Happy Friday to you! Looking for a good weekend read? Every Friday I post my recommendation for great weekend reading material, largely emphasizing Christian fiction. This week I am recommending Randall Ingermanson's City of God series. I read book one in the series, Transgression, last March and was completely astounded by Randy's writing style. He mixes science, history, suspense, and faith into a novel that is impossible to put down. I recently finished book two, Premonition, and it took the story in directions I didn't expect.
Book One, Transgression, is the story of a rogue scientist, determined to change history, that travels back to first-century Jerusalem to kill the apostle Paul. He is followed by Ari and Rivka, two students determined to stop him. In Book Two: Premonition, Rivka and Ari, now trapped in Jerusalem, struggle with the difficulties which arise from knowing the future.
The scientific and historical detail made these stories come alive for me. I have always been fascinated by time-travel stories. I love watching characters deal with "time-shock" and culture-shock. Ingermanson does a superb job of immersing his characters into the events of the time, as well as mixing in intrigue and suspense.
I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series, Retribution, as Ari and Rivka watch Jerusalem spiral out of control and into one of the bloodiest times of the city's history.
If you are a writer, I would highly suggest signing up for Randy's Advanced Fiction Writing E-Zine. He is an amazing teacher -- known to many as "that snowflake guy" based on one of his popular writing models. He is currently working on a new project, Writing Fiction for Dummies.
Have a great weekend and happy reading!