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rank 107
word count 52468
date submitted 10.12.2011
date updated 14.03.2014
genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Christian
classification: universal

Not unto Death but unto Life

Andrey Yagin

Pastor Alexey Zimin and his Ministry in an ex-Soviet town are the target of terrorist attacks. Who is behind this evil?


Pastor Alexey Zimin lives in an ex-Soviet seaside town of Yuzhnogorsk. He has a great family, a dynamic ministry and loving friends. Everything good in his life is only beginning to happen when serious testings come: a death threat, a murder of a close friend and intimidation. As the area where he lives is on the verge of a revival international assassins begin to terrorize the local population including a growing Moslem minority. They appear to be connected to coup d’etats in Africa and transnational oil corporations. Why Alexey is the target of the enemy’s attacks and who is behind that evil?
Learn for yourselves how this story ends.
All the characters and the plot of this book are fictitious; however, almost all the events described here really took place in various areas of the former Soviet Union and the world.

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Aminul Ruhul Islam wrote 101 days ago

Not unto Death but unto Life:

Short pitch: Can it be more eye-catching? I don't think so. Long pitch: Enough information to make the reader more interested.

The first paragraph of the first chapter, scene setting, is overwhelmingly excellent. For me it was intoxicating. It is a great book; written by a master narrator. Readers will love it. I recommend this book to others. 6 stars for this book, W/Led it.

Aminul Ruhul Islam
(Agent of Allah)

E. M. Rideout wrote 144 days ago

CLF2 comment
I'm back. Still enthralled with the story. There are typos, but I have been too engrossed in the story to make notes of them. There is one glaring error, though. In Chapter 8, paragraph 8, first line. You wrote it is detrimental to powerfully pray. Detrimental is not what you meant. Essential?
E.M. Rideout, The Rejected Grail

E. M. Rideout wrote 145 days ago

CLF2 comment
I just finished chapter 8. The story won't let me go. It is told with a sense of urgency that keeps my attention. I noticed a number of typos scattered throughout, and some of the paragraphs have run together.
E.M. Rideout
The Rejected Grail

E. M. Rideout wrote 146 days ago

CLF2 comment
I have only made it to chapter 2 so far. The story line is like a 21st Century reenactment of the Book of Acts. It's an awakening to the fact that as our Heavenly Father is powerful and immortal, so is our spiritual enemy.
E.M. Rideout
The Rejected Grail

marylove77 wrote 176 days ago

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Tina Webb wrote 192 days ago

I'm in Chapter 7 and I have a few comments. Chapter 4 was a bit challenging to read. You give a fair amount of background...maybe it can be presented in the mode of stream of consciousness for Alexey or condensed somewhat.

The only other challenge I'm having is point of view. I'd like to read the whole book from only Alexey's point of view versus having a narrator. Although you are always in the 3rd person, it seems at times that we step farther away and peer in to Alexey's world, versus have times where through dialogue we witness first-hand Alexey's world.

For example, the paragraph beginning "Fifteen minutes later..." I'd love to read in detail the entire dialogue between Alexey and Igor and be able to envision that scene in detail.

Overall I think this novel has a lot of promise, but perhaps the strategy for conveying the message and the story needs to be evaluated a bit.

A lot of readers like novels that delve into a portrayal of spiritual activity in the midst of natural situations. I think this is the biggest draw for today's audience.

Tina Webb wrote 196 days ago

I'm now on chapter three. Your book description is great and caught my attention. From what I can tell right now, this book has great potential. It will be an easy read for those familiar with spiritual warfare and an intriguing read for those that enjoy spiritual "encounters". Chapter 1 is a good introduction and I understand the decision to use Chapter 2 to give some background to Alexey. I must admit, I ended up skimming a lot of Chapter 2. It may have been the length or the placement of this background. I think I would have preferred to get into the plot for at least another chapter first. Another idea would be to introduce us to Alexey via his background first and then flow into the present day. Overall, more dialogue would really dramatize the narration and help the reader be captivated by the story even more. Despite my comment, I am definitely going to keep reading!

Christine May wrote 255 days ago

I don't know why it has taken me so long to get back to your book, but I am glad I have. we need that kind of reminder of what we are against.

Shiloh Yazdani wrote 394 days ago

This is one of the best books I've read on here so far. It is deep, poignant, anointed and blessed! I am thankful you wrote it! High stars and I hope a high ranking for you!
"Courage Through Faith"

ninny wrote 396 days ago

Along with that feeling, came another feeling. It was a feeling....

