First Light (A.D. Chronicles)

Written by Bodie & Brock Thoene
Review by Suzanne Crane

Well known for their inspirational fiction, Bodie and Brock Thoene launch yet another series for their fans. First Light opens in modern Jerusalem after a terrorist bombing has devastated the lives of Moshe Sachar and his family. Hoping examples from history will help his youngest son, Shimon, cope with the loss of his wife, Sachar reveals a secret library containing a wealth of scrolls. The reader is transported back to Roman occupied Jerusalem during the tumultuous times when Pontius Pilate, King Herod and a man named Yeshua (Jesus) come into final conflict.

Told by a blind beggar boy, Peniel, the scrolls reveal corruption and murderous ambitions in and out of the courts and temples. All are touched by the words and actions of Yeshua, who may or may not be the awaited Messiah. All suffer loss and tragedy and yet are able to overcome the horrors inflicted upon them and rise to a glory no evil can take away. The novel is well researched, fast-paced, and reads easily. Although sometimes heavy on the suffering and self-doubt of the characters, it is meant to prove that with courage and faith, one can overcome pain and tragedy.