First Topic – Kresta Commentary – Common Misconceptions About the Crusades
On this day in the year 1204 the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople. The attack virtually destroyed the Byzantine Empire and ruined any hope of reunifying eastern and western Christians. Not everything done during the Crusades was defensibly, but not everything needs to be apologized for either. Al takes us through some common misconceptions about the Crusades.
Second Topic – Enemies Among Us: A Novel
Novels about undercover FBI agents nabbing terrorists are more credible when written by former FBI agents. Bob Hamer's nearly three decades as a street agent gives weight to this thriller about erstwhile reckless agent Matt Hogan's redemption with the agency, his wife, and guilt-ridden past. In order to save his job, Hogan must leave his dangerous operations and infiltrate a Christian hospital, which he sees as a red herring to get him off the streets. But as the hospital is suspected of helping terrorists, Hogan has never had a more important assignment. Beyond thriller-speed action, the author includes references to Osama bin Laden, and reflections on the difference between guilt and shame societies. Stereotype-bending dialogue and believable characters elicit fear of evil and call forth hope that good exists in all ethnicities and religions. Bob joins us.