The repetition of words is repeated...

modelprophoto wrote 399 days ago

The man was paralyzed with fear, and he froze and couldn't move.

Do you want some help editing?

Dr. Surya Kumar Daimari wrote 507 days ago

For Andrey Yagin,
“Not unto Death but unto Life” is one among the finest of Christian Historical Fictions, because, it reads original and is found to be spiritually profitable—a great spiritual breakthrough. As I read it through, I had had a feel that the characters in it are all true and living historical persons. Since the story has been written behind the true historical events and back grounds, the book retains its originality and authenticity, hence popularity. The main characters in the story are heroes of faith like heroes in the Bible and are tested through fires of trials and hardships during a time of warfare and conflicts, evils and temptations. Pastor Alexey is the main hero of the whole story who comes victorious at the end along with other heroes of faith in the church. The city of Yuzhnogorsk reminds me of the city of Smyrna in the book of Revelation in the Bible. The church at Smyrna had a very hard times for they had to undergo a severe persecution at the hands of the Jewish and heathen persecutors. It was exceptionally very difficult for a Christian to live a godly life in Smyrna, so is the church at Yuzhnogorsk. Yet , like the church at Smyrna, the church at Yuzhnogorsk receives our glowing commendation (as Christ did) for their suffering for Christ’s sake, for their testimony and remaining faithful unto the end despite tribulation. It’s a great lesson and encouragement as well for the up coming Christian churches.
The simple style of writing in short sentences yet with high literary quality is highly commendable. The only suggestion I can make is at the end of the book. The new addition of a book in the continuing chapters is rather confusing. It may be suggested that the new book be uploaded completely a new.
The Names of the Believers…..

Keegan Hutton wrote 516 days ago

Wow, I only read a little of this so far but the way you describe things and how the story begins is really good. I'm definetely going to read more of this later when I have time. :)

God Bless,
Keegan Hutton

InquireTheOrigin wrote 518 days ago

Not unto Death but unto Life
Andrey Yagin

The Ex-Soviet of seaside Yuzhnogorsk.

I always find fiction's like these to be very emotional. The fact that it has such much power in speech and religion, what a beautiful blend my dear. I really do enjoy the story. There's a message to be told and it is shown very honorably within your pages. I've seem to taken the time to read all of your chapters (as promised) and I wouldn't have had it any other way, this is really a good read. You have a knack for keeping your readers where you want them and the flow of your story to move in a fluid type way.

I wish you all the luck with your story,

With Love & Best Of Wishes
A.D. Reid

doriherndon wrote 522 days ago

I agree with the commenter who said there should be more active voices. Like instead of "sound could be heard" Try, "They could hear the TV." Furthermore, the paragraphs need to be broken up a lot. Usually there's just one person speaking per paragraph. I got to a paragraph in chapter two that even had different view points in the same paragraph.
My other issue is that it seems God name was used in vain in this paragraph. Maybe the character was saying a prayer when Lena said, "Oh my God, what's wrong with you?" However, that really sounds more like a sentence where God's name is being used as a meaningless expression. Unless somebody is talking to or about God, they are misusing His name.

Michelle Richardson wrote 525 days ago

Hi Andrey, I really loved this so far. Great opening and so nice to see the precious name of Jesus within your work. Best of luck

authordonna wrote 526 days ago

I am enjoying reading this story. I would suggest you try to use more active verbs. For example: instead of using 'was' try to find something that involves action. Your first paragraph could be a good example. 'It was like the good old times. A man and his wife were sitting drinking tea.' This could become--'He reminisced about the good old times and he and his wife sipped at their tea.' One states information while the other paints a mental picture. It just colours your story a bit more. A lot of great detail and an interesting plot developing.

phillc wrote 529 days ago

really enjoying this book

phillc wrote 529 days ago

really enjoying this book

Seringapatam wrote 534 days ago

Andrey, I found myself enjoying this more than I thought I would. Its a good premise and I know there may be a little edit issue but once that is rectified and you get on here and push it, I can see it doing very well. You have a nice flow to it which is what sucked me into the book initially and then you have the ability to keep me as the reader right there. I did struggle to put it down. Well done and I will wish you all the luck in the world. I score this High.
Sean Connolly. British Army on the Rampage. (B.A.O.R) Please consider me for a read or watch list wont you?? Many thanks. Sean

HELMUT wrote 535 days ago

A very interesting book but I take issue with your presentation of dialogue. Wouldn't have been better this way?
It was only then that Alexey looked at the clock. It was two in the morning.
"Oh, boy! what will the neighbors think?"
He now realized that the thin walls between Soviet apartments...

