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Publisher's Summary

Throughout his career, forensic anthropologist and outspoken atheist Dr. Jon Bondurant has investigated many religious artifacts said to be real, but he knows better. So when he is invited by the Vatican to examine the Shroud of Turin, said to be the burial cloth that covered the body of Christ, he is delighted for the opportunity to prove once and for all that the shroud is a fake. But when he meets Domenika Josef, the beautiful and devout Vatican representative, he realizes his task will not be as straightforward as he once imagined.

As Bondurant and his team examine every element of the shroud, he and Domenika begin to see each other in a whole new light. As the evidence about the origin of this highly contested piece of fabric starts to pile up, he begins to realize that he's been seeing a lot of things incorrectly. But when a sample of the blood from the shroud - believed to be the real blood of Jesus Christ - vanishes, he realizes his problems are just beginning. The DNA traces in that sample could have earth-shattering consequences if they fall into the wrong hands.

When Domenika vanishes, Bondurant is caught in a globe-spanning chase to rescue the women he loves - and stop the evil forces who have their own motives for bringing on the Second Coming.

©2017 John Heubusch (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The Shroud Conspiracy is an absolutely brilliant thriller! This riveting, intrigue-filled mystery is like nothing you've read before. Once you start, you won't be able to put it down." (Brad Thor, New York Times best-selling author)

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Jurassic Park meets the deVince Code

Pretty good for a first book!

I was really interested in all the details about the Shroud of Turin. I did a paper on it my last year in college and it was interesting to hear all the new stuff they've discovered since then. I do believe one fact Is inaccurate but has been added for the benefit of the plot. You can guess which one it is by the end of the book.

The author has constructed a complicated plot which he pulls off pretty well.
I genuinely came to like the main characters. They have 3D personalities and their motivations make sense, pretty much. It has a couple spots that seem a bit amateurish, but I don't think this guy has ever written a book before, and I expect his writing will mature.

I would definitely buy his next book.

Narrator handles all the dialects well, but he's a little flat compared to some of the narrators who are out there now. Also there are a couple of spots where the dialog is written a little choppy (not his fault).

I really appreciate the fact that it doesn't have gratuitous sex or graphic violence (by my standards, anyway). There's a scene or two where I began to shift in my chair a bit, but they are necessary to the plot, and they don't go too far. (Again, you may draw the line in a different place.

This does not feel like an imitative book; the subject matter is it's own. But i think it's fare to say if you liked Jurassic Park and deVince Code, you'll like this.

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Not what I was hoping for

I was really hoping this story would be a suspenseful thriller with a historic and unique twist. Instead it was a quest for one man to find religion and love. It was not in the family of Thor, Flynn or Coes and even though I tried hard I could not find my way to enjoyment.

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I wanted more...

The story just seemed to run out of steam. I felt the last third or quarter or the book just seemed improbable.

Considering asking for a refund on this one.

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  • LA
  • Poulsbo, WA, United States
  • 04-28-17

Great story

Wonder adventure, full of suspense and intrigue. I loved the little priest and the dog.

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 04-26-17

Be prepared for a great ride!

Would you listen to The Shroud Conspiracy again? Why?

I don't listen to books twice, but this one is well worth the investment to be sure.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The handicapped priest was compelling in many ways. His dog and his attitude were well crafted and performed.

Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, many, and this was great. Boehmer is an Audible star in my mind, and this offering confirms this.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at times, and researched stuff at times as well.

Any additional comments?

This is an outstanding offering, which I gladly used a credit for. Good balance of action, conspiracy, thoughtful concepts and intrigue. Brilliantly performed. A couple of editing issues prevent it from all 5's but well worth the credit. Highly recommended.

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