Madman  -     By: Tracy Groot
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Madman

Moody Publishers / 2006 / Paperback

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Tallis, a philosopher's servant, is sent to a Greek academy in Palestine only to discover that it has silently disappeared. No one will tell him what happened, but he learns what has become of four of the scholars. One is murdered. One committed suicide. One now worships in the temple of Dionysus. And one...one is a madman.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0802463622
ISBN-13: 9780802463623
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Publisher's Description

If there is a way into madness, logic says there is a way out. Logic says.

Tallis, a philosopher's servant, is sent to a Greek academy in Palestine only to discover that it has silently, ominously disappeared. No one will tell him what happened, but he learns what has become of four of its scholars. One was murdered. One committed suicide. One worships in the temple of Dionysus. And one is a madman.

From the author of The Brother's Keeper comes a tale of mystery, horror, and hope in the midst of unimaginable darkness, the story behind the Geresene demoniac of the gospels of Mark and Luke.

Author Bio

TRACY GROOT is a part-time writer and co-owner of a popular coffee shop and juice bar. Tracy is author of The Brother's Keeper, Stones of My Accusers and Madman. She, her husband Jack, and their three boys live in Holland, Michigan.

Publisher's Weekly

Groot's well-paced, beautifully written historical novel begins in the tombs of Kursi in Palestine on the Sea of Galilee. The story focuses on Tallis, an Athenian servant and scholar who has come to Hippos to learn about the fate of a Socratic academy his master has assembled and bankrolled. As he pieces together cryptic, horrifying details of the academy's dissolution, Tallis finds himself drawn to the owners and staff of the inn where he is a guest. Groot reveals the secrets of the lost academy as well as those of the innkeepers gradually and with virtually no contrivance. Important moments, such as the attempted rescue of a little boy, unfold with understated suspense, which is a delightful departure from the typically tedious, telegraphed and overplayed plot turns in the bulk of contemporary faith-based thrillers. Perhaps most gratifying about the novel is its subtle Christian message; all but the last few pages take place during Jesus' ministry but before the characters have encountered him. Groot depicts these characters as good souls hungering for a greater good with which they might fight the almost overpowering evil forces sucking the life out of their community. Jesus' miraculous entry into their lives provides a satisfying and believable conclusion to this entertaining and compelling book. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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    Helps to understand schizophrenia
    July 6, 2013
    NayNay
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Having a son who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, this book helps the reader understand some of what being locked up in the chains of darkness feels like.

    I loved the part when the man across the sea is coming. All hell and darkness attempts to stop him from delivering the man. But it has no power against the Almighty. Peace Be Still. Hallelujah.

    I totally loved this book.
  2. Sherry
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    Depressing
    January 23, 2012
    Sherry
    Southfield, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
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    I think this book is hideous and depressing. So much evil in it. It is boring too. It will give you nightmares. I think she is talented to write in such detail but where do these authors get this stuff and why would you write something like this?
  3. Stori Howard
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 23, 2008
    Stori Howard
    Very riveting. Love the historical context. I enjoy how the author writes about family dynamics and how these relationships affect them throughout their lives.
  4. Angie Swindle
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 1, 2007
    Angie Swindle
    Very good book! Lots of historical information and a little creepy at times. Very exciting ending! Loved it!
  5. Diana Urban
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 27, 2007
    Diana Urban
    Riveting! Madman is the most uniquely-written biblical fiction I have ever encountered. The characters are incredibly well developed; the character names are unique, but easy to remember. Groot draws an incredible portrait of the madman and of the internal struggles we all face. The dialogue is often humorous and is strangely modern, but it works, probably because it is used throughout the novel, so it doesnt stick out as anachronistic. The plot is developed astonishingly well and includes several spots of complete surprise. The Palestinian setting adds immensely to the tone of the novel, and the cult of Dionysus is explained well. Groots constant use of excellent, evocative phrases such as, her apron had a little bit of fresh in it from the clothesline, makes readers feel as though they are participating in the story. All too often, biblical fiction falls flat because its a rehash of a story weve read dozens of times, and of characters who have grown old with the rereading. Madman is a fabulous, well-written biblical fiction with characters that come alive, an intriguing plot that focuses on the portion of the story not accounted for in the Bible, and an excellent, subtle portrayal of the gospel message.
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