Thursday, June 9, 2011

After the Cross, by Brandon Barr and Mike Lynch

After the CrossColton is a renowned linguist, but one mistake from his past is holding him back professionally.  When the opportunity to seek the True Cross of Christ presents itself, he knows that he has a change to redeem himself as a professional.  As the research team convenes, the project is plagued with trouble, starting with the mildly annoying and ending with the deadly.  Will the Cross ever been found?  Imagine the impact on mankind if it should be.

Wow, this book certainly packs a powerful punch.  I have to admit, it started out a little slow, because in order to establish the story, a lot of historical, archeological, and linguistic groundwork needs to be laid.  But once you get into the real action of the plot, the book takes off like a rocket.  And trust me, you are in for a fantastic ride.  A rise encompassing faith, action, drama, intrigue, and suspense.

I like seeing the development of the characters of Colton and Mallory, and watching the two of them, and their relationship, change over the course of their quest.  I loved hearing about the sights and sounds of Israel and watching the drama unfold.  It is clear that this book has a lot of solid research behind its story.

The book will certainly appeal to a lot of readers.  Readers of Dan Brown will probably love this book, as it is similar in nature.  Those interested in history, archaeology, and linguistics will enjoy the book as well.  And due to the nature of the story, I believe this book will appeal widely to Christian readers of all sorts.

All in all, I am really glad I stuck with this book, it really pays off in the end.

I received a review copy of the book courtesy of the publisher.