Olin Loin Lion wrote 540 days ago

A good British edit, you'll have a very presentable book.

Kevin Sand wrote 541 days ago

I really liked it. Good stuff. I'll read on.

Kerrie Price wrote 637 days ago

This is a valuable book, and one that can provide insight for the churches of the western world. On my shelf, with six stars.

Lara wrote 668 days ago

October and a new shelf of books in process. Good settings and descriptions. Good luck.


Abby Vandiver wrote 669 days ago

Your book is an interesting concept. The writing is stiff, and reads as if English is not your first language. I think that may be a difficult barrier to cross, unless you state in your story that you write as a Soviet wanting to tell your story to an American audience. The "accent" does distract from the flow, but might not so much if I was aware of that language difference from the beginning. I like the idea of the nightmares, that is a very interesting and intriguing concept when even the children have nightmares.

Good start.


Sir Sean wrote 675 days ago

After reading just the first chapter, I have decided to put your book on my shelf and rate high. I will read more soon and hope to comment more when done. Good luck in your book and I hope it continues to do well.

David Olawoyin wrote 677 days ago

Sounds like a good storyline, and something I would like to check out at those times one's afforded. But the pitch needs strengthening. Besides, there are some issues you could fix right away. One: Insert the comma I have inserted in this sentence: "As the area where he lives is on the verge of a revival international, assassins begin to terrorize the local population including a growing Moslem minority." Two: Revise the corresponding sentence to what I have here: "Why is Alexey the target of the enemy’s attacks and who is behind that evil?" Three: Delete this sentence, as it sounds pedestal: "Learn for yourselves how this story ends." Let the preceding sentence do the "showing"...and the pulling. Thanks and grace be with you.

Vikko wrote 683 days ago

Very engaging writing! I like the spiritual descriptions of how evil effects the characters inwardly and outwordly. It reminds me a little of Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler and Peterri undertones, in its flow of emotionally/psychical intrigue. However, I would work on making it flow better with more description to carry the reader, like a segue, into the various emotional events of the novel. You have the raw material of intensity. but the grammar is a little abrupt. I would read it outloud to a writers group to polish and get more of a coherence with the flow.
Good intensity! Please read my writing as well.
Thank you.

AshBurgess wrote 686 days ago

It's lengthy, which is a good thing, but that does not always make the writing itself good. Length is something that I think a lot of literature is missing these days. That being said, the length of the paragraphs are too much. They need to be split apart, especially during dialogue. I also find it choppy and written in broken English. If English is not your first language, I applaud you, but if it is, you need to look William Strunk's Element of Style. I also find the stereotype of Muslims being harsh very...weird. But, if it's truly how you feel about them, write on.


Bevshine wrote 706 days ago

I was 'in it' from the start, looking forward to reading more! I scanned some areas, but i do that in books when its too much description, just my preference! The truth's you are presenting are great... the actuality about being part of the body of Christ and pushing in for awaking/revival and the reality of the enemy!

Good stuff
Jenni's Amazing Adventures

Pamela Crabtree wrote 715 days ago

Dear Andre, I have just read the first four chapters of your novel and will return to the rest soon.I think this is lovely descriptive writing, I really feel that I have been drawn under the skin of your country. You paint vivid images, as here: 'It seemed that horror came on the plane wings; it was following the plane and filling up the space, bringing every living being under it's control.' In the moving account of the daughter's death and return to life,I love this description: 'His whole world shrank to thesize of his daughter's face.' Very moving, much said in few words. I've given you five stars and backed your book.
My first book has a Christian background, perhaps you could read up to chapter three and give me your comments. I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind Regards, Pamela Crabtree.
'The Severed Cord.'

Pamela Crabtree wrote 720 days ago

Dear Andrey,
I have just put you on my watchlist to read soon. Perhaps you would like to read my book and comment on it. I think you might like it ,reading your blurb, it may be your sort of thing.
Kind Regards, Pamela Crabtree.

'The Severed Cord.'

optimal wrote 722 days ago

can't wait to read your book!

Venoo wrote 728 days ago

A very touching account of life as christian in once communist Russia. A little lengthy areas, where I just scanned to get through it, but over all a good book

Kerrie Price wrote 732 days ago

Dear Andrey, I have just read the first four chapters of your book. You have written a powerful beginning to a story that cries out to be heard. Christians all over the world need to read this book, so they will understand more of how to deal with the enemy of our souls.

