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Moody Publishers Madman

Tallis, a philosopher's servant, is sent to a Greek academy in Palestine only to discover that it has silently disappeared. No one will tell him what happened, but he learns what has become of four of the scholars. One is murdered. One committed suicide. One now worships in the temple of Dionysus. And one...one is a madman.
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Review 1 for Madman
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Helps to understand schizophrenia

Date:July 6, 2013
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Age:35-44
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Having a son who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, this book helps the reader understand some of what being locked up in the chains of darkness feels like.
I loved the part when the man across the sea is coming. All hell and darkness attempts to stop him from delivering the man. But it has no power against the Almighty. Peace Be Still. Hallelujah.
I totally loved this book.
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Review 2 for Madman
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Depressing

Date:January 23, 2012
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Sherry
Location:Southfield, MI
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I think this book is hideous and depressing. So much evil in it. It is boring too. It will give you nightmares. I think she is talented to write in such detail but where do these authors get this stuff and why would you write something like this?
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Review 3 for Madman
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Date:January 23, 2008
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Stori Howard
Very riveting. Love the historical context. I enjoy how the author writes about family dynamics and how these relationships affect them throughout their lives.
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Review 4 for Madman
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Date:August 1, 2007
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Angie Swindle
Very good book! Lots of historical information and a little creepy at times. Very exciting ending! Loved it!
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Review 5 for Madman
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Date:April 27, 2007
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Diana Urban
Riveting! Madman is the most uniquely-written biblical fiction I have ever encountered. The characters are incredibly well developed; the character names are unique, but easy to remember. Groot draws an incredible portrait of the madman and of the internal struggles we all face. The dialogue is often humorous and is strangely modern, but it works, probably because it is used throughout the novel, so it doesnt stick out as anachronistic. The plot is developed astonishingly well and includes several spots of complete surprise. The Palestinian setting adds immensely to the tone of the novel, and the cult of Dionysus is explained well. Groots constant use of excellent, evocative phrases such as, her apron had a little bit of fresh in it from the clothesline, makes readers feel as though they are participating in the story. All too often, biblical fiction falls flat because its a rehash of a story weve read dozens of times, and of characters who have grown old with the rereading. Madman is a fabulous, well-written biblical fiction with characters that come alive, an intriguing plot that focuses on the portion of the story not accounted for in the Bible, and an excellent, subtle portrayal of the gospel message.
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Review 6 for Madman
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Date:May 16, 2006
Magnificant, though not an easy book to read just because of the darkness of insanity that it describes. I loved the history and all that I learned through the context of this book.
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Review 7 for Madman
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Date:April 3, 2006
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Based on the story of Legion, the demon possessed man in Mark 5:1-20, Madman is the picture of true torture and rape of the mind painted with the literary brushes of Tracy Groot. Whereas the descriptions of her characters are very well done, her descriptions of madness are absolutely excellent. She draws the reader into the story and makes everything, even things the characters in the novel suspect to be fantasy, seem real. The main character Tallis, a philosophers servant from Athens, travels to Palestine to uncover the truth about a school of Socrates that silently disappeared without warning. At first no one seems to know what hes talking about, even though the school was supposed to have existed for the past eight years. After finally managing to pry information from one of many locked mouths, he discovers that the schools teachers are the source of the vanishingone was murdered, one committed suicide, six are missing or in hiding, one is a high priestess in the temple of Dionysus, and one is completely and violently mad. Tallis struggles throughout the book as he fights for the truth no one wants to hear. But his weakness of mind makes it more difficult when he realizes that the only way to find the truth and to set things right is to somehow take the chaos out of the madmanwhich might put it into himself. Madman is a well-written book. It captures the intrigue of the reader as he tries to put the pieces of the mystery together and holds in rapt attention. Groot succeeds at telling a Bible story from a non-believers point of view without ending the novel on a cheesy note, which she should be praised for. She creates poignant descriptions of her characters and settings, especially in her descriptions of evil. It is also quite clear that Groot did her homework before she wrote about the worship of Dionysus, the everyday acts of the people living in Palestine, and the afflictions of madness, among other things.(read more ChristianBookPreviews.com)
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