Book Review: The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown

May 21, 2011

“The Eighth Scroll” by Laurence B. Brown is a fictional book which draws on the Judaism, Christianity and Islam to create a new story. The book follows the familiar path of other book featuring religious relics.

  • 332 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
  • ISBN: 1419673238

My rating for The Eighth Scroll – 3

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I liked “The Eighth Scroll” by Laurence B. Brown, it was a well written story which I found interesting and provocative.  The story takes place all around the Middle East, is action packed with an archeology theme.

The main characters in this book are interesting and dimensional. The book follows theme of other books in the genre where the hero is looking for/protecting an important religious relic (the lost ark, the holy grail, etc.) which could destroy or enlighten the world – but most likely both.

As in many books in this genre the story telling is a bit corny, but that’s fine, I don’t have an issue with that type of stylistic choice by the author. While I might not have found it as humorous as it was intended, I still appreciate the puns.

However, what confused me where the jumps in time. It could have been that I have had a PDF which was not well formatted for my nook, but it took me a good chapter to realize, for example, that the story jumped a decade or so into the future.

The other thing which bugs me is that the main character is all powerful. Taking on trained killers, makes miraculous escapes, etc. This seems to me simply to be part of the genre as other books I have read in the same line have these super-human protagonists. I am a lover of grey when it comes to protagonists; even Superman has his dark side (and Darksied).

The book, while trying to explain the complex Middle East situation, is very clearly on the side of the Palestinian moral fence.  That’s fine but I didn’t think it added to the story to make all the Israelis seem incompetent. Not because of my political, social or moral allegiance but simply from a story telling point of view. If you keep telling the reader how the Mossad is one of the best secret services agencies in the world, and how they sent two of their best agents after your protagonist, at least make them somewhat competent.

Overall though I thought this was a fun book, the pace was fast, the religious doctrines introduces were not complex and there were good elements of suspense.

Michael Hanson is an intelligent person with an amazing memory. He takes interesting in his father’s occupation as an archeologist but when they discover something which could change the world, strange things are happening.

As an adult, Michael is hell bent on finding out what the mystery is about and gets caught in an international struggle. The madness around Michael continues but he is determined to find the answers.

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Disclaimer: I got a PDF of this book for free.

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One Comment

  • Robin May 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Sounds like my kind of book. Will have to check it out.

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