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By: John Hawksworth

The Impossible Man

Pages: 208 Ratings: 4.0
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George Ambrose, a middle-aged journalist with The London Times, a veteran of the last Judean uprising now back in London. Ambrose is a once famed and revered reporter on the way to becoming a hack, an also-ran. Suffering from the aftereffects of kidnapping, he is just going through the motions of a half-life, subconsciously looking for a way back. One day, a letter is delivered to the London office. His son from a long ago failed marriage, a junior correspondent in Judea, has gone missing. Fearing the worst, he heads back to the land of his nightmares.


What he finds is more than a son. An old friend, soon to be a new enemy. An enigmatic preacher with an astounding message. What he finds will change his life forever and set him on a collision course with the might of Rome.


Friends become enemies, the stranglehold of the religious rulers is questioned and a new order will emerge to challenge the establishment.


A modern retelling of a story that changed the world forever and, if you let it, will change yours as well.

John Hawksworth lives in Liverpool with his wife and son. He worked in the pensions and life insurance business as a compliance officer for 20 years. He has climbed the three peaks, canoed down Ben Nevis and jumped out of three perfectly serviceable airplanes for reasons best known to himself. He is considering a new fitness regime, for which he has downloaded the ‘couch to 5K‘ app. Whether he will do anything further remains to be seen. He is a committed Christian and attends his local church as often as work and life allow.

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  • Sue Jamieson

    This book captures the political and cultural scene of first-century Jerusalem into which a back story of a 21st Century Newspaper reporter is skilfully woven. The author has obviously a firm grasp of his subject. The ‘cliffhanger’ ending promises further episodes and leaves me guessing the next characters to be used.

  • Mrs Amanda Bushnell

    Copied from Amazon:

    In “ The Impossible Man”, former inspirational journalist George Ambrose is sent back undercover to a country where he was formerly imprisoned and tortured- on a mission of professional and personal significance.

    His paths cross with old friends and new enemies, as his investigation takes him from the edges of the Judean Uprising, into the story of Jesus Christ himself and beyond- a very clever modern-day retelling of those historical events from the journalist’s perspective, as his personal and professional roles collide.

    But of course, this is the story of George Ambrose - with some very clever and unexpected plot twists at the end, that I just didn’t see coming.

    “The Impossible Man” works really well as a standalone book, but is of course only Part 1 of “ The Judean Chronicles”- and having read Part 1, I can’t wait to see what’s next.

    “The Impossible Man” is well written, & will appeal to those who love a good thriller, as well as those with any form of interest in the Christian faith.
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  • Charlie

    Copied from Amazon

    I was passed this book by a friend.
    I will also state this is not the sort of book I would normally pick up - don't be put off by the cover.

    The story is set in the modern day, complete with a reduced version of the technology we have. Computers and mobiles are in their early days. The book is a retelling of the Easter Passion, as though it is happening today. It is told through the eyes of George Ambrose, a reporter for the London Times. He is a troubled man, with a past few know about. He is suffering the aftereffects of kidnapping in Judea eighteen months earlier during the last uprising.

    The story is told well, unfolds at a steady pace, and keeps the reader curious. We meet many of the protagonists, Mary Magdalene, Peter, Nicodemus, and Joseph of Arimathea. These characters are used very well to drive the story forward.

    If you are squeamish, there is a chapter that graphically describes the history and the effects of the Crucifixion. It is gruesome.

    A later chapter gives an unexpected and very simple Christian philosophy. It is easy to understand, but not easy to attain, which is the point I think the author was trying to make.

    In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The writing flows and is well done.

    I did like the little twist at the end. Didn't see that coming.

    Would recommend

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