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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Jesus Unbound by Richard Malmed is the story of the most famous man to ever walk the planet (and ascend from it) in the fictional format of a novel. The book reads on the basis of reality and provides an alternate view of all the bits in between what the Bible itself divulges, taking into account the substance of day to day living in the first century AD, and the life and times that all who encountered and followed the Son of God endured. The story contains narrative that is in line with scripture, and dialogue that most certainly is not. Combined, both create a riveting and intelligent story that delicately weaves together fact (to many, fiction to others) and fiction.
I haven't read a book like Jesus Unbound by Richard Malmed before and found the whole story to be completely engrossing and fascinating. Sure, most of us know the story, but to have it told as one that blends all external elements of the time is altogether different. The prose humanizes Jesus and all around him with lines that read in a modern narrative. "Mary Magdalene’s homage to maturity was to fall in love with Jesus, on whom she had ﬁrst a puppy love crush and now a mature woman’s adoration." While this is characterized as Christian Fiction, I think it will find a wide audience among lovers of historical fiction regardless of faith, as Malmed presents a rational glimpse of the man and the era, from Mother Mary proclaiming that her son needs to get a job, to the confusion, fear, and hope that ensued after the crucifixion and resurrection. You may think you've heard the whole story, but until you've read this, chances are you haven't.