Dr. Laurence B. Brown
Stirring the flames of age-old controversies, The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown draws on the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to create an unbelievably dynamic and powerful story. Set in a world that teeters between orthodoxy and heresy, this thriller is packed with intrigue and adventure. When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project hides one of the scrolls because of the heretical message it contains, no one is the wiser until decades later, when a prominent archeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll . . . or die trying.
GEMS: The Eighth Scroll is an intelligent story that flows smoothly and reads quick without losing the value of its concept with weighty terms or overly academic hodgepodge. It mixes romance with adventure and explores the mysteries of religious history. It’s not deeply reflective, but takes the reader on an alternative view and journey that leaves you wondering. It’s a wonderful twist on the subject of the Dead Sea scrolls. Although this book has been grouped with the ‘Da Vinci Code,’ I believe it deserves much better company. First of all, the Eighth Scroll is superbly written and runs a course that is more easy to swallow than Dan Brown’s 24-hour whirl wind of solving a historical mystery. If you didn’t like the Da Vinci Code, you will love this book because it improves all the elements that the reader probably wished the other book contained. Now, if you liked the Da Vinci Code, you will love this book and realize this is how it should be done! It’s a win, win, so pick it up and read it!
FLAWS: The beginning of the book is a touch too reminiscent of Indiana Jones, but since I’m a fan of those films, I went with it, and even enjoyed the comparison. However, I wish the author would have used a different name for the professor. “Tomes” was just too close to “Jones” and it felt kind of commercial and cheapened the richness of the plot. However, this was short-lived and after a few pages I was swept away and thoroughly involved in the story.