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Posted December 28, 2011
It could have been better
I read the book The Scroll by Grant Jeffrey and Alton Gansky published by WaterBrook Press. I was offered the book free for the purposes of this review but that hasn¿t changed my opinion of the book. The book centers on Dr. David Chambers, an archeologist who, after deciding to leave the field of Biblical Archeology for some other area of archeological research gets pulled back in searching for the lost treasures of ¿The Copper Scroll.¿ Complicating this is the inclusion of his ex-fiancée on the team and one of Dr. Chambers¿ hated rivals (who knew archeologists had hated rivals). There is, of course, danger, mystery and other people trying to steal the secrets of the scroll.
When offered the book I thought, ¿Sure, I like a good story and the addition of the subject matter would make the book all the more interesting.¿ Well it didn¿t. It was, for the shortness of the book itself, a ponderous read. Every 20 pages or so there is a few pages of one of the archeologists (usually Dr. Chambers) explaining some well-known point of Biblical Archeology to other people who already know (or should know) what he is talking about. It would be like your kids explaining to you how to tie your shoes every day. I know I get it, the first couple times I can forgive it but come on.
But ultimately the thing that kills the book the most is how completely unlikeable David Chambers is as a character. If he was a real person you¿d want to punch him in the neck. He constantly snaps at people, belittles them, and goes off on emotional tirades like a 3 year old child. I wanted to like this book, I really did, but I just disliked the hero too much.
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Posted September 5, 2011
Interesting Archaeology; Poor Storytelling
The majority of this story I actually did enjoy reading. It's about a team of archaeologists uncovering ancient biblical artifacts in Israel--and that part of it was really interesting. The lead archaeologist and story hero, Dr. David Chambers, is introduced as a heart-broken agnostic, who has recently given up biblical archaeology to study in South America after losing his fiancée and Christian faith. When the opportunity of a lifetime forces David to dig again in Israel with his ex, he hesitantly takes it. And thus begins the potential for a suspenseful journey into emotional wounds, a search for God, and many physical obstacles--except that these things didn't happen; at least not in a way that catalyzed feelings of suspense, introspection, and empathy. The archaeological side of the story remained relatively interesting as the book progressed, but unfortunately, the character development stayed pretty basic, and the story became predictable and didn't really climax. The final chapters were so bad (rushed, poorly developed, and trying to do too much) that my image of the book went quickly from "this is okay" to "this is terrible; what were they thinking!" There was so much potential in this story, but it just didn't work. I received a complementary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah.
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Posted December 20, 2012
Dr. David Chambers, renowned archaeologist, has lost his faith,
Dr. David Chambers, renowned archaeologist, has lost his faith, his fiancee, and his interest in Old Testament related research. But when he is presented with the opportunity to look for the treasures of the Copper Scroll, he cannot say no.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Think "Indiana Jones got saved". That pretty much sums up the tone of this novel. It isn't bad, you understand; but it was predictable at times. Stock characters and dialogue, the usual plot twists, etc. However, I would still recommend this to anyone who enjoys Old Testament history, archaeology, or Middle East cloak-and-dagger.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group book review bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted December 7, 2012
This book like others Gansky has (co)written the story builds on solid characters and context. When the action releases you hold on and the characters matter. A story from a faith perspective that is not predictable. Satisfies!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 25, 2012
Posted March 26, 2012
The Scroll by Dr Grant Jeffrey seems to be more about Biblical p
The Scroll by Dr Grant Jeffrey seems to be more about Biblical prophecy and archaeology than science-fiction or fantasy (which is why I originally chose it). Dr. David Chambers has turned his back on his faith and is trying to start a new chapter in his life when an old friend, Abram Ben-Judah, calls in a favor for a project. While Chambers tries to focus on historical fact, doing a dig in Jerusalem forces him to face the Bible—the very thing he is trying to avoid.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story is very slow moving, focusing on Jewish customs, traditions, and the technical side of archaeology. When the author attempts to include exciting and suspenseful details, he really gives too much contextually unnecessary info. In fact, I had trouble finding any kind of plot until chapter 16. In an effort to help the main character “return to the faith,” with the help of secondary characters the author is annoyingly preachy and uses cheesey clichés typical of Christian literature. Then in the last couple chapters, the author seems to wrap up the story too quickly, as though he suddenly realized he had to finish but only had so many pages to do it in. Maybe if the book had been broken into two or three books to create a series it would have been better.
Maybe it’s because I usually read thrillers, mysteries and science fiction, but this story dragged on and I debated whether or not to even finish it. If you’re looking for a brainy story on Biblical prophecy or archaeology, this is the book for you. If you want something exciting, then don’t bother.
