Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins reunite to undertake the Jesus Chronicles, a four-book series of historical novels profiling the lives of the Gospel writers: John, Mark, Matthew, and Luke. This first installment recounts the personal and spiritual journey of the only one of the original apostles who died from old age rather than martyrdom. Robinson Dean brings an appropriately deep and sober tone to his duties as narrator, especially in his portrayal of the elderly John's exhaustive efforts to leave a written record of both his first-person experiences and prophetic visions. The authors steep their storytelling in a conservative interpretation of scripture that may not appeal evenly across the broader spectrums of Christian theology, but they provide some engaging human drama.
This first book in the series blends large excerpts from the last book of Bible with fictional retelling of the historical setting in an attempt at bringing the book of Revelation of St. John the Divine to life and provide a portrait of the John. The fictional portions of the book are moderately interesting, but contained little this reviewer didn't already know. As for the book of Revelation itself, there's very little exposition or commentary. I had hoped for more from this book.