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The first few chapters are great. But the book degenerates as it continues, by making Joseph into an action hero type. The road to Bethlehem is chock-full of daring escapes from a Roman squadron that's been possessed by a horde of demons out to destroy the baby Jesus, by means of incredibly well-timed flash floods, landslides etc. I didn't bother reading to the end, and I returned the book for a refund. It was groan-worthy, and it got boring after a while, reading about yet another oh-so-daring escape from Certain Death with the help of yet another Deux Ex Machina. I wanted a book that showcased Joseph's quiet heroism in the actual *very* difficult - and yes, dangerous - situation, not a Let's Jazz Up This Boring Old Myth By Inserting Action Where It's *Not* Required train wreck.