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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Maier constructs his thriller as a credible, real-world incident, incorporating factual archaeological findings and extensive history. The plotline explores the conflict between Christianity and Islam (taking time to delve into ideological differences) and ultimately adopts a message of harmony and goodwill. In that way, the book agrees with Scripture: "Make every effort to live in peace with all men" (Heb 12:14).
The characters of the novel are true to life in many ways: speech pattern, cultural interaction, and attitudes. Maier's delivery is intelligent and well-researched. However, in my estimation, the dialogue often fails to drive the story, and although the characters are believable, they are shallow. Though marketed as a fast-paced, action-oriented plot, the prose frequently lapses into staleness and cliches.
The book is the third installment in Maier's Skeleton Series, but it also functions as a standalone book. Built on a sturdy premise, but burdened by clunky storytelling, I recommend the book primarily to fans of theological fiction. Daniel Morton, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
GeorgeColumbia SCAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent readJune 4, 2013GeorgeColumbia SCAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Has one of the best arguments for Christianity vs. Islam I have seen without putting it down. An excellent guide as to how to respond to any Muslim friends you may have.
All within and excellent intriguing plot.
Old InvestigatorFort Wayne INAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent fiction which involves one's intellectDecember 28, 2011Old InvestigatorFort Wayne INAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was not at all surprised that this book, like A Skeleton in God's Closet and More Than a Skeleton, kept my attention from start to finish. I wanted to read it in one sitting but had to break it into two very enjoyable evenings. If you ever have a chance to hear Dr. Maier speak, or to read any of his other books, don't miss it!
David Walker5 Stars Out Of 5Great combinationOctober 24, 2011David WalkerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Dr. Maier blends both history, archaeology, and biblical truth into a great novel which keeps one on the edge of their seat to the very end.
PoppyAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5SuspensefulOctober 5, 2011PoppyAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Grasped my attention entirely..every page.
Decritions of locations were outstanding.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!August 23, 2011JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When a dig in Pella turns up less-than-stunning finds, Shannon Jennings Weber decides to visit the archives of a nearby church. She discovers brown leaves of parchment being used as a bookmark in Eusebius' Historia Ekklesiastica. She brings the pages to her famous husband, Dr. Jonathan Weber, a professor at Harvard. What they discover is that these few brown pages could lead to the biggest discovery in Christianity since the Dead Sea Scrolls. Problems arise, and the Webers face more than their share of dangers as events unfold. Will this be the discovery of the century?
First let me say, I loved this novel! Paul L. Maier is a professor of Ancient History. He has done translations and commentaries on the historical works of both Josephus and Eusebius. While The Constantine Codex is a work of fiction it contains many historical facts regarding Christianity. I have been interested in church history for some time now, though I by no means admit to knowing much. But I am willing to bet that if you've never been interesting in the history of Christianity this book may make you curious. The story is fascinating and I actually learned a lot about manuscripts that scholars truly believe could exist. The story has a couple of sub-plots that keep everything moving along. As a whole, this is a very interesting and entertaining novel. Easily in my top 3 for the year.