Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Book Review: The Betrayal by Douglas Bond


For adults who have enjoyed Douglas Bond’s other historical fiction novels, The Betrayal will come as no surprise.

Douglas Bond’s meticulous research adds rich detail to this story of John Calvin’s life, told from the view of a fictional boyhood rival, Jean-Louis Mourin.  The story unfolds as a manuscript, penned by Jean-Louis in the 1500’s, is found in the bombed ruins of a building in Noyon during World War I. We then read the tale of a life of a gifted boy who grows into an articulate man who’s writing and preaching help to shape the course of the Protestant Reformation in France and Geneva, Switzerland.

The author quotes John Calvin’s writing in his book, using the subject’s own words to tell the story of his life and thought. At the same time, Jean-Louis uses those words as evidence against Calvin during the time of the Huguenot persecution in France – but can Jean-Louis resist the combination of Calvin’s persuasive arguments and God’s relentless pursuit of his soul?

One word of caution for those desiring to read this book: This book, in its vocabulary and mature logical arguments presented by Calvin, is written for older students and adults. Readers who have enjoyed Douglas Bond’s fiction for middle-grade and high school students should be content to wait a few years before reading this book, but it is well worth the delay!


I received a free copy of this book from the publisher with no requirement to write a favorable review.  

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