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Posted February 24, 2012
Great Premise, Okay Story
I looked forward to reading The Scroll when I first picked it up to read. The stories concept focused on a Copper Scroll discovered found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1952. The Copper Scroll is thought to be an inventory of valuable objects - most likely from the second temple - hidden from the Romans as they began to invade the Holy Land. The premise is good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As I said , I looked forward to reading The Scroll when I first picked it up to read. That was not how it worked out. The first 25% of the book went so slow, I decided to use the text-to-speech features of my e-reader to read the next 50% of the book - allowing me to read/hear the story at its pace, rather than mine. The final 25% of the book went faster - in fact as I came to the end of the story, I could not put the book down until I had finished it. The premise is good - the telling of the story less so.
After reading the book, I discovered that the author, Grant R. Jeffrey, is an competent author of prophetic literature, both fictional and theological. Similarly, Alton L. Gansky is a prolific author of mostly Christian fiction. This collaboration did manage to introduce me to current archaeological discoveries and political issues which are defining much of the middle east.
Sadly, the lack of references made it impossible to tell the real from the fictional without considerable additional research. If I had known Grant Jeffrey’s history, I probably would not have been caught by surprise by the ending of the book.
Without giving details here, the final elements of the book seemed out of character with the rest of the book. The book had value - though it was not my favorite read this year. If the reader is a fan of either of the two authors, then I expect it would be an enjoyable read - I did not know either author and walked away a bit disappointed.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Posted February 17, 2012
Great read :)
I absolutely LOVED this book. It was right up my alley, Biblical History and Archaeology rock my world :) I was hooked from page one and literally spent several nights up reading far longer than anticipated! It was a hard book to put down. David's journey throughout the book was inspiring and left me wanting more from the author. I would recommend this book to anyone with interest in Egyptology, Anthropology, Biblical History, or anyone that just wants a good, gripping read :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2012
A Thrilling Ride Through the Past
Let me preface this by saying that I loved this book. Yet, I know it’s a book that not all will enjoy. Due to the very nature of the topic quite a lot of the first third of the book was devoted to setting. It was done in a fun and interesting way, but if you’re not interested you’re not going to love it. I loved it but could only process about a dozen pages at a time of that first third.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Throughout the book there were times that I couldn’t put the book down and others where I wanted to put it down but all in all, the hardest part for me? Reminding myself that it’s fiction…
Posted January 28, 2012
Set just a couple of years in the future, The Scroll, is a dash through Jerusalem with three of the world’s most renowned archeologists; brought together for the dig of a lifetime, they soon find themselves in the middle of a battle between: good and evil, life and death, Israel and the rest of the world. In a world where faith has been eclipsed by the allure of doubt, The Scroll offers a different journey: a gripping adventure to find truth worth dying for.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Dr. David Chambers, leading archaeologist, has spent his professional career uncovering the facts in the artifacts. His work sets the standard for biblical research in the Holy Land. David, though surrounded by the evidence, has sunk into an abyss of doubt. A painful experience with a seemingly unresponsive God has left him without hope. The Old Testament scriptures that used to fill his mind with wonder now drive him to frustration. His unanswered questions have ripped him from both his academic pursuits and the love of his life, his fiancée, Amber.
The main characters are an interesting mix of acquaintances, old friends, and arch-nemeses. A s the plot unfolds, I found the romantic interest, Amber, a bit annoying. She is supposed to be an intelligent studied archeologist, yet her anger in breaking off the relationship did not seem realistic and out of place. Her character was limited. The story moved forward laying out the process of working on faith and relationships and recovering what was lost by pride and grief. The deeper they dig beneath Old Jerusalem, the closer they come to restoring both—and tearing the world apart in the process.
While the book is speculative, it bases the plot on Judeo-Christian history and archeological facts, blending them in thoroughly intriguing and exciting scenes. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read stories that revolve around Israel or archeology. An interesting part of the book is the wealth of historical and archeological information that is woven into the narrative. The history of Israel and the biblical history that is interlaced with the faith or lack of faith of the characters portray the genuine tension that exists between faith and the historical accuracy of Scripture.
I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in their blogging for books program for my review.
Posted November 15, 2011
Easy to get lost in...
