Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Eighth Scroll
The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown
kindle edition purchased from Amazon.com
Description from Goodreads
Stirring the flames of age-old controversies, The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown draws on the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to create an unbelievably dynamic and powerful story. Set in a world that teeters between orthodoxy and heresy, this thriller is packed with intrigue and adventure. When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project hides one of the scrolls because of the heretical message it contains, no one is the wiser until decades later, when a prominent archaeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archaeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll . . . or die trying.
I've received a few emails from this author wanting me to read and review the book as well as participate in some blog events. I passed on the extra stuff, but I did read the book because the descriptions intrigued me and it sounded interesting. I don't know if the book lives up to some of the blurbs on the cover and amazon review pages, but it was definitely a fun read. I read this book in just about one day without having to put much effort into it. It is very fast paced and the events are exciting and the story did hold my interest.
I've seen several reviews comparing The Eighth Scroll to works by Dan Brown - and I think the comparisons are fair. Conspiracy. History. Murder. Intrigue. Controversial topics. Although, I must say that there were not any ideas that I hadn't encountered in other places. Some people may find some of the ideas in the book regarding the Bible and Christianity controversial, but I had no issues with any of it.
If you like history, archeology, and thrillers, you may enjoy this book. I found it an easy, enjoyable read. However, if you are easily offended by differing religious views, you may want to avoid this book.