Both of these books read like a good Grisham novel. Both center around the church, and have been called by some "theological thrillers".
"When Joshua Ben-Yosef, an Israeli from Galilee --- born in Nazareth to parents Mary and Joseph --- begins assembling 12 followers, attracting crowds and performing miracles, the world takes notice. Could Dr. Melvin Merton have been correct about the imminent return of Christ? It seems everyone is a believer in this "Messiah," including Weber's wife, Shannon --- especially when Joshua performs the "ultimate sign" by raising his disciple from the dead. Plagued by skepticism, Weber may be the only one who can intervene before the very foundations of the Christian faith are shattered."
These novels are very easy reading, yet will force you to contemplate your own belief system when you peer at Christianity's potential undoing in both of these novels.
Both would make great summer reading, and I highly recommend them both.
Up next, I am going to read Maier's historical novels The Flames of Rome (about Nero), and Pontius Pilate.
I'm looking forward to them both.