The Flames of Rome
As Pontius Pilate was written so this book. Dr. Maiers notes in the back are well worth reading as it helps one to see clearly which is the factual part and which is fiction. He makes you want to keep reading and as in his other book "Pilate" this one gives you history that is exciting to read and easy to remember facts of that time period for future reference. Well done, well written. I would love it if he would write a book covering the period of history from Julius Ceaser up until the end of Augustas rule at the time of Christ. More please!!
March 23, 2009
Awesome book. A must read for scholar and general reader. Action packed and well researched, this book makes reading about early Christian persecution interesting and reliable history. Dr. Maier is a genius.
October 2, 2008
I love historical fiction, especially well written, well researched and as compelling as this story is. I was really challenged by realizing what the early Christians of Rome had to endure.
November 29, 2007
This was an incredibly unique book. I find myself at the same time both riveted and repulsed by its content. If it were a movie showing what is described, it would be indeed be an "R." In its worst moments, Flames of Rome titillates and shocks with details of not only debauchery but also of details of adult relationships. If a nice, innocent teenager were to read this to become informed about this time in history, he or she would also be "informed" about what it feels like to be desirous and then (in great detail) what it is like to consummate that desire. Ugh. At its best, the book brings one to tears and wonderment over the tie-ins with the amazing narrative and the reality that I know as my faith, Christianity. It is astonishingly informative and altogether enriching to an ADULT'S understanding of the roots of Christianity, the gospel of Jesus Christ! What to do about the kids in the meantime, who we certainly want to have "love awaken before it so desires?" Such exposure is moral defrauding of these kids. I am considering black lining and summarizing the offensive information and then letting the kids read the clean version to fulfill the history requirement. I do not think they need to know what it feels like to puff and pant and breath heavily and "ache in their loins" and ugh....So there you have it. I urge caution, and I tell brilliant Mr. Maier that he certainly has make it difficult for believers to recommend his book without major disclaimers!
June 22, 2007