The market for religious novels is not holding its peak, but it is still there, for the right book. Here at least is a new angle on the Gospol story. Barabbas, chosen by the mob to be freed in place of Christ, in portrayed as a bandit leader, ambitious but not throughly bad. He hated the Romans and gained power by selling the Jews the idea that he would overthrow their oppressors by force. Actually, Barabbas and his struggle play a secondary role to the story of Jesus and his ministry, so that you have a sincere and lovely story, though a not too successful novel. The background is well handled, especially the oppression of the Jews under the Romans, but there's a great deal more imagination and color used in portraying the minor characters, than in building Barabbas himself.... Some of this material parallels certain parts of The Brother by Dorothy Clark Wilson.