Thursday, June 2, 2011
Book Review: The Seraph Seal
Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner penned this novel, set in 2048 when an ancient prophecy begins to unfold as the Earth succumbs to years of abuse. Historian Paul Binder receives a cryptic message that sends him to London, where he meets Angela Krall. Together they decipher clues that lead them down a life-or-death path. Amidst global intrigue, compounding natural catastrophes and crazy characters with their own hidden motives, Paul and Angela open up the world of forgotten traditions and faith. They soon find themselves positioned to either lead humanity into a new future or watch as the earth dissolves into total destruction.
I enjoyed this book, but I feel like I have a lot of "buts" to go with it. First, do not look at this book for any theology. Sweet and Wagner have neatly combined Biblical eschatology with Mayan prophecies and secular evolution. They take God's judgment completely out of the picture, instead postulating that when the end times come, there will be a way for humans to continue on themselves. Second, Sweet and Wagner wrote this book as if they hope it will be made a movie someday, including a vast cast of named characters that show up for only one paragraph just to be killed by a number of different things. I found that to bog down the story a bit.
But I did like this book. If you like stories of apocalypse, or stories set in the future, then dive right in! If not, then don't waste your time.
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.