The Eighth Scroll

The Eighth Scroll

by Laurence B. Brown


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The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown

Stirring the flames of age-old controversies, The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown draws on the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to create an unbelievably dynamic and powerful story. Set in a world that teeters between orthodoxy and heresy, this thriller is packed with intrigue and adventure. When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project hides one of the scrolls because of the heretical message it contains, no one is the wiser until decades later, when a prominent archeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll . . . or die trying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419673238
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Publication date: 02/22/2008
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 665,675
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

A graduate of Cornell University, Brown University Medical School, and George Washington University Hospital residency program, Laurence B. Brown is an ophthalmic surgeon, a retired Air Force officer, and the medical director and chief ophthalmologist of a major eye center in the Middle East. For the past two decades, he has divided his time between America, England, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. He has authored four books of comparative religion, The Eighth Scroll, and another soon-to-be-published action/adventure novel. He currently lives in Saudi Arabia with his wife, their one daughter, and an ever changing assortment of hamsters and parrots.

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Eighth Scroll 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
EmsID More than 1 year ago
When The Gatekeeper's Post approached me about this one and told me the storyline, I was hooked from there. It's done along the same lines as The DaVinci Code, only not with art. I rather liked that book, as a good read, and was excited to get going with this one. Here's the thing: it didn't disappoint. I was sucked in from the first page, and only end-of-semester assignments kept me from finishing as quickly as I'd have liked. There's a benefit to that though; I was able to really digest the book and get into it. I loved how we start out with Michael as a teenager, and then progress with him through the years and the search for the Lost Gospel. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, but it was a nice touch. He was a very realistic character and full of quirks. The best part was when he started getting all neurotic, because I could totally see where/why that had come into play. Sometimes those things bug me in a book, but this was so well developed that it was the right thing. And June. Okay, so she doesn't come in until way later, but I seriously adored her. She was a fantastic character! So full of life and spunk. She was just plain cool. I really liked the other characters we meet along the way, even the goons. (I suddenly like that word...goon...goon...say it a few times. It's hilarious!) They're just well done. Seriously well done. And the plot. The plot! So I might not agree theologically, but holy cow, what if this was true?! It'd shake Christianity to its core. Seriously. I was blown away by the theory. This isn't the first time I've heard it, but it's definitely the most well-written thing I've ever read about it. If something that I don't agree with sucks me in like this, you know it's good. No plot holes, very well researched (I'm an archaeologist {well, that's what my BA is in}, so I pick up on discrepancies in that sort of thing and there weren't any), and very easy to follow. And seriously. It's good. It's better than good. It's so well written and so easy to read. If you pick it up, and I highly recommend that you do, you won't be sorry. I've got the pdf version, and I'm going to pick up the paperback. Seriously, it's one that I'll read over and over. Don't miss it! I'm giving this my 'Pick Me' rating.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty entertaining read. Not a masterpiece by any means and not without flaws, but it is a good religious thriller sort of in the same vein as "The da Vinci Code". Some of the time jumps were irritating and unmarked very well, but that may have been a limitation with the e-book format, I do not know. Sort of reads like an adventure movie in your mind so that's fun. Might try another from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This might be 279 pages, but it reads like 500 pages its fast paces and u just cant stop thinging about what is happening! A must to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A could not put down novel - wonderful read.
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AAR More than 1 year ago
THE EIGHTH SCROLL by Dr. Laurence B. Brown is a religious thriller set across multi-generational and spans the world. It is written with detail and depth. It has violence, history, archaeologists, adventure,treachery, danger, betrayal, CIA, Mossad, Italian mob, and the Vatican.The characters are well developed and engaging. This multi-generational story spans the world while a father and son team try to come to grip with the deaths of friends, family, outwit the various group trying to silence them, and bring to light the secret of "the Eighth Scroll". "The Eighth Scroll" is suppose to be the long-lost ancient scroll written by the apostle James. This scroll has be hidden for centuries, it is supposed to be the final edict of the Dead Sea Scrolls. If the truth of this scroll comes to light it could destroy or ruin the church. The son, Michael, with the help of some friends tries to finish what was started years before.This book is fast paced, reveals some critical religious controversies and will have you wondering what if.... It is a powerful thought provoking read. If you enjoy controversy, religious facts and violence you will enjoy this one.This book was received for review by Bostick Communications and the author and details can be find at Booksurge,LLC and My Book Addiction and More.
arcook More than 1 year ago
Within the first few pages of The Eighth Scroll, Frank Tones tells his colleague and friend, Dr. Gerald Hansen that "It's not our lives I fear for. It's our souls." With this simple and mysterious statement, Dr. Hansen and his son Michael begin their journey to Nubia. Events unfold quickly as the characters try to find the truth behind the eighth scroll, which is believed to be one of the missing Dead Sea scrolls. The book tracks the quest for this truth over a 20-year span in several different countries. *** I was hesitant to read this book because it sounded like just another archeological mystery along the lines of the DaVinci Code. While the story line was somewhat similar, I found The Eighth Scroll to be much more enjoyable. I felt that the characters were well developed and scenes described in great detail. The book was full of action and moved fast. It was frequently difficult to find a place to stop reading. *** For those that are so inclined, the book provides plenty of food for thought. The author brings up several points that would suggest that there are errors in the Bible. Some readers may wonder what they would do if an ancient text were actually discovered that contradicts some parts of the Bible and even some fundamental Christian beliefs. *** My congratulations to Dr. Brown for writing an exciting and thought provoking book that is suitable for the entire family. The book contained no obscene language and no scenes that could be considered "adult situations". *** Disclosure of Material Connection: I was given a review copy of this book by the author/publisher. 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."