Friday, June 3, 2011

The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner

The Seraph Seal is an apocalyptic tale based in 2048. In 2012, The 8 were born, the 7 seals of the scroll written about in the bible were opened and the world began its decent into final destruction. Enter Paul Binder, a student of semiotics and history; mans last hope rests on his shoulders.

Sound confusing? It is quite an adventure into the complexities of the many possibilities that the world faces today. I first read the
Alphabet of the Apocalypse, found in the back of the book. I found this study fascinating, though riddled with the authors own viewpoints.

The fiction component had an interesting premise, a variety of characters, locations, and of course, ways to destroy the world. I personally had a difficult time connecting with the characters. The theological components seemed grand but lacked a depth and reality that I would of liked to have seen. For instance, the role of the Holy Spirit seemed hidden, although the concept of God orchestrating was made clear.

And honestly, although this may say more about me than the book itself, I would have liked to of seen some more obvious romance! Paul and Angela, Angela and Paul...need I say more?

The Seraph Seal was written intelligently and very obviously well researched. I found the topics fascinating, and although they overwhelmed the storyline at times, I appreciated the learning component. The brilliance that it takes to combine scripture, a compelling work of fiction, and non-fiction components into a storyline that the average person can read is no small undertaking. If you want a book that is challenging in these aspects, I recommend this book.

This book was provided to me free by BookSneeze, for an honest, unbiased review.

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