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The Eighth Scroll

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Stirring the flames of age-old controversies, The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown draws on the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to create an unbelievably dynamic and powerful story. Set in a world that teeters between orthodoxy and heresy, this thriller is packed with intrigue and adventure. When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Se ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published February 22nd 2008 by Booksurge Publishing
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Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-rated, indie
The Eighth Scroll is an intelligent story that flows smoothly and reads quick without losing the value of its concept with weighty terms or overly academic hodgepodge. It mixes romance with adventure and explores the mysteries of religious history. It's not deeply reflective, but takes the reader on an alternative view and journey that leaves you wondering. It's a wonderful twist on the subject of the Dead Sea scrolls. Although this book has been grouped with the 'Da Vinci Code,' I believe it de ...more
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What if the missing and final text of the Dead Sea Scrolls was found today? It's believed that this final message would confirm or denounce religious beliefs and practices for the entire world, so it stands to reason that some organizations and powers would put up a battle surpassing all others. Laurence B. Brown's novel, The Eighth Scroll, creates that scenario and the result is a provocative and thrilling fictional account of the chaos that might ensue if the final scroll in the Dead Sea puzzl ...more
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a DaVinci code style religious thriller that ties the Abrahamic faiths together, and ultimately, casts Islam in a positive light. I highly recommend this book and personally hope it will be promoted and receive some attention. It does start out a little gory, but then improves. I hope you will not only read it, but talk about it and encourage others to read it too.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great Book by Dr. Brown, an action filled fiction that should be converted into a movie. This has a bunch of Musim characters who actually are good people :)
Archaeological findings often bring the dead back to life and in many cases the truth to light as well. When Dr. Gerald Hanson receives an early morning phone call from one of his colleagues, Frank Tones, urging him to make haste to an old dig on Nubia, Hansen is immediately intrigued. Frank was known to have done some questionable things, but he is always able to find unexpected treasures during his excavations.

At fifteen, Gerald’s son Michael is a bit of a prodigy, extremely intelligent, and
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book has something in it for everyone. It has the adventure of Indiana Jones and the intrigue and mystery of The Di Vinci Code. But there is far more to The Eighth Scroll than you will ever find in either of those movies/books. I liked how historical facts regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls were incorporated into a story rich in adventure, religion, romance, and humor. Lawrence B. Brown brought all of the elements together to form an intelligent and enjoyable work of fiction. Yes, the book will ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
its such a shame that this book is not out there like Dan Browns 'The Da Vinci Code' . Dr.Brownes does an awesome job putting together history/fiction and even humour ! The book was definitely a page turner and written to 'block buster perfection !!!' The fact that the books central theme revolves around the infamous dead sea scrolls is even more intriguing , simply because THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS actually do exist and is vehemently guarded by the Vatican.

Behind all the action and chaos , there is
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Eighth Scroll is a combination of religion, adventure, and some history. The author portrays the religous figures as the "bad guys" which is quite an interesting and fresh perspective. It challenges the traditional view of the history of religion. Also, the fact that it is a historical fiction piece leaves you to wonder what is really the truth behind some of our religious foundations? This action packed novel will surely leave you to think about it for some time even after you finsh the las ...more
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Eighth Scroll by Dr. Laurence Brown is a riveting novel. Dr. Brown draws you into Micheal's world in this action packed thriller. Brown's excellent writing style quickly propels the story forward in an exciting manner. This book is a must read. A real page turner!
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, for-review
Source: Received from Jeff at Gatekeepers Post. Many thanks goes to Jeff for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 4/5

The Eighth Scroll is a religious thriller that will captivate readers in this explosive read where knowing the wrong piece of information could get you killed. Gerald and Michael Hansen are no strangers to rare artifacts as they have spent most of their lives going from dig to dig. Gerald is a r
Emily S.
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
When The Gatekeepers Post approached me about this one and told me the storyline, I was hooked from there. It's done along the same lines as The DaVinci Code, only not with art. I rather liked that book, as a good read, and was excited to get going with this one.

Here's the thing: it didn't disappoint. I was sucked in from the first page, and only end-of-semester assignments kept me from finishing as quickly as I'd have liked. There's a benefit to that though; I was able to really digest the book
Alexis Villery
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it
As soon as you pick this one up you are on a whirl-wind thriller ride as you follow Michael from his teen years to his adult life in his pursuit for the truth. With his powerful memory and his talent for languages, Michael pursues what many have searched for. They all died in their pursuit. He hopes to avoid such a fate.

The plot was very engaging and I found myself engrossed in the mystery. This action-packed thriller kept me guessing and wanting more. Michael isn't perfect; he has to face his o
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Just like "The DaVinci Code", Dr. Lawrence Brown's action-packed novel, "The Eighth Scroll" changes the way you think about the concept of the Trinity in Christianity and it also delves into the political situation between Israel and Palestine.

