Thursday, June 23, 2011

Book Review: The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet & Lori Wagner

Take the Da Vinci Code with a mix of the Left Behind Series and you have a feel of The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner. Set mainly in the year 2048, this 500+ page book creates an apocalyptic scene that, oddly enough, is somewhat believable.

On December 21, 2012 there are 9 special children born. In the year 2048, Paul Binder receives a mysterious letter informing him of cryptic information which then leads him on a quest of study, deciphering, and clues that hold the only hope for the world’s future.

The world is in chaos. Earth has been abused for so long the damage is irreversible. Natural disasters on a massive scale are debilitating countries on a daily basis. It seems that people are more concerned with power than the well-being of their own people. Religion is all but forgotten. Mixing in theories on the Apocalypse, symbols from history and present day, pieces of Revelation and other bits from the Bible, technology, and scientific discoveries the reader is taken from the United States to London, Italy, the Middle East, Russia, China, Egypt and many other places to learn why and how all these seemingly unrelated pieces fit together. Can Paul bring everything and everyone together? Will the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse assemble?

I was actually quite interested in reading this book and in the first few chapters enjoyed the fast pace of the story and the cliff hanging chapters. But, before too long I became frustrated with the constant geographic location changes and numerous characters. It was difficult to keep some characters straight and then, to make things a bit more complex, there were several characters that showed up only for a chapter and never heard from again. A little over halfway through the book the standout characters were established enough to enjoy and complete the story and make sense of a lot of the confusion early on. The conclusion left me wanting more in the end because with all that build up and investment into the characters there should have been something better.

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  1. It sounds interesting. I may check it out.

  2. While I was expecting a somewhat long-winded version of Brown's work, I was pleasantly surprised by the quick and smart read The Seraph Seal turned out to be. The blend of religion and technology is a refreshing take on the classic mystery tale. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to read about a mysterious adventure, and fans of Dan Brown's writings will be very pleased with this book as well.