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Title: Jesus and Magdalene Author: João Cerqueira Genre: Fiction, Religion
Series: Standalone Publisher: Line by Lion Productions Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Jesus and Magdalene by João Cerqueira is an interesting story that places real-life situations into a fictional setting with the help of Jesus.
The plot was well-done. I felt it was true to the genre and the same for the characters, even though I felt they were bland at times. However, I will say that Jesus was captured in a great way. Who’s to really say how Jesus thinks and acts, but the author did it justice.
The writing style was easy to follow along as well, with plenty of references to the Bible (along with footnotes), but it wasn’t a heavy read.
Overall, this was a solid story. I would have liked to see a bit more from it but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
Jesus and Magdalene by João Cerqueira
Jesus and Magdalene by João Cerqueira is a thought-provoking story that puts the reader in a fictional, yet relatable, situation. If you’re religious and enjoy thinking outside the box, this is a book to try.
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The fate of the world is in the hands of one man and the covenant holds the key.
The Reverend Jotham Fletcher is in Rome to give a lecture on his PhD thesis about Simon Magus at the church where he fell to his death beside the Roman Forum. Magus was a cult leader mentioned in the Bible and his libertine sect disappeared by 400 AD.
But did it really die out?
A robed man is pushed from the belltower of the church at midnight and Jotham becomes the prime suspect. His lover Antonella, an expert on ancient documents, has a shocking secret. Rumours fly about a papyrus scroll that mentions Magus. A ruthless Catholic Brotherhood will stop at nothing in their hunt for the Simonian Sect. And a reclusive billionaire has the chance of a lifetime to get his revenge.
Jotham is kidnapped, tortured and on the run. He races from Italy to England to Sweden. But the body count continues to rise and so does the heat in this non-stop thriller that will leave you breathless.
The Magnus Covenant was an interesting read, to say the least. The religious aspect of it was a fun twist and created a whole new meaning to the usual standard murder mystery.
Jotham goes on quite the adventure as he tries to figure out what exactly is going on. In the end, you find out the reason behind everything and Jotham, despite everything he went through, realizes that he needs to stop it.
Like Jotham, I felt as though I didn’t really know what was going on in the story. There was no clear motive right off the bat. Being a mystery, that’s fine. We’re supposed to figure that out.
However, I even had a hard time following the characters. There were a lot of page breaks switching between each character’s point of view (especially in the beginning of the book), but the point of views were all third-person. So there weren’t any need for page breaks and sometimes the character switch went to a character who wasn’t part of the main cast, which confused me even more. A lot of characters were introduced at the beginning and it was hard to follow.
The book was a quick read and each chapter was about three pages long. But there were sometimes about five or six page breaks and it made the story jarring to read.
While I liked the characters, Jotham, Antonella, and even Iago at the end, I couldn’t relate to any of them. When someone died, I didn’t care. The dialogue was a bit bland at times so often I had to reread what they said because I found myself not paying attention.
Overall, the plot drew me in. I was curious about where the story was going to end up, who killed who and why. It was a unique thriller and a fun mystery to follow, but I think I would have been into it more with a different set of characters.
The Magnus Covenant by Toni Pike gets 3 out of 5 stars.
“There was a subdued round of applause. It was far too polite, as if they were not there for the lecture but for the fireworks that came afterwards.” –Toni Pike, The Magnus Covenant
About the Author:
After graduating from the University of Sydney, Toni progressed from being a veterinary surgeon to a high school teacher and then a public servant in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. Her husband Jon was in the Air Force and, while raising two beautiful children, they had several years living in England and America. Toni’s main passions are family, writing and travel – in that order.
Happy Easter everyone! I hope that you all had a nice, relaxing holiday. I know that I did and I have to say that sitting in church with my father is quite comical. Neither one of us can sit still in church, which is one of the reasons as to why I’m one of the Sunday school teachers…I can’t sit for a full hour listening to a lecture. I love my parish and minister, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t consider myself too religious which makes it kind of hard to listen to that topic for very long. It’s kind of like my math class.
Last night I wrote 6,861 words for Take Over. I am now up to 64,520 words and 100 single-spaced pages. I was hoping to finish the novel today, but I haven’t really gotten a chance to work on it. I am going to try to finish it during Camp NaNo, though. I’m going to cheat a little and add those words to my NaNo word count. I’m still going to try to get to 50,000 words on Saving Each Other for Camp, but I thought I could boost my word count a little and add Take Over. It will make me feel extra accomplished.
I am going to try to write as much as I can on Take Over for the rest of the tonight. Then, when midnight strikes, I’m going to start on my Camp NaNo novel. I may or may not post on here again at two in the morning or whenever I decide to go to bed, but I will definitely post tomorrow. I’m going to try to update every single during April. I always update when I write something and if I update that means I must have written a little that day, right?
I also decided that when I finish whole novel, that’s when I’ll add the excerpt. When I start a novel, I’ll add the summary. Of course, since I just thought of this, I’m going to post both the excerpt and the summary for Take Over at the same time when I finish the novel. I’m not going to worry about the summary for Saving Each Other. Since I already wrote it technically, I already posted the summary on here before. It’s under the Summaries category…or it should be, anyway.
Today I have been working on polishing my children’s picture book Asking Bobby. I wrote a synopsis and sent it to one publisher so far. Wish me luck!
And good luck to everyone who is participating in Camp NaNoWriMo! 🙂
2013: 79,716/365,000 Words Written
2013: 1,749/18,250 Pages Read