Eye Witness

 EYEW   (Head Press, 2006)

™ and © 2006 Robert James Luedke

Eye Witness is the story of an agnostic archaeologist called in to decipher an eyewitness account of the life of Jesus. Not surprisingly, this discovery has a profound effect on him. Despite getting a little (to be expected) preachy at the end, it’s a fine tale—except for the sloppy editing.

Forget about the commas and the misuse of words like “to” and “too.” There are large and grievous misspellings. A Roman soldier is called by his rank of “sargent,” instead of “sergeant.” Jesus is frequently referred to as “devine,” rather than “divine.” The prisoner released instead of Jesus is “Barbaras,” not the proper “Barabbas.”

For readers who can’t spell or just don’t care, this is not a problem. But for those who can and do, it impairs the quality of an otherwise-worthy work. For the second printing, Luedke should have someone proofread it and correct the niggling errors whose cumulative effect is irksome. When he does this, bump it up to three stars.

— Jack Abramowitz

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