The Scroll spins a tale that quickly draws readers in and keeps them constantly guessing page after page. As a team of archaeologists are drawn together to serch for a great treasure, trouble greets them in many manners, threatening both the team as a whole and individuals as they struggle to remain involved while maintaining their personal beliefs. Challenge and growth greet characters around every turn and readers quickly find themselves drawn into the turmoil, eager to see it through to the end. Jeffrey and Gansky make a great writing team and readers will find their work easy to delve into and hard to put down. I enjoyed the story entirely. The only complaint I have is that the ending seemed a little too vague and left me confused. Possibly intended for a sequel, with the end as it is and as a solo book, I was disappointed a little. Overall, however, I did really enjoy reading the book and would recommend it to history buffs, biblical enthusiasts and casual readers alike. A good read! I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated for writing this review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2011
An Interesting Read
Dr David Chambers a noted archeologist has left his faith a turned from his work. He receives a message from an old friend and mentor who asks him to do one more dig. Lots of excitement and mystery faces them. David regains his faith and marries his former girlfriend Dr Amber Rogers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2011
Good Biblical archaeological fiction
I love this type of story, biblical archaeological fiction, so I was very excited to receive this book from Blogging for Books. The book did not let me down. It was an excellent read. I enjoyed the pace, the characters, and the content.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
For a book of this genre to be good, it has to be believable. You have to really believe that the scenario could happen. This story was definitely that. I did not see any inconsistencies with it compared to the Bible or the true archaeological record. The story was well thought out from beginning to end.
The characters had depth and developed over the course of the story, which I also appreciated. The only quasi-negative thing about the characters was that it wasn't very hard to figure out who the "bad guy" was. However, that did not really detract from the story, only the supposed mystery of who was creating the conflict.
The epilogue was also interesting and well-thought out. It was a realistic view of what would happen should the riches described in the fictional scroll ever be found.
I give this book 4 stars. I plan on reading it again sometime, which says something given the sheer volume of books that I have on my "to read" list :)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted October 16, 2011
An interesting tale
An interesting tale regarding Israel and many lost relics from Christ's time. I found the story fast paced with great flow. Biblical Archeology is a form of study I didn't know existed and yet it makes complete sense. Why not have a group out there to study the Bible by finding artifacts that point to its truth and exsistance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story followed a group of archeologists as they interpreted a found copper scroll to help them find the lost temple artifacts. Intrigue and suspense keep you reading and turning the page. Bad guys around every corner and even in their own camp. This is also a story of faith lost and found. I enjoyed the ideas presented in this book and yet I have to say that the very end was not where I hoped it would go and at the same time I was a bit confused.oh well you can't always get everything.
If you enjoy mysteries and especially religious based ones, you will really enjoy this book. The ending did not detract from the story as a whole.
Posted October 9, 2011
Review of The Scroll
In Grant Jeffrey's and Alton Gansky's The Scroll, Dr. David Chambers, a prominent Biblical archeologist, faces a crisis of faith and a possible redirection of his career. His life has been devoted to his faith and the search for artifacts in the Holy Land that confirm the historical truth of the Bible. David now finds himself doubting his faith and his life. After a call from an old friend in Israel, David once again returns to the Holy Land to begin a dig related to the legendary Copper Scroll. Intrigued by the riches described in the Copper Scroll, David partners with his former love to search for artifacts of incalculable value.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Scroll will appeal to readers of all kinds, both those with faith and those without. Jeffrey's experience with eschatology and Biblical archeology adds a greater authenticity to the book, especially those scientific descriptions of the process of recovering artifacts. Even those readers well versed in eschatology will learn more about end times and Jewish tradition. The tension of faith--both that of David and the religious importance of the artifacts--increases the drama of the book. Even those readers who have no interest in faith will find this book to be an exciting adventure. The Scroll is highly recommended.
Posted October 4, 2011
One Last Dig
This story is based around the legend of the copper scroll that was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls back in 1947.Within this scroll is the code to finding the Temple artifacts that the Essences hid around Jerusalem around the time the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The main character David Chambers is a well known archaeologist whom work has set the standard for Biblical research in the Holy Land.He has lost his faith in God, and his interest in his fiancee.He has also given up his archaeological work.
An old friend of Dr. Chambers has contacted him for a new work that he want Chambers to be a part of and the offer is one that is hard to refuse. Dr. Chambers is told that the dig and what in it will change the Middle East.
If you like Indiana Jones like adventure then you will love this book.This story has it all good guys vs bad guys, murder, betrayal, spying, what it doesn't have is bad language or sex, in other words this book is safe for all ages.
This is one of those novels that is believable and in a way some what prophetic if these things ever happen in real life. This is a book that you will have a hard time putting down.Go get it today.
