If you keep in mind that this is fictitious, based around some history and some just made up facts the story is interesting and well done. Even though not catholic, I found it to be anti-catholic and theologically very narrow. The author seems to be playing on the whole Gnostic gospel movement for revisionist history. I have read other stories using the some of the basic premises and found them more believable fiction. Some will enjoy, some will be offended and some with knowledge of history and theology will be baffled by the interplay between fact and fiction. The authors notes are important part of this book to understand what is fiction and what is history.
Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.
This book is booooring! Way too much dialogue. Plus to premise is not believable. Supposedly the Knights Templar grew rich because they knew of the falsity of the Gospels and that the Catholic Church was a fraud. So the Church played ball with them to avoid the awful truth from becoming public. Lots of people over the centuries had to keep their mouths shut. In the plot, the most accurate testament about Jesus was the Gospel of Thomas, a Gnostic writing from Egypt. Plus the Templars had the real gospel of Peter, which reported that Jesus was just a good man who died on a cross and was buried in a pauper's grave. Six months later, Peter dug up Jesus' bones and put them in a ossuary, which the Templars had. Peter went on the build the church on the idea that if you believe and follow the teachings of Jesus, then you become a child of God. This simple teaching got aggrandized over the years. The book's protagonists decide to keep all this amazing info to themselves because the world is happy with the falsity it knows as truth, so why rock the boat? Gag me with a spoon! The author tries to combine scholarship with storytelling. He fails at both.
Wow is all I can say... I had to actually force myself to get through this one and in the end, I wish that I had not had put myself through it... use your credit elsewhere
There are so many things about this book that really bothered me. Since, there is only limited space here is an outline.
1. The writing is so mind numbingly bad. Confusing, dialogue is laughable, Unrealistic.
2. Characters are underdeveloped and inconsistent. I didn't care for any of them, because most of them seemed like hypocrites.
3. The Reader was boring. On the parts that had a lot of action he read with out any passion. Also, I felt like he was just reading words on paper and sounded like he was bored.
Overall, this is my first Steve Berry Book and it will be my last.
I thought I would try another Steve Berry book and try to give him the benefit of the doubt. I like his characters and the stories are fun...until the end. This is the second book by him that I am TERRIBLY disappointed in the end. Why would the characters go to all of the time and trouble of the adventure of the story, only to supress/hide all they find in the end?! grrr!
I made the mistake of jumping for this before any reviews came out. I like pretty much everything and this was just plain bad. Suggestion: make someone whos judgement you trust read the book and then ask them whether it is worth your time. If they say yes, then replace them.