields early. Everything was bathed in the wan light of the moon and the shadows cast by its bright but somber disk were black as pitch.The cry of the night hawk could be heard distant to the south, many fields distant, but it was clear and true as if perched upon our roof.I could hear the rustle of bedclothes and the soft fall of embers in the fire pit as the wood crumbled in red and gold chunks on its path to ash.All within were fast asleep.I stared up through the window at the moon and admired its time-worn face, thinking that it was like the soul of the earth, pitted and scarred by the sins of man, but everlastingly shining through, even in the cold and pitiless darkness ofempty space.As I stared in half sleep, the moon’s face began to take on another form and in moments had transformed into the visage of the angel Uriel, bright, handsome and serious.
“First born of Adam,” he said deep within my brain.“It is I, Uriel, messenger of God.”
“I am here,” I replied.
“This must I tell you, of your father Adam, of your mother, Eve and of your brother Cain,” he said as the night air shifted and sighed causing the door to creak on its hinges at the mention of Cain’s name.
“I am here, fair messenger.Tell me what you will,” I said.
“Word of Cain’s innumerable transgressions made their way to Adam and in a dream he saw what Cain had wrought, of the violence, the pillage and the million sins that Cain has loosed upon the earth.‘Woman,’ your father said to your mother, weak and infirm with age. ‘I must go to him.’
‘Please, dearest husband,’ she replied.‘Leave me not.I fear for thee.Cain is beyond our reach and though he is the product of my wretched body and our son, I dread him, for he is minion of he that tempted me and seduced me and…’
‘Silence, poor woman,’ said Adam.‘I am father to he that sits in the great palace at Middia.He is flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone and I need to speak to him that he might repent of his ways.’
So saying and without another word between them, Adam left Nod and sojourned to Middia that he might yet speak to Cain and bring about his repentance.
When he arrived at Middia, there did he see sin rampant and the people therein perverse and wicked beyond description.In his heart he knew that Cain was the fountainhead for all he saw there, corrupt and wicked, as the green liquid of the belladonna flows and kills all it touches, though it, too, be a creation of God Himself.Adam dressed himself as a beggar, knowing full well that such a pathetic creature would be of great sport to those within the palace and thereby would he gain entry.So did he don beggar’s clothes, rags that he found in the gutter and at the door of the carnal house, rank and putrid.Thus had the favorite of God, brought low by sin, sunk to such depths undreamed of.But still within those drab and filthy garments was a great heart, full of purpose, whose beat was started by the finger of God.
At the great gate of the palace Adam stood before the guards.
‘Alms,’ said Adam to the guards, ‘alms for the sick and poor.’ There, the guards derided and spat upon him until the captain of the guard, puffed up with arrogance and false pride, heard the clamor and saw the guards beating and reviling the beggar.
‘Bring him to the great hall,’ said the captain, ‘that our lord may amuse his guests with him.’
Grabbing him bodily, one guard on each of Adam’s arms, faces turned from him in disgust, they dragged him to the great hall, Adam feigning resistance the whole way and acting limp and weak within their grasp.Finally, was he brought to the hall and held at its massive door.One guard went in and soon came back with word that his lord had granted permission for the beggar to be brought in.
The door was pulled opened by two guards stationed within.The light was swirling and bright.Many fires and torches were lighted in the great hall.The walls were of marble, green and streaked with black and gold, shined and polished that one could see reflected therein all in the room magnified and legion.Tall statues of sandstone stood about at even intervals, images of hideous and false gods, some with the heads of animals, others with multiple heads and arms, still others with fire pits where their stomachs should be, filled with deeply hot coals as if their spirits emanated the heat of perdition.There were six such statues on each wall, left and right in the great hall, each as tall as the ceiling, the height of ten men.The largest idol was positioned at the center of the far wall with a large broad set of stairs leading up to it, surrounded by malachite and obsidian columns.The hideous idol had the body of a large and muscular man, chest puffed out and full of overweening pride. Upon its shoulders was the head of a hooded serpent, eyes glowing yellow from a source unknown.The idol’s hands were held before its body, cupped and holding a fire which blazed small but fierce, smoke thick and dark rising twistedly through the stifling air of the great hall through a hole cut in the ceiling where its oily film had darkened the perimeter thereof and where the smoke filled the air of Middia with its hateful odor.
In front of this idol, enthroned in regal garb made of gold and silver and platinum and all the precious metals and jewels of the earth, ripped from its bosom and employed thus to regale the tainted body of its wearer in false glory, reclined Cain.In front of him was the seared carcass of a pig, hacked at and pulled apart, as a meal for he that sat upon this accursed throne.All about were the rich and wicked citizens of Middia, men and women lounging about in finery, yet debauched and partaking of unspeakable acts.Naked slaves there were who waited upon the host therein and brought them food and drink in such abundance that the tables overflowed and covered the floor.Great animals such as tigers and lions, apes and parrots were fettered here and there and they partook also of the meat thrown at them, snarling and growling in unadulterated rage and ferocity.Such was the perversion of God’s holy creation in here, this hall of sin.
Your father, Adam, was appalled as he looked about.Not in his worst nightmares had he imagined how far his seed had fallen and into to what depths of depravity and darkness did it now dwell.Yet, he was filled with resolve, thinking in his heart of hearts that no man, no matter how far from the sight of God he might be, was beyond redemption.
‘Bring him here in front of me,’ said Cain, ‘that I might view this putrid beggar who thinks himself worthy of our charity.’
