Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Review: For the Temple by G. A. Henty

The Story: A Jewish youth, after his miraculous survival through a deadly storm, seems chosen by God to do great things. As Roman conquerers come to Israel to crush a Jewish revolt, the young man becomes the greatest hero of the fractured Israelite nation, standing for justice in a land dominated by ruthless criminals. In his quest to protect the temple in Jerusalem from being destroyed by the Romans, he will face many dangers, including coming face to face with Rome’s prince.

My Thoughts: This is the first G. A. Henty book I’ve read. I'd heard a lot of good things about him, and he mostly lives up to the hype. What might seem to be a mere historical adventure for children is truly an excellent historical epic for all ages. His writing style is sometimes stiff or archaic to modern tastes, but on the whole, I found the story to move at a faster pace than many novels written in the same time period. A variety of small and large scale action sequences are vividly described, making this already compelling tale even more exciting, and well worth reading for fans of historical adventure novels. It will be interesting to find out if his other novels are as good as this one.

Content Overview: There is pervasive mild violence due to the brutal warfare that goes on during the story. Some questionable morality and theology arises on a few occasions, such as a heretical sect that is seemingly portrayed as Christian, but these instances are generally vague and brief.

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