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Violent Sands: Some Freedoms are Worth Dying for (Anglais) Broché – 1 novembre 2006

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Book by Sean Young

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HASH(0x8f940c24) étoiles sur 5 I really enjoyed this book 23 novembre 2006
Par Cal Reader Girl - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I love a good story, and this book was a great read. Even though it looked like a big book when I first picked it up, I got into it right away and finished it in a couple of plane rides. It's reminiscent of the movie Gladiator in setting and action, and is a really solid story, not your typical paperback action book you pick up in an airport newstand. I also definitely got into the characters, I love reading a book about someone who is just a minor person in another work, but is developed into a protagonist, with a fascinating history, purpose, romances, life (as in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead vs. Hamlet). This book goes into the life of Barabbas from the Bible, of whom all the bible tells us is that he was freed and Christ was crucified. The story explores why he was doomed for crucifixion, what his purpose in life was, and what happened when he was freed at the will of the people of Israel. I also love the historical accuracy, I learned a few new things about Roman and Jewish customs. I like pretty much any story about ancient Rome. On top of that, there was one scene that really moved me. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say I definitely recommend this book for some fun reading!
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HASH(0x8f944048) étoiles sur 5 Incredible! One of the best books I have ever read. 20 janvier 2007
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The length of this book scared me at first. It's a long one. But I was very intrigued by the idea of a story of Barrabus, and so I was looking forward to this book's release. I can tell you I was not disappointed in the least.

The sheer amount of fight in Barrabus and the rest of the zealots is amazing. Strong charcters abound in this story, from Barrabus himself to Gaius the centurion to Deborah the prostitute to Leila the merchant's daughter. All of them important, and all of them well drawn and beleivable. This book really does take you back to another time and place, as author Jeremy Robinson has said. It's obvious a great deal of time was spent on research.

Start with Barrabus' quest to free Isreal from Rome, add a myserious copper scroll that hides a secret that could save or destroy nations, and mix in a prefect who will stop at nothing to get it. Stir those together and you have a fantastic story that more than once had me up past my bedtime because I simply could not sleep unless I knew what happened next.

Violent Sands is easily one of the best books I have ever read. I will be hoping for more work from Young in the future.
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HASH(0x8f940e34) étoiles sur 5 Great work of Historical Fiction 10 mars 2007
Par Philly Phool - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Maybe its because I haven't read fiction for a while, but I found this book totally engrossing. Of course, historical fiction has always been one of my favorites. This book is basically the story of Barabbas whom we all know better as the zealot who was freed from prison and replaced by Jesus on the cross. The book revolves around Barabbas and his band of zealots as they oppose Roman dominance in Judea. Their animosity towards their Roman overlords and the virulent battles that ensue present us with a view of a violent time in history complete with religious extremism and government corruption. Perhaps that much hasn't changed after two thousand years?

Most of the story takes place after his release from crucifixion. While Jesus plays a relatively minor role in the story, his followers provide a backdrop against which the violence is contrasted. Barabbas' release is actually part of the story and his zealous ways are contrasted with the new-found, peaceful beliefs of the followers of Christ. A quest for a hidden "copper scroll" that reveals the location of an ancient Jewish treasure provides the impetus that drives the story to its conclusion. Yes, greed, depravity, brutality, blind obedience to power, and treachery all play a part in the story. I should say no more lest I reveal the ending.

In short, if you are a Christian, don't let the fact that Jesus is not a central character throw you off. In no way does this book minimize Christ's importance or effect on civilization. If you are not of a religious bent, enjoy it for its' historical context and to catch a glimpse of a turbulent period. But most of all, read it because it is a great story that will have you turning pages and telling your friends.
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HASH(0x8f944450) étoiles sur 5 Excellent read, it will keep you interested to the end! 6 mars 2007
Par James Truscott - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I usually read about 1 book a week and I was looking for something new and different. I certainly found that in Sean Young's new book. This book was thoroughly researched, well written and he keeps the pace up throughout the book. When I picked up the book I was interested in the Copper Scroll and the treasure that it was protecting, never suspecting the other plots that ran through the book. Action, suspense, romance, twists and turns and a lead character that you will grow to love. Sean now ranks at the top of my list of favorite authors and I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good read and interesting tale. I am looking forward to his next endeavor.
HASH(0x8f944474) étoiles sur 5 An adventure, no mistake, but one that rings with authenticity. 27 avril 2015
Par Paul - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
When people say a book is well researched, it tends to suggest boring and factually burdened, but a good writer knows how to weave those facts into story in such a way that you never feel the weight of information. It's like that here. The settings and events lack no freshness of imagination, yet everything feels real due to the integrity of the details.
That's perhaps the first thing I noticed, but what really caught me up was the strength of the lead character and the ingenuity of his thinking. I remember, more than once, being surprised by the brilliance of his ideas - always believable, never predictable.
There's no lack of depth to the characters, and no sidestepping the harsh realities of life for the sake of breezy reading. One gets to the end of this book feeling enriched and challenged.
As far as historical adventure goes, this is on my top shelf.
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