Saturday, March 26, 2016

#REVIEW: Risen by Angela Hunt, Paul Aiello, and Kevin Reynolds

Title: Risen
Author: Angela Hunt, Paul Aiello, and Kevin Reynolds
Publisher: Bethany House
Published Date: December 29, 2015
ISBN: 978-0764218453
Pages: 320
Genre: Historical Fiction / movie made into book
Buy it Link: Amazon
Synopsis: Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.

His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth--and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history.
Rating: 5 stars
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was amazing from the very first page. It is set in Jerusalem at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus and the days afterwards. The book (in case you haven't seen the movie) revolves around Clavius, a Roman soldier put in charge of finding the missing body of a crucified man that has gone missing. As Clavius searches, and honestly leaves no stone unturned, more questions pop up than answers.
In case you haven't read the book, or seen the movie, I won't spoil it for you, but truly it is amazing. It's so fun to read about something that probably actually happened, after all, Pilate and his Jewish "friends" wouldn't have just left a missing body go unsearched for.
The other storyline that is in the book, which was left out of the movie, is beautiful, and truly pulls the story along at times as the search for the missing body drags on. While I understand time constraints, especially in a movie, it is kind of sad that some major characters were pushed to the side in the movie.
This is one of the few books that I will keep in my library to re-read.

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