The Eighth Scroll by Dr. Laurence B. Brown


Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Eighth Scroll by Dr. Laurence B. BrownIs there a tidbit of knowledge somewhere that could challenge the beliefs of most Christians? What could threaten the Western Christianity beliefs, the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Jewish religion?

THE EIGHTH SCROLL is an action-adventure journey centering about the life of the fictional archeologist, Dr. Michael Hansen. Having parents that were well-known in the academic world of archeology and anthropology, Michael’s childhood and education was spent with his parents on their explorations throughout the world. By intermixing fact with the fictional lives, this novel tells a story while also questioning our beliefs with this character’s pursuit of the truth.

THE EIGHTH SCROLL reveals the circumstances beyond the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls written in a simplistic conversational adventure. There is much history about the circumstances of the discovery as well as the new discoveries and reaffirmations after the scrolls were read and studied.

What makes an excellent book? In my opinion, it is one that has you still thinking and questioning the events long after you have read the last page. Even with the conclusion of the story, you still are left with thoughts of unsettled beliefs.

The characters are believable, likable, and well-developed. The action is fast-paced. The story line is logical and realistic. What makes this novel outstanding, is the intermixing of factual events and findings with a completely fictional story, similar to THE DAVINCI CODE.

Dr. Laurence Brown has graduated from Cornell University, Brown University Medical School, and George Washington University Hospital to become an ophthalmic surgeon. He currently lives in Saudi Arabia, but has spent extensive time also in America, England, and Jordan. He has also written two books about comparative religion, THE FIRST AND FINAL COMMANDMENT and GOD’ED which further document his personal religious beliefs.

One of my burning questions about THE EIGHTH SCROLL regarded the use of Book Surge, a self-publishing agency. Why wasn’t this novel with an established publishing firm? Were the issues questioned in this book too upsetting to general publishers?

I look forward to more adventures from Dr. Brown.

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