The Novel

Fiction - Military
340 Pages
Reviewed on 12/31/2017
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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

I grew up reading the Bible. My mom is a librarian and a devout Christian so me reading the Bible was inevitable. I found the Bible fascinating. Don’t tell my mom, but I find all mythology fascinating. There are many memorable verses in the Bible, but I can clearly remember the day I read this one: “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” This verse intrigued me. When I saw it at the very beginning of Proof: The Novel by Ted D. Berner, I knew I had to read this book. I am very glad that I did. The protagonist reads this verse and asks himself some of the same questions I asked myself when I first read it. But instead of just thinking about the answers, he goes out and begins serious research to find the answers.

Ty Larson is a very likable protagonist. I like that he is a Christian, but is also educated and open-minded. Ty is the kind of guy that, when he finds the answer, people will believe it. He reminded me of my younger self sincerely wanting to find out what this verse means. The plot is great. It lured me in and then went logically step by step to the conclusion. Proof: The Novel is a detective story, a mystery, and an adventure. Ted D. Berner writes well and you can feel his passion for the subject on every page. I liked it much better than any of the Dan Brown novels I have read.