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In the Beginning (Mars Origin "I" Series Book 1) by [Vandiver, Abby L]
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An Amazon #1 Bestseller. Book I of the Mars Origin "I" Series



Man only uses ten percent of his brain. What if he had the ability to use the other ninety percent?
What if he already has?
Perhaps the history you've been taught wasn't the truth.


A fifty year old journal.
2,000 year old manuscripts hidden with the Dead Sea Scrolls . . .
The answer to Earth's ancient mysteries revealed.


In 1949, Dr. Amos Sabir is assigned to translate four manuscripts that were found in Cave #4 at Qumran. Dr. Samuel Yeoman, Editor-in-Chief is tasked with presenting the information contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls to the world. Neither is prepared to share what they find. Even if it means they have to lie or kill to keep it secret.

History repeats itself. Unfortunately for mankind, arrogance and greed are a part of human nature. And that same human nature that almost drove mankind to extinction thousands of years ago, is rearing its ugly head - again.

In 1997 Justin Dickerson, Biblical Archaeologist, and self-proclaimed re-creator of history, is finding little purpose to her existence as of late. She jumps at the invitation to attend the 50th Jubilee of the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls to help with the remaining needed translations. Instead, a chance discovery of a journal of one of the original translators of the famed manuscripts sets her off on a path that will unravel the foundation of mankind’s belief of his origins forever. Obsessed with the possibility that history has purposely been destroyed, she is soon faced with the shocking discovery of what really happened In the Beginning . . .

Not fast paced or action packed, In the Beginning is a thought-provoking story that'll make you wonder if it could really be true.




Other Books in the Mars Origin "I" Series
Irrefutable Proof Book II
Incarnate Book III
Fact Mixed with Fiction Companion Book
Mars Origin "I" Series Boxed Set

About the Author

Through her various occupations, Ms. Vandiver discovered her love of writing. She'd always been told she had a gift for telling stories, combining the two, she became an author. Nowadays, when she isn't writing, Shondra likes to spend time with her grandchildren. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1353 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Media Web Publishing, Inc; First edition (Dec 16 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPOF6IE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Brenda TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 4 2015
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Abby L. Vandiver's In The Beginning is a compelling story that swept me away into a thoughtful narrative, filled with interesting what ifs and possibilities that had my mind swirling. Very compelling, this read as non-fiction. I mean, anything is possible?

There is a mysterious undertone to this story that kept me searching, curious and at the same time, a bit nervous. Not sure what would come next. This is an intriguing read, one that kept me interested in the unknown that I hoped would be uncovered.

By the end, there may be things revealed to you that will have you scratching your head. Is this indeed fiction? You might have to come to your own conclusion. Suspenseful, smart and unpredictable, In The Beginning pulls it off. Not only is it thought provoking but is full of humanity and depth.

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He promised the release of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The world was eagerly awaiting a look at what had been found in the caves at Qumran. And they had waited long enough. Now, he would have to stall for more time until he could take care of this. There was no way anyone could know what these manuscripts revealed.
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By Thomas Baker TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 18 2014
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"In the Beginning", by Abby L. Vandiver, is a book I enjoyed reading. The plot is well thought out and it flows at a nice pace. The protagonist, Justin Dickerson, is an archeologist suffering from a case of manic depression. I agree in general with the other reviewers who have stated: "Walking through her life like a lost soul, she survives with the support of her family and her work. Until she stumbles upon an ancient secret that captures her imagination and sends her on a quest to translate ancient documents buried with the Dead Sea Scrolls..." Yes, this is a quest, as much internal as external.

I read this story actively, with the thought uppermost in my mind about the possible uses and misuses of the documents explaining the origins of civilization and some of the great mysteries of the world. In my hands, I'd like to think everything would work out in the best possible way, but again, real life might lead me astray. Anyway, as you can see, I was engaged, fully absorbed by the story. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes to actively ask themselves the question: "What if?" What if everything hinged upon my actions? A very interesting and engaging read which I found overall very enjoyable.

Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of "I Live In Chile"
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Justin Dickerson is a Biblical Archaeologist who discovers that some of the 2,000 year-old scrolls discovered along with the Dead Sea Scrolls have may have been repressed. She sets out to find the truth.

In the Beginning’s basic plot line sounds like a typical Biblical historical novel. Trust me. It’s not. The secret that Justin finds in the scrolls is definitely unique. It certainly not where I thought the book was going to go, so it gets high marks for a distinctive story-line.

I had a very difficult time connecting with the main character Justin Dickerson. It wasn’t because she was depressed. I could handle that. I’ve suffered with depression too, but she was crying and in such an emotional upheaval so much of the time and feeling and talking about thinking that she was going crazy so much. I truly think she needed to get some professional help. She was so obsessed with the manuscripts that she wanted to go work on them before even seeing her children who she’d been separated from for some time. I found that hard to fathom.

Parts of the book moved along at a good pace. These parts were easy to read and were interesting. Other parts of the book lagged. I’m sure these were included to try to help build the characters but having Justin and her siblings threaten each other with “going and telling Mommy you won’t help me” just wasn’t all that engaging.

My biggest issue with In the Beginning was the poor grammar and editing. As an archaeologist, Justin would have had enough education to know that the phrase “me and Claire” is inappropriate grammar. The other grammar, editing and proofreading errors should have been caught by the editors before the book was put on the market. The mistakes very much detracted from the enjoyment of the book.
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Justin Dickerson is a Bible Archeologist searching for the truth about a manuscript that was originally located with the Dead Sea Scrolls, but that may have been destroyed—a translation survives. It may hold the answer to what truly happened, “In the Beginning.”

She (yes, she has a male name) is a strong Creationist in her belief and has found that her research has always backed that up … but what secrets does this mysterious manuscript hold? Why did someone try to destroy it? Will it turn the Judeo-Christian world on its ear?

Author Abby Vandiver has written a novel laden with facts, fiction, fantasy and humour. Along with the serious nature of her protagonist’s work and the story line, there is the interaction with her rather dysfunctional, although very loving family. It is at once scholarly and playful. A woman with a chip on her shoulder, Justin takes us through her own, very human trials as her character is developed. A large part of the story involves her familial relationships.

Vandiver’s descriptions of place and character are strong and the feelings experienced by her characters are believable. The tale is related from the first person perspective and some of the narrative is conversational; feeling like one is sitting at the table listening to Justin tell the story. We get to join with her experiences from the mundane to the exciting; from boring to thrilling. The story moves between 1949 and 1997 and beyond so take the time to read the date information at the beginning of some of the chapters to ensure you are aware of what time frame it is from.

The reader becomes occupied in Justin’s daily life, and then is suddenly transported to new, exhilarating disclosures regarding the transcript and its meaning.
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