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The Eighth Scroll

The Eighth Scroll [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Laurence B. Brown
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Stirring the flames of age-old controversies, The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown draws on the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to create an unbelievably dynamic and powerful story. Set in a world that teeters between orthodoxy and heresy, this thriller is packed with intrigue and adventure. When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project hides one of the scrolls because of the heretical message it contains, no one is the wiser until decades later, when a prominent archeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll . . . or die trying.

About the Author

A graduate of Cornell University, Brown University Medical School, and George Washington University Hospital residency program, Laurence B. Brown is an ophthalmic surgeon, a retired Air Force officer, and the medical director and chief ophthalmologist of a major eye center in the Middle East. For the past two decades, he has divided his time between America, England, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. He has authored four books of comparative religion, The Eighth Scroll, and another soon-to-be-published action/adventure novel. He currently lives in Saudi Arabia with his wife, their one daughter, and an ever changing assortment of hamsters and parrots.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419673238
  • Publisher: Booksurge; 1 edition (22 Feb 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T9UTPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr. Laurence B. Brown (1959- ) graduated from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Brown University Medical School, and George Washington University Hospital residency program. He is a retired Air Force officer, the medical director and chief ophthalmologist of a major eye center in the Middle East, an ordained interfaith minister, and the author of four books of comparative religion. He has recently discovered a passion for writing reality-based fiction. His breakout action/adventure novel, The Eighth Scroll (, became's #1 Kindle bestseller in each of the categories of Church History, Religion & Spirituality Fiction, Christianity, and Religious Fiction. For the past two decades, he has divided his time between America, England, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Brown's immediate family consists of his wife, three daughters and an ever changing assortment of hamsters and parrots.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Engaging 5 Jun 2011
By Kab
Format:Kindle Edition
Enjoyed the book, very well written. I have important exam coming but once I started to read it, could not put it down, and for 69p on Kindle money well spent! Now going to buy his other titles again at 69p on Kindle!!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should really be 4.5 24 May 2011
By Tried and Tested TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book so nearly got 5 stars with me that I'm almost disappointed that it didn't. The reason I felt I couldn't give it 5 stars is because the first chapter is really hard going, I really struggled to get through the opening of The Eighth Scroll and was slightly wary that if the whole book was written in the same way then I wouldn't make it through, I shouldn't have worried, once it hit the modern day it was engaging and I was completely immersed in the storyline.

When I was asked to review this I was told that Dr Laurence Brown was being referred to as "the other Brown" in reference to the likeness of this storyline to those books produced by Dan Brown, I loved The Da Vinci Code and have actually read all of the Dan Brown novels so if there was another author on the market who wrote a similar style of novel then I was definitely interested. I didn't really know anything about the Dead Sea Scrolls other than they were something to do with religion but I figured that religion always provided an interesting backdrop to a novel and it backed up the theory that Dr Brown was heading down a similar route to Dan Brown.

The actual storyline of The Eighth Scroll was brilliant and I felt that I could relate to all of the characters. One of the things that I liked is that Dr Brown has a strong belief in God but also has a very specific view of religion. Some of the things that he writes may be considered controversial to a number of people who have strong beliefs but, having studied religion as a teenager, I was thrilled that he highlighted areas of the bible which contradict other areas, something that has always frustrated me.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 7 July 2011
By isis
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I found this book fantastic, could not put it down and went on to purchase his other non fiction book. Highly recommended
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones eat your heart out 2 Oct 2010
By McMood
One of the most immersive books I have ever read. I really felt like I was apart of an Indiana Jones Temple of Doom adventure! The subtle humour was wickedly dry at times and a delightful aspect which ran throughout the book. The treasure hunt, predicaments and storyline had a Mission Impossible-esque feeling to it, perhaps a little too much hollywood in it but still thoroughly intriguing and enjoyable. The historical and theological discussions and indeed conspiracies that took place were intriguing and on a more serious note integral to our own lives/souls. If you haven't picked up a novel in a long time, this is a good place to start. I didn't put the book down till I had finished it and I recommend it to everyone. I hope the author has more books like this in the pipeline. God Willing!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good disguise 1 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is such an entertaining read! A thriller, a mystery and an archealogical dig all in one book - plus a theology lesson and a major debunk of accepted Christianity. A very clever way for the author to present his serious theories to a wider audience. But a good read nonetheless.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brown takes a Scroll on the wild side 24 July 2010
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
Having been awakened early (really early) in the morning by his friend and colleague, Frank Tones, Dr. Gerald Hansen (noted professor) is asked, "fancy a little jaunt?" And little does the good doctor realize just how much of a "jaunt" his immediate future would be. But it's 3 a.m. and he's not ready to be convinced of much, at this hour. "It's not our lives I fear for. It's our souls." That clinches it. ASAP Dr Hansen and 15-year-old son Michael are jetting it to Nubia. Yes, Nubia, and thus begins another exciting episode of "the lost" something or other of Christiandom.

