The Second Messiah   -     By: Glenn Meade
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The Second Messiah

Howard Books / 2011 / Hardcover

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A Jerusalem archaeologist is murdered after he uncovers stunning statements about Jesus in a Dead Sea scroll. Meanwhile, a charismatic American priest with long-hidden secrets is elected pope. Some think he's the world's new savior. Will historian Jack Cane and detective Lela Raul find the truth before the parchment is lost---and they're silenced---forever? 464 pages, hardcover from Howard.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 464
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1451611846
ISBN-13: 9781451611847
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

In the desert near Jerusalem, an archaeologist is murdered after he uncovers stunning evidence in a Dead Sea scroll about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The two-thousand-year-old parchment containing enigmatic references to not one but two messiahs is stolen before it can be fully translated. 

In Rome, a charismatic American priest with long-hidden secrets is elected pope, setting off widespread panic among some of the faithful who question whether he is the anti-Christ or the world’s new savior. As the conspiracy over the scroll explodes into a political and religious standoff, two people find themselves on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of unknown assassins in their search for truth. 

Archaeologist Jack Cane and Israeli police inspector Lela Raul must solve the mystery of the Second Messiah and uncover the real secret behind the message of Jesus before they are permanently silenced and the scroll and its contents are forever lost to humanity.

Author Bio

Glenn Meade was born in 1957 in Finglas, Dublin. Several of his novels have been international bestsellers, translated into more than twenty languages, and have enjoyed both critical and commercial success.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

In The Second Messiah by Glenn Meade, archaeologist Jack Cane makes the discovery of a lifetime,a 2,000 year old scroll that may prove the existence of Jesus. However, when the scroll is stolen, Jack realizes that there are powerful people who will do anything to keep the scroll's contents from becoming public knowledge. Soon, Jack is involved in a search that involves the Mossad and the Vatican, a newly appointed pope, and even Jack’s own past.

The premise to The Second Messiah is intriguing, and the plot includes several twists to keep readers interested. However, occasional switches in point of view within single scenes are distracting, and the dozens of minor characters are difficult to keep straight. Additionally, the action driven story could have benefited from a trimming of descriptions, adjectives, and adverbs.

Despite these small problems with mechanics, The Second Messiah would have still been an enjoyable book, except for one thing: its questionable theology. By the final page, the story of The Second Messiah has questioned the validity of Scripture and cast doubt on both the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible is seen as a book that "evolved" and had "lots of stuff" cut out of it. The Council of Nicaea is described as an event in which the emperor Constantine chose what would be in the Bible by throwing the documents in question down on a table and keeping the ones that stayed on the table. The entire plot of the story is based on a Vatican conspiracy to keep documents that question Christianity hidden. God's love is manifested as a mystic, spiritual presence that might have been God, or a ghost, or the wind, depending on the reader's perspective. By the end of the book, all that readers are left with is a vague spirituality, in which Christian love and outreach are the true fulfillment of Christ’s second coming.

The Second Messiah has some positive messages regarding the importance of loving and accepting others messages that reflect Christ's statement in John 13:35, which says, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." However, because of its problematic theology, I cannot recommend it to other Christian readers. Ruth A. Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

The Irish-born author (Snow Wolf) teeters on the edge of genius and sacrilege with this thriller about a subject known since the time of Christ. When archeologist Jack Cane discovers ancient documents that point to the existence of another messiah, he also quickly finds out that both Israeli and Catholic authorities have reason to possess, or suppress, such documents. Racked with the pain of personal loss, he meets up with an old friend, Lela, who is part of an Israeli police team investigating multiple crimes, including a cold case involving the possible murder of Cane's parents--also archeologists--20 years earlier. Some who have avoided Christian fiction or only dipped in will find this departure from the mold refreshing, even while some regular readers of Christian fiction may find certain passages revolting. Fans of Davis Bunn or Dan Brown won't bat an eye at Meade's unblinking look at the Vatican and the religious secrecy that fuels such novels. With a plot that screams, a controversial edge, and characters with attitude and something to prove, this has all the makings to be the next Da Vinci Code. (Aug.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"The Irish-born author (Snow Wolf) teeters on the edge of genius and sacrilege with this thriller about a subject known since the time of Christ. When archeologist Jack Cane discovers ancient documents that point to the existence of another messiah, he also quickly finds out that both Israeli and Catholic authorities have reason to possess, or suppress, such documents. Racked with the pain of personal loss, he meets up with an old friend, Lela, who is part of an Israeli police team investigating multiple crimes, including a cold case involving the possible murder of Cane's parents—also archeologists—20 years earlier. Some who have avoided Christian fiction or only dipped in will find this departure from the mold refreshing, even while some regular readers of Christian fiction may find certain passages revolting. Fans of Davis Bunn or Dan Brown won't bat an eye at Meade's unblinking look at the Vatican and the religious secrecy that fuels such novels. With a plot that screams, a controversial edge, and characters with attitude and something to prove, this has all the makings to be the next Da Vinci Code."

