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Transgression: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel (City of God Book 1) by [Ingermanson, R.S.]
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What If …?


What if you were studying for your Ph.D. in archaeology and decided to take a break from your crummy life by working on an archaeological dig in Israel?

What if you met a great guy in Jerusalem who happened to be a world-famous theoretical physicist working on a crazy idea to build a wormhole that might make time-travel possible … someday?

What if he had a nutball colleague who turned the theory into reality — and then decided to use YOU as a guinea pig to make sure it was safe?

What if the nutball had a gun and went on a crazy, impossible mission to hunt down and kill the apostle Paul?

It’s A.D. 57 when Rivka Meyers walks out of the wormhole into a world she’s only studied in books. Ancient Jerusalem is awesome! Rivka can’t believe her friend Ari Kazan’s theory actually worked. But when she runs into Ari’s whacko colleague, Damien West, in the Temple, Rivka starts to smell a rat.

When Ari discovers that Damien and Rivka have gone through a wormhole that’s on the edge of collapse, he has to make a horrible choice: Follow them and risk never coming back — or lose the woman of his dreams forever

About The Book


Transgression is a time-travel suspense novel that mixes science, history, religion, romance, and suspense. It’s about learning to stand up for yourself, when you just want to be let alone. It’s about making hard decisions. It’s about asking whether life has meaning and whether God exists — and becoming a badass fighter for justice, even if you don’t have the answers.

Transgression won the 2001 Christy award for best futuristic novel in Christian fiction.

Transgression will take you on a wretched, miserable, dangerous vacation through the filthy, bandit-ridden streets of first-century Jerusalem.

Transgression is the first novel in the City of God series:
Book 1: Transgression (A.D. 57)
Book 2: Premonition (A.D. 57-62)
Book 3: Retribution (A.D. 62-66)

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Rivka turned and ran. “Ari!” she screamed. “Help!”

She raced outside into the sunlight, sprinted madly through a dark grove of trees with gnarled branches. Her heart pounded in her chest. Her ragged breath rasped in her ears. Was he following? Faster! Tears fogged her eyes. Her leather sandals tore at her feet. Trying to look back over her shoulder, she tripped and fell. Dust flew up all around her.

Coughing, she clambered to her feet and dared to look back. The man was nowhere in sight.

Rivka panted until she caught her breath. Her left wrist throbbed from the fall. She massaged it while she squinted into the trees, afraid that the man might be lurking in the shadows.

Nothing happened.

Finally, she turned around to get her bearings.

She blinked twice and then stared.

Across a small valley massive stone walls rose. Herodian masonry. Jerusalem limestone. Towering white walls. It looked like…

But that was impossible. She closed her eyes, breathed deeply three times, and opened them again. Absurd. Had she gone loony or something?

Rivka had visited the Temple Mount twice and studied hundreds of pictures during three years of graduate school. But she had never seen it looking like this.

So pure.

So spotless.

So new.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3921 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DitDat, Inc.; 2 edition (May 9 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K8N8NV2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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Another of Randall Ingermanson's books, he uses his impressive scientific and Biblical knowledge to write an incredible story.
Rivka Myers finds herself used as an unwitting guinea pig and sent back in time to Ancient Israel! Fortunately, she is skilled in ancient linguistics, and manages to get around town pretty well...until she is mistaken for a prostitute. (Cut-off jeans, and no covered hair...shocking!) A "fellow" prostitute covers for Rivka until she can get her bearings and recover her modesty. She soon learns that the "mad" scientist who sent her back in the first place has followed her into his "wormhole" and into Ancient Times. Rivka must find out why, while also dealing with a new friend coming to her rescue...even after they had a fight.
I have it from a good source (the author) that his book is only the first of three (or was it five?) books in this series.
This book is incredibly well-written, entertaining, interesting, believable, and action-packed. There's twists and turns all along the way, and the fun's not over yet! Buy this book, and be on pins and needles for the next!
One question: It's never made clear why this book is called Transgression. Perhaps it will in future books, but for now, it's a mystery.
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Rivka Meyers is trying to take some time off from life. Tired of constantly defending her Christian faith, she's spending her summer in Israel on an archaeological dig. While over there, she meets Ari Kazan, a physicist convinced he's found the secret to time travel, or time like, self-intersecting loops. But when Ari's partner, Damien West, uses the devise to travel back to the first century, Rivka and Ari find themselves caught in a plot to assassinate the Apostle Paul and changed the world as we know it. Can they overcome their differences and the different culture to stop his plan?
This book started out strong. The characters were interesting and the plot intriguing. I especially enjoyed a look at first century life from a modern perspective, a bit of a twist on the usual historical novel. However, about two-thirds of the way through, things fell apart. The plot, which had been developing nicely, suddenly became haphazard, with characters doing things for no apparent reason. After an intense climax, several important themes and sub-plots were glossed over, leaving little feeling of resolution.
It's a shame that this book did not finish the way it started. It gets high marks for originality, but the lack of follow-through keeps me from giving it a good recommendation.
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I was skeptical. Time-travel and wormholes, Jerusalem and an attempt to assassinate the Apostle Paul? Great concepts, but could this new author pull it off?
Ingermanson not only pulls it off, he tells a story worth re-reading. I was impressed. "Transgression" works as a historical/futuristic suspense novel--and, on top of that, offers theological insights. This story of Rivka, an archeaology student, and Avi, a physicist, is suspenseful and taut. The dialogue is crisp, with subtle depth and honesty. As his characters took form early on, I was intrigued by their religious differences and wondered how they would interact once they time-traveled back to A.D. 57. Not only are they challenged by one another, they are confronted with a world of varying customs and traditions. In their quest to save the Apostle Paul from a modern scientist with a madcap scheme, they encounter various minor characters, all of whom are depicted with depth and grace. With numerous little details, Ingermanson builds a credible view of first century Jerusalem and I found myself wanting to visit, wanting to check some of the incidents described against the history of the New Testament.
To round off an entertaining and thought-provoking novel, Ingermanson also throws in a few doses of romance. Some of it worked for me, some of it seemed sudden and/or stilted. But give him credit for mixing in a little spice to this already flavorful book. Better quality publishing might've helped this book out (I personally found the graphics and cover a bit substandard), but the author managed to override my qualms with solid storytelling. I'm looking forward to reading his newest, titled "Oxygen."
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I've read a number of time-travel short stories and novels over the years; I consider this to be one of the absolute best. Dr. Ingermanson has a strong physics background, which lets him convincingly describe traveling to the past with plausible depth, but in a way that's still readable.
This isn't a dry techno-SF story, though. Ari, Rivka, and Damien interact in complex, but believable ways. Damien has plausible motives for wanting to completely reshape society by trying to remove one of the most influential people in history. (He's a crackpot, but he _almost_ makes sense!) And not only are they realistic from the beginning, but they grow and develop convincingly as the story progresses.
The author's portrayal of first-century Jerusalem is impressive. Again, the characters here are complex individuals who aren't static, but who also progress as do the others. Nobody is wasted--everyone has a role to play. While I know very little about the area in that era, I would say that it's presented convincingly.
The religious aspects of the novel come across well, too. In spite of their essential nature to the story, they don't intrude. Rather, they are very well integrated with all the rest that's going on--which is a lot! They gave me plenty to think about, always a good sign in a book.
The author is willing to take risks as well, shifting the plot in unexpected directions, and not coming up with contrived, pat resolutions. He doesn't take the easy way out, which results in a more satisfying story. Although I almost never read novels more than once, this will call for a re-read; there's too much substance to take in all at once. And this will prepare me for the prequel and sequel.
In short, BUY THIS BOOK!....
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