Empire’s End by Jerry B. Jenkins

Jerry B. Jenkins’s new novel is filled with adventure, drama, historic people and places, and even romance. Empire’s End tells the story of a man who single- handedly turned the Roman Empire on-end. It will be the heart-stopping story of the year! Only a few snapshots of Paul’s life are revealed in the Bible. In this fictional account, Jenkins tells of a devout Jewish scholar, who after only three years in the Arabian wilderness, emerges as the greatest Christian theologian in history. This novel explains how, after supervising the death of Jesus’s disciples, Paul would be moved to effectively conquer the Roman Empire with a message about a Jewish man named Jesus. You’ll be captured by the shocking “thorn in the flesh” that burdened Paul’s heart. Empire’s End will cause you to rethink whether Paul ever experienced the love of a woman or the embrace of a child.

About the Author

Jerry B. Jenkins is a New York Times best-selling novelist (Left Behind Series) and biographer (Billy Graham, Hank Aaron, Walter Payton, Orel Hershiser, Nolan Ryan, Joe Gibbs and many more), with over 70 million books sold. His writing has appeared in Time, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and he has been featured on the cover of Newsweek.

My Thoughts

I have read this author’s work for decades.  His books have always been adventurous, thrilling, and his novels have kept me up late at night and consumed many hours of daylight.  My favorite novel to date is Riven.  He is an excellent writer. 

I looked forward to reading this novel about Saul, the persecutor, who was transformed to Paul, the apostle of  our Lord.  The novel was told in the first person and told the story between lines of Scripture where it is silent.  There are many characters throughout this historical novel, telling the story of Paul’s transformation through most of his adulthood. 

The book was very slow moving and lacked a definitive conclusion. I assume the “Empire” in the title referred to the Roman empire, but I am uncertain because at the close of the book, the Roman empire was still a force for all followers of Jesus to struggle. 

Paul’s greatest romantic interest in this story was with the widow of Stephen, the man whom he assisted in stoning.  The relationship was just unsettling to read, and I found it a highly unlikely relationship.

Although rich in history, this novel was not a favorite from this author.  Although I enjoyed parts, overall, it was very disappointing to read.  The style of writing was very different than what I am used to reading from Jerry B. Jenkins.

Thank you to Worthy Publishing and First Look blog tours for a copy in exchange for my honest review.