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- Print Length: 252 pages
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- Publisher: Michael J Webb Books; 1 edition (April 13, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CD6SH2W
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book picks up just after the resurrection and looks into the life of the rulers, both the Sanhedrin & the Roman rulers, from the viewpoint of a Roman Praetorian guard. This guard having been the one who pierced the side of Jesus with his sword.
The daily life and struggles of new believers, and the nightmares of some of the rulers were something I just hadn't spent much time thinking about.
The author is able to create scenes, with the magical use of adjectives, that make you feel as if you are there. Joy, fear, anger and doubt are expressed by the different characters making them seem alive.
A great read if you're a believer but also an interesting look at life in those times.
For me, the story didn't immediately grab my attention, but I'm glad that I kept going as the story ended up drawing me in. The more I read, the more that I wanted to find out how everything ended up fitting together. The ending was unexpected, but quite good. Webb did a great job helping me travel back in time to when Christ walked the earth. It made me think about what it might have been like for all those involved in the death of Christ. While the story was fictional, it felt like it could have really taken place.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed or expected.
For some who love to get lost in a great novel, there are just not enough great writers working in Christian Fiction. You find a new author to love, and soon you've read everything the guy has to offer. Then there is the withdrawal, the idea that there will be a new one for Christmas. My kids don't even ask me what I want for Christmas anymore. Christian fiction.
The really good news is that I have found an author you probably don't know anything about. And he has three other published works available right now. And I even happen to know that there's another one coming shortly. The Master's Quilt is the first in a trilogy called Giants in the Earth. I have just completed this book and will be reading the other two very soon. I'll report on the others here.
Michael Webb brings so much more than just nail biting action to the stage. He has an amazing knowledge of history and the inter-relationships of the major players during 1st Century AD. He weaves tales of deceit and manipulation that provide us one view of what might have been going on behind the scenes as Pilate, Saul of Tarsus, Herod Antipas, Caiaphas and others battled for power.
There is seemingly never ending stream of specific anthropological, cultural, and religious insights that help us to see more clearly what the struggle between Rome, the Jews, and the new Christians was really all about. Add the spiritual realm to the equation to complete a tapestry that keeps you guessing throughout the work.
Some reviewers on Amazon have argued that the book starts off a little slow. I would encourage every reader to give the book 50 pages. I would compare the opening to Dicken's "A Tale of Two Cities." I started that book twice, and only the third time did I finish it. The reason is the same. There are many, many characters, and they have very odd names.
Above, I compared Michael Webb to some huge authors. He is actually a better writer than Young or Dekker. His story lines are equal to any of the three. His research is as good as Alcorn. I'll give Alcorn an edge on writing, but not by much.
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