The centurion who speared Christ also guarded the tomb. When the body is missing, Pilate orders his arrest. He flees. The spear has special powers. An angel orders him to write a manuscript and hide it. He writes a second manuscript and hides it, before being captured by the Romans in Ephesus. He writes his final testimonial, then hides it along with the spear.
After an earthquake in 2030, one of the manuscripts is found by two American archeologists. A hunt for the other manuscripts and the spear takes them to Jordan, Israel, back to Turkey, and finally America. America has become very secular, and there is legislation proposed to limit Christianity in America. It will be voted upon on Good Friday. When word gets out of the found manuscripts, a chase follows. The Christians want to publish it, and the atheists and Muslims want to destroy it.
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I really enjoyed this story. I had many other things to do, but I put them all aside to binge through this book in 3 days. I couldn't put it down! The story is compelling, detailed, fast paced, and believable. I like to buy the text and Audiobook version and read alongside the Narration.
I liked the aspect of the spear and how and when it would work and the situations where it wouldn't. Also the politics and technology, set in the future, are believable, should the current trends continue.
Narrator was good and fit the style of the book well.
Reminds me of Indian Jones with a biblical twist
LOL ... Well, as the narrator, I have much criticism regarding the performance, yet, respectful to the author, I will refrain. :)
It was especially difficult to narrate the voices of such Biblical giants as occur in this work; even quoted words of our Savior. Very, very difficult. I am and remain so beneath. I can only hope I did them a respectful justice.
None in particular.
Oh, for sure .... Longinus!!! So many questions!!! :)
It was truly an honor and a pleasure to narrate this work. Thom Vines' passion with history and His Word is obvious, and he clearly "did his homework," here; effectively entwining Biblical and secular history, then extrapolating a very real and scary future with his wonderfully creative genius resulting in a very contemporary, exciting, and inspirational work. Congrats, Mr. Vines!! :)
Great listen for someone interested in historical fiction with a futuristic flare. I found the story to be captivating, thought provoking and inspirational. The narration was exceptional, creating good differentiation among character voices allowing me to feel the feelings of the characters....good controlled emotion behind the voice. I felt as if the narrator enjoyed the story and connected with Longinus, giving the listener a story to remember.
I have been listening to audiobooks for years and this one ranks in the top 10.
My favorite character is Lacy. Her faith is inspiring!
It's a wonderful book! It renews my own faith and makes me want to go look up more information in the bible. It also makes me think twice about Artificial Intelligence!
I will continue to look for more audiobooks narrated by R. Paul Matty. He's becoming one of my favorite narrators to listen to because he takes me right into the story. Love it!
I hope the publisher will commission a new narrator. This book and author deserve a professional narration.
I listened to the sample before purchasing this book. The speech was so slow and robotic I thought it must be a glitch. Unfortunately it was not. It was difficult to finish listening to this audio version because the narration was the worst I have experienced on Audible. I kept hoping it would improve but it did not. The narrator's rendition of the character voices was extremely inconsistent. He used slow, hoarse speech and a vexatious, distracting clearing of his throat.
I rarely feel compelled to write a review but this is a great read. I purchased the hard back version to read and I am so glad I did.
I enjoyed the creativity of this thought provoking story within a story. The meticulous historical data in this book contains details I never knew about Longinus Petronis thus giving the story a definitive attribute that draws the reader in with a desire to learn more about this centurion of Rome. Add a futuristic sci-fi twist to make this a compelling story that is hard to put down.
I would recommend this book in hardback or kindle versions. Readers who enjoy historic fiction will enjoy the learning aspect along with a glimpse into the possibility of a world unlike anything we could imagine or would want to experience.
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