Premonition

Premonition

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by Randall Ingermanson
     
 

An extraordinary stone box was recently discovered in Jerusalem—the bone-box of 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.' This is his story . . .

It's the year A.D. 57 and Jerusalem teeters on the brink of revolt against Rome. James, leader of the Jewish Christian community, has an enemy in high places. And two very strange friends . . .

Rivka Meyers is a

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An extraordinary stone box was recently discovered in Jerusalem—the bone-box of 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.' This is his story . . .

It's the year A.D. 57 and Jerusalem teeters on the brink of revolt against Rome. James, leader of the Jewish Christian community, has an enemy in high places. And two very strange friends . . .

Rivka Meyers is a Messianic Jewish archaeologist from California, trapped in first-century Jerusalem by a physics experiment gone horribly wrong.

Ari Kazan is her husband, an Israeli physicist slowly coming to grips with his Jewish heritage—and with a man named Jesus he was raised to hate.

With no way back to their own century, Rivka and Ari seek their niche in this doomed city of God. Ari applies his knowledge of physics to become an engineer, a man of honor. Rivka feels increasingly isolated in a patriarchal culture that treats women like children. She knows what's coming—siege, famine, fire. At first, her warnings earn her grudging respect as a 'seer woman.' But when one of her predictions misses, the city scorns her as a false prophet.

Rivka knows that an illegal trial and execution awaits James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus. Can she prevent this disaster? Will James believe her 'premonition'? Or is Ari right that Rivka's meddling in history will only . . . make matters worse?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310247050
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
08/15/2003
Series:
City of God Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Premonition


By Randall Ingermanson

Zondervan

Copyright © 2003 Randall Ingermanson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-24705-5


Chapter One

Rivka

Rivka woke from a light sleep, her heart thudding. Had she heard a child scream? She listened, her whole body taut, absorbing the sounds of the sleeping city. Jerusalem, city of white stone. City of God. City of fear.

Nothing.

She must have imagined it. Rivka snuggled herself into the warm hollow of Ari's body, willing herself to relax. So much had changed since she'd left Berkeley last summer. Now with Hanukkah coming -

A thin, reedy voice screamed outside in the street. "Imma! Where are you, Imma?"

A rush of adrenaline shot through Rivka. Good grief, some little kid was out there in the cold, shrieking for Mama.

Rivka waited, listening. She and Ari were camped out in a small house with their hosts, Baruch and Hana. It was horribly unprivate. Back in America, her friends would just freak to hear she'd gone off and gotten married and was sleeping on the floor in the same room with another couple. But this was Jerusalem, another world. She couldn't go back. She had chosen to live here and -

"Imma! I'm cold, Imma!"

This was getting ridiculous. She would just have to go see what was wrong. Rivka reached for her heavy cloak and pulled it inside under the covers. The air in the unheated room chilled her arm.

"Rivka! Did you hear something?" Hana's voice, a sleepy whisper.

"I'm going downstairs to see what's wrong." Rivka wriggled away from Ari, pushed her covers off, and yanked her cloak around her, shivering. It must be freezing outside, and if that little kid was lost -

"I will come also." Hana rolled out of her bed and stood. A thin shaft of moonlight lit up her belly bulging inside her thin wool sleeping tunic. Hana was a regular Barbie doll - six months pregnant and she still looked fabulous.

"No, Hana, stay here. I'll call if I need help." Rivka slipped on her sandals and tiptoed to the door. From a shelf on the wall, she grabbed a ceramic oil lamp, spiced with cinnamon. They'd lit it earlier that evening, before Shabbat began. She sniffed deeply. It smelled delicious. She stepped onto the stairway. Behind her, she heard Baruch's muffled voice. Great, she'd woken him too.

"Imma! Help me, please, Imma!" The child outside sounded desperate.

Rivka scurried down the stone stairs to the first floor. She opened the wooden shutters and peered out of the high, narrow window slits.

A ragged girl in thin clothing stood in the moonlight, her face awash in terror. "Imma!"

Anger kicked Rivka hard in the gut. Some ... jerk had gone and abandoned their kid in the middle of the night! It happened all the time and Rivka hated it.

She rushed to the barricaded door, lifted the heavy wooden bar, unlatched the crude iron lock, and pulled open the door.

Upstairs, Baruch shouted, "Sister Rivka, wait!"

