Logos is a bildungsroman about the anonymous author of the original Gospel, set amid the kaleidoscopic mingling of ancient cultures. In A.D. 66, Jacob is one of Jerusalem's privileged Greco-Roman Jews. When Roman soldiers murder his parents and his beloved sister disappears in a pogrom led by the Roman procurator, he joins Israel's rebellion against Rome. The rebellion he helps to foment leads to more tragedy-personal and, ultimately, cosmic: Jacob's wife and son perish in Rome's siege of Jerusalem, and the Romans destroy Jerusalem and the Temple, and finally extinguish Israel at Masada. Jacob wanders, and in Rome, he joins other dissidents-plotting vengeance not by arms, but by the power of an idea. Paul of Tarsus, Josephus, the keepers of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the historical Jesus himself each play a role in Jacob's tumultuous fortunes, but the women who have loved him compel the transforming and subversive climax.
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About the Author
John Neeleman spends his days working as a trial lawyer in tall buildings in downtown Seattle. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children. He also represents death row inmates pro bono in Louisiana and Texas. As a novelist, his editorial model is historical fiction in a largely realistic mode, though there are hallucinatory passages that reflect Neeleman’s concern with philosophical and spiritual matters, in part a residue of his religious upbringing. He was raised as a seventh generation Mormon, and rebelled, but never outgrew his interest in metaphysical concerns.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you love historical or biblical fiction then LOGOS is the the book for you. It takes you back in time to meet Jacob a carpenter . It takes you back to Rome and to Jerusalem in AD times. I loved the sights and sounds and got to meet people of the biblical times. How they lived,loved and died. Reading the birth of Christianity on my terms. It was beautiful writing so beautiful I could see what the author wanted me to see in his writing. I am NOT a religious scholar but I was impressed with the work the author put into this book. I received this book from goodreads in exchange for a review
I received a copy of Logos through a blog tour for my honest opinion of it. I was pretty stoked when I seen the description for this book on the Novel Publicity's website for upcoming blog tours. That description blew me away and I knew; just knew I had to take part in this tour. Logos is really one of kind and I don't think there will ever be a book that can come to close to the it in this magnitude. First off, we need to make sure you know this is a fiction story. It is a theory on who could have been the creator of the Bible and therefore, the Christianity movement. So, when you come in to the story, you definitely need to have an open mind. I think the story appealed to me because I consider myself more spiritual than religious, per say. I love historical fictions and this creative mystery was one of the best! I love that the author, Mr. Neeleman, gave us an inside view into the religious concepts we learned from the Bible, but with a twist to it. This twist is what really makes Logos become an epic journey for one man and in many ways, for ourselves as well. Logos makes us expand our mind as we give in to the "what if" situation that has presented itself. I was just amazed at the amount of research and hard work that went into making Logos. As you read through the story, you see this huge amount of diversity of the different peoples known to inhabit that area in that time period. The descriptions are so well laid out it turns Logos into a 3 D artistic design instead of just a book. Logos also introduces us to some well known and beloved characters but changes them up to make them seem new to us all over again. Many familiar names pop up in Logos, including Paul, Josephus,and Yeshua (Jesus) too; but we are also introduced to some new characters as well. Our main protagonist, Jacob, is a complex character that goes through some serious hardships to become a very important person. I love that we see Jacob as a human with flaws and misgivings, and he learns through his mistakes as he goes through many battles, to become wise in his years. As much as I did love the creativity put in the pages of the book; Logos was also terribly long. It seemed to pay attention to detail a little too much, insofar as describing every little thing intensely. I love detailed world building, but at the same time you have to know when to pull back. All in all, Logos was a spectacular journey into the fictional beginnings of Christianity through the eyes of a man that goes through many spiritual and physical changes to find himself. Logos has massive twists and turns that surprised me over and over. It has a mixture of emotions running through it, including love as well as heartbreak. I found myself crying at the horrors Jacob witnessed and experienced in his life. Mr. Neeleman created a interesting story that combines politics, historical accounts, religion, mystery, and even romance to make a well rounded novel for someone with an open mind to enjoy.