Praise for Glenn Meade's other work:

"Meade's research is so extensive yet unobtrusive . . . that it is often easy to forget you're reading fiction and not history. This a completely riveting thriller in the tradition of the Day of the Jackal. A white knuckler!"

"A writer of powerfully built and skillfully executed plots. Immerse yourself in his intricately woven intrigue and explosive action, and enjoy them thoroughly!"

"Fast, sly and slick, his thrillers deliver the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke finally clears."

“Deftly orchestrated. . . . One long, twisty, breathless chase. . . . Tough to put down”

“Rich in period detail, crisply plotted and paced.”

“Meade knows how to turn on the adrenaline.”

“A tremendous sense of dramatic action and page-turning excitement culminating in a riveting, thought-provoking climax.”

“Another literate and suspenseful thriller from an estimable storyteller who proves that beginner’s luck had nothing to do with his impressive debut.”

“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact."

“A thrill a minute. A cross between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. Thriller readers will love this book.”

“Tell Dan Brown to move over! It’s Glenn Meade’s turn.”

"Reading similarly to both a Thoene novel and The Da Vinci Code, bestselling author Meade’s The Second Messiah will keep readers on the edge of their proverbial seats . . . The Second Messiah reads quickly and will hold the reader’s attention with its many plot twists. In the story, Meade also addresses the problem of suffering in an insightful comment from the pope. Fans of fiction tied to news headlines will enjoy this geopolitical thriller. Recommended for readers of Joel C. Rosenberg."

"This novel is a Da Vinci Code-type thriller, but it’s far more. The secret scrolls and chases are standard thriller fare, but deftly handled. Some of the characters are particularly captivating, especially the new Pope, a true follower of God who’s tormented by his past and struggling with the future of the Church. This suspenseful book is well worth reading."

"Written in the mold of The Da Vinci Code—sans all the erroneous claims (thankfully)—bestselling author Glenn Meade’s latest geographical thriller, The Second Messiah, keeps readers on the edge of their proverbial seats with multiple plot twists."

"Meade knows how to entangle, and untangle, an exciting array of characters and plots guaranteed to keep the reader hooked . . . a talented storyteller, he sets the scene quickly before taking off on a rollicking ride that keeps the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down."

“Reads at a breathtaking, frantic pace from beginning to end. . . . A daring work of fiction that will have people talking.”

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  1. Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 1, 2012
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This thriller is an exciting story as the heroes move from Qumran to Jerusalem to Jordan to Rome. Jack Cane, both the son of a respected archaeologist and an archaeologist in his own right, discovers a scroll in Qumran that could destroy three religions if revealed. Yet, before its contents are fully known, it is stolen and Cane's mentor is murdered.

    The missing scroll declares the presence of a second man claiming to be the Messiah - a man whose story may have become confused with that of Jesus Christ as found in the Scriptures. If true, the missing scroll would impact not only the Christian world, but also those who practice Judaism and Islam.

    To recover the missing scroll, Cane must work with security forces from three very different cultures. Some wish to destroy the scroll, some want to see that it is published - both are willing to kill to reach their goal. To make matters worse, two women seem to be trying to get Cane's attention - but why?

    Rooted in the tensions that define much of the 21st century, the story holds the reader's attention from start to finish. The author has included hints of history, geography, and archaeology - that provide a backdrop as his story develops. The evidence of a second messiah is not as damaging as one might think, as the newly elected Pope states in a very public forum toward the end of the book, "... this scroll, by revealing the existence of a false messiah, also confirms the reality of the true Jesus. We who walk in His footsteps need no such confirmation. We have willingly given our lives to the work of delivering His message."