In Australia today, we are anticipating a move of God that is unrivalled in history, and yes, we are also seeing the enemy stirring up strife, problems and sickness, as well as financial strain. In these days, Christians urgently need to hear the message you have written, and it is my personal belief that they are better able to receive it in the form of a story, rather than as a straight warning.

I am putting your book on my shelf with six stars. There are a number of spelling mistakes and typos, but they will be easily fixed by an editor. I would appreciate it if you could take a look at my book also.

Kerrie Price
THE GOD PLEASERS 40 day Study Guide

panhandle wrote 736 days ago

Ch 3. 2nd paragraph. How do hats make the city a tourist attraction?

How do the suburbs stay poor while the city prospers? The novel just said persons traveled from far away for city jobs. How hard would it be to commute from the suburbs for those same jobs?


Catembi wrote 741 days ago

This is very immediate, and your idiosyncratic use of language adds charm.

I can see why this has done so well! All the best with it!

Venoo wrote 741 days ago

Interesting so far.

Kerron Lee wrote 742 days ago
TDonna wrote 743 days ago

The story is powerful indeed, and it's the story that matters here. The writing is excellent, considering you're writing in a second language (or probably third or fourth, like me). The message is clear -- you're the right man ("in the right place and in the right time"), fulfilling your calling. It's fascinating because you're taking me to a place I'll never visit, into a culture I'll never know. You're opening the eyes of the reader and the heart. I've enjoyed thoroughly the chapters I've read and when it's in print, I'll want to own a copy for myself and a few to share.
No Kiss Good-bye
PS. My book is a memoir about my escape from communist Romania at fourteen along switchbacks that eventually led me to America. If it had not been for miracles, it wouldn't have happened. I'm hoping you'll have a glance.

Kerron Lee wrote 744 days ago

Quite good so far. You have a tight narrative here, but i'm guessing that English is not your first langiage and for you to write a novel in a second language is laudable. So far all you need is a good editor and up to this point you have a winner on your hands.

Kerron Lee wrote 744 days ago

I am still quite taken with the book. I am putting it on my watchlist.

so sorry, please delete the repeated messages. My signal strength is not so good so I thought I hadn't gotten through and sent the message more than once.
You may want to look at para.6 The sentence that says- the place was very good to enjoy-you may want to reword that to, it was a good place to enjoy etc.

Kerron Lee wrote 744 days ago

Well, I'm impressed. I can see some of Peretti's influence already, and that is what makes good books great, assimilating and recreating. I did not plan on commenting until after I read the fifth chapter, but hey, this is good stuff. By the way, have you read Dekker- Ted Dekker? If you haven't you are in for a treat when you do. There is this book too, it's Demon-A Memoir- By Tosca Lee-read it, you won't be disappointed

Kerron Lee wrote 744 days ago

Well, I'm impressed. I can see some of Peretti's influence already, and that is what makes good books great, assimilating and recreating. I did not plan on commenting until after I read the fifth chapter, but hey, this is good stuff. By the way, have you read Dekker- Ted Dekker? If you haven't you are in for a treat when you do. There is this book too, it's Demon-A Memoir- By Tosca Lee-read it, you won't be disappointed

Kerron Lee wrote 744 days ago

Well, I'm impressed. I can see some of Peretti's influence already, and that is what makes good books great, assimilating and recreating. I did not plan on commenting until after I read the fifth chapter, but hey, this is good stuff. By the way, have you read Dekker- Ted Dekker? If you haven't you are in for a treat when you do. There is this book too, it's Demon-A Memoir- By Tosca Lee-read it, you won't be disappointed

dobguy1 wrote 746 days ago

great read of what I read, a bit over my head but nevertheless very interesting and enlightening

Sam Rivers wrote 754 days ago

added to watch list v good x
Sam Rivers - The Balance of Your Life

eric.swanson wrote 757 days ago

I backed your book, but just want to encourage you to make sure you show fear or panic instead of saying there is panic. Let the reader decide if the character is in panic or not.

Dave Weaver wrote 760 days ago

History student Jacey collapses with a brain-tumour then embarks on a quest for survival through a sixth-century dreamscape as surgeons fight to save her. Then George appears after a seemingly fatal car crash. He should be dead too yet here he is in Jacey's dream, just in time to help her and Prince Felix on their quest to steal the magic Cauldron of Annwyn from the Black Tower. But who is George? Even he's not sure.
Sounds a bit odd? It is.
All reads/revues appreciated, will return all reads asap.