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The Betrayal

The Betrayal

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Enter the brilliance and decadence of renaissance France in this fast-paced biographical novel on John Calvin. Told from the perspective of a rival whose envy escalates to violent intrigue and shameless betrayal, The Betrayal is a tale of how God uses the humility and unflinching faithfulness of Calvin to break down the barrenness and bitterness of a chief of sinners - all accomplished by grace alone.

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Enter the brilliance and decadence of renaissance France in this fast-paced biographical novel on John Calvin. Told from the perspective of a rival whose envy escalates to violent intrigue and shameless betrayal, The Betrayal is a tale of how God uses the humility and unflinching faithfulness of Calvin to break down the barrenness and bitterness of a chief of sinners - all accomplished by grace alone.

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Set amidst the backdrop of the scholarship and humanism of renaissance France, and its love of luxury, power, and decadence, this fast-paced biographical novel on John Calvin is told from the perspective of a rival whose envy escalates to violent intrigue.
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Meet the Author

Douglas Bond

Douglas Bond is the head of the English Department and a longtime teacher at Covenant High School, a classical Christian school in Tacoma, Wash. He holds degrees from St. Martin's University, (M.I.T. in education; B.A. in history) and a preliminary certificate in theology from Moore Theological College in Australia. fd He has written numerous works of fiction, many of them for young people, including the Crown and Covenant trilogy (focusing on a Covenanter family in Scotland) and the Faith and Freedom trilogy (following the same family to Revolutionary America). His fictional works also include

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Gripping historical suspense
4 stars By Di, Dec 07 2009
I really liked this book - a gripping and intriguing historical fiction story woven around the life and times of John Calvin, a 16th century spearhead of the Reformation. The story is recounted by a 'great sinner' and long-time enemy of Calvin - Jean-Louis, whose envy of Calvin escalates to bitter hatred and begins to fuel a deadly desire for revenge.

16th century France is a dangerous place to be if you don't agree with the teaching (and excesses) of the Holy Roman Church - as Calvin would soon find out. Grave danger is all around - no-one of the 'new learning', (and Calvin is the most ardent and significant), is safe from the King of France's spies and  barbaric and torturous punishment of burning at the stake of dissidents. As clandestine as Calvin's meetings with like-minded colleagues are, unbeknown to him, danger is his constant companion - in a very literal sense!

This historical novel has great attention to detail - you'll feel like you were in 16th century Europe. (But beware some of the scenes are quite graphic and violent as hands are chopped off, people burnt at the stake etc.) I like the way that Bond has used Calvin's own writings to shape his words and those of his critics, and that the book followed the real journey of his life through various towns and countries. This is a challenging book spiritually, particularly as you witness the countless barbaric deaths of the men and women who stood firm in what they believed - even to death. 

This would be a great book for those who like suspense,historical fiction and if you like biographies, this is a terrific way to read about a great and influential man of the Christian faith in a very enjoyable and slightly lighter format than an actual biography. I loved it - didn't want it to end, and I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Di Mangan, Copywriter/Editor, West Ryde
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  • Catalogue Code 291643
  • Product Code 9781596381254
  • ISBN 1596381256
  • EAN 9781596381254
  • Pages 384
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher P&r Publishing
  • Publication Date Jun 2009
  • Sales Rank #78517
  • Dimensions 215 x 136 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.449kg

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