Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner is an apocalyptic book. Set in the year 2048, the novel revolves around the births of seven children in 2012. Paul Binder is a professor at the University of Virginia when he receives a cryptic message telling him he must decipher an old manuscript. The story accelerates as he meets Angela Krall and together the two must understand the seals and signs that have been recorded since the time of Christ. These signs mark the end of the age- can they figure them out in time?

This book started well, but it soon drifted into a slow, scholarly pace with a little action thrown in. I found there to be too many threads of the story happening at once so that the story felt fractured. I had trouble becoming engaged by the storyline. There was a lot of research put into this book and some of the points the authors made seemed probable based on the events that occuring in our own time today. This book is definitely a harder read than many of the books out today. Seraph Seal takes a lot of thought and should be read without distraction.


  1. Furthermore, the book was largely predictable and I was never able to establish any kind of personal connection with most of the characters. This may have been because the book jumps back and forth between several different storylines. The moment I became attached to a character, the plot would twist away from that character and not return until several other storylines had been updated. Adding to my confusion, the point of view will occasionally jump from third person limited to third person omniscient, making it difficult for me to understand which character's thoughts are driving the scene.