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I am quite impressed with Patterson's writing. It is specific, concise and is descriptive enough to enable the reader to be in the story. No stumbling blocks or having to interpret or decipher what the author is trying to say. I also loved the subtle examples of humour scattered throughout.
The length of this story is just long enough to do justice to the pace and events of this action packed, fast paced plot. Any less than this length and this novella would fall flat.
There is a lot to like in this novella. Zac is very likeable and relatable. I enjoyed the depiction of his struggle with his faith and relationship with God based on what happened to his parents. I can fully understand the doubt, anger, bitterness he feels towards God and I guess even blaming Him for not saving them. Despite this, I loved the way Zac is still perceptive to what Sister Grace has to say in encouraging him to let go of these emotions and give them to the very God he is aiming them at. It seems that he leaves it open for Zac's spiritual journey to continue in the rest of the series, The Codex being the next novel in this.
I loved this sincere, truthful and gentle counsel that Sister Grace gives to Zac. It reinforces in me how any Christian needs to be when they are in a position to encourage and care-front someone with their doubts or negative emotions towards God as a response to life's tragedies. I have a suspicion that what Daniel has included here as counsel for Zac is part of this author's experience in real life, which for me adds credibility for him as an author, Sister Grace's character and the biblical/spiritual theme of forgiveness and being reconciled to God. I also feel that Zac's character is based on the author himself, or parts of him. I say this as Zac has the same passion for archeological/biblical artefacts that Patterson has for what he has poured into this story.
Sister Grace is one versatile character, devoted to God and her calling as a Nun, radical enough to wear hiking type boots under her habit, rescue Zac from the mafia type cartel who are after the bible, keep her cool after being shot during this rescue, and as mentioned, being quite a counsellor. Quite a character Sister Grace is.
And despite Frank Waterson being such a devious, street smart coward (well that is how he appears to me!), you have to love him and almost laugh at his antics!
I also found myself liking Ana, aka The Cobra. Despite being one hardened crime boss, she has a soft feminine side that she knows where and when to allow this to be exposed, not as a vulnerability, but as part of this crime boss persona. I honestly thought that Zac and her could have a romantic future!
For me, what attracted me to this novel is what Patterson has included about William Tyndale and his translation of the Bible. I can see from this novella that Patterson has a real passion for this topic and has researched it well, which has enabled him to pour this passion into the development of this novella, giving the entire novel, solid structure, consistent pace, mystery and intrigue, and suspense. I knew very little about Tyndale, his translation, and the political background before reading The Tyndale Code and this novel has now increased my curiosity about him and the obstacles that he faced and overcame in publishing the Bible into the English language for the first time. My respect for Tyndale has also increased from the information Patterson has included in this story. I absolutely loved the inclusion of the common verses from the Bible that are directly from this Tyndale's translation. I found it disturbing that one reviewer has been very critical about this issue, that Patterson has attributed credit to Tyndale for these verses, but if this is the first English translation then would it not be a natural progression that this would happen? How is this insulting to the author of those particular books of the Bible that the verses belong to? We could say this for any of the other English translations that have been produced following Tyndale's!
I loved the mystery and intrigue that surrounded the hidden code created by Tyndale that had sparked such graft and corruption surrounding the possession of this 1526 Tyndale Bible. Patterson is very adept at creating this environment and getting the reader hooked. Not sure how much truth and/or poetic licence Patterson has included here but he certainly is very persuasive in his creation of this part of the novel.
I would not say that this novel has strong Christian themes or focus as the main thrust is the search for the Tyndale Bible and deciphering its code, but I am glad that Patterson has included some biblical doctrines/themes in the subplot of Zac disillusionment with his faith and God from his parent's death as I have mentioned above. I guess also that Patterson had a limit to what can be included in this story withing the boundaries of what constitutes the length of a novella.
I must say that everything in this review is my opinion and has not been influenced by anything to do with the author, despite the fact that he has named one of the minor characters after myself.
The Tyndale Code has been a rewarding introduction to the writing, creativity and passion for the things of God that Patterson has and I look forward to experiencing this agin in The Codex.
The main character of the book, Zack, also has a side kick that not only can not keep a secret but is not loyal. Zack is a archeologist that specializes in religious artifacts who finds danger at every turn. He is not sure about his faith in God but finds that he is able to survive life threatening situations with help from people that surprise him.
The book is filled with great twists and turns. It also brings forth the idea that we all need to not only trust in God but be willing to take a stand for Him no matter the cost. This would include doing His will.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series that will hopefully answer some questions I have about the hero, Zack, and the code. It can not come out fast enough.
Zack Cole is a character we can relate to as he always seems to be getting ahead of himself. (Sometimes through no fault of his own) His attitude of "what did I just get myself into?" adds a comical element to the book as the story moves along. Also, we get a genuine feel for his struggles with faith and anger as the author lets us peek into his thoughts.
I must admit, I read it in one sitting. Just couldn't put it down. It's a fairly short story of around 130 pages, and is an exciting, fast read. If you enjoy action and fast paced adventure, you got to pick up this little book! You won't be able to put it down, either! :-)
Daniel Patterson is an excellent writer with imagination enough to make you feel as if you are right in the story. (Bonus: he does all this without the foul language that is in many mainstream action/adventure/mystery books!)
I wasn't ready for the book to end, and was left with unanswered questions. Can't wait for the next Zack Cole adventure!