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Transgression: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel (City of God Book 1) by [Ingermanson, R.S.]
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Length: 406 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 3921 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DitDat, Inc.; 2 edition (May 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K8N8NV2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 16, 2004
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I love hard science fiction (NOT fantasy) and time travel is my favorite theme--when it's done well. Transgression is truly a remarkable mix of science, adventure, history, religion, and even romance. The balance is perfect. This is the first book I've read by Ingermanson, but now I'll read the others for certain. I do highly recommend Transgression--reading it is like taking a vacation into the past. As a Catholic, I enjoyed the Christian slant to it. I really can think of no criticism--definitely 5 stars!
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Rivka Meyers is trying to take some time off from life. Tired of constantly defending her Christian faith, she's spending her summer in Israel on an archaeological dig. While over there, she meets Ari Kazan, a physicist convinced he's found the secret to time travel, or time like, self-intersecting loops. But when Ari's partner, Damien West, uses the devise to travel back to the first century, Rivka and Ari find themselves caught in a plot to assassinate the Apostle Paul and changed the world as we know it. Can they overcome their differences and the different culture to stop his plan?
This book started out strong. The characters were interesting and the plot intriguing. I especially enjoyed a look at first century life from a modern perspective, a bit of a twist on the usual historical novel. However, about two-thirds of the way through, things fell apart. The plot, which had been developing nicely, suddenly became haphazard, with characters doing things for no apparent reason. After an intense climax, several important themes and sub-plots were glossed over, leaving little feeling of resolution.
It's a shame that this book did not finish the way it started. It gets high marks for originality, but the lack of follow-through keeps me from giving it a good recommendation.
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Another of Randall Ingermanson's books, he uses his impressive scientific and Biblical knowledge to write an incredible story.
Rivka Myers finds herself used as an unwitting guinea pig and sent back in time to Ancient Israel! Fortunately, she is skilled in ancient linguistics, and manages to get around town pretty well...until she is mistaken for a prostitute. (Cut-off jeans, and no covered hair...shocking!) A "fellow" prostitute covers for Rivka until she can get her bearings and recover her modesty. She soon learns that the "mad" scientist who sent her back in the first place has followed her into his "wormhole" and into Ancient Times. Rivka must find out why, while also dealing with a new friend coming to her rescue...even after they had a fight.
I have it from a good source (the author) that his book is only the first of three (or was it five?) books in this series.
This book is incredibly well-written, entertaining, interesting, believable, and action-packed. There's twists and turns all along the way, and the fun's not over yet! Buy this book, and be on pins and needles for the next!
One question: It's never made clear why this book is called Transgression. Perhaps it will in future books, but for now, it's a mystery.
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Really, I did. I found this book by following up on recommendations from other books I'd liked, and I wanted to like it too. But it really doesn't deliver. It gets the third star solely because of Ingermanson's believable, sympathetic, and downright fascinating--though frustratingly brief--portrait of Paul. At the same time, it has three major problems.

First, don't look for much science here. The discussion of the theological implication of the arrangement of quarks is great, but only about two sentences long. Other than that, you mostly get high-sounding jargon.

Second, the theology is just plain weird. Ingermanson takes fiendish delight in trying to prove that most everything you ever learned about the early church is biased and wrong, and that obvious agenda gets REALLY ANNOYING after a while. Plus, he succumbs to the temptation, unfortunately pretty common in this subgenre, to present Jewish people as a sort of para-church group who retain something of their Old Covenant status as the chosen people of God under the New Covenant, without reference to a relationship to Christ as Redeemer. This is a pretty ironic weakness considering that Paul himself tried hard to correct this misconception. Maybe Ingermanson corrects this impression in his following books?

Third, unfortunately, Ingermanson's writing is weak. Character development in this story, when it happens at all, is oddly sporadic and has little connection to the events of the plot.
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I've read a number of time-travel short stories and novels over the years; I consider this to be one of the absolute best. Dr. Ingermanson has a strong physics background, which lets him convincingly describe traveling to the past with plausible depth, but in a way that's still readable.
This isn't a dry techno-SF story, though. Ari, Rivka, and Damien interact in complex, but believable ways. Damien has plausible motives for wanting to completely reshape society by trying to remove one of the most influential people in history. (He's a crackpot, but he _almost_ makes sense!) And not only are they realistic from the beginning, but they grow and develop convincingly as the story progresses.
The author's portrayal of first-century Jerusalem is impressive. Again, the characters here are complex individuals who aren't static, but who also progress as do the others. Nobody is wasted--everyone has a role to play. While I know very little about the area in that era, I would say that it's presented convincingly.
The religious aspects of the novel come across well, too. In spite of their essential nature to the story, they don't intrude. Rather, they are very well integrated with all the rest that's going on--which is a lot! They gave me plenty to think about, always a good sign in a book.
The author is willing to take risks as well, shifting the plot in unexpected directions, and not coming up with contrived, pat resolutions. He doesn't take the easy way out, which results in a more satisfying story. Although I almost never read novels more than once, this will call for a re-read; there's too much substance to take in all at once. And this will prepare me for the prequel and sequel.
In short, BUY THIS BOOK!....
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