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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
I started the series Two Images of God by Brian P Sheets with the second book. And, thrilled by the depth of the story, I decided to pick up the first to read as well. Quest is the introduction to the series, and it is a stunning introduction. I read it straight through the night, intrigued by the author’s skill and mastery of the conflict that has been at the center of violence across different times and places in human history.
This book looks at the root cause of religious conflict, which, unfortunately permeates different areas of life in communities and in nations. Readers meet a group of very interesting characters, most of them learned professionals who desire only one thing — to focus their energies in building a better world, characterized by religious tolerance and values of dialogue. They are about to make history and present a different image of God than what we know today. But this group is suddenly challenged by terrorist groups that see them as a threat to their fundamental beliefs.
This book features a great conflict, handled by a skilled writer and a great storyteller, and I marvelled at the author's narrative skills. One of the things that kept me reading is the author’s boldness in creating a style of his own and moving from the conventions that seem to govern mainstream thrillers. At times, one gets the feeling that the writing is more of telling than showing, but the author’s gift for descriptive prose is impeccable and irresistible, and the social and cultural commentaries enrich the story and make it a deeply satisfying read. Two Images of God: Quest is fast-paced, sometimes troubling, and filled with moments that force the reader to ask the question: Do we really have to fight each other in the name of God?