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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481148141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481148146
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,116,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is hard to say more than that about the plot without adding a spoiler tag, so let me say that this novel is a fast-paced, though-provoking, imaginative exposition on the implications of time travel and God's sovereignty. The writing and plot pacing reminds me of the tight writing and plausibility evoked in Michael Crichton's 'Timeline." Nice to see an author is who not afraid to tackle a Big Idea.

If you've read the Amazon book description, then you know what the book is about, but I will add this: Bennett successfully keeps you guessing on the outcome and even more importantly he avoids fourth wall spoilers that give away the plot while you are reading. There were a couple of character twists I did not see coming, but in retrospect were a *perfect* rendition of humanity in all its flawed, irrational glory and horror. I also like the way that characters who are skeptics of spirituality were portrayed. Very few easy answers or easy solutions to complicated problems. Sometime answers are not forthcoming at all. Just like life.

A minor criticism for which I withheld one-star: there were a couple of secondary characters who tended to blur together as I read. Minor point, but I don't like it when I find myself swiping back a page or two to remind myself who is saying what in dialogue exchanges or asking, "who is this guy again?"
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Loved this book from start to finish. As with any sci-fi novel involving time travel, the Big Question was explored: can time travelers change history, or does history NOT change since it already includes the results of the time travelling incident, or...is there a third alternative?
So...a secret, billionaire-funded research facility (in the desert, of course) has managed to pull off the ultimate kidnapping. For three months scholarly "experts" both Jewish and Christian got to examine their subject and compare him to their theories of the "historic Jesus". In addition, a psychic investigator is brought in to help determine whether or not this is the genuine article. The entire team is frustrated in their attempts to analyze the quiet, semitic male subject purportedly from the first century A.D. Some of them suspect the whole thing might be a mistake. Or an elaborate hoax.
I won't reveal another detail. The book is well written, with none of the usual gaffes you come to expect from self-publishedd fiction. I'm a stickler for grammar and style, but did not cringe once! I'm also a believing Christian (of the Catholic persuasion), and found the portrayal of the "Jesus" character to be neither irreverent nor yet what I would have expected from a typical author of "Christian fiction", leading me to wonder what the author's religious convictions are. A fun read.
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When it comes to a plot concerning Jesus and time travel there are about a million ways this will go horribly wrong. Some authors have already explored those paths to failure. On one side you could get the skeptic concerned more about debunking than storytelling and on the other side a Christian who is just is not a good storyteller or writer. So normally a book with this premise is one I would pass by.

"With those caveats being made, when a book is called "The Christus Experiment" and it is written by Rod Bennett those concerns mostly go away. The title sounds like one of those B-movies on the SyFy channel on Saturday nights. Going beyond the title when it comes to Rod Bennett I simply loved his book "Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her own Words" which so engaged the words of four of the Church Fathers. Still this idea even in the hands of a gifted writer like he is can still go wrong. Mr. Bennett seems to be totally aware of this and I really appreciated his introduction which displayed, I believe ,the right attitude to approach this.

This book is a spiritual and psychological adventure story full of wild and irresponsible religious conjecture, equally indefensible whether taken as theology or speculative fiction."

There's really no excuse for it at all, unless perhaps it's the same excuse Chesterton once offered for his own paradoxical religious writing: "There seems to be some sort of idea that you are not treating a subject properly if you eulogize it with fantastic terms or defend it by grotesque examples...I think [on the other hand] that the more serious is the discussion the more grotesque should be the terms...So far from it being irreverent to use silly metaphors on serious questions, it is one's duty to use silly metaphors on serious questions.
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Mix a little Ray Bradbury character development and pathos with the technical details of Arthur C. Clarke and throw in a bit of philosophy and theology from C.S. Lewis and you have Rod Bennett's science fiction. The characters have a depth and pathos that draw you in and make you cry and rejoice with them. You ache to see the end of the story and how their lives will be affected. At the same time, there are deep theological, philosophical, and scientific questions concerning the nature of time and time travel. This is not just great science fiction, it is great fiction. I am very excited to encounter this work and look forward to more from this author. A must read for all lovers of science fiction.
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