Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ringing in the New Year with a Good Read

I started off this new year with two resolutions.

1. to drink eight glasses of water a day
2. to actually read 100 books this year.

So far I've done good on both. I finished reading 'The Scroll' by Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky last night and consumed many a cup of water in the process. I have mixed feelings about this book, it started off slow, picked up fast and got extra intriguing, and then dropped off completely at the end. The story follows David Chambers a biblical archaeologist who has lost his faith in God and is content to wallow in self loathing and luxury for the rest of his life until an old colleague calls and makes him a proposition he can't refuse. David leaves his teaching post at Harvard to go back to Jerusalem to go on his most important archaeological quest ever. He is joined by his old lover, Amber, his arch nemesis, Nuri, his mentor, Ben-Judah, and security man, Landeau. Together they try to find all of the lost artifacts listed on the Copper Scroll in order to build the third temple in Jerusalem. Things start off great with one find after another, but Muslim extremists start to moniter their movements and try to kill the team when they learn that the artifacts will be used to construct the Jews third temple in Jerusalem. After that it is just a whirlwind to try and stay alive and keep the priceless artifacts recovered safe.

As I said earlier I have mixed feelings about this book. I got really into the archaeological aspects of the story and the fascinating tid bits of Jewish history. It was really interesting. But then... I got to the end. I won't ruin anything for you but I was really disappointed in the ending, it was a let down. If you like conspiracy theories and the like you'll probably enjoy the outcome of this book more than I did.

So far I've got one book down and ninety nine more to go. Happy New Years everyone!!!

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"

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