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Spanish author Juan José Benitez took the world by surprise in 1984 when he published the novel Caballo de Troya or Trojan Horse.

The book is a rarity in many ways. It's a diary that's narrated in the first person. In the first section the author, who’s a character in the story, recounts the circumstances in which he acquired the memoirs, from a Major who participated in a secret experiment with the United States Army. 

The experiment, of course, is time travel. 

The second part is said memoirs, and the Major explains how he first got involved with the project. Of particular note is the scene where the Major and the rest of the team discuss where, and when, they should travel first. After a prolonged and arduous debate, they settle to visit Jerusalem in the days leading to the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. 

The rest, as the saying goes, it’s history. Except it is not the history you know, or that you think you know. The author goes to great lengths explaining many of the situations depicted in the four gospels. For example, when Jesus sends his disciples to find a place for the Last Supper He instructs them to follow a man carrying a jar of water until he enters a house. (Luke 22:7-38). In Trojan Horse, it’s explained that this worked out well because the previous day Jesus had sent a boy with the instructions of where and when to expect the disciples to show up. Yes, it has a lot of cloak and dagger.

As you can imagine, the story started ripples the echoed all the way to the Vatican and about twenty years before the Da Vinci Code became a phenomenon. Later studies speculate the book was based on The Urantia Book, which is a philosophical book that aims at uniting religion and science.

It’s an understatement to say the book leaves an enormous impact on the reader. For instance, after I read it I became so inflamed that I spoke to everybody and anybody who’d listen why the book was not to be taken seriously. I ended my tirade abruptly when my lovely wife pointed out I’d been talking about a book I hated for over six months with no signs of slowing down. “Right or wrong, it struck a chord!” she said. 

In the same vain as the original Star Wars, the novel was later renamed Trojan Horse: Jerusalem. The book has spawned seven sequels so far and has gained international recognition to the author. Each story depicts a different trip destination, and they include Masada, Nazareth, Jordan, Canaan, and so forth. The last one, book 9, was released in 2013, and to date, the series has sold over five million copies in several languages.

The first book was translated into English, but copies are hard to come by. So if you find one in your shelves, dust it off and bring to the center front. It’s worth it. 

 

J. H. Bográn, born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist; however, he ironically prefers to write fiction. José’s genre of choice is thrillers, but he enjoys to throw in a twist of romance on occasion. He has published three acclaimed novels and is a member of The Crime Writers Association, the Short Fiction Writers Guild, and the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator and contributor editor for their official e-zine The Big Thrill.