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Predictable plot, but surprise ending, November 18, 2007
This seems to be one of those books people seem to either love or hate. But first with the good points. Impatient readers will be happy to see that the plot gets off with a bang: within the first few pages the apple has been eaten and evil is let into the world. We watch as the two main characters Adam and Eve have children and struggle with domestic violence, commencing in the murder of their son Abel by their other son Cain. However, God, a character with the power of omniscience, quickly discerns the culprit, ruining what could have been a great detective story. The first portion of the book, called the Old Testament, relies heavily on constantly shifting alliances between God and the human characters and intense action sequences to hold the reader’s attention. We see two cities get wiped off the map and even a global flood, as well as some epic but quickly glossed over battle sequences.
The second half of the book, conveniently called the New Testament, is where the plot first starts to falter. Though God shows some interesting and much-awaited character development, I found his transformation from vendictive super being to forgiving father abrupt and hard to buy. Here the story delves more into God’s personal life, where he has a son with a young Israelite girl named Mary. The son, named Jesus, is raised by Mary and her human husband. Jesus’s harsh treatment of his mother and sibblings makes for some domestic drama, but the potential for exciting clashes between Jesus’s human and divine fathers remains undeveloped by the author.
Action buffs who were hooked by the cataclysms of the first half of this book will be let down by slower pace of this uneventful second half. An altercation in the temple ends quickly, and a voyage around the Mediterranean is carried out with only a brief run-in with a viper. However, the author manages to create some degree of suspense throughout with many hints that Jesus could be murdered. Will he? I’m not one to give away an ending, so readers will have to find out for themselves. Ultimately, the second half of the book consists largely of philosophical musings of Jesus instead of action sequences of vengeance and conquest. Thinking readers who were unsatisfied with the raw drama of the Old Testament will probably better appreciate the New Testament. I suspect much lively debate may arise among fans among the ultimate meaning of Jesus’s dialogues.