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Crime Scene Jerusalem [Paperback]

By Alton L. Gansky (Author)
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Maxwell Odom is one of the nation's top crime-scene investigators. While staying at a hotel in Jerusalem, he steps out to meet his driver and discovers he has been miraculously transported to ancient Jerusalem in the days following Jesus' crucifixion.

According to his guide, the only way for Odom to return to his own time is by solving a historical crime?a conspiracy of the many to kill the One. Attempting to run a modern forensics investigation in the first century, he is forced to look at his own beliefs, attitudes, and life in a whole new light.

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Maxwell Odom is one of the nation's top crime-scene investigators. While staying at a hotel in Jerusalem, he steps out to meet his driver and discovers he has been miraculously transported to ancient Jerusalem in the days following Jesus' crucifixion.

According to his guide, the only way for Odom to return to his own time is by solving a historical crime—a conspiracy of the many to kill the One. Attempting to run a modern forensics investigation in the first century, he is forced to look at his own beliefs, attitudes, and life in a whole new light.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: David C. Cook
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   David C. Cook
ISBN  1589190963  
ISBN13  9781589190962  

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More About Alton L. Gansky

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alton L. Gansky is the author of eight popular novels, including A Ship Possessed, Terminal Justice, ""and his newest release, Distant Memory. He is also the senior pastor of High Desert Baptist Church in Phelan, California, where he has served for more than a decade. He and his wife, Becky, are the parents of three college-aged children.

Alton L. Gansky was born in 1934.

Alton L. Gansky has published or released items in the following series...
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Time travel to Bible times  Feb 22, 2008
A very good book, and even though you have mostly figured out by halfway through where it is ultimately going, it is still a great read with a satisfying ending.
Crime Scene Jerusalem ~ Reviewed  Oct 1, 2007

Alton Gansky never ceases to amaze me in his variety of styles in writing, and Crime Scene Jerusalem turns the tables again.

Crime Scene investigator Maxwell Odom is a troubled man. One of the best in his field of forensics, he is suffering from a few personal setbacks. He is "kindly" forced into a business trip to Jerusalem as a speaker and teacher to a special police unit. Here he was to teach some of the newest tactics in forensics. After a long tiring trip, he lays down to nap before his speech and suddenly finds himself transported to ancient Jerusalem.

His guide, Yoshua, escorts him throughout old Jerusalem to investigate the murder of an innocent man - the Son of Man. Taken to various significant places a few days after the death of Jesus, Maxwell attempts to work a modern-day crime scene investigation in first century Jerusalem.

Though he has become a calloused man through years of gruesome crime scene investigations, Maxwell is forced, to not only observe the facts of this crime; but to reevaluate his own beliefs as well. Given a unique opportunity to meet those who loved Jesus, traveled with him, and knew him personally, Maxwell seeks out the truth. He is now forced to see, what to him was only a story in history, as a reality and truth.

Alton Gansky has beautifully incorporated footnotes that reinforce the truth that lies beneath the fiction. This unique combination of fact and fiction bring together a wonderful marriage of words. Gansky has done his homework in the forensic field as well, bringing a vivid true-life picture of the death of Jesus.

Clearly, this is another score for Gansky as he presents this clever combination of fact and fiction. Cook Communications and RiverOak have found a winner.

Reviewed by Cindy Sproles, Mountain Breeze Ministries
Fantastic Journey  Apr 25, 2007
I loved this book! The premise sounded good: A CSI-type tech is somehow taken back to Jerusalem in the days after the Crucifixion and has to "investigate" Jesus' death. I knew it would be good, but it surpassed my expectations. The main character, Max Odom, was so realistically human and skeptical of everything around him. Looking at the "evidence" from a modern perspective really gave me a feel for what went that week of Passover. At times, it was almost like "The Passion of the Christ" in print. I knew basically what was going to happen, but the journey to get to the end was so amazing I could hardly put the book down. I think this book could change lives!
Witty, sarcastic, heart-wrenching and engaging  Mar 24, 2007
Premier crime scene investigator Maxwell Odom is being sent on a vacation he wants nothing part of. Still grieving over a hidden pain, Max can't keep away from an investigation that's become too personal, and hounding the investigators in charge has landed him into hot water with his superiors. When his boss offers him some "leave time" to lecture at a forensics convention in Jerusalem, it's clear if Max doesn't accept the offer and clear out for a few weeks, his career is on the line.

