"Left Behind was a highly successful novelization of the dispensational understanding of Revelation. Godawa's fictional portrayal of the actual history behind Revelation deserves to enjoy the same level of success. He has done his historical research and exegetical spadework in providing us with a fictional but historically faithful story of the drama of the Book of Revelation. From Nero's first imperial persecution of the early church to John's writing of Revelation about the destruction of Jerusalem shortly thereafter, Tyrant weaves a fascinating tale of the last days of the Old Covenant in the first century with compelling, gritty, biblical reality."
Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. Th.D.
Author, The Divorce of Israel: A Redemptive-Historical Interpretation of Revelation
One of the best ways to teach history is to develop a fictional story around actual events. The most famous example is Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur. The redemptive core of the story was enveloped by the tragedy and redemption of Judah Ben-Hur and his family as they encountered the crucified Christ. Brian Godawa has done something similar with his Novel Tyrant. The story of the tyrannical reign of Nero Caesar is told against the background of people who would have been impacted by the bloody decrees and excesses of this madman. If you're looking for some great history with compelling storytelling, you need to read Tyrant. You'll also learn the role of this beast of a ruler plays in God's prophetic timetable.
Author, Last Days Madness: Obsession of the Modern Church
"I used to wonder why the Lord hadn't returned yet, especially growing up with the constant date setting of 1988, '89, '94, '96, Y2K, and '12 that were all supposed to see the Rapture. Then, several years ago, I discovered a completely different interpretation that no one had told me even existed. That's why I was so thrilled to see Brian's Tyrant: Rise of the Beast, which continues his historical fiction thrill-ride begun in the Nephilim Chronicles, now focusing on the end of the New Testament era and the prophecies Christ makes about return in judgment upon that generation. Though he and I both confess Christ is still going to return bodily in our own future, I can only wish I had this series of books to give to people years ago."
--Douglas Van Dorn
Pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Northern Colorado
Author of Giants: Sons of the Gods and The Unseen Realm: Q & A Companion
"Brian Godawa is not only a successful Hollywood screenwriter. He is an accomplished movie critic, author (both nonfiction and fiction), and astute student of the Bible and theology. Tyrant: Rise of the Beast is a page-turner set in the first century A.D. when Satan and his minions were actively assaulting the fledgling church. The theology underlying this novel is not the pop End Times theology to which we've grown tiresomely accustomed. Rather, it is based on the pervasive supernatural worldview that we encounter on every page of the Bible. It's not that Godawa doesn't write about the End Times. It's simply that he knows when the End Times really occurred and how and why they really ended. Understanding that sequence is what makes this novel sizzle with suspense and anticipation.
--P. Andrew Sandlin
Founder & President, Center for Cultural Leadership
"A breathless and gritty tale crafted with skill and tension."
"Brilliantly brings to life the supernatural worldview inherent in the Scriptures."
Marc D. Wilson
"Entertaining, gut-wrenching, gritty, enlightening, and fun. I highly recommend it."
"Godawa has managed to weave imagination, scholarship and theology into an enjoyable and fast moving tale that delights, challenges, and informs."
"The author wrote the character of God so amazingly, it made me fall in love with God even more."
"Godawa's first century is rooted in the depravity of Rome, the steadfastness of the Christians trying to survive, and the unseen demonic forces orchestrating the demise of God's Children."
Jonathan R. Mills
"I recommend this book, no matter your eschatological view."
Con, Amazon Reviewer
"What do you get when you combine Hollywood screenwriting talent with biblical and historical literacy? Brian Godawa's "Chronicles of the Apocalypse."
Michael K. Beidler
"This man knows how to write and keep you hooked! Adventure, love, evil, and selfless heroism. Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!!"
Joshua B. Haines
"Tyrant clarified a lot of things about the Book of Revelation for me that used to be pretty confusing."
Zoriana, Amazon Reviewer
"As a Bible scholar I highly recommend this as a source for understanding Revelation; written in the genre of historical fiction."
Douglas R. Krump