Alma the Younger
As night falls, a scarlet-robed man emerges from the temple and a hush falls over the\r\rwaiting crowd. Studying the hooded figure with enmity, Alma recognizes that this is the\r\rman who incites rebellion among the people of Zarahemla. This is the man who dares\r\rpreach from the very place where King Benjamin uttered his final blessings upon the\r\rpeople of the church. Defiling the tower with his very presence, the man who embodies\r\revil raises a hand to silence the drums, then calls to his followers through the eerie quiet.\r\rAnd that_ã_s when Alma realizes the terrible truth: this man is his son.
Alma the Younger, son of the aging high priest, once was taught by the wisdom of prophets.\r\rNow the young man is a thief — ensnared by the wiles of strong drink and harlots; a\r\rbitter dissenter determined to overthrow the church, to lead the people into new “freedoms.“\r\rHe has gathered a strong army to create a revolution, which only begins with the\r\rdesecration of the temple and will escalate to calamity once he captures King Mosiah_ã_s\r\rdaughter. But en route to his malicious mission with his royal henchmen, Alma is halted\r\rby an unexpected opponent: an angel of the Lord, a messenger of the very God he has\r\rsought to defame. And what unfolds is a story of miraculous redemption, a story building\r\ron the poignant Book of Mormon account to show how even the vilest of sinners can\r\rbe transformed by the Savior_ã_s amazing grace.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The story of Alma the Younger and the Sons of Mosiah is one of the more popular scripture stories in our church. It is a very powerful story of rebellion, repentance and conversion.
"Alma the Younger" fictionalizes the Book of Mormon character of the same name. His father is the high priest in Zarahemla. Alma feels somewhat trapped. He's been a scribe in the temple, and his path seems to have been chosen for him. Little by little Alma rebels and befriends "unbelievers". His best friends are the four sons of King Mosiah, and they join together to lead the rebellion group.
Alma's parents are beside themselves with grief about their wayward son. I can't even imagine how hard it must be on a parent to have a wayward child. Hopefully I won't have to find out, but I thought Moore did a good job of describing the grief and anguish from both sides.
The character development was excellent. Although Cassia is completely fictional, I really enjoyed her part in the story. Her role helped bring the BOM characters I am familiar with to life.
Fictionalizing such a well known scripture story is no small task. Overall I think Heather Moore did a good job. The buildup to the conversion was wonderful. I would have liked to have more detail from the conversion forward though. With less than a quarter of the book to tell that part of the story, it felt rushed.
I hope there are plans in the works to tell the stories of the missionary efforts of the Sons of Mosiah.
By Stephanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Another well-written Book of Mormon story from author Heather Moore.
Alma the Younger has been raised in the Church of which his father, Alma the Elder, is high priest. But along the path of life, Alma the Younger chooses to exercise his free agency and rebel against his father and the church.
He justifies his anger at his father by 'preaching' to saints that the church is wrong and leading them astray. He doesn't realize the pain he is causing, especially to his parents.
He goes too far in leading people against the chuck and God sends an angel to Alma, a answer to many prayers including Alma the Elder.
Heather has added quite a few fictional characters to give the readers more depth to the scriptural ones. But it's not hard to separate them as the fictional names are not from the Book of Mormon.
The next book from Heather to look forward to reading is AMMON.
Here is a link to her website My Writer's Lair
By Nichole, Submitted on 2015-02-25
At first I was skeptical about this book. As I read I tried to not compare it to scripture. I know it is a historical fiction and I loved how they portrayed Alma the Younger's life. I love all the characters and the story that was created. Heather Moore knows how to weave scripture and inspiring words together to create a meaningful story of a Persons life. I can't wait to read her other stories.
By Pamela, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Alma the Younger by H.B. Moore is the type of book I’m always looking to read. It includes action, adventure, historical fiction, and romance. It keeps the reader intrigued and makes it difficult to put the book down. The well known stories from The Book of Mormon become new again as Moore introduces women into the story line. She develops the personalities of the people we already know and introduces new characters that the reader wants to get to know.
The research that Moore includes in her novels lets the reader feel what the culture was like in that time and place. The interesting facts about clothes, food, work and play gives the reader a view of how people lived in Mesoamerica.
I would highly recommend Alma the Younger to any and all readers, as well as Abinadi and Alma.
By Danyelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Learning more about Alma the Younger and the type of man he could have been was fascinating. If this book is on your to-read list, I highly encourage you to read the Preface. In this section, H.B. Moore talks about all of the questions she asked to figure out who Alma the Younger was as a man, what type of person and characteristics he possibly had. When she talked about Alma being very intelligent and well educated, but not able to develop faith in something he couldn't see - it was like there was an audible "click" in my head. I've known so many people who struggle asking Heavenly Father simple questions because to them, the answer was obvious. Why ask Heavenly Father for approval? That's just wasting their time. Going along this course, H.B. Moore brought to life a man I could relate to today. I learned how Alma the Younger's life, his choices, the consequences he faced, and the change of heart that came over him is absolutely relevant to today's society. Not just my neighbors or youth I know who are struggling - but to me and every other faithful member of the Church out there as well.