I received this book from Waterbrook Mutlnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Posted September 28, 2011
Exciting and wonderful, I didn't want to put it down!
I haven't read a book like this one in quite a while. Whenever I had to put it down I found myself thinking about the characters, the story, and wondering what was going to happen next, looking forward to being able to pick it up and read some more. I wasn't dissapointed with where the story took me. Lots of adventure and discovery, both in a real life sort of way and also in a spiritual way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book tells part of the story of an archaeologist who specilized in Biblical archaeology, and then lost his faith and his fiancee when his work found him with more questions than answers. He gave it all up, said he was never going to look for more answers again, but then a call from an old friend offered the chance of a lifetime, the chance of many lifetimes. In accepting the chance and challange David opened the door again and found not only some of the answers he was searching for, but a truth and a faith worth dying for.
The authors tell the story in a way that allows the main character to explain the basics of what he does and why he is the best person for the job offer in such a way that the reader is able to follow the background without feeling like they are being given background info so we can understand the rest of the story. Early in the book a special snack is served and an explanation is given into why the snack is called"Hamans ears" after the evil Hamon from the book of Esther, I'm always thrilled to see my son's name, Xerxes, used in any book, this was no different!
As Davis gets sucked further into a mysterious plot to uncover priceless ancient artifacts that are desired by the Jews and hoped to be kept hidden by their enimies, he rediscoveres his faith and love, both of his chosen work area, and his personal life.
This book is easy to read and understand even if you have no knowledge of archology or Biblical history, its a fast paced fun story with lots of depth and things that make you wonder. I highly recomend this book to anyone!
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".
Posted September 27, 2011
Archeological mystery and intrigue
Mystery and intrigue await you in this tale of archaeology in Israel. Dr. David Chambers is a famed archeologist looking for a new type of dig. In running away from a painful past, he is also running away from God and moves his focus away from biblical archeology. Dr. Amber Rogers and Nuri Aumann are brought together with David by Dr. Abram Ben-Judah, and that is no small feat. The past comes to haunt them in more ways than one, but there are the pieces of the copper scroll to find. Who else wants them? Can these three work together to solve the mystery or will bitterness thwart their efforts? What is John Trent's stake in this journey? As the story unfolds, you will find fear, love, jealousy, and so much more. This is an archeological journey that can mean the life or death of faith for one or all of the team.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I really enjoyed this book. The pace of the story kept me reading and there were just enough questions in my mind for me to keep searching for answers. Parts of the story made me want to participate in a real dig. The authors have created realistic characters who have real struggles and feelings. I found the fact that David struggles with his faith to be an important part of the book and couldn't wait to find out how that would be resolved. This book is for anyone who loves history, mystery, suspense and stories about archeology. Book clubs will enjoy discussing it as well. I received my free copy from the Blogging for Books program and thank them for it.
Posted September 24, 2011
Gripping Adventure in Israel
The Scroll, by Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky, combines the fast-paced adventure that Alton L. Gansky is noted for with solid research on biblical archaeology. It is an action-packed tale that I was unwilling to put down once I got into the story. Our heroes are a trio of archaeologists who have an unpleasant personal history and who would likely take up another career before choosing to work together again. Two of them were once engaged to be married. They are coerced into working together one last time by the scholar who has mentored each of them. Set against a background of modern-day Israel, the story includes a crisis of faith and political tensions. There are many twists and turns, and I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say that the plot involves what would need to happen for the end times prophecies of Ezekiel 38 to come true. That this could happen in our lifetime is a fascinating possibility that is realistically handled by this story. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2011
For Indiana Jones Fans
In The Scroll a world renown biblical archaeologist is given the opportunity of a lifetime to search for the lost treasures of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem. Once a man of faith, Dr. Chambers no longer claims any after seeing his father put his work before his mother's death. He reluctantly agrees to lead up the expedition despite the fact that his former girlfriend and another archaeologist he assumes is her boyfriend are key members of the dig. Along the way they encounter fierce opposition: several of their security members are killed, a bombing occurs in one of the tunnels and Dr. Chambers' ex-girlfriend is kidnapped.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I enjoyed the compelling story that drew me in as the plot unfolded. The authors avoided getting too political with the story, despite the tension between Israel and the Arab world, until the last chapter or two. They also didn't bring in too much end times prophecy, although it is there. The book is not overly spiritualized, but yet is a journey of faith and discovery. It does contain a fair amount of "Idiana Jones"-ness to it as the archaeologists face dangers while seeking lost biblical treasures. If you enjoy those movies or biblical archaeology, you'll like this book.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review". My review is unbiased.