By Grant Jeffrey and Alton Gansky
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Novelist Alton Gansky and prophecy expert Grant Jeffrey combine biblical prophecy and archaeology to tell a suspenseful story of the near future.
Biblical archaeologist David Chambers has turned his back on his faith and is ready to take a new path in his life. A phone call from his friend and mentor, Professor Ben-Judah, pulls him into one last expedition in Israel. Once David hears that the project centers on the Copper Scroll (one of the Dead Sea Scrolls), he can’t help but agree to take part. Unfortunately, what David doesn’t know is that his team on the project includes his former fiancée and his archrival.
The purpose of the expedition is to locate a trove of hidden treasure from clues in the scroll – treasures believed to have been taken from the Temple in Jerusalem prior to its destruction. The project is shrouded in mystery, mysteries that even David is not privy to. Governments, secret benefactors and Muslim extremists all come into play as the story builds to its climax.
I love archaeological mysteries, and The Scroll is no exception. Jeffrey and Gansky weaved historical fiction with historical fact to create a gripping mystery. The first third of the book was a little slow, but the story picked up its pace and kept me turning pages. The amount of research the duo put in before writing was evident. Some people may not have enjoyed the descriptions of the archaeological sites and history, but I found them interesting.
I also am a big fan of end-time and prophecy-based novels, so I was not turned off by those parts of the story, although some reviewers were. As with all novels dealing with interpretation of biblical prophecy, there will be folks who agree with the authors’ interpretation and folks who think they are off-base. Personally, I just read it as a work of enjoyable fiction. I have my own theological beliefs and am capable of reading a book like this without having to praise the authors for agreeing with me or criticize them for thinking differently than I do.
One thing I would have liked to see more of was character development. There was no clear explanation of why David and his rival don’t like each other. And the relationship between David and his ex-fiancée felt like it needed to be more developed.
Overall, The Scroll was an enjoyable read that most fans of archaeology and end-time stories should appreciate.
On a sad side note, Jeffrey passed away on May 11.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give The Scroll a 3.5.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.