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Publisher Description

What If …?

What if you were studying for your Ph.D. in archaeology and decided to take a break from your crummy life for the summer by working on an archaeological dig in Israel?

What if you met a great guy in Jerusalem who happened to be a world-famous theoretical physicist working on a crazy idea to build a wormhole that might make time-travel possible … someday?

What if he had a nutball colleague who turned the theory into reality — and then decided to use YOU as a guinea pig to make sure it was safe?

What if the nutball had a gun and went on a crazy, impossible mission to hunt down and kill the apostle Paul?

It’s A.D. 57 when Rivka Meyers walks out of the wormhole into a world she’s only studied in books. Ancient Jerusalem is awesome! Rivka can’t believe her friend Ari Kazan’s theory actually worked. But when she runs into Ari’s wacko colleague, Damien West, in the Temple, Rivka starts to smell a rat. 

When Ari discovers that Damien and Rivka have gone through a wormhole that’s on the edge of collapse, he has to make a horrible choice: Follow them and risk never coming back — or lose the woman of his dreams forever.

About The Book

Transgression is a time-travel suspense novel that mixes science, history, religion, romance, and suspense. It’s about learning to stand up for yourself, when you just want to be let alone. It’s about making hard decisions. It’s about asking whether life has meaning and whether God exists — and becoming a badass fighter for justice, even if you don’t have the answers. 

Transgression won the 2001 Christy award for best futuristic novel in Christian fiction. 

Transgression will take you on a wretched, miserable, dangerous vacation through the filthy, bandit-ridden streets of first-century Jerusalem. 

Transgression is the first novel in the City of God series:

Book 1: Transgression (A.D. 57)

Book 2: Premonition (A.D. 57-62)

Book 3: Retribution (A.D. 62-66)


Rivka turned and ran. “Ari!” she screamed. “Help!”

She raced outside into the sunlight, sprinted madly through a dark grove of trees with gnarled branches. Her heart pounded in her chest. Her ragged breath rasped in her ears. Was he following? Faster! Tears fogged her eyes. Her leather sandals tore at her feet. Trying to look back over her shoulder, she tripped and fell. Dust flew up all around her.

Coughing, she clambered to her feet and dared to look back. The man was nowhere in sight.

Rivka panted until she caught her breath. Her left wrist throbbed from the fall. She massaged it while she squinted into the trees, afraid that the man might be lurking in the shadows. 

Nothing happened.

Finally, she turned around to get her bearings.

She blinked twice and then stared. 

Across a small valley massive stone walls rose. Herodian masonry. Jerusalem limestone. Towering white walls. It looked like…

But that was impossible. She closed her eyes, breathed deeply three times, and opened them again. Absurd. Had she gone loony or something?

Rivka had visited the Temple Mount twice and studied hundreds of pictures during three years of graduate school. But she had never seen it looking like this. 

So pure. 

So spotless.

So new.

Fiction & Literature
March 1
Ingermanson Communications, Inc.
Ingermanson Communications, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Josey86 ,

Properly Label the Genre Please

This is between 2 and 3 stars for me. Sadly, I could not give it 2.5 stars. I feel 3 stars is generous, but slightly inaccurate. Ultimately, this is a really good story that is ruined by a cliche filled sermon tossed in randomly that disrupts the flow. It genuinely feels like that whole ridiculousness was added in later for some ridiculous reason.

The Ari and Rivka at the beginning of the book are a wonderful young couple who have their differences, but they’re relatively healthy. The Ari and Rivka later in the book are a hot mess of unhealthy relationship hell. She wants him to be open minded so she can change him. He wants her to be open minded so they can both try to see each other’s perspectives. He demands she listens to him and tries to forbid her from exercising her autonomy. What happened to the great Ari and Rivka from the beginning of the story? I want them back.

The argument that she’s not a Christian was lost as soon as it was made known that she had a “policy” of not dating any guy that didn’t believe the exact way she did. She’s an uber conservative Christian from the Bible Belt with that BS. I very nearly stopped reading at that point, but the story outside of that forced me on.

“Baruch wasn’t intentionally being a male chauvinist oink-oink.”
I am still unconvinced that this line was written by Ingermanson. The rest of the book is well written from a 20-30-something’s voice. This line is ridiculous and written from a teenager’s voice. Just call him a male chauvinist pig and move on. This line is ridiculous and pulls the reader completely out of the story to try and figure out what just happened. The editor who suggested this line should be fired immediately, and all the other books that editor worked on should be re-examined.

Ultimately, this book needs to be marketed as Christian fiction as opposed to general fiction or literary fiction. It could be either of those if not for the forced, ridiculous religiosity that suddenly they are both practicing for the first time in their adult lives. Calling it anything other than Christian fiction is tantamount to false advertising. It makes no sense, ruins the flow of the story, and makes parts of this book absolutely painful. You can explore religion without making it preachy. I genuinely wish he had.

I read this book to see what came of the snowflake method. Clearly it works, but I have no desire to read the rest of this series. If you had asked me in the first quarter to third of the book, I was ready to read the whole series as quickly as possible. Not anymore.

Ingermanson is a wonderful writer. I would gladly read more by him if he could manage to write without being preachy and obviously biased toward the Christian world view.

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