She stepped into the street. "Come here, little girl. I'll help you."

Fear twisted the girl's face. She backed away. "Imma!"

Rivka followed her. "I won't hurt you! I'll help you find your Imma."

The child backed up further, stepping into the shadows of the narrow street.

Rivka hurried forward. "I won't hurt -"

A shadow lunged toward her.

Rivka screamed, spun, stumbled. Her oil lamp flew against the wall, broke into a thousand shards.

The shadow fused into a grubby, bearded man with a very dirty face. Strong hands pinned her arms to her sides.

"Get away from me!" Rivka kicked furiously. "Ari! Help! Baruch!" She twisted her head, trying to butt the man. Several men emerged from the shadows and surrounded her.

Strong hands grabbed her hair and yanked back, stretching her neck painfully. A cold metal blade pressed against her throat.

"Sister Rivka!" Baruch staggered out of the house, rubbing his eyes, squinting into the dark.

Upstairs, Hana screamed.

"You will give us money, sir, or the woman will die," said the man holding Rivka. Three other men stepped in front of her, brandishing crude handmade blades. They blocked the way between Rivka and Baruch.

Dagger-men!

Rivka felt like an idiot. She ought to have smelled a trap. Ought to have been suspicious of a child abandoned in the middle of the night. Ought to have -

Ari's muffled shout filtered out through the window slits above them. Feet thumped down the stairs. Baruch spun to look. "No, Brother Ari!" He disappeared into the house. Then a shout and a terrific collision.

Ari and Baruch tumbled out into the street, sprawling in the dust. Ari rolled to his feet, his eyes black with rage. He stood to his full height, six foot three, glaring at the dagger-men. They were short men, but they had weapons and he had none. Ari pointed at them. "You will give me back my woman."

Rivka saw from Ari's probing eyes and tightening muscles that he was going to jump the men, fight them. Please, God, no!

Baruch put a hand on Ari's shoulder. "They will kill Sister Rivka if you make a fight, Brother Ari."

Ari's face tightened and he peered past the men. "Rivkaleh! Are you hurt?"

"I'm f-fine." Rivka had never felt so scared. "They're bandits. They want money." She switched to English. "Ari, it's okay. Just ... give them some money and they'll let me go." I think. The dagger-men were both revolutionaries and bandits, killing the rich and robbing the poor.

Ari turned and whispered to Baruch. Baruch pointed upstairs and spoke in a low voice.

"Be quick, tall one," said the man holding Rivka. "Give us money and we will not hurt your woman."

Ari raced into the house. Baruch stood in the street, arms at his sides, a statue of calm.

"I do not trust the tall one," muttered the man holding Rivka. "He will make some trick on us." The dagger-men backed down the street away from the house. Baruch moved to follow.

"Stay!" shouted one of the men. "You will tell the tall man to remain in the house. When he brings the money, you will throw it to us and we will return the woman!"

Baruch nodded and stepped into the doorway. Ari thumped down the stairs.

Rivka waited, fear clogging her throat. Would the dagger-men keep their word? Would Ari ... go berserk?

Baruch backed outside, his eyes boring a hole into the house. "Brother Ari, please, you will obey me. You will stay inside. I will give the men the money, and they will release her." Baruch had a way of talking quietly that made people trust him. Ari stayed in the house.

Baruch turned to the dagger-men, holding a long piece of cloth bound in a knot. "This holds all our money." He studied them, his face untroubled. "Now you will release the woman."

"Throw us the money," said one of the dagger-men.

Baruch underhanded the bundle to the one in the middle.

The man peered inside and let out a low chuckle. "It is good." He stuffed the bundle under his arm. Together, he and his companions backed up past Rivka. "Release the woman."

A hand shoved Rivka hard in the center of her back.

She staggered forward, tripped, caught herself, and ran.

Ari raced out of the door and smothered her in his strong arms. "Rivkaleh."

Rivka hugged him, letting her fear drain out in a long sob. "Ari! You were so brave." She pressed her face into his chest.

Ari rocked her gently, stroking her hair. "Rivkaleh."

After many beats of her heart, Rivka heard Baruch's voice. "Brother Ari, it is cold in the street and the night is yet dangerous."

"Of course, Brother Baruch." Ari guided Rivka into the house.

