Having completed reading the book, I was confused but also intrigued as to what the author intended - was it fiction; was it research; was it depicting the similarities of Christianity and earlier religions it had supplanted; etc? Internet searches will bring up sites that explain all of the above. The book is well written but not fast paced although the main events occur over about two days. It provides the main character with a clue (of several) as to where a missing friend is to be located. The author has taken discrepancies in St. Paul's life which are not explained in the Bible to build a fictional story set in Leiden which does not have an underground labyrinth. I'll get round to reading the first and third books of the series. Recommended. (4.5 stars)
There was something about this author’s style of writing that I found a little difficult to follow. I also felt that there was excessive bible passages (some went on for several pages) which put me off, even though they were somewhat relevant to the story. This novel was originally written in Dutch and maybe it lost something in translation.
Not a bad read. It flowed fairly well for me with just a few places where it was a little heavier going. One frustration was a few incorrect or missing words which meant I had to guess the proper meaning of the sentence in question. That occurred about 3 times that I can remember. Of course, that's the fault of the publishers. Disappointing. Otherwise a book I would recommend.
The author made a brave attempt to rival the Da Vinci Code, but the overly detailed travels through Leiden and the theological explanations made for me, quite tedious reading. Several times I wondered where it was heading. The book got there in the end, but it was far from a “can’t put it down” read.
Thankyou to NetGalley, Harper Impulse and Killer Reads and the author Jeroen Windmeijer for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of St Paul's Labyrinth. I found the storyline to be well thought out and written. As the story develops, the level of intrigue and suspense rises, keeping the reader engrossed. Definitely well worth a read.