Title: The Last Temple
Author: Hank Hanegraaff and Sugmund Brouwer
Series: The Last Disciple
Publisher: Tyndale House
Published: July 20, 2012
Gallus Sergius Vitas has been through a near death in the arena and by crucifixion and just wants to settle down with his wife and child. Vitas is denied that comfort by powerful men who are conspiring against the emperor, Nero, and Vitas has his own motives to seek revenge against Nero. Now, Vitas goes in search of Nero do he can kill him and be done with it all, if only it were that easy.
All of Rome either wants him dead, which makes his task a lot more difficult and more dangerous. It makes him question whether he will survive this or if he will die and never get to see his family again. Watching his back where ever he goes, Vitas knows his life is at stake and is determined to survive this task and finally get to live in peace.
After Nero dies, Vitas still is unable to live with his family for long before he is again called to help again. With his life again on line all he can think about is survival and his family, not to mention the strange and secretive circumstances that led him here to Jerusalem, the Holy City, at the peak of the Roman invasion.
Will he make home to his family or will he end up dying in the chaos that is Jerusalem? Will he find out what led him here or will he spend his entire life wondering what was so important? Will Vitas finally acknowledge that Jesus from Nazareth might actually be the Christos or will he live his entire life believing nothing?
This book wasn’t what I expected at all. I expected a book chock full of action kind of like Cliff Graham’s Lion of War series, and though it had a lot of action, it was more of a history lesson portrayed in fiction, which I live almost as much. Though I expected something different, the authors were incredible at making this book an interesting history lesson and letting me learn something new from a time period I love.
Despite the action, the book tended to lag in parts and made it a bit difficult to stay interested, but I felt that most of the lags were necessary and added some background. Also, without the lags, I probably would’ve felt that the story jumped around too much and I wasn’t able to follow it as easily. Though the lags could’ve been a little but better they could’ve been a lot worse as well.
The story telling in this book is just amazing. Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer work very well together and created a wonderful and descriptive story. They were particularly descriptive in the gory or traumatic scenes, yet were somehow very selective in what they described and what they just skimmed over. The details that they revealed and the ones they withheld made the book, it showed just what you wanted to know without shocking or horrifying you.
Surprisingly, there wasn’t any romance in the book, everyone was already married, in a relationship, or not looking for love. It was a change that I didn’t mind, in fact, I found it refreshing. Too many authors try to squeeze in a romance that doesn’t make much sense. These authors decided that their book was fine as is and didn’t need it, and I completely agree. This book would’ve been lowered in it quality if a romance was forced into the storyline and I’m thankful they left it out.
These authors work very well together and this book made me a huge fan of theirs. I didn’t read the first two in the series but thankfully they made the story fairly easy to follow as a stand-alone. I plan on reading more from these authors in the future whether together or alone. They hooked me with their history lesson disguised as fiction and I can’t wait to read more from them.
Overall, this book is a great historically accurate fiction book but it can get a little boring at times. This book is perfect for any man who loves action or anyone who loves biblical set historical fiction. I give this book a three and a half out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*
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