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Transgression: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel (City of God Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

R.S. Ingermanson
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Book Description

What If …?

What if you were studying for your Ph.D. in archaeology and decided to take a break from your crummy life by working on an archaeological dig in Israel?

What if you met a great guy in Jerusalem who happened to be a world-famous theoretical physicist working on a crazy idea to build a wormhole that might make time-travel possible … someday?

What if he had a nutball colleague who turned the theory into reality — and then decided to use YOU as a guinea pig to make sure it was safe?

What if the nutball had a gun and went on a crazy, impossible mission to hunt down and kill the apostle Paul?

It’s A.D. 57 when Rivka Meyers walks out of the wormhole into a world she’s only studied in books. Ancient Jerusalem is awesome! Rivka can’t believe her friend Ari Kazan’s theory actually worked. But when she runs into Ari’s whacko colleague, Damien West, in the Temple, Rivka starts to smell a rat.

When Ari discovers that Damien and Rivka have gone through a wormhole that’s on the edge of collapse, he has to make a horrible choice: Follow them and risk never coming back — or lose the woman of his dreams forever

About The Book

Transgression is a time-travel suspense novel that mixes science, history, religion, romance, and suspense. It’s about learning to stand up for yourself, when you just want to be let alone. It’s about making hard decisions. It’s about asking whether life has meaning and whether God exists — and becoming a badass fighter for justice, even if you don’t have the answers.

Transgression won the 2001 Christy award for best futuristic novel in Christian fiction.

Transgression will take you on a wretched, miserable, dangerous vacation through the filthy, bandit-ridden streets of first-century Jerusalem.

Transgression is the first novel in the City of God series:
Book 1: Transgression (A.D. 57)
Book 2: Premonition (A.D. 57-62)
Book 3: Retribution (A.D. 62-66)


Rivka turned and ran. “Ari!” she screamed. “Help!”

She raced outside into the sunlight, sprinted madly through a dark grove of trees with gnarled branches. Her heart pounded in her chest. Her ragged breath rasped in her ears. Was he following? Faster! Tears fogged her eyes. Her leather sandals tore at her feet. Trying to look back over her shoulder, she tripped and fell. Dust flew up all around her.

Coughing, she clambered to her feet and dared to look back. The man was nowhere in sight.

Rivka panted until she caught her breath. Her left wrist throbbed from the fall. She massaged it while she squinted into the trees, afraid that the man might be lurking in the shadows.

Nothing happened.

Finally, she turned around to get her bearings.

She blinked twice and then stared.

Across a small valley massive stone walls rose. Herodian masonry. Jerusalem limestone. Towering white walls. It looked like…

But that was impossible. She closed her eyes, breathed deeply three times, and opened them again. Absurd. Had she gone loony or something?

Rivka had visited the Temple Mount twice and studied hundreds of pictures during three years of graduate school. But she had never seen it looking like this.

So pure.

So spotless.

So new.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2815 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DitDat, Inc.; 2 edition (May 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K8N8NV2
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel at its best! May 16, 2004
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I love hard science fiction (NOT fantasy) and time travel is my favorite theme--when it's done well. Transgression is truly a remarkable mix of science, adventure, history, religion, and even romance. The balance is perfect. This is the first book I've read by Ingermanson, but now I'll read the others for certain. I do highly recommend Transgression--reading it is like taking a vacation into the past. As a Catholic, I enjoyed the Christian slant to it. I really can think of no criticism--definitely 5 stars!
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strong Start, But Weak Finish October 29, 2002
Rivka Meyers is trying to take some time off from life. Tired of constantly defending her Christian faith, she's spending her summer in Israel on an archaeological dig. While over there, she meets Ari Kazan, a physicist convinced he's found the secret to time travel, or time like, self-intersecting loops. But when Ari's partner, Damien West, uses the devise to travel back to the first century, Rivka and Ari find themselves caught in a plot to assassinate the Apostle Paul and changed the world as we know it. Can they overcome their differences and the different culture to stop his plan?
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.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely incredible March 8, 2003
Another of Randall Ingermanson's books, he uses his impressive scientific and Biblical knowledge to write an incredible story.
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.
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76 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it more . . . September 10, 2004
Really, I did. I found this book by following up on recommendations from other books I'd liked, and I wanted to like it too. But it really doesn't deliver. It gets the third star solely because of Ingermanson's believable, sympathetic, and downright fascinating--though frustratingly brief--portrait of Paul. At the same time, it has three major problems.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel August 2, 2001
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I've read a number of time-travel short stories and novels over the years; I consider this to be one of the absolute best. Dr. Ingermanson has a strong physics background, which lets him convincingly describe traveling to the past with plausible depth, but in a way that's still readable.
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!....
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can wait to read more
The adventure into the past via science with literary license to fill in the holes makes for a wonderful read. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it but it was a little "drawn out' for me.
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If I had the option I would have given this book 3.5 stars, but I couldn't give it 4 stars. I enjoyed the story line and there was quite a bit of interesting religious history... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Erica Dysart
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
This is my kind of story, really makes you think, but honors our God and proves Him, and shows how we need to trust Him.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mary Sue main character is a turn off
I was initially excited about this book because the premise sounds great, but I hated the terrible character development. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Clarissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published 5 days ago by Rick Hanzlik
5.0 out of 5 stars City of God-great book
Very good story line-time travel back to biblical times
Published 7 days ago by Wayne A. Ragsdale
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Wonderfully written book. I enjoyed it very much. Truly spellbinding novel. Can't wait to read next one in series "City of God"
Published 8 days ago by Sharlene
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting time travel
This is an interesting book that has Jewish and Christian plots. The ending is surprising. It shows that God answers our prayers if we are faithful, maybe not in the way we plan... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel adventure
Accidental time travel to Jerusalem in the time of Paul the apostle is exciting for archeologist Rivka, but the guy who made it possible has other nefarious plans.
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More About the Author

Randy Ingermanson holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley. For no logical reason, he likes making up absurd geeky suspense stories instead of doing real work. This is probably a serious character defect, so be sure to tell everyone that his books are filled with dangerous ideas and are unfit for nice people to read.

Randy lived in San Diego for 18 years working as a computational physicist and scientific software ninja. He is known as "the Snowflake Guy" by writers around the world in honor of his wildly popular fractal-inspired "Snowflake method" of writing a novel. Randy lives at an undisclosed location in the Pacific Northwest where he attends to the needs of three surly and demanding cats.

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