Jesus of Nazareth has been dead for some 65 years. The eyewitnesses to this extraordinary life have died, often as martyrs, and only a scattered handful remain. Might anyone have resolved to interview those last few before it was too late, it being a matter of mind-boggling importance? What if someone had?
Mysterium I: Rome presents the story of a young Roman scholar who determines to do precisely that. This sleuth who has the will and the means to comb the Roman Empire for answers is Theophilus, "Lover of God". Opening his very first scroll of Christian scripture, and finding his own name there, catalyzes a series of events that seemingly promises a life mission full of heroic discovery. But soon, Theophilus has cause to wonder about the advisability of his investigation. Danger looms, while he is on the scent of the unfathomable in ominous cavities of a city where so very much is hidden. Catacombs. Forbidden archives. "Witches Hill", a.k.a. the Vatican.
In Rome, life is stupendously raw. Theophilus' adventures put him in congress with gladiators, prostitutes, torturers, crucifiers, conquerors, sorcerers, swindlers, schemers, and an aristocratic matron who insists that she is a daughter of the Beast. Pulled relentlessly toward ever more mystifying mysteries, Theophilus comes to realize that he has undertaken a quest after the secret of secrets.
Rome is the first book of a six-part Mysterium series. Mysterium I: Rome also contains Discussion Guide questions.
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Four stars w/ anticipation of future books
The writing and the narration are better than what I find in most books. Fidel does a good job of painting the early Roman culture and surroundings. Mather has just the right amount of energy in his delivery.
The most memorable moments were probably the sexual encounters. That is not to my liking and I would have preferred that they were not included. However, like much of this novel, I'm assuming that the author is trying to lay the ground work for what is to come in future volumes. I could be wrong. A great deal of Christian apostacy is included in this 5 hour book. My guess is that it's setting us up to discover how the young Theophilus comes to find the truth. If my guess is wrong, I would rate this book much lower than four stars.
Who really was Jesus?
I received this book at no charge in return for an unbiased review.
Cut the Erotica and It's a Decent Story
Good character development putting the story in the minds of the characters. Personally, I do not care for the erotica, but if you want it, you'll find it.
The narrator did an excellent job with what I would call his strong, classical, continental voice.
Having listened to this first book in a series it strikes me as wanting to be a DiVinci code with erotica. I'll pass on future volumes.
I was provided with a complimentary copy in consideration for an unbiased review.
- Kevin S.