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    Wonderful

    I found this book incredibly fascinating! I love the intricate details and historical context woven into a story about one thing: Love.
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    Enjoyable and thought provoking!

    Judas Iscariot is probably one of the most hated characters in Roman Catholicism. On the other hand, if not for his betrayal, our belief system may look very different today.... Such is the conflict with reading about the lead up to Jesus' crucifixion, and looking at it from a couple of perspectives. So go ahead, challenge my thoughts on Judas. A novel devoted to an interpretation of his story? Bring it! So... after finishing this novel, what were my thoughts? Thought provoking? Absolutely. Inspiring? Sure Challenging? 100% Furthermore, I was surprised by the character of Jesus in this novel. For all of his miracles, compassion and touching emotion, there were moments when he appeared utterly mad and at others, someone in need of some serious depression medication. I certainly could relate to the ensuing doubts on the minds of those that observed this behavior and wondered if they were following a madman. Trying not to spoil anything for any potential readers, Judas' 'betrayal' was quite believable, and it did make me wonder at the possibility of whether there were true elements to this story... after all, there were many that wanted to take Jesus down, and I wouldn't put it past these men to take advantage of someone like Judas to make this kind of plan happen. Judas' life story was very interesting and captivating. I don't really know if there is any fact interwoven with fiction as I am not sure how much information on the real Judas actually exists... but it was certainly was a sad story of someone who had a very hard life, and wandered through it looking for a place to belong and something to believe in. It is, of course quite clear, that there is no happy ending to this story. That being said, I found the ending a little vague compared to the rest of the novel, and wished there was more exploration of Judas' mind leading up to his impending death. I just felt like something substantial was lacking and I was left with a bit of a dissatisfied feeling. But as with Havah, I enjoyed this novel well enough and looked forward to picking it up where I had last left off. Very easy 3 star rating, and though it may not seem like I was not wowed by this novel, rest assured that I thoroughly enjoyed it and will continue on to enjoy other novels by this same author. Happy Reading! ** Thank you to Netgalley, publisher/author for the copy of the novel for an honest review. I received no compensation, and all opinions are 100% my own. **
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    I loved this book! It made me realize once again that even the followers of Jesus, the people who were closest to him also didn't really know what to believe and what to think of this wonderful loving man who was so well versed but also seemed to break the Jewish laws with regards to their Sabbath and other rituals. I will recommend this book to all my friends!
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