The Ebony Coffin was an incredibly fun, fast-paced, attention-grabbing read. Readers will enjoy traipsing through
England and Scotland in the opulent and exciting world that Jim Kirkwood and his cohorts inhabit, as well as the intriguing
ideas the author presents regarding Christian mythology and history.
Readers who like mystery and adventure will
love visiting Jim Kirkwood's spectacular world of international intrigue. The basic premise is gripping and unique, and
the author promptly sets the tone and focus. The author's intimate knowledge of Scottish history and the religious element
add depth and resonance to the story-mixed in with the fun of Jim Kirkwood's slightly flawed but always exciting character.
The story is very well executed, and the author uses language skillfully.
The current resurgence in alternative Christianity
makes this book particularly timely.
First person narration from Jim's point of view is an excellent choice
for this book, allowing the reader to experience the adventure through Jim's posh-yet-devious character, which is a central
element of the story's charm.
The storyline is tightly plotted and moves at a good pace; scenes and action
sequences fit neatly together to move the action forward. There are many conflicts between characters throughout and many
events, both large and small, that propel the plot and provide background information as needed. The plot certainly holds
the reader's attention.
The Ebony Coffin includes an assorted cast of thugs, thieves, religious icons, and
brilliant scholars. The characters are all wonderfully vibrant. Each has his or her own distinct personality, made evident
by their actions and appearances, and Jim Kirkwood is a truly fun character to go on an adventure with.