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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.
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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 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.