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The Gospel of Pilate (Volume 1) Paperback – September 28, 2016
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Paul Creasy was born in Radford, Virginia, the only child of Victor (Gene) and Marla Creasy. He grew up in the small town of Bluefield, West Virginia before moving to Richmond, Virginia where he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. He continues to reside in Richmond today, with his lovely wife Mary and their rambunctious puppy Truffle. He and his wife run The Memory Tree, a bereavement services company his late parents founded over twenty years ago. Apart from writing, Paul enjoys reading fiction as well as history and Christian apologetics. He also enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife and traveling extensively.
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A Review by Anthony T. Riggio, of the book The Gospel of Pilate by Paul E. Creasy
I purchased this book in the Kindle format in September 2017 and from the description, I thought I would enjoy this book albeit, a work of fiction. Like many of the books I purchase on Kindle, I waited some time before I read it. Coincidentally, I was studying the Gospel of John in Bible study at Saint Rita Church and I felt that perhaps it would be incongruous to read this novel at the same time. I was so wrong. It was perfectly fitting and it followed the Bible version I was reading perfectly. There were several deviations from the Gospel script but nothing contradictory to John's message.
The author did a masterful job in weaving the Pilate Gospel message into a compelling work of fiction in this outstanding novel. I thought this work was better than Dan Brown's “DaVinci Code”. There was nothing so off base as to scandalize any Christian, literate in scripture. Creasy wove the events in Pilates experiences in the conflict he had with the Sanhedrin over the events involving the story of Jesus Christ's trial and passion. There were some license taken regarding the guarding of the tomb where Jesus was laid to rest but it was to capture and draw the reader into this compelling work.
Paul Creasy, a very talented story teller and an excellent writer draws the reader into a couple of sub plots including the time of Pilate and current times when a amphora vessel was discovered during the construction of a subway line being dug underneath the location of the ruins of Nero. This discovery could have been ruinous for the subway builder if the department of antiquities were to be advised of this significant finding and it proved to be “a true” finding of events depicting a report by Puntuis Pilate to Emperor Tiberius of the trial of Jesus Christ and the skulduggery of the Sanhedrin in the prosecution of Jesus.
Knowledge of the discovery of the finding by an unscrupulous collector of antiquities provides another dimension of greed. His associates are basically criminals who have no idea of the value of the scroll's purportedly written by Puntuis Pilate and a trail of heinous crime are committed in their pursuit of the scrolls.
Contemporaneously, the hired archaeologist working for the subway builder becomes a hunted murderer and his life is interacted by his lover who is the sister of a Catholic priest and friend of an influential Cardinal in Rome.
The complexity of sub plots is a most compelling part of this great novel and the reader has little time to take a breath and rest because of the fast pace of this work. The reader will not be disappointed for entertainment in reading this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I unhesitatingly recommend reading it especially if you love intrigue and mystery. This book is a gem that most readers will enjoy.
I gave this book five stars.
Several things that really worked for me in this book: the apologetics arguments are sound and well-done, blending naturally into a conversation between a priest, Father Dominic, and Thomas, the atheist protagonist. Secondly, the visions of Claudia, Pilate's wife, before the trial of Jesus, are powerful and beautifully sketched, carrying with them the idea that the old gods of Rome were, on some level, real beings who saw their doom encroaching with the arrival of the new faith. The cloak-and-dagger stuff surrounding the scroll and various parties attempting to possess it is both low-key and intense at the same time. No spoilers, but the adventures definitely keep the story moving along! Really, there are two stories in one here - the discovery of the scroll and the intrigue it generates, and then the narrative of the Passion Week from Pilate's point of view. The stories alternate, chapter to chapter, and each leaves you eager to get back to the other.
A few minor criticisms - the biggest being, that the reader is never given more than a hint of what the scroll actually says! There are a few typos and grammatical errors here and there, and some Latin mistakes, but overall the readability and flow of the story overcome these minor defects. I can't wait to see what Paul Creasy comes out with next! And if you read and enjoyed this book, I might humbly recommend that you check out my own work, THE TESTIMONIUM, for a very different take on this premise!
The viewpoint from Pilate was also stunning. It does give a slightly different perspective to this historically reviled person. It does make you stop and wonder about those intimately involved in the scourging and crucifixion of Christ. It also brought a couple of points that I have often wondered about to "life" such as that Lucifer's goading and attempts to tempt Jesus did not begin and end in the time we know of as the "Temptation".
The only reason I did not give this five stars is a few misspellings, and off typeset and some synonym issues. These things tend to grab my eye and pull me out of the story rather jarring. A good proofreader would have prevented that jolt back to the real world. That said, I still recommend this book and will look for more for this author myself.
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