Monday, April 4, 2016

Risen by Angela Hunt

Title: Risen
Author: Angela Hunt
Pages: 320
Year: 2015
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     The story of the Resurrection as you’ve never seen it before.

     Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the Resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to prevent the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.

     His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth – and finds answers that will not only shake his own life but echo throughout all of history.

My review:

     An incredible biblical fiction story!

     The characters of Clavius and Rachel are fictional and extremely well developed. I really enjoyed both of them and seeing their different viewpoints following the crucifixion of Christ. Their backgrounds are clearly described and how they are affected by events is easy to understand.

     I was captivated by the story and completely caught up in reading how Clavius’ search for truth would play out. I am fascinated by the ability of writers to take biblical accounts and add depth and descriptions to them. Knowing the story from the bible itself didn’t take anything out from my interest in reading this book. I credit that to the ability of both the writer of the screenplay and Angela Hunt to weave a magical story.

     This is the first time that I have read a novelization of a motion picture before ever seeing the movie. I look forward to seeing the movie to see what additions were made in this book to make it novel length.

     I am highly recommending this wonderful book and giving it a rating of 5 stars. It was time well spent.

     You can find out more about Angela Hunt and her books on her website:

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