So says David M. Porter, whose debut spy-thriller novel FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE tackles the very real and intriguingly convincing evidence that the tales of a flood as told in Genesis aren’t just myths—but truths about the earth as we know it. Porter’s novel was birthed from his own desire to understand the conflicts between the faith he was raised to believe, the science he was taught in high school, and his search for truth that could bring his fascination for both worlds together.
“I grew up hearing Bible stories and believing they were true. When I got into high school and learned evolutionary theory, I couldn’t reconcile it with my faith, until I researched the facts for myself. The basis of today’s science—evolution, the Big Bang—are recent theories, and they can’t be observed or tested. But we can see evidence of what the Bible tells us—the science of catastrophism—all the time. It’s in the historic record. It’s all around us.” This concept, Porter says, formed the basis of a compelling suspense tale in the vein of Three Days of the Condor.
Inspired by political and scientific news ripped from the headlines, FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE is a breakneck-speed thrill of a ride. The book’s storyline follows everyday good guy Matt Davenport as he races to protect his friend and secret crush, Jessica, and her new scientific discovery from kidnappers who will stop at nothing to achieve their terrorist plans. From the U.S. to Tel Aviv, Israel, Matt faces mercenaries and enemies at every turn, struggling to know who to trust as he tries to save Jessica before it’s too late. Faith, science, politics and everyday courage clash as the novel reaches its dramatic finale.
“What I’ve aimed to do in FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE is break down the science I’ve learned in a way that makes sense—so people can start on a journey of research themselves and decide for themselves what they believe and know,” says Porter.