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Book Review: The Seraph Seal


An alternative title for this review could very well be “Left Behind for Amillennialists”. The Seraph Seal is a apocalyptic literature sans rapture, tribulation and millennium. It does have an antichrist, of sorts–and prophecies galore, from the Maya to Jeremiah. The authors make use of a technique called engaged fiction, for which there is a lengthy explanation at the beginning. Basically, it is using current events as a basis for fiction.
The Seraph Seal is Dan Brown meets Jerry Jenkins meets Glenn Beck. The main character–a history professor who specializes in ancient symbols–discovers that he has been chosen to save the world and confront his arch enemy–an American president bent on betraying America and amassing power for himself. Authors Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola manage to keep the story hopping, and kept my attention during most of the time. I found the ending to be somewhat of a letdown after so much buildup–but then the twist at the end perked me up a little.
Authors Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner obviously put a lot of research into the writing of this work, and have come up with a convincing scenario that could very well happen that way…if it weren’t for the fact that it certainly will not happen that way. Still, I was able to suspend disbelief and enjoy most of the tale.
On a writing level, I thought they could have spent more time developing the personalities of the main characters. The hero and heroine go from being work colleagues to passionately in love in an amazingly short period of time.

Quick rating:
some good escapist reading, don’t base your eschatology on it.
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  1. All these thoughts, all these ideas about the end of the world, and the most I could think about for the larger part of the book was, “How the hell can they understand each other?” I’m not trying to be funny, really. That was just my way of saying that it took me an awful long time to really get into this book. I think it’s because, for the most part, I could hardly keep my head from reeling in the midst of an information overload. I can tell the amount of research that the writers have done to put together the events that bound this book together-I do even admire and envy them for it. What I don’t get is the necessity of laboring over all of these events, all these details in order to make a point. As such, it took the story quite a while to actually get started.

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