Baruch followed them in, shut the door, lowered the bar. "You are frightened, Sister Rivka. Come, we will pray to HaShem and the fear will leave you and then you will sleep. We have lost only money, and you are restored to us. Blessed be HaShem!"

After Baruch prayed for her, Rivka did indeed feel better. The deep quivering in her belly stilled to peacefulness.

In the darkness of their communal room, Rivka lay awake, listening. Soon Hana's steady, even breathing and Baruch's light snores told her they were asleep.

Ari held her in his arms, tickling her neck with his beard, his breath warming her ear. "Are you well, Rivkaleh?" he said in English, their private language.

Rivka tensed. "I ... think so." She waited for him to tell her how foolish she had been. And he would be right. She should not have gone out, child or no child. After dark, the streets were a jungle. She could have been killed.

"HaShem took care of you." Ari squeezed her tightly. "And Baruch kept me from being a foolish hero. Sleep, Rivkaleh."

Rivka gave a deep sigh. "Ari, I ... I want to go home."

"We are home."

"I mean home home. I want America. Are you sure there's no way to go back? They can't rescue us somehow?"

"No." Ari's gentle voice cut through her like steel. "I am sorry, Rivkaleh."

Rivka wanted so desperately for Ari to be wrong. He had made mistakes in the past. Like the one that brought them here last summer. Then, she had been sweet little Rivka Meyers from Berkeley, grad student, archaeologist, linguist, Messianic Jew on the run from God and Ari Kazan. He had been a physics professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a hard-nosed Israeli, an agnostic with a crazy crush on her. They had met at the dawn of the twenty-first century and somehow - thanks to a physics experiment gone awry - they had ended up on the wrong side of a busted wormhole.

In the year A.D. 57.

Married.

And stuck here permanently.

Rivka bit her lip, wishing it were all a movie, but it was just ... too crazy, even for Hollyweird. Even the dumbest screenwriter knew better than to leave the good guys stranded, with no way back to the future.

Ari's muscles slowly relaxed. Rivka decided he must be asleep. Dear, sweet, opinionated, gentle, infuriating Ari. He was the one good thing that had happened to her in this whole awful adventure. At first, she'd thought him cold, distant, judgmental. And he was all that, but as she'd gotten to know him, she realized that he was like the desert cactus, prickly on the outside, sweet and tender on the inside.

And he had come so far. He believed in God now - she wouldn't have married him otherwise. Someday, he would get it that Yeshua really was the messiah. Mashiach. She wanted that. Wanted it even more than she wanted to go home. In the last six months, Rivka had given Ari as much truth as he could handle. Every time she did, it ended in a fight, and she had finally realized that she was making things worse. She had done her part. God would have to do the rest. Ari was stubborn but he was honest. He would come to Yeshua in his own time, not hers. Maybe that was why God had brought them here - so Ari could learn the truth.

Rivka shivered. Yes, God had brought her here. How could she deny it? Last summer, she had saved the life of a man who would change the world. The man they called Renegade Saul. Paul of Tarsus. Rivka had nearly gotten herself killed, and she had made the terrifying decision not to go back before the wormhole was destroyed, just to make double sure that she saved Paul.

According to Ari, she hadn't really changed anything. He said it was impossible to change the past. Instead, she had simply intervened in the past in just such a way as to create the future they had known all along must happen. It was all self-consistent. Something about single-valued trajectories through phase space.

Whatever. It sounded like fatalistic mumbo jumbo, and Rivka wasn't buying it. Without her, Paul would have been cosmic roadkill. She had fixed things once, and she would fix them again.

A slow tear burned down Rivka's cheek. She knew what was coming. Had read the history books. Memorized them, in fact. She had an eidetic memory, never forgot anything she read. The horrors to come made her heart ache.

In just a few years, the Jewish revolt would begin - with easy victories over the Roman legions. Nero's suicide would kindle hopes in Jewish hearts for a final triumph over the great dragon, Rome. But then the dragon's resolve would stiffen, while Rivka's people wasted their strength fighting each other. The city of God would fall, the Temple would burn, the Jews would be decimated, enslaved, deported. The last holdouts at Masada would commit suicide rather than submit. If she survived the years ahead, Rivka would see this whole terrible history.

And that had to be why God had brought her to this forsaken city. To make things right. According to Ari, there was a theory of quantum mechanics that there were infinitely many parallel universes. In some universes, things happened one way. In others, a different way. Ari didn't believe this theory.

