*Starred Review* Angered by the assertions of The Da Vinci Code
(2003)--in particular, that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene--Hunt tells the traditional story, more or less, of Mary Magdalene. The "more or less" would be that Hunt turns Mary into a staunch feminist and downplays her history as a prostitute. She is Yeshua's shrewd advisor and helpmate, no more. And she is an interesting woman, though more interesting than Mary, in the end, is the Roman soldier Atticus. He takes the same role that Macellus did in The Robe
(1993), that is, the doubting enemy brought into the fold. In any case, Hunt has turned in a solid effort, one of her best, though it seems unlikely it will have any effect on the Dan Brown tidal wave. John MortCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Angela Elwell Hunt
began her writing career in 1983. After five years of honing her craft working for magazines, she published her first book in 1989. Since then, the prolific author has written over one hundred books in fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults.
She and her youth pastor-husband, Gary, make their home in Florida with two mastiffs, one of which was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.