Saturday, 9 July 2011
Review: The Constantine Codex by Paul L Maier
Harvard Professor Jonathan Weber is finally enjoying a season of peace when a shocking discovery thrusts him into the national spotlight once again. While touring monasteries in Greece, Jon and his wife Shannon—a seasoned archaeologist—uncover an ancient biblical manuscript containing the lost ending of Mark and an additional book of the Bible. If proven authentic, the codex could forever change the way the world views the holy Word of God. As Jon and Shannon work to validate their find, it soon becomes clear that there are powerful forces who don’t want the codex to go public. When it’s stolen en route to America, Jon and Shannon are swept into a deadly race to find the manuscript and confirm its authenticity before it’s lost forever.
This book, while an interesting story, was rather long winded in many places - which caused this reader to want to skip ahead (although I didn't allow myself that privilege). Although the initiated debate between the Christian and Muslim characters is interesting, I fail to see its relevance to the story - particularly when it (the story) begins with the discovery of an important document. That story gets lost, while the author goes an a theological tangent. It is Chapter 13 before the story goes back to the investigation of a biblical codex.
I got to Chapter 19 and got sick of reading it, because the story just dragged so much that it lost my attention.
Publication Date: 1 June 2011
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Note: I received pre-release access to this book free from the publisher via NetGalley for the purposes of review. I am not required to give a positive review, just an honest one. The opinions expressed are my own.