Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: Inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth.
Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical - after all, fake relics abounded during the Middle Ages - but evidence for authenticity looks strong initially, and soon grows stronger.
Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the haunting image on the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ, and then a laboratory test finds the bones to be 2,000 years old. The finding triggers a deadly tug-of-war between the anthropologists, the Vatican, and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming - and trigger the end of time.
Set against an international landscape and weaving a rich tapestry of religion, history, art, and science, The Inquisitor's Key takes Jefferson Bass' work to an exciting new level of suspense.
©2012 Jefferson Bass, LLC (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
I love Jefferson Bass and always anticipate his new books. But-this is just too long, drawn out, and frankly you begin not to care. Tom Stechschute is as always great, but the French accent is grating.
No, try one of the prior books, they are wonderful.
Great, except for the French accent. Ugh.
Stop going backwards and forwards.
Will await his next book.
It was great having it read to me,
Dr. Brockton, he is very interesting,the places and things he has gone through.
Dr. Brockton and Miranda
The end when Miranda and Dr. Brockton told each other that the loved each other. It was about time.
I don't know. I don't usually read a book I've listened to or vise versa!
I enjoyed the last third as much as the other audio books, but it was not as engaging as others. Too much history and the story of the distant past does not seem very interesting or relevant until the end of the book.
Main Character, Bill Brockton. I enjoy the way the book sounds as if Bill is telling the story, with his wry sense of humor and sense of humor coming through.
No. The history of the Catholic Church in France is not a particularly interesting topic to me.
If you like Jefferson Bass, stick with it even though it gets off to a confusing start. A little too much like DaVinci code crossed with Michael Crighton's Timeline. If you have not listed to these books before, listen to them in the order in which they were written.
Towards the top. Couldn't stop listening.
Yes, I think he does the Body Farm books, if not he sounds like the original guy-so he's good.
The Mystery of the Shroud.
I loved this book. I really like all his books but this one was so interesting and edge-of-your-seat from the first chapter. I had a difficult time not listening to it constantly. It stayed with me for a couple of days after too.
I love this author, and this was probably one of my favorites of the series.
The author provides additional information at the end of the book so that the reader can further investigate the historical references.
X Files Freak
The book went off into a tangent about the relationship between the doctor and his assistant. Then there were the tourist descriptions of Vatican City. I almost forgot what the book was supposed to be about. I hope other novels by this author are better!!
so-so. I love a good series and was hoping this would do it for me. I purchased the book from a kindle special, so it is the first from this series I've read. After reading a chapter I was hooked on the great writing style and content, so purchased the audio book. The narrator is spot on with regard to technical and quality issues (hence 4 stars), but sounds too depressed for me to move on to the first book and commit to the series. That said, it has a good pace, twists towards the end and at the end, and unfulfilled relationships that make an intro into the next book welcome. So if you like the narrators voice the book is solid and the story is as described.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
The Body Farm staff goes to Europe - Avignon, France - to be exact. In the process, they analyze old bones (whose?), deal with current problems (drugs and smuggling), art history, and church history. I enjoyed it because I really like gathering more information about hitherto un-investigated questions. Bass does a masterful job of mingling a plot line with all the other factors.
This is an enjoyable listen and kept me raptly occupied for quite a while.
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