SUMMARY: Witness the incredible rise of a new faith, a plot to overthrow Nero, and the devastating fire that engulfs the Eternal City. At last, the truth is revealed!
The BookViral Review: Genre – Religious Historical Fiction
With so much fiction failing to live up to its hype it’s always refreshing to read something new that accomplishes with verve what it sets out to do. The Lost Chapter: What Secrets Have Remained Hidden for 2,000 Years? certainly falls into the latter category with Tod Scott Connor imagining and communicating a now-distant era with tremendous energy and passion for detail. The saying “Nero fiddled while Rome burned” is widely known suggesting that not only did Nero play music while his people suffered, but he was an ineffectual leader in a time of crisis and here Connor gives us a different perspective as seen through the eyes of Gaius Cassius Marius.
Bringing emotional depth and sweep The Lost Chapter delivers the type of rousing, epic story that marks the best of Religious Historical Fiction. The dialogue is impeccable and the pacing assured as we are introduced to historical figures like Paul the Apostle, the Roman poet Marcus Annaeus Lucanus and the Emperor Nero as Christianity gathers momentum and the Julio-Claudian dynasty nears its end.
There is a certain scale that’s inevitable in novels of this sort, which Connor confidently achieves. Not only from the perspective of exploring Christian persecution but human motivation and the natural evolution of alliances between disparate groups. A superb debut that entertains and informs The Lost Chapter: What Secrets Have Remained Hidden for 2,000 Years? is recommended without reservation