Friday, February 27, 2015

Tale Of The Penitent Thief, by Don Willis

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Synopsis: Arguably the most influential figure in human history was Jesus Christ. Wars were fought in his name. In his name many nations rose, and many nations fell. Many prominent leaders gained power from him, and many others were persecuted and killed for their belief in him.

It has been said that over 6 billion Bibles have been printed in almost every language, and countless other millions of stories, books, and films have told the story of his life. Yet, he died with two men by his side, and history knows almost nothing about them.

Until now.
Young Dismas and his brother Jotham are blissfully unaware of the lifelong journey that awaits them soon after their encounter with the young girl, Mary, her husband, Joseph, and their baby, Jesus. Their lives will soon take a very cruel turn that leads through hurt, hardship, betrayal, and murder.

Along the way, they make unlikely alliances with Tiran and Gestas, two known criminals with a penchant for theft and murder. It is a path that will ultimately lead them all to intersect with their brutal destinies.

Throughout their journey, their lives will intersect with some of the most famous figures of the Bible, and they will learn about love, faith, and the most powerful weapon against sin... forgiveness.

Thoughts: After reading the synopsis of this book, I was very excited to read the entire story. However, I wound up being more than just a little disappointed in it.

The author has very little in the way of description when it comes to any of the characters. It would have been nice to read his view on how they looked, to help me picture them as he saw them.

And then there is the story itself, where the author used a little too much "poetic license" for my taste. Yes, it's a work of fiction, but it's based on facts, and a specific time period. Readers should feel as if they are IN that time period, IN that location---and this author just didn't do that for me.

**I was given a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review.**

My rating:
Two stars

1 comment:

Gale said...

Thanks for a good review...sometimes it's worth knowing something isn't for you as well as knowing it is.