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Like the curate's egg, good and bad in parts
on 19 October 2013
James Appleby is a history lecturer at York University, he has a career of mediocrity mapped out in front of him. Then, as part of his research, he uncovers the story of a massacre of a religious sect in the 16th Century. Further research leads to him uncovering the story of the Harkerites, a humanistic group whose teachings have remained hidden for centuries. Harkerism becomes a worldwide movement through Appleby's research and this triggers terrorist activity.
The story of the Harkerites and their teachings is a good one, juxtaposing beliefs alongside the actions of Appleby and how he changes over time. My problem with the book is the whole terrorist plot device, it reads like a comedy whereas the rest of the book is gentle philosophy.