Friday, October 19, 2012

Michael Scott's The Lost Scrolls ~ Reviewed

 Michael J. Scott (Author) 
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: Ellechor Publishing House, LLC; Reprint edition (September 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937844900
When Dr. Jonathan Munro s house is broken into, and his former best friend and colleague, archaeologist Stephen Kaufman, is knifed in the streets of Ankara, he is thrust into a world of international criminals who will stop at nothing to claim the priceless artifact Dr. Kaufman unearthed - a scroll revealing the location of the missing autographs of the New Testament.
Is it the find of the century, or a costly fraud?

As he flees with Isabel, Kaufman's beguiling sister, Dr. Munro finds himself pursued by relentless mercenaries intent on seizing this incalculable treasure for themselves. Through some of Christianity s most revered historical sites, he and Isabel must race to unravel the clues and find the autographs before they fall into the wrong hands.

Michael Scott has penned a page turner full of mystery, intrigue and rough characters. A legendary lost scroll may have been found, and since Jon Munro is an expert and his university has been involved in seeking this text, he is sent to Turkey to verify and obtain the ancient writings. His former roommate who had ruined his own reputation and had a hand in rocking Munro’s world is the finder of this document. Full of distrust and disbelief…Munroe doesn’t even believe that the document is real…he heads out to clean up this ridiculous rumor.

Unfortunately, Munro is the only skeptical one and the believers are fanatical. Munro finds himself in a cat and mouse game with some who play for keeps. The simple academic time waster of a job turns into a blood bath, a test of faith and a battle of wits. His former girlfriend joins forces with him and turns his world upside down emotionally as well.   

I’m not a fan of lots of characters to keep track of, but Scott did a good job managing many characters and kept them from becoming overly confusing. Some of his writing gets poetic and descriptive, other times the action whips along at a head twisting pace. There are twists and turns that take the characters across the map. Scott even tossed a bit of a love story in for those who like a wee bit of tragic love with their suspense. Opportunities arise for Munro to share his beliefs and his knowledge about the Bible and it’s historical significance.

Adventure or ancient history lovers should find much to like in Lost Scrolls, or information to debate. Looking for a quick moving beach or plane read, this novel could keep you at the edge of your seat or toes dug into the sand. Those who like a little apologetics in their literature might like the teaching moments, however, those same folks might be put off by language, violence or the actions of characters. I wouldn’t recommend it for children unless a parent gives it a look through. Language, though not vulgar, is peppered throughout. One character in particular is creepy and violent, others are fueled by anger and revenge. Inspirational readers or clean, tidied up endings lovers might want to pass this one up.  

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer

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