This time, the Dead Sea Scrolls--and this new discovery could just possibly be the long-lost Gospel of James, at least. Needless to say, anything that could undermine the principles (as well as history) of Christianity becomes a sensitive issue, one that various agencies around the world (CIA, Mossad, the Vatican, and the Good Lord only knows who else)would kill (and/or die) for.

As large a stake as it is, author Dr. Laurence B. Brown, though, seems well in control of the narrative string. His characters work well and the style of writing is fast-paced, not too isoteric, and he covers a lot of literary and historical ground here. Having been to the Middle East and to Qumran a number of times as well as a student of history and Christianity, I found Brown's power of description and his landscape and atmosphere convincing and real.

"The Eighth Scroll" is worth a read (with an open mind is preferable).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 11 Sep 2011
By JohnH
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an interesting book. I found it quite a page turner and for the price it was good value. I will be trying other titles by this author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Eighth Scroll 9 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When archaeologist Gerald Hansen receives a cryptic phone call from one of his friends, he rushes half way around the world to the dig where his friend is working, dragging along his son Michael. What they find there completely changes their lives forever. It would seem there is another Dead Sea scroll which has never been found, and it will completely change the face of religion as we know it. The trouble is, they aren't the only ones looking for it, and it will be a life or death race to find it first...

When I was asked to review this book, it was compared to The Da Vinci Code, which is a book I really enjoyed. I am always wary though, when a book is said to be 'like' another, because usually they fall a little short. In this case I can definitely see why the comparison is made, but personally I think Brown can stand with his own merit though, this is a fantastic book. I'm not a follower of any religion, but it has always fascinated me, and so mixed with the gripping thriller aspect as well, made for a really great read. It is immediately clear that this was a subject the author knew a lot about or researched very throughly, and it is all written in a very understandable way for people who do not necessarily know a lot about the three religions spoken about. I liked the characters involved, and thought it was a great move to switch narrators part way through the book. For me, I enjoyed savouring this book over the course of a few days, it gave me time to digest each section of information and think about the story, but I can definitely see it being a book that is impossible to put down as well. I would definitely recommend this to fans of religious thrillers, if you liked The Da Vinci Code, I can assure you this is just as good!
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brilliant book and easy to get into
Published 3 months ago by M. Senior
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Sea Scrolls meets the Da Vinci Code
Fast paced novel which would make a good movie. Exposes the dichotomy in the New Testament between the teachings of Jesus and Paul.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Book
First time reading this Authors work, and really enjoyed it, will be reading all his other books now. Would recommend this book to my friends.
Published 7 months ago by Mr Jock
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
A good read. I think this book is very good and easy to read. The style of writing suits my thinking and I find the stories very interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointed
I'm sorry but I was really disappointed with this book - I felt that it started really well but failed to deliver! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - an unputdownable page turner!
A novel that has some ideas based on facts, such as the difference in teachings of Paul and Jesus. It does not include disproved ideas such as the Priory of Sion. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sal
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
Interesting plot and great characters woven together in an effective way. Conspiracy theories abound and this will delight the enthusiast.
Published 11 months ago by pj
4.0 out of 5 stars A regious roller coaster
The book is in the genre of 'missing and rediscovered' biblical-scriptural thrillers, like one called The Word, about 2- years ago. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Simon Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars the eighth scroll
the book wouldn't let me put it down.
I was hooked. read it in six days. gripping, suspenseful and amusing at times.
Published 13 months ago by Mazaffar Ellahi
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