Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Review: The Scroll

Publication Date: September 2011
by Waterbrook Press
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: review copy from publisher

Dr. David Chambers, leading archaeologist, has spent his professional career uncovering the facts in the artifacts. His work sets the standard for biblical research in the Holy Land. But surrounded by the evidence, David has sunk into an abyss of doubt. A painful experience with a seemingly unresponsive God has left him without hope.  The Old Testament scriptures that used to fi ll his mind with wonder now drive him to frustration. His unanswered questions have ripped him from both his academic pursuits and the love of his life, his fiancĂ©e, Amber.
   An old friend and mentor reaches out to David, enticing him with the riches described in the enigmatic Copper Scroll. Losing ground with his peers, his love, and his faith, David Chambers has a choice to make. Will he undertake one final dig to unlock a secret that could alter the course of history? Do the mysteries of the Old Testament hold the key to the political turmoil of the Middle East?
  In a world where faith has been eclipsed by the allure of doubt, The Scroll offers a different journey: a gripping adventure to fi nd truth worth dying for.

This one just wasn't for me. I couldn't get into the story and never warmed up to the characters. There was also clunky info-dumping that I have a hard time getting past in any story. I really thought I'd like this book because I've always been really fascinated with archaeology. I've taken college courses in archaeology and anthropology, so it's definitely not that the subject matter didn't interest me, the story just wasn't told in a way as to keep my interest. I don't think I'd recommend this one.

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