by Tom Pollack with Jim Alves and John Loftus
Cascada (November 2011)
Source: From Glass Road PR for review
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A Powerful Tremor Unearths an Ancient Secret.
Buried near Italy’s Mt. Vesuvius is a fortified observatory containing artifacts dating to the earliest record of human events. Only one person—the Getty Museum’s Amanda James—can unlock the mysterious doors that guard the chamber.
But once inside, Amanda is shocked to discover evidence left behind by a notorious Biblical killer—who long ago wandered off the pages of history.
When a strange relic unveils the miraculous truth about this villain, Amanda must confront sinister forces intent on suppressing her stunning revelation—before it alters the destiny of millions.
The first novel in a series, Wayward Son propels the reader back in time, where epic adventures in Egypt, Greece, China and Rome collide with modern-day intrigue and suspense. Journey with Amanda and witness the extraordinary saga of the world’s original Wayward Son!
When an earthquake uncovers an ancient observatory in Italy, Amanda James is asked to assist in cracking the code to a lock that keep the doors sealed shut. Once inside, she discovers more than just artifacts and is taken on an amazing journey through the life of the first murderer, Cain.
What an exciting story this was. I expected for the majority of this book to be more about Amanda and her findings, but it turned out to be Cain that was more of the main character. I was surprised by how much I loved the historical aspects of this book so much more than the modern storyline.
For some reason Amanda didn't feel real to me. She, and the other present day characters, weren't as interesting as Cain was. They weren't very relatable and I ended up not really caring about them very much. I think if the book was just from Cain's perspective, I would have liked it a lot more than I did.
One thing I think I could have done without was the abrupt jumping back and forth between the past and present. When I was completely into Cain's story, it'd switch to the present or sometimes it'd go to a flashback of Amanda's past and then back to Cain's life. I felt like the story didn't flow as well as it could have and it was a little difficult to follow at times.
My favorite part of this book was the message of redemption and God's grace. I know people were offended by the liberties the authors took with Cain's story(like saying he was immortal, was a stowaway on the ark, etc.). But it's speculative fiction, and that's what we need to remember when coming to a story like this. I personally wasn't offended by any part of it because I saw it as Cain representing all the wayward sons in history. In the end, I think it's the overall message of the story that matters.
Wayward Son was an entertaining read that I really liked. It had a bit of action and suspense, along with a lot of history. The author's took Cain's story and turned it into a unique, creative read that'll take you on a fascinating historical journey.