“This is the first book I've read about the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD and the only thing that comes close to it was A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. In this novel there is an entire portion of the story devoted to Nero's demise as well as the rebellion in Jerusalem that Rome got involved...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is the first book I've read about the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD and the only thing that comes close to it was A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. In this novel there is an entire portion of the story devoted to Nero's demise as well as the rebellion in Jerusalem that Rome got involved in. I liked how the author tied it all to the book of Revelation that the apostle John wrote on Patmos. That was an interesting perspective.
It was obvious the book was not the first in a series and it did feel like some things would have touched me more if I had read the first two books, but I still enjoyed this one. The authors did hint at the historical information from previous books. I loved that Vitas had such a powerful role in this story and how he was on a faith journey as well as a quest to destroy Nero. The connection he had to the Ark of the Covenant was awesome, too.
This book was very man-friendly, and by that, I mean it had it's gruesome, descriptive parts. Most guys will love the battle scenes and I know part of the fall of Jerusalem had to do with stacks of corpses, people starving, women consuming their own children, etc. But, um, yuck.
Anyway, I found this story compelling enough to finish it. It was interesting to read about Vitas' love for his wife from his perspective. Oh, and I knew Nero was a sicko, but man, was his behavior gross. Isn't there a saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely? Nero was a prime example of that.
I love how at the end of this book the authors go into detail about history and what is true as well as what they fabricated for the story. It was like getting a mini history lesson about a turbulent time in the world. I didn't realize that after Nero came four more Caesars for a short period of time. It's amazing that Christianity and Judaism survived at all after that. It just shows how God has a plan and it will come to fruition. The question is just how involved do we want to get in that plan. Oh, and I loved the ending, but I don't want to post a spoiler so we'll leave it at that.”
“Before reading this book, I had heard only two interpretations of the Book of Revelation. The dominate one I heard was the end of the world for us and it hadn't happened and the Left Behind movie (I also heard Catholics don't believe in the Rapture theory so I never thought about that one much). I had also heard that there was a theory that Revelation was about the 2nd fall of the Temple. I didn't know much about that event so I just accepted them as theories and had no idea what I thought and found Revelation confussing but willing to hear the theories. After this book, I might be more inclied to the Revelation prophicising the fall of Jerusalem.
Now about the book. The story really pulled me in. Vitas was a sympathetic, honorable hero that I just conected to. He, as well as all the other characters, was well developed and realistic. The building of the story as also good, slowly working up to the exciting, action parts and mystery unfloding just enough to keep the reader wondering what was going to happen. There were times I got confused and didn't understand all the conections but the intricacy kept me involved. I was almost not happy with the ending. The action went really close to the final page and I thought there wouldn't be enough time for a wrap-up. But, it was done beautiful and left with some hope for the characters in the future.
In exchange for an honost review, I received this book through the Tynadle Blogging Network.”