Max accepts the offer grudgingly and promptly finds himself in the revered holy land of thousands, perhaps millions. Still not sure why he's here, Max checks into his hotel for the night, falling into a reluctant sleep.

The next morning, however, when he steps on the street to meet his driver to the convention, Max steps into an utter, fantastic, bizarre impossibility. In a blink of an eye, he's somehow slipped through the folds of time and now finds himself in Biblical Jerusalem, thousands of years ago. Gone are the modern conveniences of the present, there are Roman soldiers everywhere and a world Max neither understands nor believes is possible.

Sure he's suffering from either an aneurysm or a stroke, Max initially disbelieves everything he sees. Led by a sarcastic and witty guide who most certainly knows more than he's telling, Max undertakes a forensics investigation unlike anything he's ever encountered. He's accorded a rare, impossible privilege; the chance to ply his talents to investigate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, crucified only days earlier.

What Max finds challenges his beliefs and unlocks the bindings on his heart. If he's not dying of a stroke, he'll discover the most astounding truth of all time, and perhaps heal his own wounds along the way.

Crime Scene Jerusalem is a unique novel taking what easily could've been a predictable plot - man taken back in time to see proof of Jesus' resurrection - and turns it into a humorous, intriguing, witty, and at times heartbreaking tale that's more about a man's internal journey to peace and forgiveness than a retelling of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.

Such a tale is in danger of numerous pitfalls; the chief among them the construction of some elaborate, unbelievable plot to justify Max's time travel, but CSJ neatly sidesteps this by never offering an explanation in the first place. The readers understand early on Max is here to investigate Jesus' death, but the story holds onto the why until the end. For a good while you're never quite sure if Max is suffering from his suspected stroke or not, despite his guide's assertions to the contrary (And, I'm certainly not going to tell you, Dear Reader, if that's the case or not. Discover it on your own).

Gansky's characterization brings to life Biblical characters we've heard endless stories about, and though this is probably an odd comparison, the narrative continually reminded me of Madeleine L'Engle's Over Many Waters, when Sandy and Dennys Murry are whisked away to Old Testament times, only days before the Flood. Though one is an adult novel and the other is YA, they both share the feeling of history coming alive, which is a testament not only to the authors' research, but also their abilities to take that research and turn it into vibrant, engaging stories - which is much harder to do than the research itself.

Though we as readers know the outcome of Max's investigation, it is intriguing to see well-researched modern investigative techniques tasked to solving "the murder of Jesus Christ". Crime Scene Jerusalem is an excellent, engaging mystery, and Max Odom is a character I hope to see more of.
Fantastic!  Mar 8, 2007
Wow, wow, and wow. Did I love Crime Scene Jerusalem or what? Wordsmith extraordinaire Alton Gansky has wrapped up suspense, biblical fiction and nonfiction into an enticing package.

Max Odom is the best crime scene investigator the San Diego PD has, especially for a young guy. But when revenge taints Max's judgment and compromises a murder case, his boss forces him to take a leave of absence. Instead of leaving Max to sit around at home for two weeks, the boss assigns him to a speaking engagement with the Israeli police's forensics department.

What starts as routine turns into a nightmare from which Max can't escape. His would-be cab driver transforms into a guide through first century Jerusalem. Max is recruited to uncover evidence of a conspiracy. Has Max's mind finally yielded to his life's recent stress and broken off with reality? Or is he witnessing events that are all too real?

There aren't strong enough positive words I can say about Crime Scene Jerusalem. Few books I've read in the last year (and boy, have I read a lot) have kept me in that "suspension of disbelief" every reader should experience. I thought that after I saw "The Passion of the Christ" no descriptions of crucifixion could shock or affect me anymore. I was wrong. The biblical and historical aspects are presented expertly, and the protagonist's plight wrenches one's very being. A fantastic story line, explicit detail, realistic dialogue and a story that relentlessly pursues truth make this an absolute must-read.


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