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The Third Day [Paperback]

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Two people are about to journey two millennia into the past. Their mission: to confront Jesus of Nazareth and learn once and for all what really happened. One of the time travelers is a devout believer, the other a jaded skeptic. Together they will discover whether the truth about Jesus can set them free---or destroy them.

In The Third Day, acclaimed historical novelist Mark Graham has crafted a tale of faith and fantasy---a new gospel that is both iconoclastic and reverent. Experience Jesus of Nazareth again for the first time. And be prepared for the unexpected.

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Pages   316
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.66" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2001
Publisher   Invisible College Press
ISBN  1931468036  
ISBN13  9781931468039  

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2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction
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Great beginning, stupid end  Sep 21, 2006
In The Third Day, two people, one of them a faithful Christian and the other a diehard skeptic, are given the opportunity to travel 2000 years back in time and participate in the teachings of Christianity as told by Jesus himself. Not surprisingly, this turns into one exciting trip, as they both become part of Jesus' inner circle and together with his other disciples get a first-hand look at his rise to notoriety in the eyes of the Romans.

From time to time it's an exciting book to read. However, especially Mariam's character don't feel credible at all since she acts and talks in ways that sometimes are just plain stupid. When travelling back in time she and Ford (the believer) is separated, and thus the story of the book is divided into two separate paths. In the beginning Mariam is somewhat interesting - that is, before you've gotten to know her and she spends some time wandering the desolate landscape on her own - but this interest quickly turns into boredom as soon as she's no longer in any real danger.

Ford, on the other hand, both thinks and acts very credible, from the viewpoint that he actually is a 21st century man back in historical times. Early on his faith is put to severe tests, and his inner struggle against the belief that's always been with him is very interesting to take part of.

The text is often made up of segments from Jesus' preaching, but this doesn't mean it's all about convincing the reader of the rightness of Christianity. It's not completely apologetic (the defence of the Christian faith against the arguments of the unbelievers), and even though large segments contain the words of Jesus the focus is more his spectators and how they reacted to his often controversial and insulting words. Fortunately the book is not a rerun of the most pointless movie of all time, The Passion of the Christ, and the end (for both Jesus and the book) arrives suddenly and is quickly dealt with. And that's pretty good, because by this time it's easy to be sick of the whole thing, and especially of Mariam and her stupid actions and thoughts. However, the strange fate of Ford is nothing but weird, and since he was the greatest thing this book had to offer this turns out to be very, very annoying.
While some readers of Edgar Award-winning author Mark Graham (THE KILLING BREED, THE RESURRECTIONIST, and THE BLACK MARIA) may find his fourth and latest work, THE THIRD DAY, to be a departure from his Wilton McCleary works, rest assured that departure is only evident by the absence of McCleary as the protagonist. Otherwise, Mr. Graham's capacity for novel suspense and historical detail, combined with his deft ability to present a well-paced plot with a timeless theme, are presented with precision in THE THIRD DAY.

I had the pleasure of reading THE THIRD DAY in manuscript form in 1999, and am pleased to see it has finally been given the due by a publisher it deserves. There is not much I can say (or want to say, for that matter) about the story and plot itself, short of spoiling the many twists and turns - both in plot and theme - through which this work travels toward its conclusion, that's not already addressed in the "Editorial Comment" for its this site listing; but about the theme... well, that's a different matter.

"Faith" is the theme, and though it is presented in the literal format of a "contemporary gospel," it shouldn't be surprising to the readers of Mr. Graham's McCleary cannon; for it is the issue that drives McCleary, a man who's faith is often put to the test as he explores the seedier, evil side of mankind in the setting of 19th Century Philadelphia. Transpose that test of faith, that wavering between Gnostic devotion and the trappings of tradition, to the time of Jesus, and split McCleary's inner debate on faith into a Christian and an agnostic out of another time - our time - and you have the setting for the thematic dilemma of THE THIRD DAY. What is faith? Who has it, who does not? How is it acquired? Is it acquired, learned or gleaned? Is it truth, belief, or both?

These are only a few of the challenges to the concept of faith Mr. Graham presents in THE THIRD DAY. As you read it, not only may you be surprised to find your own idea of faith put to the test - you'll be delighted to find that such an important issue can be relayed by way of a story with the drama and suspense of Mr. Graham's McCleary mysteries. After all, isn't faith one of the greatest mysteries?


Who was this man known as Jesus of Nazareth?  Sep 3, 2001
Imagine yourself being transported back to the Holy Land to bear witness to the last few months of the life of Yeshua ha Notzri (Jesus of Nazareth). In this wonderfully written novel, Mariam Roberts, a woman who has lost her faith, and Thomas Roberts, a devout believer in this man he believes is our Lord and Savior, are transported back in time. I found myself questioning my own faith as I saw a Jesus I had never seen before, wondering if the miracles He preformed could be explained with the knowledge of modern medicine. As the story races along I found myself not only entertained by the writer's words, but also disturbed by my inner feelings, my beliefs being challenged by the actions and dialogue of the characters, past, present and future. By the conclusion of this thought provoking book I was mentally worn out and totally satisfied. It was one of the best books I have ever read.

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