Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Scroll-Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky

The Scroll
Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky
WaterBrook, Sep 6 2011, $14.99
ISBN: 9780307729262

After finding Herod the Great’s tunnel renowned biblical archaeologist David Chambers quits that discipline. Following the death of his mother and his father’s failure to leave a dig to be at her side, David lost his faith and his passion for Israeli digs. When he gave up on the Lord, he also lost his devout archeologist fiancée Dr. Amber Rogers.

In 2013 David considers studying the Olmecs in Mexico when his mentor Dr. Abram Ben-Judah asks him to join a special dig in Israel sponsored by wealthy John Trent. Using modern technology, the team will look for the treasures hidden from the Romans listed in the Copper Scroll. He is unhappy with his teammates Nuri Aumann and especially Amber. As they work in secret and under heavy security, David has doubts especially when some of the crew die in an explosion and those doubts are further enhanced when he learns the hidden agenda of his mentor.

This is an exciting archeological thriller enhanced by security and political concerns. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action in a sort of modern day Indiana Jones way. Although David’s behavior at times seems that of a spoiled child which detracts from the dangerous digs, readers will appreciate The Scroll as Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky provide an engaging tale.

Harriet Klausner

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