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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Centurion's Wife by T Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

Since I usually start off T Davis Bunn books with the bad stuff, I'll start with the good stuff this time. The Centurion's Wife is fixable. That's about it. It's fixable. And it's only fixable if T Davis Bunn ACTUALLY LEARNS HOW TO DEVELOP CHARACTERS! In fact most Biblical and historical fiction have bad characters, so I guess I'll let that one go this time.
The plot is about a Jewess servant to Procula, the wife of Pontious Pilate. She is betrothed to a centurion who is on a mission to find out if the strange rabbi who was crucified is still alive or not. The Jewess is also looking for a meaning to life.
This sounds interesting in itself, except that this story has been overused. She doesn't love the centurion at first, but they end up loving each other uncontrollably after they both become Christians at the same time!
The story did not hold my attention and I couldn't wait to get it over with. I would have to say that half of T Davis Bunn's problem is the public. No matter what he does, they like it. They make it too easy for him to just spout off a stupid plot. Basically, The Centurion's Wife is no different from any of his other books and will not be very high on the Books of 2009 list.
2 stars

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