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A corrupt, media-savvy clergyman, Wesley Bright, is out to destroy the Christian church of the God who has abandoned him. Likable, entertaining, his motives are well hidden. But as he seeks revenge, leading the church toward unknowing destruction, the mysterious Shroud of Turin stands in his way. Strange characters and clues emerge like shadows limned in mist as the most recent discoveries on the Shroud connect the pieces of a puzzle. When Wesley learns the ancient secret, he's forced to confront a terrible choice-to keep the secret or expose it and lose the power, wealth, and fame he's won over the years.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
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A frightened apostle in AD 33, a tragic child in the 1950s, and a slick, twenty-first century church leader are all linked by the secret of the Shroud of Turin, the purported burial cloth of Jesus-and by something more.
Wesley Bright, a corrupt, media-savvy clergyman, is out to destroy the Christian church of the God who abandoned him in his boyhood. Likable and entertaining, Bright keeps his motives well hidden. But as he seeks revenge, leading the church toward unknowing destruction, the mysterious Shroud of Turin stands in his way. Strange characters and clues emerge like shadows limned in mist as the most recent discoveries on the Shroud connect the pieces of a fascinating puzzle. When Wesley learns the ancient secret, he’s forced to confront a terrible choice: keep the secret—and the power, wealth, and fame he’s won over the years—or expose it . . . and lose everything.
At stake is one thing: absolute truth.
Acclaim for Pamela Binnings Ewen's previous novel, The Moon in the Mango Tree
"Pamela Binnings Ewen wrote this richly detailed novel based on the experiences of her grandmother, who lived in Siam and Europe during the Roaring Twenties . . . a thought-provoking and enjoyable story, difficult to put down. Highly recommended."
Historical Novels Review
"For an all too brief time, readers will find themselves living in another time, another place . . . this fiction is a kind of gift."
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Ewen is a talented writer, and this is a strong addition to Christian fiction."
Pamela Binnings Ewen practiced law for twenty-five years before following in the authorial footsteps of relatives such as James Lee Burke (The Tin Roof Blowdown) and Andre Dubus III (The House of Sand and Fog). She lives in Mandeville, Louisiana.
Linda Brandau4 Stars Out Of 5Great SuspenseDecember 4, 2010Linda BrandauFollowing a childhood tragedy and feeling abandoned by God, a bitter Archbishop Wesley Bright has led the Christian church in the wrong direction. He is a charismatic leader preaching a gospel absent of absolute truth. Everything he has sought to destroy is now challenged by a scrap of cloth.
I have never had an interest in the Shroud of Turin, but I have to admit after reading this book, I understand why so many people find it fascinating.
I enjoyed each of the characters and their unique perspective to the story. I especially liked the way the story blended three points in time, from the time of Christ, the 1950s, and the near future.
The story starts with a shocking tragedy that scarred a child's heart and filled him with guilt for life. As shocking as the event was, a similar incident happened in Chicago a few years ago.
The author uses an impressive blend of scientific information and history so that the characters could bring this historical article to even the hardest of hearts. I really enjoyed Secret of the Shroud and would recommend it for those who like suspense/mystery novels with a moral storyline.
Cafe Lily Book Reviews4 Stars Out Of 5August 24, 2010Cafe Lily Book ReviewsIf I had to choose one word to sum up this book, Id probably say intense. The first page caught me completely off guard and although for most of the book I wasnt sure where the story was headed I was compelled to keep reading and find out! The story weaves in and out between New York City and Jerusalem, 33 AD. Although there are a variety of characters, the story primarily focuses on the educated, arrogant and very disturbed Archbishop, Wesley Bright. Wesley is determined to prove that traditional Christianity is nothing more than obsolete theories. He also believes that his leadership is strong enough to modernize Christianity and make it more relevant to the twenty-first century. (Sounds like something youd read in todays news!) Wesley considers Jesus a myth and is incensed by the attention that the Shroud of Turin is receiving. As the story intensifies, Wesley is obsessed with proving that the Shroud is fake and in the process he becomes willing to go to any length to maintain his status and power. This book is a mixture of suspense and intrigue definitely a page turner! This was the first book of Pamelas that Ive read and I think it will be a successful re-release.