The Pilate Scroll

Christian - Thriller
348 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Pilate Scroll is a work of fiction in the Christian thriller genre. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and it was penned by author M. B. Lewis. The book follows the adventures of Kadie Jenkins, a scientist working to stop a lethal virus from devastating the world, and a woman whose faith has been worn down and broken by her experiences. After her mentor is murdered on the eve of a major announcement, Kadie rescues their research and flees for her life to Israel. Unsure of who to trust as she senses the danger drawing ever closer, the promise of a relic that could change the world forever draws the conspirators towards her.

Author M. B. Lewis delivers a highly engaging Christian thriller novel that follows Kadie Jenkins, a scholar who is struggling with her faith. One of the most striking things about this book was the author's intricate knowledge of the Bible and its teachings; this added depth to the story and made it feel very real. The cast of characters is diverse and fully fleshed out, each with its own unique personality. Our heroine, Kadie, is the female lead we have been waiting for: she’s strong, resourceful and brave. The Pilate Scroll takes you on a fast-paced and thrilling adventure, whilst also telling a story of hope that will lift your soul and make you shed a tear or two. I would not hesitate to recommend this novel to fans of action-packed thriller novels and those who are looking for a story that will take them on an emotional journey.

Trudi LoPreto

The Pilate Scroll by M.B. Lewis is an action-packed story from beginning to end. Kadie is the star and it was impossible not to cheer her on. She is hired to be part of a team going to Egypt to find the answer to a lethal virus but soon realizes that this may not be her actual mission. Kadie quickly becomes unsure of the whys and hows of what she thought was her research project; she needs to be careful as to who she can trust and what they expect of her. Duke is the pilot who saves the team from sure death. He becomes Kadie’s go-to person for herself and her young Down Syndrome brother, Brian, who was allowed to accompany her on the adventure. The search for the Pilate Scroll is the real reason the group has formed. The clues and excitement pull Kadie, Brian, and Duke into action and danger at every turn. The bad guys do everything they can to find the scroll and do not care who has been killed or hurt in their path.

The Pilate Scroll is a mysterious thriller. There were so many things going on throughout, taking me in so many different directions at once. There was Kadie’s love for her brother, distrust of her team, a budding romance with Duke that made interlocking each of the characters of The Pilate Scroll special. I was impressed by the accurate Bible teachings of Jesus inside a fictional story. The plot, characters, events, and excitement were real and very well presented by M.B. Lewis. I really enjoyed The Pilate Scroll; it was hard to put down. I did not want to be a spoiler and share too many details, so I can only say – you must read this book for yourself. It is a winner.

Joanie Chevalier

The Pilate Scroll by M.B. Lewis has a thrilling storyline, with excitement, danger, and intrigue around every corner. Kadie accepts a job without knowing too much about it, but gets into it right away, mainly excited about it because her Downs Syndrome brother, Brian, can also tag along. Since their parents died in an accident, Kadie and Brian took care of each other… Kadie by helping Brian with his medication, and Brian by helping Kadie understand who to trust or not trust since he is instinctively acute about human nature. When Kadie meets two men, Curt and Duke, she isn’t sure who to trust, and it turns out that the one she first trusted is not who he says he is and soon Kadie is up to her neck in nefarious and dangerous territory. A great thriller for those who love action and adventure.

The Pilate Scroll by M.B. Lewis is not only a great thriller but a great Christian story too. Even though Kadie’s brother, Brian, is a faith-driven Christian, Kadie has trouble believing. Her mission at GDI is to find a vase, believed to contain a scroll, with the scroll itself revealing a secret that will change the world. It was fascinating to read historical events mixed in with fantasy, and the reader who knows about the life of Jesus or that era will read along with familiarity and fascination about the idea of the Pilate scroll. I enjoyed this faith-based story because it didn’t seem forced, but natural, and I’m sure other readers, Christian or not, will revel in this thrilling page-turner.

Susan Sewell

During an archaeological expedition, the murder of a team member sends a young linguist running for her life in the exciting Christian thriller, The Pilate Scroll by M.B. Lewis. Kadie Jenkins is in Egypt with the Global Disease Initiative, searching for an ancient artifact that holds the legendary cure for the hantavirus. When Kadie walks in on the murder of one of her colleagues, she barely escapes with her life. GDI's security agent rushes Kadie and the rest of the team to an airstrip for a covert removal. Pursued and fired upon, the plane manages to take off and get them safely to Tel Aviv. Once they are in Israel, Kadie becomes aware of odd inconsistencies connected to the ancient object and her employer's intentions. Why is GDI secretive about the artifact's purpose? Why is Kadie's ability to translate so essential to the quest?

Adventure, murder, and intrigue are the crux of the sensational Christian thriller, The Pilate Scroll by M.B. Lewis. Brimming with suspense, drama, and non-stop action, the plot builds to an exciting story arc culminating in a startling and compelling conclusion. Taking place against the exotic backdrops of Israel, Turkey, and Egypt, the settings create a perfect contrast for the drama that unfolds. Containing elements from the New Testament and archaeological findings from the Dead Sea Scrolls, it is an adrenaline-fueled story that is captivating from the first page until the last. Comparable to an Indiana Jones adventure, everyone who relishes action-packed thrillers based on the biblical precepts of redemption, salvation, and faith in God will not want to miss this!

Tammy Ruggles

The Pilate Scroll by M.B. Lewis is a compelling Christian thriller that grips you all the way. It centers on Kadie Jenkins, a researcher in a crisis of faith by the time she goes to Egypt with a team to fight a deadly virus. This brilliant academic with a long-forgotten faith is rocked when her father figure and colleague Samuel is killed just when he is on the verge of disclosing a startling find. A powerful relic is the centerpiece of the story, as well as a protector. The question is, can Jenkins keep the past from destroying the future? She does what comes naturally: She gets Samuel's papers together, and dodges danger just as the killers come back. An emergency landing in Israel has her wondering who in her group she can trust now. When the killers get closer to her, she finds that they're after the history-altering ancient artifact. Another question is, without knowing who to trust now, does she look to a higher strength to prevent evil from being unleashed?

M.B. Lewis has created a heart-stopping suspense novel with faith at the heart of its main character, Kadie. The plot is original and genuinely intriguing, and so are the characters, especially Kadie, who is strong yet vulnerable. I like the way Lewis has crafted this character to be flawed and relatable, not a super-Christian without problems. This woman hasn't felt her faith in a long time, but the events that occur in her life shake her. As you read, you feel for her vulnerable position, and really become invested in the mystery and intrigue crafted by the author. I also like the relationship between Kadie and her special-needs younger brother, Brian. You don't have to be a Christian to enjoy this story of forgiveness and healing, but it is brimming with biblical themes and knee-deep in history and culture. The Pilate Scroll by M.B. Lewis is a must-read for those craving a top-tier faith-based suspense novel. Fans of Dan Brown will love this book.