One of History's Most Sacred Treasures ...An Age-Old Secret Conspiracy ...Now the Truth is Revealed ...THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE HOLY SHROUD is the explosive international bestseller that mixes fact and fiction to tell the riveting story of one of the world's most controversial relics, the Turin Shroud -- believed by millions of the faithful to bear ...
One of History's Most Sacred Treasures ...An Age-Old Secret Conspiracy ...Now the Truth is Revealed ...THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE HOLY SHROUD is the explosive international bestseller that mixes fact and fiction to tell the riveting story of one of the world's most controversial relics, the Turin Shroud -- believed by millions of the faithful to bear the likeness of Christ -- and the desperate race to save it from those who will stop at nothing to possess its legendary power.A fire at the Cathedral of Turin and the discovery of a strangely mutilated body attract the attention of Italy's special Art Crimes Department. For the fire is only the latest in a troubling series of arson attacks and break-ins at the cathedral which houses the famous shroud. Department chief Marco Valoni leads a team of top investigators in a race to solve a crime certain to shock the world: someone is planning to steal the Holy Shroud.Spanning centuries and continents, from the storm-rent skies over Cavalry, through the glories of Byzantium and the intrigue and treachery of the Crusades, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud is a provocative page-turner of the highest order -- one that will challenge you to believe.
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This was an interesting book! Navarro creates an intriguing action-adventure surrounding the Shroud of Turin. Not on the level of a Matthew Reilly or James Rollins novel but still a captivating read! I enjoyed this one!
Jun 14, 2007
Boring mystery with some flair
'Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud, The' is a book written by Spanish journalist Julia Navarro following the path of sucess of 'DaVici Code, The' by Dan Brown.
As Dan Brown's celebrated novel, this book plunges into an ancient mystery concerning the Holy Shroud and its complicated ways along many centuries starting in tthe time in which Jesus Christ was still alive and living among us.
The book is much more accurate, in historical point of view, than the weird book of Mr. Brown. Nevertheless, is not a good book for a simple cause: the story is not engaging and the great number of parsonages made the book tiresome.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-02-26 The Da Vinci Code, in all its many incarnations, has a lot to answer for. This latest entry in the religious suspense sweepstakes is by a bestselling Spanish novelist, who stirs up the pot by mixing fact and fiction to tell what happened to the legendary Shroud of Turin, supposedly Jesus' burial garment. Several centuries of sturm und drang-including perhaps one severed tongue too many-whiz by, lightened only by the odd liturgical chant, as reader Langton uses his best Masterpiece Theater British accent to hit the high points. Of course there's a modern detective who develops some new leads. But unless you positively can't live without your daily dose of anti-Vatican paranoia, this is probably one to skip. Simultaneous release with the Bantam hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 30). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-10-30 For readers who can't get enough of the religious suspense genre, here's a heaping helping of more of the same. When the unidentified body of a tongueless man turns up in the ashes of a suspicious fire in the Turin cathedral, home of the Holy Shroud of Turin, Marco Valoni, director of the Italian Art Crimes Department, investigates. This gruesome find reflects a pattern of tongueless men and mysterious fires that goes back many years and centers on the shroud. A history of Jesus' burial cloth through the ages alternates with a modern mystery involving several shadowy, anonymous groups of powerful, wealthy men, who either want to steal the sacred cloth or protect it. Marco and his band of art crimes cops and researchers must piece together who wants what and why. This was a bestseller in Europe, and while Navarro never gets up to Da Vinci Code speed, she does neatly solve the pesky problem of just why carbon dating puts the age of the shroud at the 13th or 14th century. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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