"Historical fiction at its finest." —Association for Mormon Letters
"The Book of Malchus is a masterful piece of historical fiction. Like the characters in the book, Neil K. Newell and William J. Hamblin take the readers on a fascinating voyage - one that includes adventure, danger, faith, and sacrifice." —Mormon Times
"Don't try starting this book at night if you have to get up early." — Association for Mormon Letters
A book for all who believe and especially for those who want to believe.
It is A.D. 410 and Rome, the symbol of order and civilization, has fallen — sacked by and army of barbarians. Renowned pagan philosopher Lucius Crescentius struggles to make sense of it. Why had the gods allowed it? Could it be they are merely stone after all? Has everything he has known all his life - everything he has studies, believed, and worked for — been a lie?
But as Lucius struggles to understand his world, he makes a startling discovery: a hidden and mysterious record written by a long-dead ancestor — a merchant explorer by the name of Malchus. Malchus' tale reveals a story of high adventure on the sea, of unexpected romance, and of barbarian ways in a strange, faraway land. He also tells of an even stranger story about a chance encounter with a man from Galilee that is destined to change his life forever.
In Rome, chants of death and destruction fill the streets. How can Lucius reconcile yesterday's Rome with the chaos of today? As Lucius struggles to make sense of a world turned upside down, he turns to the strange and exciting Book of Malchus, hoping that within those pages, he might discover a new path and new meaning for his life.
As stated previously, it is a slow at first, but after a few chapters I couldn't read it fast enough to keep up with my curiosity. The story kept me guessing how Malchus would get out of certain situations, how Lucius would react, and how the both of their lives would ultimately make a connection. The footnotes at the end of each chapter really helped me to understand the facts and backgrounds of people, events, practices, etc. The history combined with the story helped to bring historical figures I've had in my mind really come to life.
It can actually be quite relatable at times for a historical fiction novel. From losing loved ones, to facing the unknown, to those who have found it difficult to make a transition from the religion they grew up with to the religion they now believe to be true.
I couldn't put it down. What an interesting story line. Very informative about early Christianity, the customs of the people at the time, footnotes full of references and explanations of events and words used in the story. I especially love the way events from the Book of Mormon were incorporated in this fascenating story and how two stories were combined into one.
This was excellent reading and I loved the ending. I hope we get more like this.
I truly enjoyed this book. It started slow, but was very interesting. I loved the 2 story lines, that come to the same conclusion. Great history! This is to learn from.
What a delightful read; I enjoyed this book immensely! Towards the end, I wept with joy that there once was a man named Malchus (at least in the book) who lived his dream; he journeyed to the Promised Land and was embraced by the Risen Son of God, Jesus Christ. I was reminded of King Arthur, one of my all-time favorite stories, and the joy of knowing there once was a place called Camelot. No, The Book of Malchus does not talk of King Arthur or Camelot. But it does remind me of that joy of discovery, of knowing. God lives, the Son of God rose from the tomb, and we can all bask in the light of His love.
The book spiked my interest very quickly. The characters were developed very well. While reading I could not wait to see what was going to happen next. Really makes me think.
This is not a fast read, which is good!! It makes you slow down and think about all the history- as well as all the ways we treat people. The servant's constant reminder to his master that "all Christians are not the same" holds true for us today. I didn't know what to expect from this book, but I'm glad I chose it! If you want a deep and thoughtful book, this is it!
This book was so cool I loved it. It had the right amount of everything History,Fiction,Action and everything else a good book needs.
I took it home one evening and couldn't put it down. I stayed up reading until four in the morning and finished it. It's a wonderful story, beautifully laid out, that reached down to touch my soul. I let my parents read it, and they ate it up as well.
My husband and I started reading this book at the same time which was a mistake because we kept trying to steal it from each other. In hind sight, we probably should’ve just bought two copies. I loved this book. It is well written and full of humor, adventure, mystery, tragedy, love, and hope. What more could you want from a book?! I also found the historical insights at the end of each chapter very interesting. They helped make the story more real as I was able to understand the background more fully. I hope that there will be more books coming from this author as I am left wanting more!
I thoroughly enjoyed the book! Well written from start to finish and I found the historical notes at the end of each chapter a nice addition. Will be recommending this to friends and family.