The Didymus Contingency
by Jeremy Robinson (2007)
When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom’s colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game where they are tempted by evil characters, betrayed by friends, pursued by an assassin from the future and haunted by a demon that cannot be killed.
This is Jeremy Robinson’s first book,not published until recently. It’s got all the characteristics of later books; action, suspense and evil villains. This is a time travel tale. Near the end things do get a bit to timey-whimey (trademark Dr Who) for my liking.
The interesting thing was his depiction of Jesus. In this book he is a big boisterous guy, outgoing and charismatic. In Ben-Hur (2016) he is a sniveling wretch, downtrodden and weak. Robinson’s Jesus makes more sense, you would expect the King of the Jews to be outgoing and a natural leader. I’m not sure if this mixture of religion and science fiction is meant to be taken too seriously, but I found humour and a touch of satire in what happens when the heroes of today meet iconic people from Judea.
Despite the inherent problems with time travel and the insertion of an unnecessary villain, it’s still a good read. Just don’t think too hard about the ‘rules’ of time travel and the nature of Jesus.