    One highlight of the book was the "Author's Note" found at the very end of the book. Here the author places the fiction that is The Second Messiah into perspective with the history of Qumran and the Catholic Church. The note leaves room for speculation and fantasy - could this story ever be true? The answer to that question lies firmly in the future.

    This review is based on a free copy of the book supplied by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.
  2. Anne B
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    December 27, 2011
    Anne B
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    The premise to The Second Messiah is intriguing, and the plot includes several twists to keep readers interested. Overall, the book is fairly well-written. However, occasional switches in point of view within single scenes are distracting, and the dozens of minor characters are difficult to keep straight. Additionally, the action-driven story could have benefited from a trimming of descriptions, adjectives, and adverbs.

    Despite these small problems with mechanics, The Second Messiah would have still been an enjoyable read, except for one thing: its questionable theology. By the final page, the story of The Second Messiah has questioned the validity of Scripture and cast doubt on both the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible is seen as a book that "evolved" and had "lots of stuff" cut out of it. The Council of Nicaea is described as an event in which the emperor Constantine chose what would be in the Bible by throwing the documents in question down on a table and keeping the ones that stayed on the table. The entire plot of the story is based on a Vatican conspiracy to keep documents that question Christianity hidden. God's love is manifested as a mystic, spiritual presence which might have been God, or a ghost, or the wind, depending on the reader's perspective. By the end of the book, all that readers are left with is a vague spirituality, in which Christian love and outreach are the true fulfillment of Christ's second coming.

    For these reasons, I am not able to recommend this book to other Christian readers.
  3. Lichen
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing the whole way through.
    September 2, 2011
    Lichen
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    Age: 55-65
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    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Makes you wonder, what if? If you enjoy fast paced action, this is the book for you!
  4. Lars
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 11, 2011
    Lars
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    An excellent read. Don't know what the previous reviewer meant when she said she could find no refererence to second messias. I can find lots of them. Is she reading the right bible?

    Anyway, a worthy book--much better than the Da Vinci Code in my opinion. It has a heart--and a good one at that. Three cheers for Meade. Thanks for a terrific, enlightnign, emotional read.
  5. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    emphasis on Vatican intrigue and secrecy
    July 31, 2011
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Some years after the mammoth task of translating the Dead Sea Scrolls had begun and some of the controversial content had been realized, the Vatican and Israel have set aside their differences and agreed in a secret pact. What if the Scrolls contained incontrovertible evidence that Jesus was the Messiah? Such a find would rock Israel and the Muslim nations. On the other hand, what if there was evidence that Jesus was not the Messiah? It was agreed that archaeological digs would be closely monitored and material considered controversial would be withheld.

    Such was the scroll that Jack's parents had found, revealing a second messiah, a man who assumed the identity of Jesus, casting doubt on the narrative of the Bible. But Jack's parents were killed in an automobile accident shortly after the find. The scroll was burned up in the vehicle, or was it?

    Now, years later, Jack is also an archaeologist and his group has found a controversial scroll. But that night a scholar is killed and the scroll stolen. Jack is determined to find the stolen scroll. He is "convinced that religion, history, everything could be changed by the scroll's contents." (337)

    At this same time a new Catholic Pope is chosen. He is a revolutionary. He refuses the gold-threaded gown and diamond encrusted papal hat. "In a world scourged by poverty, I should have no need of these expensive garments." (412) He wants to open the archives of the Vatican and make all known.

    These two story lines converge. Those surrounding the Pope are unsure of he is the church's deliverer or its traitor. What is more important to the Catholic Church - truth or protecting itself? And will Jack find the scroll and the truth before someone kills him?

    Meade has written a pretty good novel of intrigue revolving around archeology and the deadly fight surrounding ancient scrolls and their contents. Meade is an Irish author and this may explain his emphasis on the Catholic Church needing to come clean, so to speak.

    Evangelical Christians will be sorely disappointed in the Pope's final speech: "I want us to go forth in peace, to pronounce the brotherhood of all men, without exception of country, creed, or race, and in the belief in one God." (474)

    Also, Meade has been reading a different Bible than I do (perhaps a Catholic Bible). In his Author's Note he says, "As for the account of a second messiah, it has existed since the time of Jesus. Numerous references survive in Scripture..." (481) I am not familiar with any references so I have no idea what he is talking about here.

    I received an egalley of this book from Simon and Schuster for the purpose of this review.
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