The Second Mission is a unique and revolutionary historical novel.
Novelist, L. D. Alford, implants not just history but literature into
his newest book about the last days of Socrates. The Second Mission is
an engrossing Christian worldview novel that takes the unprecedented
step of enveloping the reader in the time, culture, literature, and
politics of ancient Greece. It uses a C. H. Lewis-like style to pull
the reader into the real history of the era in a manner unlike any novel
The Second Mission explores time through the eyes of humankind’s second
mission into the past. In the year 399 B.C. the city-state of Athens
was the hub of a new political system. It was a cultural axis for art,
poetry, and law. It was the heart of the science of philosophy—and
philosophers. And the death of Socrates was the pivotal moment that
drew the second mission.
The Second Mission reveals the unintentional journey of a modern man,
Alan Fisher, into time. He is an accidental and unwilling participant
in humankind’s second greatest adventure. Sophia, the actual time
agent, became his reluctant guide. She had trained ten years to become
Sophia, a Greek woman of 399 B.C. The second mission was her mission,
and she did not want to share it with anyone. Now she was responsible
for her mission as well as the survival of the interloper, Alan. They
were linked together for better or worse in the second most important
mission of mankind. For one year of history, 400 to 399 B.C., in the
city-state of Athens in the place now called Greece, neither Alan nor
Sophia could return to their own times.
Alan discovered the purpose of the second mission was observation and
verification—to record the words and death of Socrates. This was the
second most important historical research to future generations.
Although Sophia would share little information about the future with
Alan, he discovered the purpose of the first mission, and that
information changed his life forever.
Alan Fisher, marooned in time, turned into Sophia’s greatest hope for
success and, because of the first mission, Sophia became Alan’s greatest
hope of spiritual deliverance. The first mission changed Sophia’s
world, and the second mission would also change the future of mankind.
L. D. Alford draws the reader into the world of Socrates’ Athens in the
year 399 B.C. In this world, the ancient eclipses the modern and world
of the Athenian philosophers becomes real—real to the characters of the
novel and real to the reader.