Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wayward Son (Book Review)

Buried near Italy's Mount Vesuvius is a remarkable observatory containing artifacts dating to the earliest record of human events. Only one person--the Getty Museum's Amanda James--can unlock the mysterious doors that guard the chamber.

But once inside, Amanda is shocked to discover evidence left behind by a notorious biblical killer--who long ago wandered off the pages of history.  

The first novel of a series, Wayward Son takes the reader on an amazing voyage, where epic adventures in Egypt, Greece, China, and Rome collide with modern-day intrigue and suspense.

Last month I told you about this book, but I hadn't finished reading it.  Now that I have, I can tell you more.

Wayward Son is a story within a story.  In the modern-day opening, we meet Amanda--an independent young woman who has had her share of heartache.  When she agrees to take part in an archeological project in Italy, the door to the second story is opened.  This story centers on Cain (yes, the son of Adam and Eve) and begins just after he has killed Abel.

Through Cain's eyes we live through various historical events.  We see how he learns and changes over time.  Finally, the authors skillfully bring together Cain's and Amanda's storylines.  All the loose ends are tied up, and a tantalizing opening for a sequel is introduced.

At first I was more confused than captivated.  The frequent jumps in time and location were hard for me to follow, and I wasn't entirely comfortable with the fictionalized extension of Cain's story.  As I kept reading, I was increasingly drawn into the story.

I liked the writing style of Wayward Son.  The language was rich and enjoyable to read, and the story was compelling and well-crafted.  I look forward to the next book in the series!

For more information or to read a preview, visit the Wayward Son website.

  • Title:  
    Wayward Son
  • Author:  Tom Pollack with Jim Alves and John Loftus
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Cascada (November 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450755631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450755634

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.  Thanks for Glass Road Public Relations for the opportunity!


  1. all the jumping confuses me too...
    i wonder if i would like it...

    how are you?
    hope things are getting better for you... been thinking about you.. hugs

  2. Sounds like a good book to read. Thank you for the review!

  3. Sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the review


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