Cross Intents, Volume 2: The Baptism


Book: Cross Intents, Volume 2: The Baptism

Author:  Scott R. Wells

Illustrator: Phil Elsner

Publisher: Illumify Media, 2022

ISBN-13: 978-1955043694 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 1955043698 Hardcover

ISBN-13: ‎978-1955043687 Paperback

ISBN-10: 195504368X Paperback

Website(s): (author), (publisher)

Language level:  1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level:  Ages 13 and up

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Historical Fantasy

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Wells, Scott R. Cross Intents, Volume 2: The Baptism (Published in 2022 by‎ Illumify Media Global).  Jesus has been born in Bethlehem of Judea, but Herod seeks to kill Him, so Joseph and Mary are instructed to flee, taking the Child to Egypt for safety.  Then, when it is time to go home, they learn that Herod’s son Archelaus is ruling in Judea, so Joseph is told to return to Nazareth in Galilee.  There, Jesus grows up, is educated in the Scriptures, gains four brothers and some sisters, learns to work in the carpenter’s trade with Joseph, and experiences the loss of His earthly father.  Eventually, His cousin, John, known as the Baptizer, begins His ministry to prepare the way of the Messiah.  While all this is occurring on earth, in the Middle Realm, Elric and the angels do battle with Molech and his demons to protect Jesus from the merciless devastation unleashed by His relentless enemies until He is old enough to begin His campaign.

     What will happen?  When will the King be revealed? When will He start His campaign?  The author writes, “The primary angelic characters in this story are fictional, and the specific actions they carry out are the simple musings of a single man.”  However, Christians believe that the historical events which are mentioned in the book about the life of Jesus Christ are true.  I have used the term “historical fantasy” to describe the “Cross Intents” books.  Author Scott Wells takes the actual facts from scripture and weaves through them what might have been the spiritual warfare going on at the time. The fact that the adventure continues non-stop makes it difficult to put down.  We know who finally wins, but at what cost?  The Baptism is Book 2 of 3 in the “Cross Intents” series.  In The Birth, the first book in the “Cross Intents” trilogy, Elric hides the location of the King’s birth.  Book 3 will be The Battle.

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