Daily Archives: March 11, 2009

Book Review: A Lever Long Enough

A Lever Long Enough Book Cover In the near future, the Israeli military has developed a prototypic time machine. When believers in Yeshua (Jesus) create a politically explosive situation that threatens the balance of peace between Israel and nearby countries, the Israelis must send a team of four elite soldiers back to film the theft of Jesus’ body from the tomb and thus disprove Christianity. The team, consisting of a Special Forces soldier as leader (Benjamin), an ex-American astronaut as engineering specialist (Sara), an archaeologist, and a linguist, has exactly seventy-two hours to collect the video evidence. Drawn into a web of first century deception and death, the only way to escape is for the team to change the past. In the present, a traitor, Gideon, attempts to sabotage the mission and seize control of the military complex. Benjamin is the only one who can reveal him, but he is trapped two thousand years away. Even with a time machine, time is running out…

Once in a while a book comes along that will grab me from the first page and won’t let go.

"A Lever Long Enough" accomplished that, and more. 

Using her knowledge of the Bible, science and technology, and 1st Century Jerusalem, Amy Deardon weaves an intriguing story of how even in the midst of religious persecution, faith cannot be squelched — or ignored.

1.     Characterization: 

The reader can relate to most, if not all the characters on some level. She created tensions between the protagonists as well as the antagonists, so the reader will not always be certain if the heroes win in the end.

2.     Plot Structure:

"A Lever Long Enough" begins with the simple idea of returning to the past to disprove the Resurrection. However, so many things go wrong at the beginning, the main characters have to fight for their lives both in the past and the present. The end holds a few surprises that leave the reader simultaneously satisfied and wanting more.

3.      Believable characters and storyline

Amy shows how human nature and powerful governments have not changed in two-thousand years. The reader can easily identify with what happens both in the future and in the past. She adds a warning as well — again without preaching — of a possible near future.

In short, if you like an action-packed story sprinkled with history, romance and mystery, you won’t go wrong with "A Lever Long Enough."

I look forward to Amy’s next book — which she describes in an interview I will post tomorrow. Be sure to check back. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

A Lever Long Enough
by Amy Deardon
Published by Taegais Publishing, LLC (January, 2009)
368 Pages
ISBN – 978-0-9818997-2-5 

Aside: My thanks to Cathy Bryant for letting me steal her book review template.