Apr 28, 09
Recommended to Julie by:
This was a giveawy
Read in March, 2009, read count: 1
Two stars is being kind. I would honestly give it 1 1/2 stars. The premise as laid out in the book's description is intriguing but the actual story is far from what the description led me to think the story might be. As others have noted, I too hoped for a Da Vinci Code type mystery that unfolded in the streets of the Holy Land. What I got was the hint of a promising story of 3 poor, brave and enterprising boys and a thesis: and a poorly delivered thesis at that. The dialoge, which accounts for, I'd say, 80% of the book, is terrible. It reads like (I'd say bad porn, but then I'd have to admit that I have watched bad porn)a corporate training video. Jack, a highly successful financier and self proclaimed Roman Catholic is a completely unbeliveable character. One would expect a highly educated, highly successful, self made man who attended Catholic School to be more worldly and have a better comprehension of his religion. As a character he is completely unnecessary. All of his actions and dialoge could have just as easly have been written for Dr. Punjeeh and it wouldn't have changed the story at all. Actually it may have made for a better story as Dr. Pujeeh is personally invested in the plight of the local residents. I will not comment on the thesis other than to say that, as in most religions, there are several plot holes and contridictions that can only be explained or overlooked by a leap of faith.