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Retribution (City of God Series #3) [Paperback]

By Randall Ingermanson (Author)
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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.695 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2004
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310247071  
EAN  9780310247074  
UPC  025986247072  

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The City of God seethes with rage against imperial Rome. Two time-travelers from the far future, Rivka Meyers and her husband, Ari Kazan, are trapped in Jerusalem with the impending siege baring down on them. What deep personal sacrifices will Ari and Rivka be forced to make when Rome unleashes her terrible fist of retribution?

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I couldn't have been more impressed  Oct 20, 2007
It's been a few weeks since I finished this book but the message still sticks in my brain. Randy did an incredible job researching the history and comprised a gripping story that glues you to each page. The plot is so intense and twisting that there's no way of knowing what's going to happen next. The messages are powerful and life-changing. Everyone should read the "City of God Series". Now I'm sad they're over but maybe Randy would see fit to write a fourth book. I'm keeping my copies to read at another time so don't ask to borrow them. I ordered "Oxygen" from this site since Randy's writting is so impressive.

1 Star = I've been robbed!
2 Stars = Why'd I finish it?
3 Stars = Good
4 Stars = Excellent
5 Stars = Life changing
Retribution (City of God Series)  Mar 16, 2007
The book arrived in excellent condition within the scheduled delivery time.

Thank you,

Francine Keehnel
Profoundly Moving  Sep 6, 2005
If you've read Premonition, you already care deeply about Ari, Rivka, and their friends, and the trials they undergo will at times leave you in tears. If you didn't read the previous volume, it won't take many pages for Ingermanson to suck you fully into the action and into the hearts of his characters. Amazingly, the author's command of plot and character shows even more confidence and maturity than in the previous novel--which I highly recommend--and the historical accuracy of the details he weaves into the story is absolutely riveting. Thankfully, his straightforward style steers away from any hint of histrionics, which makes the searing action all the more powerful. This book will haunt me until the series reaches its final resolution--and beyond.
A lover of historical fiction  Apr 15, 2005
Randall Ingermanson blends fictional and historical characters and events so masterfully that you forget what is real vs. imagination.
The constraints of historical fact didn't deter Ingermanson from weaving a tale of intrigue, mystery, romance and friendship that bends the boundaries of time and space to both entertain and enlighten the reader.
I pray there is a fourth book in the City of God Series.
Excellent sequel to "Premonition"--highly recommended  Jan 17, 2005
"Retribution" starts a few years after the end of "Premonition". Ari has used his knowledge of physics to land well-paying work as a construction engineer, but some want him to use his knowledge to build war machines to fight the Romans. His rejection of Rabban Yeshua (Jesus) adds to the stress between him and his wife Rivka, who is a Christian. Because a botched time-travel experiment stranded this twentieth-century couple irreversibly in first-century Judea they have to fend for themselves as well as they can.

The society rejects Rivka as a witch-woman. Because she studied ancient history she uses Josephus' writings to make prophecies that usually come true. Her memory isn't perfect, and Josephus was selective in his reporting and accuracy. So her lapses have labeled her unreliable and suspect. Despite this, Berenike (sister of Agrippa, the last of the Herods) often consults with her about the future. It's an uneasy relationship.

Baruch's persistent but loving encouragement to Ari that he pray about Yeshua threatens their deepening friendship. He loves Ari as a brother, but doesn't know that Ari has reasonable cause to mistrust anything Christian. This persistence and his passionate love for Yeshua brings results that neither could anticipate.

Meanwhile, Hanan ben Hanan, the high priest who engineered James' (the half-brother of Jesus) execution in "Premonition", now has no influence due to his abuse of power. Blaming Ari and Rivka, he has Ari flogged viciously, nearly killing him.

Additionally, Rome's grasp on Judea tightens. Gessius Florus has replaced Lucceius Albinus as governor, and has brought an entirely new dimension to the concept of cruelty. In A.D. 66 he reached his zenith with an act of spectacular brutality, as retaliation for an insult by unknown offenders. This was the foundation of the Jewish revolt.

"Retribution" goes beyond the typical trapped-time-traveler tale. Mr. Ingermanson takes an often-used idea but gives it depth and content that gives his book a deeper meaning.

One of the most mysterious paradoxes of Christianity is the seeming contradiction between God's sovereignty and our free will. Add to this Ari's and Rivka's knowledge of the future, and the question grows more complex.

A compelling subplot is the contrasts between Rivka, Baruch, and Ari. Rivka and Baruch can't understand his complete rejection of Yeshua, and he cannot accept their faith in Jesus as Messiah. Like many, he blames Jesus for the failings of Christians. The more they submit to Christ, the more he stubbornly resists. The consequences of living an ungodly life become increasingly clear as the story progresses. Too late, Ari sees how the results of godlessness contrast with a life of utter faith.

Like most Judeans, Ari and the others resent Rome's growing dictatorship. Having rejected Yeshua and increasingly doubting God, Ari connects with Eleazar ben Hananyah, the Pharisee behind the Jewish revolt of A.D. 66. Eleazar knows of Ari's skill with engineering and essentially drafts him to create machines he believes will make the Jews unconquerable when they rebel. Ari is trapped: participate in the rebellion he knows is doomed, or trust God despite his misgivings.

The climax of "Retribution" focuses on forgiveness and sacrifice. Mr. Ingermanson demonstrates how far followers of Jesus might go to forgive their enemies. One in particular shows a Christlike sacrifice that stuns both Ari and the reader.

Mr. Ingermanson successfully uses different points of view. He does so smoothly, keeping the narrative intact. He interweaves several plot lines, keeping them clear and relevant to each other.

The characters are strong. The leads dominate in their scenes. Their children (Rachel and Dov, the daughter and son of Ari and Rivka, and Baruch and Hana, respectively) provide a light, almost comic relief in an intense story. Eleazar ben Arakh, a young mystic who befriends Rivka, adds a deep spirituality to a story already rich with faith. Various secondary characters add to the book's satisfying realism as well.

I rate this book PG-13. The intense violence near the end, and the adult elements to the relationship between Agrippa and Berenike, are historically accurate and essential. However, the author presents the issues without sensationalizing them, but does not dilute them either.

Highly recommended.

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