But Rivka did.

God had given her free will and intelligence and a knowledge of what had happened in one particular universe. That was a warning - like a prophecy bundled up in a great big if.

If you do this, then that will happen.

But if you knew the future - one possible future - you could change it. Had a responsibility to change it. Must change it.

Rivka was not going to accept some stupid fate, just because a history book somewhere said so.

Phase space be hanged.

Chapter Two

Ari

The next morning, a Shabbat, Ari woke before dawn. Rivka lay sleeping, her mouth slightly open, her silky black hair hanging over her face. She was all that a man could want.

And yet he wanted more, something no woman could give him. Ari awkwardly dressed himself in bed, pulling off his sleeping tunic, wriggling into his four-cornered tunic. He touched the blue-and-white threaded tzitzit - ritual fringes exactly like the ones he had so despised growing up as a boy. His stepfather, a harsh and rigid man, a Hasid of the Lubavitcher sect, had made life miserable for Ari. The kosher laws, the rules for Shabbat, the endless prayers - all of it was meshugah. Crazy.

by the age of thirteen, when he took his bar mitzvah, Ari had already read Darwin. Einstein. Russell. The universe was not 5,700 years old; it was fourteen billion. Man had not been molded from the dust of the earth; he was the random endpoint of a long sequence of chemical reactions. And if there was a God, he was not a personal God; he was a First Cause, a Ground of Being, infinitely remote. Or so Ari had believed until he came here.

Ari heard Baruch pulling on his own clothes under his covers. "Brother Ari, it is time."

Ari slipped out of bed and plunged his feet into his sandals, throwing his thick goat-hair cloak around him to ward off the chill. Baruch followed him out of the room. They tiptoed down the stairs to the doorway. Ari wrapped a long, very broad cloth belt around his waist several times.

Continues...


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Meet the Author

Randall Ingermanson is an award-winning novelist with a Ph. in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. His first two novels, Transgression and Oxygen, both won Christy Awards. Dr. Ingermanson lives with his wife and 3 daughters in San Diego, CA. Link to his website from www.zondervan.com/author/ingermansonr

