Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Opus 2013-199: Book Review: Creative History

I am always on the lookout for a new author.  I like many types of fiction as long as it is fast paced and not too dependent on being in a drugged stupor. 

I thought I had found one in David Gibbins.  I began reading his book, Crusader Gold, and asked myself what was there not to like.  You had an archeologist on the search for a breakthrough in historical artifacts.  He is noble, not just after the money.  He is going to maintain his integrity at all costs.  There is a hint of action from previous adventures telling me there are books I had missed that I could look for.  Gibbins writes well and have a good cast of characters.

As I read, though, the historical facts didn’t seem to quite add up.  He had notes in the back explaining the basis for his conjectures and what was true as opposed to imagination.  In a well written book you can learn a lot of history.  It is understood that there will be creativity.  That I don’t have any trouble with.  But the more I read the more trouble I had with his view of history.

Then I came across the following bit of dialogue.  See if you can pick out what my problem was.
“Sounds like the Pilgrim fathers in America, at Jamestown,” Jack said.  “Hemmed in by hostile natives, plagued by starvation and disease.”  page 251.
Do you see it?  I hate to point out to the professionals but the Pilgrims were not at Jamestown, they were in Plymouth.  They also got along very well with the locals.  It could have just been a slip of the type.  It happens.  What is troubling that in the editing and proofreading no single person knew enough history to pick this out.

Then at the end he throughly throws away any credibility.  In the final scene of the book he had this archeologist casting a priceless, historic relic into the ocean to make the spirit of an ancient king rest in peace.  No real archeologist would do such a thing. 

I don’t think I will be looking for more titles by Gibbin.  I have enough confusion in my sense of history, I don’t need someone adding to it.

Gibbins, David.  Crusader Gold.  New York:  Bantam Dell, 2008.

homo unius libri


  1. There you go, expecting authors to be intelligent and accurate. How dare you? ;-)

    1. I am thinking that he went to public school. Maybe he was one of my students who kept asking if he needed his book.

      Grace and peace


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