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Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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
Chris5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Story!March 30, 2017ChrisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book. I was more than pleasently surprised. Dr. Maier has done a wonderful job of creating a work of fiction while tying in some real pieces of history. I enjoyed looking up some of the real places stated in the book just to satisfy my own curiosity. I highly enjoyed the way he built the characters in the novel and the twists and turns that they had to go through to find and protect the codex. My favorite part of all was the debate that Dr. Maier so creatively wrote between Dr. Weber and Abbas al-Rashid. If ever a debate like that could take place today I would hope it would be similar to how it was written in this book. For all those readers who like these kind of stories I highly recommend this book. I look forward to ordering and reading more of Dr.Maier's work in the future.
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.