(City of God #1)

by R. S. Ingermanson

Book Cover: Transgression
Part of the City of God series:
  • Transgression
Pages: 406

What If …?

What if you were studying for your Ph.D. in archaeology and decided to take a break from your crummy life by working on an archaeological dig in Israel?

What if you met a great guy in Jerusalem who happened to be a world-famous theoretical physicist working on a crazy idea to build a wormhole that might make time-travel possible … someday?

What if he had a nutball colleague who turned the theory into reality — and then decided to use YOU as a guinea pig to make sure it was safe?

What if the nutball had a gun and went on a crazy, impossible mission to hunt down and kill the apostle Paul?

It’s A.D. 57 when Rivka Meyers walks out of the wormhole into a world she’s only studied in books. Ancient Jerusalem is awesome! Rivka can’t believe her friend Ari Kazan’s theory actually worked. But when she runs into Ari’s whacko colleague, Damien West, in the Temple, Rivka starts to smell a rat.

When Ari discovers that Damien and Rivka have gone through a wormhole that’s on the edge of collapse, he has to make a horrible choice: Follow them and risk never coming back — or lose the woman of his dreams forever.


Transgression is a time-travel suspense novel that mixes science, history, religion, romance, and suspense. It’s about learning to stand up for yourself, when you just want to be let alone. It’s about making hard decisions. It’s about asking whether life has meaning and whether God exists — and becoming a badass fighter for justice, even if you don’t have the answers.

Transgression won the 2001 Christy award for best futuristic novel in Christian fiction.

Transgression will take you on a wretched, miserable, dangerous vacation through the filthy, bandit-ridden streets of first-century Jerusalem.

Transgression is the first novel in the City of God series:
Book 1: Transgression (A.D. 57)
Book 2: Premonition (A.D. 57-62)
Book 3: Retribution (A.D. 62-66)

Previously published by Harvest House Publishers, 2000


Reviews:Adam Collings on Goodreads wrote:

A physicist creates a wormhole into first century Israel and embarks on a quest to kill the apostle Paul in an attempt to prevent the rise of Christianity. A messianic Jew Rivkah) tries to stop him, accompanied by the physicist's partner (Ari). This is a thrilling premise, and one I was eager to pick up.

I love time travel stories, and there are not a lot of them in "Christian Fiction" so Trangression grabbed my attention straight away. I was not let down. This was an exciting story with a lot of depth.

The book explores the history of Christianity and Judaism. It explores the sometimes tenuous relationship between Jews and Christians. The protagonist Rivkah embodies this relationship as a Jewish Christian. This relationship is mirrored by the relationship between Rivkah and Ari, who is a secular Jew.

If you're looking for an intelligent and slightly edgy time-travel story then you can't pass up Trangression.


~2001 Christy Award WINNER for Best Futuristic Fiction






About the Author

RANDY INGERMANSON is the award-winning author of six novels and the bestselling book WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES. He is also known as "the Snowflake Guy" by writers around the world in honor of his wildly popular fractal-inspired "Snowflake method" of writing a novel. Randy holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley. For no logical reason, he likes making up absurd geeky suspense stories instead of doing real work. This is probably a serious character defect, so be sure to tell everyone that his books are filled with dangerous ideas and are unfit for nice people to read. Randy lived in San Diego for 18 years working as a computational physicist and scientific software ninja. Randy now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family where he attends to the needs of three surly and demanding cats.

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