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There is a deep, rich vein of spirituality running through The Scribe, a novel that resurrects the life of Luke the Evangelist. After the crucifixion of Jesus, in its immediate aftermath, a young widower and member of the Sanhedrin becomes disillusioned with the high priests and begins to adopt a Christian way of thinking. Forced to leave Jerusalem, he finds himself in a time that heralded the birth of the gospels.

The novel follows an array of characters both factual and fictional: Mary, the mother of Jesus, Jesus himself, the gospel writers, a mystical figure known as the Seer, and the Santos brothers, a seagoing pair from Hispania, among others.

Set against a background of countries that made up the ancient world, The Scribe shines a beacon of light on a period of history that changed us all forever.

©2016 Liam Robert Mullen (P)2019 Liam Robert Mullen

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  • Believer50
  • 26-07-19

5 Stars

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. The narrator was excellent. The story was compelling. I loved how the story of Christianity was woven into history. I really enjoyed this story.

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  • Maria
  • 13-08-19

Wonderful biblical story

This was a really wonderful book. The author must have done a lot of research in order to write this novel. It’s more than just a novel, it’s in part biographies of the main people who were instrumental in writing and preaching the gospels. The biblical world was brought to life. I particularly found the author’s description of paradise intriguing. How people continued to learn and gather knowledge and how there were vast libraries of people’s writings etc. The book seemed to repeat in parts, but i think that was due to the time jumps. The time jumps took some time to get used to, but it was all good once i figured out, that a particular time would be spoken of, and then revisited and expanded upon some time later. The fictional characters helped to bring the biblical period to life. The Narration was wonderful. It really helped me get in to the story and stay engaged. If you are like me, and wonder, how people lived in the past, then I would highly recommend this book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rayc
  • 19-06-19

Captivating

The Scribe. A captivating story - fiction based on fact. A very pleasant read/listen that kept my interest the whole way thru. I am not religious but thoroughly enjoyed this book . So very different. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Mary Grace Shelton
  • 24-04-19

The Scribe

This was the first book of its kind (add on to the Bible with fiction) that I have read (listened). The wording, even for taking place way back in Jesus time, seemed a little weird at times, but some of the words made me chuckle, that is always a plus. The narration was done very well! Loved the deep voice. Well done Mr. Mullen and Mr. Swartzell.

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  • Lucia
  • 25-03-19

What a lovely surprise!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." The Scribe is a work of fiction where the author mixes the facts we know of Luke from the Bible with other fictional characters and situations to draw a Luke and his life, from his birth, to childhood, adulthood etc. The characters both real and fictional are pictured in such a way, that it's very easy for the listener to empathize with them, to love or dislike them. Even knowing that it's a fictional book, the stories are written so realistically, that you find yourself wondering how life must have been back then, at least for the real people that appear on the book. I liked the premise of The Scribe, what I didn't expect was a story able to make me smile, a story that moved me and even inspired me at times. The narrator did a good job too, and if I had to choose something I didn't like I'd say: the constant jumps in time, but it's something I don't like almost in any book anyway.