Scott Baker’s novel Rule of Knowledge felt like something of cross between The Da Vinci Code, a Matthew Reilly Novel and The Time Travellers Wife. The narrative and the action were fast paced as separate plots were woven together into a great tale.
The book opens with Shaun Strickland, a teacher, receiving a mysterious invitation to present a lecture at Cambridge. Leaving home in a hurry with his wife the couple have an accident on a lonely road in North Carolina when they hit a homeless tramp. Taking him on board they soon discover he is carrying a secret – a book which appears to a diary written in English dating back to the time of Christ.
The novel then proceeds to jump between the diary and other plot fillers as the action intensifies.
Having a sense of history, science and faith helped as I read the book although I did not feel that you needed much depth in these areas. In terms of style the diary entries jarred a little in the way the were written but once I got over this the novel flowed well and bought something of a complicated story together. Any story which involves time travel has its issues.
Like a Matthew Reilly novel the action is fast, more than somewhat fanciful and at times quite gruesomely violent. For some readers this will keep them in but if you are a bit reticent about too much violence then maybe it is not the book for you.
The feature of the novel is its movement towards an encounter with Jesus – an interview as it were by the diary writer. Was Jesus who he said he was? What will the agnostic science teacher Shaun Strickland find out? Will faith be undone or reignited?
The twists and revelations at the end made it worth the read. So if you are a fan of an action story put it on your Christmas wish list.