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- Publisher: DitDat, Inc.; 2 edition (May 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 9, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K8N8NV2
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Transgression: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel (City of God Book 1) Kindle Edition
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But they're all grown up now--they're smart, they're savvy, and some might even consider them sexy. And they're in way over their heads on a high-tech adventure.
Randy likes to mix science, religion, romance, and adventure into his novels. He must be conflicted.
He has a PhD from UC Berkeley in theoretical physics and has won two Christy awards for excellence in Christian fiction. Yeah, very conflicted.
Randy lives at an undisclosed location in the Pacific Northwest and serves the needs of three surly cats. Too conflicted for words.
Top Customer Reviews
This book started out strong. The characters were interesting and the plot intriguing. I especially enjoyed a look at first century life from a modern perspective, a bit of a twist on the usual historical novel. However, about two-thirds of the way through, things fell apart. The plot, which had been developing nicely, suddenly became haphazard, with characters doing things for no apparent reason. After an intense climax, several important themes and sub-plots were glossed over, leaving little feeling of resolution.
It's a shame that this book did not finish the way it started. It gets high marks for originality, but the lack of follow-through keeps me from giving it a good recommendation.
Rivka Myers finds herself used as an unwitting guinea pig and sent back in time to Ancient Israel! Fortunately, she is skilled in ancient linguistics, and manages to get around town pretty well...until she is mistaken for a prostitute. (Cut-off jeans, and no covered hair...shocking!) A "fellow" prostitute covers for Rivka until she can get her bearings and recover her modesty. She soon learns that the "mad" scientist who sent her back in the first place has followed her into his "wormhole" and into Ancient Times. Rivka must find out why, while also dealing with a new friend coming to her rescue...even after they had a fight.
I have it from a good source (the author) that his book is only the first of three (or was it five?) books in this series.
This book is incredibly well-written, entertaining, interesting, believable, and action-packed. There's twists and turns all along the way, and the fun's not over yet! Buy this book, and be on pins and needles for the next!
One question: It's never made clear why this book is called Transgression. Perhaps it will in future books, but for now, it's a mystery.
First, don't look for much science here. The discussion of the theological implication of the arrangement of quarks is great, but only about two sentences long. Other than that, you mostly get high-sounding jargon.
Second, the theology is just plain weird. Ingermanson takes fiendish delight in trying to prove that most everything you ever learned about the early church is biased and wrong, and that obvious agenda gets REALLY ANNOYING after a while. Plus, he succumbs to the temptation, unfortunately pretty common in this subgenre, to present Jewish people as a sort of para-church group who retain something of their Old Covenant status as the chosen people of God under the New Covenant, without reference to a relationship to Christ as Redeemer. This is a pretty ironic weakness considering that Paul himself tried hard to correct this misconception. Maybe Ingermanson corrects this impression in his following books?
Third, unfortunately, Ingermanson's writing is weak. Character development in this story, when it happens at all, is oddly sporadic and has little connection to the events of the plot.Read more ›
This isn't a dry techno-SF story, though. Ari, Rivka, and Damien interact in complex, but believable ways. Damien has plausible motives for wanting to completely reshape society by trying to remove one of the most influential people in history. (He's a crackpot, but he _almost_ makes sense!) And not only are they realistic from the beginning, but they grow and develop convincingly as the story progresses.
The author's portrayal of first-century Jerusalem is impressive. Again, the characters here are complex individuals who aren't static, but who also progress as do the others. Nobody is wasted--everyone has a role to play. While I know very little about the area in that era, I would say that it's presented convincingly.
The religious aspects of the novel come across well, too. In spite of their essential nature to the story, they don't intrude. Rather, they are very well integrated with all the rest that's going on--which is a lot! They gave me plenty to think about, always a good sign in a book.
The author is willing to take risks as well, shifting the plot in unexpected directions, and not coming up with contrived, pat resolutions. He doesn't take the easy way out, which results in a more satisfying story. Although I almost never read novels more than once, this will call for a re-read; there's too much substance to take in all at once. And this will prepare me for the prequel and sequel.
In short, BUY THIS BOOK!....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had a hard time getting into the story, but I'm glad I did. Ancient Jerusalem would be great to visit during the time of the apostles. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazonian
God moves our hearts to write and inspire others. Cannot wait to see what happens in book two of this series. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Marie G. Alvarez
Great sci-fi time travel with good attention to detail of political culture and bible scripture to weave an intriguing story line of life changing and could historical changing... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bette Schneider
Excellent fast paced. A real plot..I love the Christian twist of not always the way we were taught. It is good Christian book challenging, intellectually enlightened..Published 11 days ago by Melanie
This book weaves history of religion and physics in an adventure suspended in time. I enjoyed the perspective of the book. Read morePublished 11 days ago by kathryn robinson
Interesting combination of modern sf fantasie, and historical documented facts.Published 12 days ago by Arend Warmels
Great book, title says it all, will give higher rating when they honor my request.Published 15 days ago by Matthew Costa
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