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Blood of a Stone based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Demetrios the lead character, a young man violently abused by his father, is sold into slavery in Palestine during the time of Jesus and his movement. Initiated by a horrific assault by his Roman master, Demetrois escapes slavery with his friend and companion Elazar to start a new life as a trader and caravan driver. It is during this time that he struggles with his past life and is tormented by nightmares and visions. This journey is main theme of the book and is more of a moral lesson than a thriller/ mystery. It is not really my type of book and purely coincidental that I read it just before Easter. I would like to award it half marks at two and half stars but unfortunately that is not possible. It covers quite a range of moral issues from the slavery to religion but in the end there are no miracles only an okay book.
As a writer myself, one of my favorite leisure activities is to read. It is inevitable that I also tend to pick apart the styles of my competition in the industry, and analyze them. In cracking open this one, I was unable to do anything other than simply enjoy it. This gem is a superbly written work that clearly involved a ton of research. Not only are the historical references spot-on, but there are so many other things the writer has done that define her skill as an author. There are visual descriptions that project the scenery in such a way that you could swear you were right there, living the words on the page. Character development is out of this world. Simple things like the descriptions of hunger, and the smells and tastes of food for a starving slave make not only your own stomach growl, but feel an aching empathy for the character in the book. Prepare yourself for the stark brutality of the era, as the author does not hold back in her revelations of what wanton cruelty man can inflict on his fellow man. This is a gripping tale that could very well have been. Jeanne Gassman has in one swoop, firmly established herself in the industry as a talented writer. I tip my hat to her on this one. Well done, Jeanne.