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4 Stars Out Of 5
December 4, 2010
Following 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.
If 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.