Maximus is an interesting idea- a Roman soldier sent to Judea in the guise of "a common Jew" (Hebrew would have been a better choice for biblical times, imo..) in order to gather information on Jesus and report to Pontius Pilate whether he may be a threat to Rome or not. Kind of catches your attention, right? Here are my little ticks with the book:
- It is clear from beginning to end that the book was written by a Christian. Not that there's a problem with that, but I would classify it as Christian Lit, not Historical. The Christian influence is apparent in the character portrayal- again, not really a big deal when you are portraying the first Christians of the time, but the problem goes back to genre...
- Time actually spent with Jesus is lacking... when Jesus does make an appearance he seems a bit harried and constantly surrounded by bodyguard apostles trying to hold back the multitudes. At other times it feels like a scriptural re-telling of events.
Fans of Christian Lit will love this book, I'm sure, and I still would have wanted to read it had it been classified as such. Reminds me a bit of the Left Behind series in style...
Maximus by Richard L. Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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