Steve Stanton, the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the World Observer Gazette, has been covering events of the Middle East for many years. Stanton's adventures begin when he receives a priority assignment from his Managing Editor: "Our sources tell us of a new national movement sweeping Judea. Apparently the king pin of this movement, is Yeshua bar Joseph of Nazareth See what is going on in Judea and report back!" Stanton was as intrigued as he was excited about the assignment. The country was "abuzz" about this upstart movement and activity around Jerusalem was making the local leaders nervous. From the moment he accepted the assignment, trouble was literally at his door. Following a trail of leads, from eyewitness shepherds in Bethlehem, to religious leaders of the Jews, and even Roman soldiers and other twists and turns, Stanton catches up with and becomes "embedded" within the cluster of disciples. However, Stanton's task will not be easy. There are those who want to block his story. One man will warn him that his whole meaning of his existence will be to stop Stanton's mission. Many face-to-face encounters ensue, all to prevent the story of Yeshua from getting to the outside world. At almost every turn, there are attempts to stop him. The "embedded" journalist rubs elbows with the disciples of Yeshua and learns more, sees more, experiences more than any other person around, maybe even more than the closest of Yeshua's disciples. His 'exclusive' access allows Stanton insight which will help explain why there is such a furor in Judea. Embedded co-mingles historical data, with plot twists, and characters that could have happened. Does Yeshua's fate bring the end of the story? The Stanton Adventures may not end here, but what direction will they go? You know what the verses in the Bible say; now let the Stanton adventures tell you what went on between the verses!
Marc Knutson, BS Corban College, has compiled over twenty years of Ministry experience serving as a Senior Pastor and as a short-term Missions leader. He lives in Eugene, Oregon where he has worked at a freelance Video Producer and Journalist.
"Marc Knutson delivers an outstanding historically based novel about Jesus. The intriguing efforts of an embedded reporter into Jesus' band of believers provide the backdrop to the adventures of newspaperman Steve Stanton. The pages turn quickly as the story unfolds with the intertwining of scriptural support pointing to the promises of a coming Messiah. Knutson's well-researched book captures first-century politics, religious customs, and geographical nuances. I was thoroughly impressed and I'm waiting for the sequel."
Grace Community Fellowship
"I admire Marc Knutsen's courage in writing Embedded as his first novel. Not only is he taking on the most dramatic story ever told, that of Jesus' life, but he also is placing it in an anachronistic setting, told from the perspective of a contemporary journalist named Steve. After the reader adjusts to the odd juxtaposition of time periods--Steve has a laptop and cell phone--the narrative is riveting. Steve brings a contemporary curiosity to the ancient story. And it works. Knutsen confronts head-on the current opposition to the Christ-story by taking a contemporary journalist literally back then."
Professor of English
Northwest Christian University