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- ASIN : B000FCKOG8
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
- Publication date : March 17, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1658 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 592 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #506,036 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Patrick: Son of Ireland" does many things well. The settings are believable and well-researched, the language fluid, and the dry details turned into fascinating tidbits. I particularly enjoyed the Roman battle scenes and descriptions of the Plague. Sobering stuff. Succat, later known as Patrick, is a character with flaws and foibles, a man who grows slowly into the understanding of his calling. And when Succat comes to a final point of humility and turning, Lawhead paints a succint and touching scene. He employs Pelagius, who plays a minimal part in only the final thirty pages of the book, to address Succat: "You have learned what a man can do in his own strength...Perhaps now it is time to learn what God can do with a man who knows the limits of his strength."
Unfortunately, the book never allows us to see the result of this turning. We witness years of futility in Succat's life, and, in fact, we ourselves grow weary of his attempts to escape slavery and of the deceits he thrusts upon even those he claims to love. I appreciate that all this brings Succat to a medieval mid-life crisis, but I would've enjoyed seeing the working out of his newfound knowledge. I even started to suspect that Lawhead would be throwing a sequel our way. Instead, he throws us a bone--a prologue and epilogue that tidily skim over Patrick's years of hard spiritual work.
I trod my way along the arduous trails of Succat's life, found some wisdom to be gained and some eventual rewards, but felt cheated by the blithe conclusion. Am I missing a sequel, or is this all we get?