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Premonition 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most unique story line I've read in a very long time. Very creative throughout. Can't wait to read the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm currently reading Retribution, the sequel to Premonition. It's reminded me how much I enjoyed Premonition and why. The characters are so real and the time period so authentic. Ingermanson has the ability to write a suspense-filled, page turning historical novel. It's entertaining and educational to read about real people along with the fictional characters. If you haven't read this book, you're missing a great story! And the sequel is promising to be even better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Premonition kept me turning the pages until the very last sentence! I loved this book. Wow, Ingermanson is incredibly well-versed in physics and the history of Jerusalem, A.D. 57. Reading the book was like peering through a window through time and experiencing life in such a tumultuous time/setting. Ari & Rivka were well-developed characters, and I found their different modern upbringings to be very interesting when thrown into an ancient worldview. My only complaint with Premonition is that I hadn't read the prequel, Transgression, first. While the author says you don't need to read that book to enjoy Premonition (which is true for the most part), I sometimes wished I understood fully what the characters referred to when discussing past events. I almost had to piece together what brought them to Jerusalem (A.D. 57) in the first place. Yes, I knew they traveled through a wormhole, but I would have liked to read that part. Still, Premonition is super-exciting and only makes me want to read Transgression more and also to run out and get the sequel to Premonition, Retribution, as soon as it comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rivka finds herself in a world she barely recognizes and does not conform to with ease. The struggles she encounters on a daily basis go against everything she grew up believing. Ari, in his own wrestling match of spiritual issues, is suddenly in a limelight with many snares. How these two navigate through a time in which they know the outcomes is a tension filled read. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christian fiction is changing, and Randall Ingermanson is one of the reasons why. This book is even better than its precedessor, and better than all other books he's written. Why, you ask? Because the situation's intriguing: two people from the current time thrown back into early Jerusalem. You get to watch how they (especially Rivka) deal with foreknowledge and survival. And there's even a nice variety in the characters - Berenike was a nice surprise and Hanan is interesting even if he's horrible. Not to mention Baruch's dilemma which I found poignant. In all, a riveting book. Fast-paced and it sets up events for the next book. Don't miss this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an awesome book. Randall takes us into the past to prepare us to live more fully in the present and more powerfully in the future. He covers the problem of good, busy women's syndrome, how to love your enemies, all while teaching us some history, a little physics and whipping up a gripping storyline at the same time. Get this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ingermanson has created a captivating tale that presents James the brother of Jesus in a very intriguing light. 'Premonition' wrestles very honestly with one of the most difficult of Jesus' teachings - 'love your enemy.' The book is an easy read, well plotted and difficult to put down. Those who enjoyed 'Transgression' will be well rewarded with a worthy follow up on the lives of Ari and Rivka and their adjustment to life in the first century. I can highly recommend this book to all lovers of historical fiction, time travel and fiction in general. It will challenge you, entertain you and leave you anxious for the next installment in the 'City of God' series
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PLAUDITS AND PRAISE FOR PREMONITION Denominationally speaking, I'm no charismatic, but I declare Randall Ingermanson's latest novel, PREMONITION (Zondervan, 2003), a revelation of what he really is: a genius and a liar. This guy has apparently, in his other profession as a physicist, invented a time machine, traveled back to first-century Israel, and then written what basically amounts to a journal of his experience that he tries to pass off as mere fiction, thus guarding his secret technology. The nerve. And the verve: PREMONITION brought that historical era, and the first-generation church, alive to me in a way no history book ever has. By way of comparison to another well-received time-travel novel, PREMONITION surpasses Michael Crichton's TIMELINE. Contra Ingermanson's own recommendation in the 'Author's Note' on p. 7, I *do* suggest you read the setup novel TRANSGRESSION (Harvest House, 2000), for the simple reason that you will have that much more appreciation for the characters and their plight. And oh, what a plight: imagine if *you* had traveled back to first-century Israel in a race to save the Apostle Paul from assassination, and the reward for your efforts is to be *trapped* there for the rest of your natural life. That's what has happened to archeologist Rivka Meyers and physicist Ari Kazan. Rivka, the driving character in this story, has some measure of knowledge