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- Publisher: Taegais Publishing LLC (March 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003AQBBX6
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The writing is pleasant enough otherwise, so that's a plus. I like the tension, but I'm not that fond of the ending. There seems to be a discrepancy between the time travel laws first described and what actually happens. I did like how the chapters back in time were accompanied by a countdown, but was surprised - and not in a good way - how time always seemed to fly by very fast when something important should have happened. The story almost skips an entire day (of three days the team is allowed to spend in the past) over one chapter.
Sadly, though, the author needs to learn to focus on what is important. There was way too much detail, especially when discussing 1st Century Jerusalem. The geography went on far too long, but none of it was really important. Also, the author includes too many unimportant details, such as the tax collector. The idea of questioning people to try to get eyewitness accounts is a good one, but that part got lost in the endless running around. (It only took a few pages of the book.)
The ending, however, is epic. So many questions... :)