Monday, May 2, 2016

Behold the Man by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Behold the Man is the final book in the Jerusalem Chronicles series. This is the story of Jesus’s last days as viewed through the eyes of three people: Pontius Pilate who knows that this assignment may be his final chance to redeem his political career; Claudia, wife of Pilate and daughter of the emperor who wants to protect her crippled son, Philo, from danger and the disinterest of Pilate; and Centurion Marcus Longinus, former childhood friend of Pilate who loved Claudia but is sworn his loyalty to the Empire.

My Review: I have not read the first 2 books in this series, so I really wasn't sure what to expect. Honestly, I have some mixed feelings. It was a compelling story with familiar historical characters as well as fictional ones to drive the story along. I confess that I did expect a bit more focus on Jesus as a main character although the effect he had on the other characters was more than satisfying. And since fictionalizing historical events needs careful handling, I can't really criticize; I would have been upset to see broad changes to the facts we have from the Bible and 1st Century historians. And, the relationship between Claudia and Marcus sometimes felt a bit forced. But, life is complicated, and I am sure that is one thing that has been true since the beginning of time.

As with all Thoene novels I have read, the details and historical accuracy, mixed with well developed characters, makes for a fascinating read...and left me wanting more. While this isn't my favorite book of theirs, it is an interesting look at one of the most impacting historical times of our lives, and gave me a new perspective and visualization when I reflect upon the life of Jesus and those who encountered Him in the flesh.

 *I received this free book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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