about what's going to befall both Israel and segments of the early church-but her archeological sources aren't always as accurate as they purport to be. So when she reveals some of her knowledge, will it prove her a prophetess or get her branded a witch? Ari, meanwhile, applies his physics knowledge to the engineering trade, but in addition to making technological marvels, he makes a few enemies. Both main characters-especially the so-far-nonChristian Ari-struggle in their understanding of God and of what His purpose might be in placing them in a 'time zone' to which they don't naturally belong. In addition to being a physicist and storyteller, Ingermanson might also be a historian-or at least a top-notch researcher when it comes to preparing his novels. In PREMONITION he has woven together an astonishing tapestry of first-century detail, but not in the way of an intriguing carpet design you walk over and forget about. This is more like a patchwork quilt in which each square tells you something about the heritage of the one who made it, and in which you wrap yourself up as if making the heritage your own. PREMONITION's historical backdrop is fascinating not merely for its own sake but also for the way it affects Rivka, Ari, and their newfound Jewish friends. The characters themselves, even the supporting lineup (some of whom are actual historical figures, including the delightful surprise that is Queen Berenike) are so well developed that you *feel* the impact of events and situations as if Ingermanson had written you into the plot and you had become friends (or enemies) of all these people. Two examples stand out to me. First, I shared the twentieth-century Rivka's frustration with a chauvinistic culture that regularly barred her self-expression and contribution as a female. When she felt like smacking some of these guys, I would happily have smacked the other cheek. And, while I expected sterling adventure and character development from Ingermanson, what took me by surprise was the realization of the sheer *Jewishness* of the first generation of Christians. I'll never read Acts in quite the same way again. In this vein, a possibly unintended effect of PREMONITION is its impact on the modern Christian idea that if we could 'just go back to being like the early church,' we'd be a *better* church. Hardly. That's because, as this novel brilliantly illustrates, *fallen human nature and ignorance* existed in the church then as much as it exists in the church today. Every generation has a mountain of s
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was completely captivated by Indermanson's portrayal of life in 1st century Jerusalem! The story started quickly, introducing me to a time and place that wasn¿t very safe. But while there¿s a lot of action, there¿s a deeper story line about Rivka¿s struggles to be more than ¿Ari¿s woman.¿ I was enthralled as people I have heard about from the Bible lived and breathed for me on the pages. I couldn¿t stop reading until the end. As a side note, this is Book 2 of the City of God series. I never had the opportunity to read ¿Transgression¿, the first book in the series, and didn¿t feel lost at all. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story, not just those interested in early church history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two modern day scientists, trapped in Jerusalem AD 57, struggle to adapt to the ancient culture that is now their home and the knowledge of what the future will bring. Rich historic detail combined with historic and fictional characters makes Premonition worth loosing sleep over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Randall Ingermanson tells an exciting tale in his new book Premontion. The gift of seeing into the future has an interesting twist that will keep readers guessing. The details of life in Jerusalem in 57a.d. are brought to life and gives the modern reader insight to this time period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It¿s a problem common to those who write historical novels: How does one write about customs that seem alien to us without interjecting our modern western sensibilities into the text? Randall Ingermanson solves this problem rather neatly in his City of God series, which pits a modern couple against the world of the past. One can hardly call PREMONITION a time-travel novel, as it involves no science-fiction elements. But since this is a sequel to TRANSGRESSION, a book in which the protagonists, Rivka Meyers and Ari Kozan, are stranded in time, one needs only a brief reminder about who they are and how they came to be there, and suddenly, the reader is immersed in the world of Jerusalem, circa 57-62 a.d. One doesn¿t need to worry about seeing the past through modern eyes, as this is actually the basis of the whole book. Ingermanson is the kind of author discerning Christian readers have been waiting for, one who blends his knowledge of science and his faith seamlessly in the telling of a strong, emotionally-driven story. And this is the sort of book that (presumably) would sit equally well with an unbeliever or agnostic; not all questions are answered, and not all storylines are wrapped up (presumably, to leave room for a sequel, as well as to tell a more genuine story). This is not BACK TO THE FUTURE, with its fast-paced racing through time to solve a paradox; this is a realistic look at what would happen if someone who knew the future as though it had already happened (for Rivka Meyers, it has) were to be dumped suddenly into the very events