by Tom Pollack – I felt like I’d been subjected to a bait-n-switch in this book. It started so promisingly as a tale of the supernatural, wherein a modern female archaeologist excavating a site in Italy “sees” the life experiences of a long-dead man when she touches the pendant of a necklace hanging from what she believes is a statue of a man. And for a while, the author jumps back and forth fairly regularly between the modern day and the ancient life of the man, who turns out to be a well-known Biblical figure. His life is pretty fascinating, although it was increasingly difficult to suspend my disbelief when he was credited as having been present at so many historical events and of having invented or perfected so many elements of civilized society.
However, about three-quarters of the way through, it became obvious that the author was not simply trying to tell a fascinating story with supernatural elements. No, he was proselytizing, as the historical figure comes in contact with Jesus of Nazareth. The rest is just beating a dead horse, with details to support the Christian message that was clearly the theme of and reason for the book.
Look, there’s nothing wrong with writing Christian fiction, especially if it’s well written. The thing that bothered me: it’s not labelled as such. And that left me feeling duped.
[I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads.com First Reads drawing.]