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Friday, December 2, 2011

The Skin Map (audio book) by Stephen Lawhead

It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure in a race against unknown foes. Pursuing a map tattooed on human skin; to possibly unravel the future of the future.

Lawhead has penned a promising tale of inter-dimensional adventure, full of rich imagery putting a new spin on an old legend. Dynamic settings are mixed with unpredictable adventures as we follow Kit through his new life, which include parallel worlds and time travel. Most interesting is the lost map many are battling to find. The map is tattooed on the mapmaker, the skin map. This map is crucial to traveling the cosmos and, more importantly, getting back to Earth.  Soon the reader discovers, as intriguing as the map is, that's not the real prize, it's only the beginning.

It was suspenseful, engaging, with characters that are human and easy to relate to. The idea behind this story is interesting, the descriptions of the various ages/places visited done well. The story itself is captivating, and draws the reader in very quickly. I did find the main character not as interesting as the others. I supposed he will redeem himself in the following stories in the series.  

This is the first audio book I have listened to and found it hard to do anything but sit and listen. Although would be very good on a road trip, I prefer the actual book. If you like a good story to escape with I recommend this book, in whatever format you prefer.

I received an audio copy of the book from Thomas Nelson as part of their Booksneeze Blogger program.
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