she had studied all her life. The adventure is in the living, breathing realities of what it means to be literally lost to one¿s own world. Those readers who have read TRANSGRESSION (and I do recommend reading it first, even though the author doesn¿t; while the second book is indeed better, the setting of the stage is too important to miss, and PREMONITION does expand on the first in many ways) will know that Rivka and Ari have indeed married, something that seemed unlikely as their respective faith and lack of faith clashed throughout the first book. In PREMONITION, we find that Ari has accepted the reality of HaShem (the Creator God), but still does not believe that Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah. Watching Ari grapple with his own heritage and faith is a surprisingly gripping experience; one does not always read novels that ask deep questions without having to wade through pat answers. Far from giving us trite clichés, Ingermanson presents us with moments of sheer power, through which the reader is given an idea of what it is truly like to try to find answers to the unanswerable. Ingermanson¿s City of God is well researched, and while the writing is tight, the picture he paints is lavish. This series has convinced me that I need to learn Hebrew, in order that I might understand more greatly the roots of my own faith. My only puzzlement is that after reading the entire book, I had to double-check to make certain that the blurb on the back did indeed match the text; I did not see many indications in the character of Yaakov ben Joseph that he was indeed James, the brother of Jesus. While there are many reinforcements of the idea that he leads the Way (the early Christians), not much is said about what it is like to be the little brother of the Messiah. All in all, though, PREMONITION is a fully worthwhile reading experience, and I wholly recommend it to anyone who is fond of historical novels, romance, adventure, science fiction, or (as it happily happens) a combination of all of the above.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Randall Ingermanson PhD has proven that TIME travel is possible. As this is what he has done in both of His books, Transgression and the sequel to it, ¿Premonition¿. In both books, you are transported to the 1st Century(AD57). He shows us what life would be like if we were transported back to that time. We see through the eyes of Ari Kazan a physicist and his wife, Rivka Meyers a Messianic Jewish archaeologists, both from the current times and stuck in this ancient time. If we had the knowledge that Rivka has, would we try to use it to change history? As they have landed during perilous times. In only a few short years, the destruction of Jerusalem will be upon them.(AD70) This is a very impressive book and should be included in your reading list. Don¿t miss out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't have to read the first in this series, TRANSGRESSION, in order to thoroughly enjoy PREMONITION, but I'm betting you'll want to after going on this adventure. Ingermanson brings this time period to life vividly, with believable characters, gripping drama, and beautiful insights. The pace is fast; you don't want to put it down, but it is also thought provoking. I am anticipating the next in the series---and anything else that this terrific author writes in the future!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an extremely interesting and Intriguing book Set in the First Century. A.D.. Based on the Books that Randall Read doing research, I think it gave a very good view of the life and times of the inhabitants back then, which I found to be all to much like we are today. Which unfortunately I expect is probably true. I am not a big reader of fiction but was unable to put this fascinating book down. I was even reading it at stoplights while driving; I am looking forward to Mr.Ingermanson's next book in the City of God series. I would recommend this to anyone. Jim Parker
Guest More than 1 year ago
Randall Ingermanson has done it again with Premonition! Find yourself transported to Jerusalem in the days following Jesus¿ death. Get to know Jesus' brother, James (Yaakov ben Yoseph), as well as Hana and Baruch and time travelers Rivka and Ari, - they will all win your heart. I prayed with them, laughed with them, grieved with them. Ingermanson is a master storyteller, making it virtually impossible to set the book aside until I had devoured every last word! Please don¿t keep us waiting too long for the next one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed PREMONITION by Randall Ingermanson. It is a book I will enjoy reading again and again. Any book that can grab my attention, an captivate me into reading it none stop has got to be a hit. I came out slightly changed after reading Premonition. I believe it gave me an insight into a way of life that I didn't know existed. It also touched me on a religious level. I feel now more that ever that prayer can make a difference in my life and the world. Thanks You Mr. Ingermanson for making a contribution to our life. Sincerely Tim
Guest More than 1 year ago
Premonition invites the reader into the lives of several likable and complex characters. Ingermanson puts his characters in danger from the beginning and doesn't release them until the end, which keeps the pages turning. Throughout the book the characters struggle with loving and forgiving their enemies in a way that sucks the reader in and makes him want to know if the characters overcome in the end.

