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  1. Editor's Introduction: Questions to Legal Answers
  2. Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion
  3. George Dempster Smith, Jr., on the Book of Mormon
  4. Stories from the Early Saints: Converted by the Book of Mormon
  5. Living the Book of Mormon: A Guide to Understanding and Applying Its Principles in Today's World
  6. Ancient American Indians: Their Origins, Civilizations and Old World Connections
  7. Fathers and Sons in the Book of Mormon
  8. Fathers and Sons in the Book of Mormon
  9. The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Keys from the Book of Mormon
  10. The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Keys from the Book of Mormon
  11. A Standard unto My People
  12. Southwestern American Indian Rock Art and the Book of Mormon
  13. Gadiantons and the Silver Sword: A Novel
  14. The Truth about Mormonism: A Former Adherent Analyzes the LDS Faith
  15. A Tragedy of Errors
  16. The Book of Abraham: Divinely Inspired Scripture
  17. By Study and Also by Faith, vol. 2
  18. Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon Vol. 3, Alma through Helaman
  19. Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon. Vol. 3 Alma through Helaman
  20. Dominions of the Gadiantons
  21. The Most Correct Book: Why the Book of Mormon Is the Keystone Scripture
  22. The Book of Mormon: Mosiah, Salvation Only through Christ
  23. Isaiah Made Easier
  24. Rediscovering the Book of Mormon
  25. Mormonism: Shadow or Reality?
  26. Out of Darkness into Light: A Novel Approach
  27. The Use of the Old Testament in the Book of Mormon
  28. Death Knell or Tinkling Cymbals?
  29. Fantastic Archaeology: The Wild Side of North American Prehistory
  30. Fantastic Archaeology: The Wild Side of North American Prehistory
  31. To Mothers & Fathers from the Book of Mormon
  32. 1991 Book of Mormon Bibliography
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Review of Chris Heimerdinger, Gadiantons and the Silver Sword: A Novel. Salt Lake City: Covenant, 1991. 268 pp. $11.95.



Reviewed by Brent Hall

Gadiantons and the Silver Sword comes as a sequel to Heimerdinger's 1989 novel Tennis Shoes among the Nephites. As was true of Tennis Shoes, Gadiantons is a time-travel narrative. A brave, young, and handsome Nephite has come through a time tunnel to recover a sword with special evil powers. The plot involves a race by the young Nephite Muleki and another group from his time who are the representatives of the Gadiantons to find this sword that has been stolen from them and taken through the time tunnel. If the Gadiantons recover the sword, it will give them power in their wars against the Nephites. If Muleki can find it first, he will be able to destroy it, thus helping to save his people.

As in his previous novel, Heimerdinger's newest book is action centered. He brings back his Cody, Wyoming, characters from Tennis Shoes several years after their first encounter with the Nephites. They are now students at BYU and Harvard. The plot moves quickly and is generally well connected. The author has done his homework again and the careful reader will find some doctrinal messages. His treatment of Book of Mormon archaeology reveals judgment and maturity. In fact, his explanations of "the two Cumorah theory" will probably surprise some who haven't thought about the issue lately.

I was bothered a bit by the author's use of stereotypes such as "California Money Mormons" and his implication of general squalor south of the Rio Grande. However, his character development, plot, conflict, and resolution are outstanding. The reader of Gadiantons is given an exciting non-stop ride while "good" does battle with the dark side as a society's future hangs in the balance.

Three of my children—ages 18, 17, and 15—read the book and each said he or she really enjoyed it (and I did too!). I suspect that the book would be good for most young readers, and many adults will find it good diversion reading. Heimerdinger has done a good job, and I hope he continues.