Sunday, April 17, 2011
The Damascus Way - review
I haven't read the first two books in the series so as I started this book I had the sense that there were people and events that I should know about. Still, it worked well as a stand-alone story. Being familiar with the book of Acts in the Bible helped orient me. For example, I knew, without being told, just how Stephen had died. By the same token, though, the story was somewhat predictable. I was pretty sure I knew what would happen to Saul of Tarsus... and whaddya know? I was right!
The fictional characters intrigued me, and made the story come alive in ways I hadn't considered before. I always enjoy a good story that makes me think deeply, so I appreciated that about this book. I felt like the book was well-researched, and I learned a lot about the lifestyle and culture of New Testament times. One scene in particular that stands out to me is when several of the characters are caught in a serious sandstorm as they are traveling. I hadn't thought about that being an issue that people in that day and area would have had to deal with.
I did enjoy the story overall, but I found it a little slow-moving in places, and predictable in others. However, if you enjoy biblical fiction, I expect you would enjoy it.