But what I like most about this book was the trip into history. The author's presentation of the history was largely without intrusion¿he reported facts without preaching about them. He respects his readers enough, apparently, to allow them to judge for themselves about the social ills of the first century. It was quite refreshing to read a Christian book without all the trite answers and without all the preaching and sappy conversions that we have seen so much of.

I have one complaint about the book. I would have to give Premonition a 'parental guidance' rating because one of the main characters, a Christian, feels justified in marrying an unbeliever simply because he's a religious Jew. I would have taken this as just the misguided opinion of the character but Ingermanson himself seems to have an opinion of Jews who reject Christ that I don¿t understand. I don't want to give the book away but in places it seems that the author is suggesting that the Apostles prayed with Jews who rejected Christ as if those who loved Christ and those who rejected Christ were praying to the same God. He even goes so far as to suggest that an unbeliever is offered heaven, I think. I found this confusing and disturbing.

The book is surely worth the price of admission¿it's an engaging read and a delightful look at history. But be forewarned that the soteriology is a bit fuzzy in this one.

Guest More than 1 year ago
Premonition by Randall Ingermanson Rivka, an archaeologist and Messianic Jew and Ari, her physicist husband, are swept through a hole in time from contemporary USA into first century Jerusalem. They try to bridge the gender, generation, religion and language gaps. Rivka has an eidetic memory and recalls passages from Josephus, the First Century historian. She struggles to find a way to communicate critical information to a culture that is unprepared to hear or to accept her because she is considered to be a ¿seer¿ or false prophet. This book is about relationships: woman to woman; woman to man: man to man; man to child; and man to God. Premonition is filled with episodes of high drama - crises that will keep you turning the pages into the night. One of the most beautiful passages concerns Ari wanting to identify with the inexpressible grief of his best friend. Without words, Ari kneels on the ground alongside his friend at the ash heap and dusts himself with ashes. One can feel the agony of the soul and almost hear the groans of spirit with grieving spirit. Ari understands complex linear operations, fiber bundles, Hilbert spaces but has to struggle with how to introduce basic physics such as gears for a water lift to supply water for the Temple. He believes in a personal God but has inner struggles about why a good God would permit evil to exist. He likens this to quantum mechanics, which don¿t make sense - yet work. Many of the first century Biblical characters have a place in this book: Paul, Governor Festus, James, King Agrippa, Queen Bernice, Gameliel and others. Conflict and stress evolve from Jewish religion and culture. Dr Ingermanson seems equally at home in painting word pictures of tender, gentle love or hideous, malicious acts of violence, humiliation and degradation. The book was well researched and has a ring of authenticity. It is thoroughly entertaining and offers a greater understanding of the activities at the Jewish Temple, the priesthood, morning prayers for the men, festivals; and the stoning of persons. I was brought to tears during a scene in which one of the priests had a monumental inner battle with hate. The brutal, malicious killing of priests made him hate the perpetrators of the crimes. The struggle was not for his life, safety or freedom but to be able to claim victory by releasing the hatred in his heart as he faces death. The final chapters present a problem. The tension is so great that it hurts to go on and yet the reader can¿t stand not to find out what happens next. The images of friend with friend and the ¿redemption¿ of an innocent child will linger long after the covers of the book are closed. Surely Premonition will earn a special place ¿ a singular place - in contemporary literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is the continuation of the story found in Ingermanson's 'Transgression.' In order to understand this book, the previous book is necessary read. Now, on with the review. Ari and Rivka have accepted the inevitable - they are stranded in first-century Jerusalem. The question is how will they survive. Ari's expertise in quantum physics isn't much use in a time when few people can even read. Rivka, however, has been cursed with a curious gift. Her photographic memory can vividly recall what the historians wrote about these turbulent times in Jerusalem. She literally knows what is going to happen because she studied about those events in the 21st century. Ari is still struggling with the idea that the true Yeshua of history may not be the hated Jesus he believes him to be. Through Rivka's gift, she and her husband become entangled in the deadly politics of the time. Rivka attempts to orchestrate history to avoid the bloodbath that is coming. She manages to acquire several powerful enemies for her efforts. All the characters from 'Transgression' make a return, excluding Damien. Well, maybe not. Anyway, Hana, Baruch, Renegade Shaul, Yaakov the tsaddik, and a few other historical characters create a simply marvelous story. The story is so real you can almost taste the dust from the streets and hear the screams from the riots. No joke, the author did a great job of creating a realistic scene. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who simply enjoys an excellent, thought provoking read. A warning is necessary, though. Instead of studying med/surg as I needed to, I spent the night finishing 'Premonition.' Enjoy! I would urge everyone to read 'Premonition,' after reading 'Transgression,' of course.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great!!!! I loved it! Anytime you see Randall Ingermanson name on the cover of a book you know you are going to have a good read!!!!!!!! Normally I wouldn't read a book in this era but I did it any way, And couldn't put it down!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Premonition, his latest book, Randy Ingermanson once again demonstrates his considerable skill as a writer. He weaves a fascinating tale, successfully mixing intrigue and danger, to provide a first class, often thought-provoking, historical novel. He skillfully breathes life into the culture and traditions of first century Jerusalem, making us realise the customs and politics of the Jews of AD57 are so very different from our own. Following on from his first book, Transgression, Ingermanson tracks the lives of Rivka Meyers ¿ a Messianic Jewish archaeologist - and her husband, Ari Kazan ¿ a physicist. Both from current times, they don¿t belong in the past, but are stuck there. Rivka uses her knowledge of the future to make predictions, but to her dismay discovers her good reputation turns sour when a prediction fails. Meanwhile Ari seeks his own niche in the city, employing his considerable knowledge and abilities to make a living. But as political events change, and the turmoil round the corner draws ever nearer, the atmosphere becomes charged and the pace quickens . . . An impressive book from an impressive author ¿ though I¿ve come to expect no less ¿ and one I¿d recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first century c.e. really comes alive in Randy's latest book, Premonition. Rivka's attempts to control the future and Ari's attemts to know HaShem in their present make for very good reading. The way they deal with these issues gives a great insight on life in a time when honor is more valuable than love!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book-randall ingermansn is one of my favorite fiction authors -all his books are excellent,suspenseful,and full of great characters you will really care about and this is no different -a wonderful story that makes you feel as your right there with them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
PREMONITION grows out of rich research, patterned plotting, gritty detail, and the pitiful lot of prophets. The author delivers on his warning of first century culture shock and provides new depth to the relationship, 'Abba.' PREMONITION pits one woman and her man against the stream of history--knowing the future, powerless to prevent being part of it. Ingermanson's best fiction yet.