Books that inspired my story – part 1 (Worlds in Collision)

The underlying adventure explored in Shadows of the Stone Benders (and follow-on installments of The Anlon Cully Chronicles) is about the search for evidence to prove the existence of a technologically advanced civilization that thrived long before archaeologists thought possible.

The seeds of inspiration that stimulated my imagination to create this fictional adventure originated in a set of non-fiction books I’ve read (and re-read) over the past decade. In this blog I will occasionally publish posts about the books I found most compelling.

The first of these books, the one that initially opened my mind to the possibilities, was written by Immanuel Velikovsky in the 1950s, and is titled Worlds in Collision. In this amazing analysis, Velikovsky examines the commonalities of the “great flood” myth across cultures and arrives at the conclusion that the stories are not mere fables. Instead, he concludes the stories detail an actual cataclysmic event that occurred thousands of years ago. When originally published, this book was considered extremely provocative and controversial.

If you are intrigued by the adventure described in Shadows of the Stone Benders, I think you will find Worlds in Collision a fascinating read.



  1. Annabelle on July 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I just finished Shadows of the Stone Benders. Loved it. How soon until the next one?

    • Kevin Donoghue on July 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Annabelle, thank you for your question. So very pleased you enjoyed Shadows of the Stone Benders!

      To answer your question, I’m making good progress on the continuation, Race For the Flash Stone. I’ve completed most of my research, I’ve completed the chapter map/outline and I’ve written the first four chapters. I have a lot more writing to do, but I expect to wrap up in the Fall and release Race for the Flash Stone late this year or early next year. I’m having a blast writing the follow-on…lots more twists and turns, intriguing new revelations about the ancient Munuorian civilization (pronounced Moon-war-E-un), cool science, new villains joining the chase for the mysterious Stones alongside villains from the first story, and of course more of the developing relationships between Anlon, Pebbles and Jennifer!

  2. Alymira S Ford on January 22, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I read and studied Myths,written stories, and verbal stories handed down by various cultures. I also read “Worlds in Collision” –actually when I was in grade school. “Shadows of The Stone Benders” excited me, while fiction, it offers plausible ideas for thought and moved my mind into motion. Can’t wait for the next of the series.

    • Kevin Donoghue on January 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you, Alymira! Glad to know the story stimulated your imagination! Lots more intrigue to follow in future installments of the series. Some twists will stretch the bounds of plausibility, but most will cause you to say, “that might actually be possible!” 🙂

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