All in the hall laughed and jeered at your poor father and some in the throng hurled pieces of bone and offal at him, all the while the laughter growing louder.The guards brought Adam before Cain and Cain raised his hand and silence fell upon the multitude.
‘So, stinking beggar, let me hear you beg that I might bestow upon you a scrap from my table, that all might know my good and generous nature.’
Again the hall filled with the sound of laughter and mockery.
‘Silence!’ shouted Cain, and within all fell silent in dread of his displeasure.‘Let him speak. Perhaps he is wiser than many here and may replace one of you as my counsel.’
All were silent, knowing full well that their fates were at the beck and call of he that sat upon the tainted throne.
Adam who kept his eyes down at the floor and had his head covered in a cowl slowly raised his eyes and met those of Cain.Cain, seeing the eyes of his father whom he had not seen since that fateful night in Nod, looked back in disbelief and shame seeped into his spirit.
‘Clear the hall!’ commanded Cain. ‘Now.’
In silence and blind obedience did the throng get up and remove themselves, Cain’s guards pushing and shoving them as one might herd goats out of their pen and into an open field.
Soon the hall was empty of all save Adam and Cain, the massive portals barred and locked, the only sound that of the fires hissing and crackling as they cast their writhing shadows upon the walls.
‘Father?’ asked Cain, ‘what is it you want of me?’ his tone soft and beguiling.
‘My poor son, thou hast fallen so far,’ said Adam full of pity and remorse.He removed his beggar’s garments and stood naked before Cain.Though aged and withered with time, still was Adam the fairest of men, each line of his face and body still bore the hand of He that molded him from the clay of the earth.
‘Then father, you are still the fool!’ shouted Cain, rising from his throne and striding to Adam.‘All this I own,’ he said waving his arm about.‘All this and all about from the Great Salt Sea to the mountains of Gabinia.I am lord of all I survey and kneel to no one, man or god.’
‘I know what you have, my son, but do you know what you have lost?’
‘Lost? Nothing, old fool.All the earth shall be mine and all the inhabitants thereon shall know me as their father, for from my loins generations have sprung and shall thrive and multiply through all time.’
‘And God?Hast thou forsaken Him?’
‘I detest God, old fool!It is He who has made me thus and filled me with wrath and marked me thus,’ he said pointing to the black scar on his face.‘God be cursed!’
With this he leapt upon Adam, your poor father and his as well, and taking him by the throat did strangle him.
Struggling for breath and looking Cain in the face, Adam said, ‘Yet you can be forgiven if only…’
Cain squeezed all the harder that he might not heed Adam’s words, his eyes growing fierce and yellow as the serpent’s.
‘Cursed old fool,’ shouted Cain, his voice echoing throughout the empty hall, so loud the grit and mortar of the ceiling began to drop in dusty heaps upon the gaudy finery below.Adam’s life began to drain from within him, his very soul bleeding with the realization of how great his sin had fallen upon the shoulders of the earth and made its head bow from the sheer and massive weight of it.
‘From me thou hast come into the world and by me thou shall die,’ cried Adam into Cain’s face and taking from Cain’s belt a golden dagger, stabbed Cain in the side, the point of the dagger penetrating Cain’s heart.Black blood oozed from the wound and Cain’s grasp loosened from his father’s neck.
‘Father, thou hast slain me,’ said Cain calmly and weakly, his life ebbing. ‘God has forbade this.’
‘This I know my son, my son,’ said Adam, tears rolling down his face as he cradled Cain on the floor of that terrible palace. ‘You are the seed of my sin and though you be wicked and cruel beyond measure, yet I love you, for these arms which hold you now, held you when you were born and cradled you in the night when you were afraid.It was my face you looked upon when you were afraid of the dark, this face that made you feel safe.These lips which speak to you now as your killer, kissed you a thousand times when you were young and still full of hope and love.This must I do, though in so doing I must die:in taking your life, I take back some small part of my transgression, but know, my son, that I love thee.’
With these words did Cain fall limp and lifeless in the arms of his father…and yours.
‘God!’ shouted Adam looking up at heaven, ‘forgive me, for I have disobeyed thee again. Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.’Adam, saying this, fell upon the prostrate body of Cain; life fled from him as a great eagle soaring up into the sky from its aerie, his arms still entwined around the lifeless corpse of Cain.
God in sorrow so great that it could not be measured by man or angel, sent Michael the Archangel to carry Adam’s body from that dreadful place, lest the wicked Middites defile it.
Three days passed before the Middites summoned the courage to enter the great hall.There did they find the body of Cain, alone, and they tore it to pieces rending flesh and garments as vultures upon carrion.Each lieutenant of their evil king fought bitterly over the empire of the Middites and for seven turns of the sun did they kill each other in dire conflict.Finally, each took a portion of the whole as jackals over a carcass and went their separate ways, cunning and calculating how they might in the future gain more for themselves through war and guile.
As bidden by God, Michael posthaste brought the lifeless body of Adam to Eve in Nod, flying high above the clouds that none would see.Alighting in Nod, Michael spoke to her in gentle tones, all her sorrow did he drain from her and take upon himself.In her did he see the mother of man and even Michael, God’s greatest warrior, felt the depth of her pain and misery and said unto her, ‘Eve, though thou hast disobeyed God, within your first-born son, now your only son, does hope reside.Take peace in this, that he shall be as the brightest star in the firmament and shall be the source of eternal hope to all mankind.’