Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Iscariot by Tosca Lee

This version of Judas Iscariot has upset bowels.

I was surprised with how many times Judas was described as almost emptying his bowels or other acts based on his bathroom antics. However, Tosca Lee is a wordsmith and every reviewer knows it. She has taken on the mindset of Eve, a demon and now "The Betrayer". When you open a Tosca Lee novel, you know you will never be the same.

Lee takes us back to the early years of Judas, when his father and brother join forces with rebellions against the Roman occupation. This is the heart of the man and why he behaves the way he does.

With the title reflecting Judas, it's even more a story about Jesus. While we see his behavior through the eyes of Judas, this adds such a fresh flavor that I want to see the movie. Lee creates such vivid imagery in this story that you are transported into the Ancient East in the span of mere sentences.

With the fictitious details to Judas's life, Lee tells the story about the most notorious turn-coats, while simultaneously giving the reader moments of pause to reflect how we could be just like him.

You are forced to wonder, "With that sort of life, would I have made a similar choice?"

The book is a very quick read. You will not want to put it down. ("Just one more chapter!") And you will feel so satisfied when it is over. You may even turn to the first page and read it again!

  A fantastic what-if story.

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