With such controversial aspects in the storyline, it is of no surprise that there are such negative reviews about the book. But you cannot let your personal bias interfere when reading a great book. Brown writes a fair and balanced story filled with advent
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Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's so satisfying when you're not disappointed by the second book you read that was written by the same author, whose first book you absolutely loved! Dr. Laurence Brown took many risks with The Eighth Scroll by taking on the subject of religion. My main concern was that it would be too much work to get through and not enough fun. But luckily, partly since it is a reality-based book, as opposed to a work of nonfiction, it is not heady in the least and instead, very accessible. Additionally, Dr. ...more
Rob Ferreri
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Brown takes a bold direction in his first novel, by having the Vatican not take the role of the heroes, but rather the antagonists of the story. Dr. Brown has the courage to craft his story the way he envisioned it, rather than compromising the quality of his work by trying to appease religious groups. However the novel does not seek to make any particular religious viewpoints, it is an adventure story, and one that takes the reader along for a wild ride constantly trying to put the puzzle p ...more
Seyed Mohammad
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Enjoyed the various aspects of the content: exciting story, plenty of historic and other educative information, good arguments for supporting the existence of God and assessment of Christianity.

I liked this part:
".. listen. Youre telling me that if I keep dropping bombs into a junkyard, someday all the pieces will blast together into a perfect Mercedes. That’s what the big bang proposes. That’s what evolution teaches. That chaos gave rise to perfection. But we know it works the othe
Musarrat Raisa
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Musarrat by: Sabrina
I love this book. Could not get off from my hand until i finished it. total addiction!!!!
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read 1st time 3/16-26/12
2nd time 3/8-15/14

I loved The Eighth Scroll the first time I read it and decided to reread it for a review. FYI: This book was actually the first to get me interested in crime and historical fiction!

The Eighth Scroll has a mix of history, mystery, and crime. Some details were a little gruesome, but that made it more realistic and suspenseful. Because of all the fighting and the general content which I don’t think really young people would find interesting, I wouldn’t re
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea when purchasing this book that I would be taken on the adventure of a life time. I was not only taken to new, far away, and exotic places but I was also transported through time, into ancient, and long forgotten days. As this story unfolded my mind had to wrap its self around new concepts, which although they were controversial, I welcomed the thought provoking ideas that kept me reading on and on. The authors descriptive writing kept the imagery in fresh my head long after I put t ...more
Ronald Ward
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Amazing! Factual information made interesting with a fast moving, Bond-like plot.

We need more novels like this for the young muslims around the world. They need an alternative to the current mind-set most western authors have.

I think the next step would be for a muslim equivalent of Bond. We want to see him dance with danger in global plots, avoiding fornication and alcohol for the sake of Allah, asking his captors to let him perform his Salah before they execute him (he escapes afterwards)
Zeina Jendi
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At last I finally found a decent book that focuses on a noble message from beginning to end!

Brilliant! An enthralling plot with vivid imagery and, most importantly, a noble message to people of all Abrahamic faiths. The style is typical of Dr. Brown and is extremely engaging. The fact that the story plot runs through generations is very well suited with the overall theme of seeking the truth ever since the scrolls where being chased.
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
This is a daring book, Dr Brown you have some guts writing this book, I hope the CIA or the Italian mafias are not after you!

I will try to sum it up and not give any spoilers.

Adventurous, thought provoking,action,romance,humour, mystery and just daring! Too bad for me, the book ended too soon, even though the story spans across time and countries. Then again all good stories seem to end quick. hopefully there is a sequel to this.
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent! Found this for $0.99 on Amazon. Money well spent! I couldn't put this book down...fictional discovery of an 8th Dead Sea Scroll & the implications of it...fascinating!
Chris Wiegman
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of the better religious thriller novels I've read lately.
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Pretty good story.
Joanna Gawn
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars for The Eighth Scroll. A compelling adventure-thriller with unexpected twists. Well-written, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Loved the quote "Denial, my friend. Denial. It's worked for two thousand years, it'll work for a few thousand more." Too bad we don't realize the only barrier to truth is assuming we have it all.
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was very exciting to read, a blend of all religions.
A great Middle East mystery

Loved the character interaction in what turned into a great read. All action with twists and turns and a little romance
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book so nearly got 5 stars with me that I'm almost disappointed that it didn't. The reason I felt I couldn't give it 5 stars is because the first chapter is really hard going, I really struggled to get through the opening of The Eighth Scroll and was slightly wary that if the whole book was written in the same way then I wouldn't make it through, I shouldn't have worried, once it hit the modern day it was engaging and I was completely immersed in the storyline.

When I was asked to review th
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A product of Christian-American ancestry dating back to the year 1677, up until his conversion to Islam in April of 1994, Dr. Brown easily could have passed as an example of a man who lived the stereotypical American dream. A graduate from two Ivy League universities with subspecialty training in ophthalmology, Dr. Brown served as a respected ophthalmologist in the U.S. Air Force for a period of e ...more
“How bold we are. We shy from a flame that licks the tip of our finger for a fraction of a second, and from which we are allowed the luxury of escape. But most of humankind flaunt their disobedience in the face of an eternal fire that engulfs all, and from which there is no escape. Ever.” 2 likes
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