- File Size: 772 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publication Date: June 4, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003PPDB2G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Hand of Christ (The Sterling Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I did not find the grammar and other writing errors that many others found, but I have a tendency to miss those as long as they don't interrupt my reading by causing me to have to stop and figure out what the author was trying to say.
The biggest complaint I have about this book is that the author often used words that were so uncommon or esoteric that caused me to have to stop and open the dictionary to determine what he was trying to say. I have a fairly large vocabulary (probably from all of the books I have read), and I don't expect an author to stick to short or 4 letter words, but using an uncommon or esoteric word when there is one that is more widely known and conveys the same meaning is counter-productive to keeping the reader involved in the story.
Another complaint is the verbose descriptions of places. This is not something that is specific to this author, as it seems to be a trend these days, but I still find it distracting and often it causes me to skip paragraphs to try to maintain the story rather than getting distracted by the description of the place. I understand wanting to get the feeling of an old building/area of town/etc. across to the reader in order to "set the mood" of the scene, but when the description takes so long that it distracts the reader, it is not useful, and again, interrupts the story.
The other issue for me was that the main character was almost flawless. He did everything perfectly and could do anything that was asked of him. Even in situations that should have caused him issue, he did not have very much trouble getting out of it. Even though the writer tried to make you believe that the character was not in control of a situation and was being made to do something against his will, I never really felt that the character was in trouble or was in jeopardy.
The part about his wife not knowing his occupation seemed to me to be very unbelievable. Unless the wife was a complete moron, she would have at least questioned his activities when he was gone all of the time, and when he came home with various injuries.
There were some technical details that were wrong, such as using the word "clip" instead of "magazine" for the part of the gun that contains the ammunition, but that is just one of those things that really annoys me, and most people would probably not know the difference or care.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, but it could have been better with a little more work and a more believable main character.
One person complained that the book jumped from venue to venue, leaving the reader hanging. That's exactly what made it so spell-binding. It was just like riding a roller coaster, taking precipitous curves at break neck speed at the edges of cliffs -- all without being strapped into the seat. In order to calm down from reaing this, I'm going to have to read something soothing -- like a book about serial killers.
Please don't carp about a couple of typos and misplaced commas. Just enjoy the tension! This is a fantastic book! I hope he doesn't write a sequel until I get some heart medicati.
At the beginning of his Papacy, Pope Leo finds a parchment in the Vatican apartment, On this parchment is a red hand print. The hand print of Christ. The Pope has to decided what to do and who to trust. Placing his trust in the wrong person can have devastating results.
The premise of the books is the marriage of Christ and Mary Magdalene and their blood line. If this concept offends then this isn't the book for you.
The Hand of Christ is a well written fast paced religious espionage. Great read.
I did get bogged down at times with the grammar and word choices - especially the seemingly random use of "peak" in lieu of "peek" throughout. Some of the conversations seem stilted too, since in real life conversations the two people involved rarely use each other's name throughout as was the case here.
Overall, I thought it was a very good read that could have been made even better with more careful editing and proofing. I will definitely be reading the other Sterling novels.