9/21/2011

Book Review: The Scroll

I can't get the little Amazon thingy to show up - so whatever. Anyway, The Scroll is a DaVinci Code style archaeological thriller that follows Dr. David Chambers, a biblical archaeologist who recently lost his faith, as he returns to Israel for one last dig at the behest of his friend and mentor. Once there, he embarks on a treasure hunt based on the lists on the Copper Scroll and find himself embroiled in intrigue.

While not slow, The Scroll isn't what I'd call fast-paced. There is lots of good archaeological detail that's fascinating to read - and it's woven in very well, but sometimes you get a little bogged down by the back story. The last 1/3 of the novel feels like a rush to just tie up all the lose ends, set up a sequel, and call it a day rather than concluding the story more naturally.

Even still, I'd give it a solid 3 stars (maybe 3.5) - it's entertaining and just the thing if you're looking for something in the mystery/thriller genre that actually starts with the premise that the Bible is true.

This book was given to me for review by Waterbrook Press.

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