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The Eighth Scroll by [Brown, Dr. Laurence B.]
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Stirring the flames of age-old controversies, The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown draws on the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to create an unbelievably dynamic and powerful story. Set in a world that teeters between orthodoxy and heresy, this thriller is packed with intrigue and adventure. When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project hides one of the scrolls because of the heretical message it contains, no one is the wiser until decades later, when a prominent archeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll . . . or die trying.

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A graduate of Cornell University, Brown University Medical School, and George Washington University Hospital residency program, Laurence B. Brown is an ophthalmic surgeon, a retired Air Force officer, and the medical director and chief ophthalmologist of a major eye center in the Middle East. For the past two decades, he has divided his time between America, England, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. He has authored four books of comparative religion, The Eighth Scroll, and another soon-to-be-published action/adventure novel. He currently lives in Saudi Arabia with his wife, their one daughter, and an ever changing assortment of hamsters and parrots.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Booksurge; 1 edition (Feb. 22 2008)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T9UTPK
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The Eighth Scroll is an excellent mystery that weaves a few different threads together. The story begins with a discovery at an Egyptian archaeological dig. The problem is, the nature of the discovery is kept secret from the protagonists, a professor and his teenage son, and also from the reader. However, their ignorance of what danger lies around them is no defense against the mysterious forces that are set into play. What secret is so powerful that it would involve international spy agencies, wiretaps, cloak and dagger tactics and would span not just decades, but millenia? How much is really at stake?
Laurence Brown, in playing the role of historical iconoclast, has crafted an engrossing, enlightening tale about the true nature of Middle Eastern history, and the shadowy entities that control the access to information about the truth. With true-to-life globetrotting characters, richly described settings, and tense scenarios, this book is a real page turner. Yet it also manages to pull the reader in and poses some interesting questions and exposes some historical conundrums that will no doubt upset some applecarts. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Laurence B. Brown' is an American author of both non-fiction and fictional works, best known for his books "Misgod'ed", "God'ed?" (non-fiction) and his 2007 novel, The Eighth Scroll. Graduate of Cornell University, Brown Medical School, and George Washington University Hospital residency program, is an ophthalmic surgeon, specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. A retired Air Force officer, he is the medical director of a major eye center in Saudi Arabia. He divides his time between America, England, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Brown is also the author of two previous books of comparative religion, "The First and Final Commandment" and "God'ed", as well as a book of fiction entitled The Eighth Scroll.
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Dr. Brown provides an intense read through a historically based adventure with many unique quirks and arcs. It's lovely that the book isn't driven forward by clichés and stereotypes but a fresh real story! Absolutely fabulous work! I am moving onto his other works because his ideas are brilliant and interesting to go through! A great read I've recommended to my friends and family many times already!
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HASH(0x9a3ec1f8) out of 5 stars Probably the best novel I've ever read... Jan. 13 2010
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At first I thought perhaps my fascination with and enjoyment of The Eighth Scroll was prejudiced by my recent immersion into Lawrence Brown's captivating style when I read his non-fiction books Misgod-ed and God-ed. After finishing Dr. Brown's first novel (anxiously awaiting more...), I read a New York Times Best Seller in a similar genre by a widely acclaimed author who has seen several of his novels made into popular action movies, and was somewhat surprised to discover it paled in comparison to the intrigue, character development, plot consistency and credibility, and... yes, writing style that I enjoyed in The Eighth Scroll. Then, while being entertained, I was also learning, as Dr. Brown weaves some very interesting historical facts into his fictional story. The plot centers around a purported Dead Sea scroll, the contents of which would provide conclusive support to other extant evidence that undermines commonly espoused but controversial versions of the life and mission of Jesus Christ. A surprising collection of individuals and groups would, and do, kill to gain control of the scroll, and the reader is kept on edge as the plot develops to its exciting climax. Speaking of which, it is also very refreshing to know there is an author who can include romance in his works without feeling compelled to appeal to assumedly deprived readers' desire for graphic descriptions of certain acts and anatomy. This book is exciting, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny throughout... and even if read only for those reasons, I truly believe that, as I did, all readers will discover they continue to think about it long after turning the last page.
64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3ec444) out of 5 stars A truely factual fiction Feb. 27 2010
By Hashim Sulieman - Published on
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The Eighth Scroll is a factual fiction, based on true accounts, presents factual information in a way that reads like a novel: a combination of storytelling and reporting. Intellectually challenging. Discusses Faith on a logical base. Connects dots or simply raises a fundamental point.
I was fascinated by the style, enormous and rich information. You will be certain the author had actually travelled and studied history , culture and scriptures. It is rather a scientific research review than a novel. I dug on wikipedia a lot - and still!.
Definitely a 5 star recommendation.
64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3ec408) out of 5 stars Better Than Da Vinci Code Aug. 5 2010
By Bitsy Bling Books - Published on
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The Eighth Scroll is an intelligent story that flows smoothly and reads quick without losing the value of its concept with weighty terms or overly academic hodgepodge. It mixes romance with adventure and explores the mysteries of religious history. It's not deeply reflective, but takes the reader on an alternative view and journey that leaves you wondering. It's a wonderful twist on the subject of the Dead Sea scrolls. Although this book has been grouped with the 'Da Vinci Code,' I believe it deserves much better company. First of all, the Eighth Scroll is superbly written and runs a course that is more easy to swallow than Dan Brown's 24-hour whirl wind of solving a historical mystery. If you didn't like the Da Vinci Code, you will love this book because it improves all the elements that the reader probably wished the other book contained. Now, if you liked the Da Vinci Code, you will love this book and realize this is how it should be done! It's a win, win, so pick it up and read it!

The beginning of the book is a touch too reminiscent of Indiana Jones, but since I'm a fan of those films, I went with it, and even enjoyed the comparison. However, I wish the author would have used a different name for the professor. "Tomes" was just too close to "Jones" and it felt kind of commercial and cheapened the richness of the plot. However, this was short-lived and after a few pages I was swept away and thoroughly involved in the story.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3ec900) out of 5 stars DaVinci Code move over! July 13 2010
By Ami Blackwelder - Published on
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If you are a fan of The DaVinci code, you will absolutely love this book! Author Dr. Laurence B. Brown weaves a credible tale in The Eighth Scroll, perhaps even better then The DaVinci Code plot.

The characters all felt real to me and I enjoyed reading about their convoluted lives. The plot, the narrative, the dialogue were all genuine mixes of history and theology. Entertainment with theology is a great way to learn. However, far from truth we will never know, but it does make for great entertainment. Like its predecessor, The DaVinci Code, the author uses old scriptures or old rumors to expound upon beliefs that challenge the modern mainstream church today, especially Catholicism.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are used as tools of historical truth which contradicts many teachings and the author elaborates upon that premise.

I found it entertaining. I found the writing quality superb and interesting. However, I would not clutch to the book as fact or historical documentation. It is what it is, entertainment.

I recommend the book for anyone interested in the dead Sea Scrolls and The Da Vinci Coe as well as anyone who loves a good mystery.

Reviewed by Ami Blackwelder, Author of The Hunted of 2060
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3ecbe8) out of 5 stars An absolutely superb novel, couldn't put it down. Oct. 8 2011
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Dr Brown's novel, the "eighth scroll", is a powerful religious thriller that is loaded with adventure and charm. This was my introduction to Dr Brown's works, now I'm hooked. I highly recommend this book, and cant wait to read his others.