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Posted March 17, 2005
This is an excellent book for people interested in Roman military history and some neat spin on the execution of Jesus. I teach world history and still learned some interesting detail about Roman legions - for example, the lower numbered cohorts of a legion are the experienced veterans. The perspective one gains of the Jewish Revolt of 70 AD is historically quite jarring and worth the read as well. The author also puts some neat spin on whether or not Jesus actually died on the cross. Good character development too. My only fault is with the too abrupt almost sci-fi channel ending with lightening flashes and all the neat plot twists coming to a head in just a very few pages. Up to that point a great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2005
THE INQUEST brilliantly fulfils the criteria for a major historical novel: exciting adventure, compelling chacterisations, and a well realised sense of time and place. In one telling scene after another, the author reminds us that there is nothing new about bigotry and fanaticism. The inquest proves to be a quest for Julius Varro, who represents pagan Rome at the height of her power. I followed his step by step moral evolution with fascination. Through lucid, intelligent writing, Dando-Collins presents the reader with a mystery that has enormous ramifications for our world today. If you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, you won't be able to put this one down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.