A kind of heavy read with a lot of references to death, plague and famine.
There are some references to slavery, sex and there are parts of this book that I felt contained too many references to violence and torture.
Split into two parts I found part two far more entertaining than part one, especially with the introduction of the 'Jesus' character.
Not much happens for the first thirty years of his life, in fact it kind of jumps from him being born around Christmas time to the ending, which seems to be set at Easter.
Most of the secondary characters appeared to be run of the mill 'hangers on', however loved 'Judith', the cross dressing disciple who betrays Jesus for no apparent reason.
I didn't like the bit where Jesus is invited to the 'Last' Supper, I believe by Judith and other members of his gang, and doesn't pick up on the 'Last' bit. Spoiled the twist ending slightly and I couldn't help but wonder why Jesus didn't query the whole evening, the meaning of 'Last' and how Judith would have gotten out of that one.
Also no references to any previous suppers until this 'last' one. Seems maybe my copy had some pages missing but a bit out of character for Jesus not to spot this obvious trick.
It also gets a bit muddled here with Judith kissing the Jesus one, not sure if I missed some sort of sub plot.
Not as good as some movie versions and certainly not suitable for kids. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in religion.
A pretty good ending, and obviously set up for a sequel when the main character returns to battle evil, however 2000 years later it still seems that the author really can't be arsed.
A Twat. Book Reviewer.