Friday, September 30, 2011

The Seraph Seal by Sweet & Wagner

Product Description by Amazon

An epic tale of good and evil based on the four horsemen of the Apocalypse found in the book of Revelation.

Using the four horsemen of the Apocalypse to symbolize the four Gospels, four transcendentals, and four forces of the universe (air, water, earth, and fire), Sweet and Wagner weave a fast-paced, end-times tale of good vs. evil and the promise of a new dawn for humanity.

Set in 2048, when planet Earth is suffering from the damaging effects of years of misuse and abuse, cultural history professor Paul Binder receives a mysterious letter that leads him to examine a lost 2nd-century Diatessaron manuscript. Ancient prophecies, cryptic letters, and strange events set him on a course to uncover the missing clues that could lead humanity into a new age. Each character embodies elements of the four horsemen in a race to save the world from total destruction. Layered with forgotten symbolism from the ancient Jewish and Christian traditions, the book is a story in which the main character's journal serves as a guide to the reader in interpreting clues and understanding the conclusion.My Review:

My Review:

The Seraph Seal is pretty thick and I must admit that the size of it overwhelmed me a little. Within the first few chapters, I was pretty captivated. However, it didn't take long to feel some déjà vu. Throughout the book, it felt like the same characters but with different names, a slightly different story line and a whole lot of Christian rhetoric. Because of many parallels, the book felt like a cheap attempt to re-do the much acclaimed and highly controversial DaVinci Code. It bored me at times, not because of the lack of storyline, but the use of too many characters and way to much detail too fast created a thick web of confusion and made it hard to keep up with a clean idea of exactly where the story was going. I felt like the climax of each chapter was predictable and could have been tweaked a little better.
1- I like the general idea of the book, but the rhetoric is too obvious, borderline cheesy.
2- The authors are obviously well versed and educated on Biblical teaching, but it may help to not cloud the actual storyline with so many details. Are they trying to convert me or entertain me?
3- The story will feel like a knock-off version of Dan Brown's The Davinci Code.