By Ines , Submitted on 2015-02-25
I absolutely loved "Alma The Younger". As with her other LDS historical novels, H.B. Moore has once again brought the scriptures to life for me. This story has it all. I loved the plot, the romance, the relationships between parent/child, Ammon and his brothers, and Alma the Younger and his friends, as well as the continuing saga of Alma the Elder and King Mosiah. This story shows how easily we can be lead astray, no matter of our circumstances or who our parents & associates are. It also demonstrates the influence for good or bad of a great leader and the power of fasting & prayer, as well as the eternal blessing of the atonement. At the end I wanted Ammon & his brothers to take me along on their mission to the Lamanites. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
By Delina, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book was NOT a disappointment in the fabulous of wonderful books from HB Moore. The characters are brought to life in a way reading the scriptural account sometimes is hard to do. The beginning draws you into a world where a broken-hearted father realizes that his son has completely rebelled and rejected the truths that he has been taught from birth. The story then takes you back to the gradual process that trapped Alma the Younger into his wicked behavior. The contrasting views of the faithful and justifying behavior of the rebellious make you wondering which side are you on? They both are so well developed you can't help but sympathize with both parties. From the first page I couldn't put this book down and I know you won't be able to either! A great book released just in time for the summer! I am eagerly awaiting Ammon (who has his fair share of problems in this story) and while I am waiting, I think I will read Alma the Younger again.
By Michael , Submitted on 2015-02-25
It's not often that I get hooked by LDS fiction to the point that I end up reading as I'm walking down the hall from one room to another, but I came across one of those books this past week.
H.B. Moore is rapidly doing for Book of Mormon-based fiction what Gerald N. Lund did for Church History with his Work and the Glory series. Her Out of Jerusalem quartet followed by this new series of prophet-protagonists including Abinadi, Alma, and now Alma the Younger may not be selling as well as Lund's books did, but they should be, and the people who enjoyed Lund's epics will find Moore's characters and narratives equally engaging.
There are many challenges involved in basing a fictional world around Book of Mormon stories, and Moore rises to them with solid fiction-writing skills and adequate research. The chapter notes indicate reliance on the Sorenson worldview for BOM settings and firmly establish the reign of Mosiah in the pre-classical Mayan era. References to food, clothing and cultural expectations all add to the "this is how it could have been" realism.
The fact that this 300-page novel is based almost entirely on a single chapter (Mosiah 27) of the Book of Mormon speaks not only to that book's vast wealth of story possibilities, but also to Moore's ample imaginitive powers. Alma is presented as a natural leader chaffing under his High Priest father's restrictions and the boring (though sacred) job he's been given as a records-keeper at the temple in Zarahemla. Alma makes plenty of bad decisions on his way to becoming "a wicked and an idolatrous man". Moore builds the tension by keeping Alma's status as leader of the rebellion against the Church a secret from King Mosiah and Alma the Elder until a shocking assault on the temple itself. Since women are unfortunately almost non-existent in the BOM, (though Moore herself has written an entire book on this subject!), Moore has crafted a couple of strong fictional characters in Maia, Alma's mother, and Cassia, a daughter of Mosiah who provides a very natural romantic interest. Mosiah's son Ammon is introduced as the crown prince and his future arm-chopping prowess is hinted at (Moore's current work in progress is Ammon).
Moore's genius is her handling of Alma the Younger himself. As this young man turns from truth and discovers how his natural charisma and talents can be employed in what feels to him like a righteous cause, I was dismayed to find myself actually sympathizing with him. I've ready Mosiah 27 dozens of times but only while reading Alma the Younger did I actually understand how someone can arrive at that dark place called anti-christ. The scary thing is that the rationalizing that leads to it sometimes makes all too much sense. Even without the gripping story and strong characters, that insight alone is worth this book's price.
By G.G. , Submitted on 2015-02-25
Review: Alma the Younger
By H.B. Moore
I simply cannot praise this book enough. H.B. Moore has done the nearly impossible: she has created a protagonist who is also the antagonist, and made us love and care about him. She has demonstrated with consummate skill how a man, raised in righteousness, can be drawn into wickedness by the belief that he knows a better way of doing things than his leaders. In my mind, this book is what the Victorians called "An Awful Warning" to anyone who thinks they have a better way of doing things than the way that is ordained of God.
She shows the "domino effect" about how one seemingly small sin can bring about our ruin. In the scriptures, this method of destruction by Satan is called "the flaxen cord" tha becomes the chain that leads us down to hell.
This is the method described by Wormwood in the Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, told with one of the most well-known characters in the Book of Mormon.
I must confess that Alma the Younger has always been my favorite character. I identified with him when reading the Book of Mormon the first time, for I rejoiced that God could take such a sinner and make a mighty prophet of him. When my 60's lifestyle boyfriend, David Vandagriff was investigating the church, I had him start reading the Book of Mormon with the dramatic appearance of an angel to Alma and the Sons of Mosiah. When another member of our family was casting about in darkness, this scripture passage was recreated in his own life, causing an experience that changed his life.
I expected this book to deal mostly with Alma's years as a judge and preacher, however it doesn't. It faces square on the problem of Alma's fall from grace. Heather explained to me how fast she was able to write it, and I have a theory that her hero was sitting on her shoulder whispering his story into her ear. It is that good and that believable.
The characters are real and richly developed. I can't do better than to say this book is an exquisite read.
Alma The Younger
ISBN 978 1 60861 020 4