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Michael Slade
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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Paperbacks Ltd (Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847510809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847510808
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,447,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Germany, 1944: the Ace of Clubs is on a solitary mission to bomb a rural country estate in Germany, but the mission is so top secret, Flight Lieutenant Fletch 'Wrath' Hannah has no idea why they've been commanded to break away from the bomber stream. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the plane is attacked by German Junkers and Wrath has to give the command to bale out as the plane crashes over Nazi Germany.Germany, present day: a bulldozer on a construction site uncovers the remains of the long-lost Second World War bomber and so begins a treacherous international journey from the crucifixion of Jesus at Golgotha to the Crusades, the Inquisition, witch hunts, Satanism, exorcism, the Reichskonkordat and modern archaeological discoveries. Lawyer/historian Wyatt Rook and Liz Hannah must solve a series of whodunits, locked-room murders, as well as biblical mysteries, to unravel the Judas puzzle: the Achilles heel of the New Testament. Blocking them at every turn is the Legionary of Christ, a present day crusader backed by a secret inquisition that will stop at nothing to make sure the Judas puzzle remains unsolved.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hotch-Potch and Jumble 6 Aug 2013
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This book reads as if composed by two or three different people who wrote their various chunks only vaguely related to one another.

Not a coherent read and the so called mystery is a damp squib.

I will not read another book by this set of people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a rehash of the DA VINCI CODE.. 7 Oct 2008
This is Michael Slades 13th book, and a complete departure from the other 12 SPECIALX, novels.

If you like locked room mysteries (3), messages in maps, a who dunnit from 2000 years ago, and a pyscho monk from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,( the new name for the Inquisition), trying to stop the secret from becoming common knowledge, and all this in one book, then this is for you.
Yes i can see that you may think this is a rehash or copy from the Da Vinci code. But his is much more than that. This is a story where your brain has to think, and reason. The clues are there.

If you like this book and want to read more, then start with Headhunter, then Ghoul, and work your way up through the series.
Each book is very well researched, and the authors that make up Michael Slade bring together over 30 years of trial court experience dealing with the criminally insane. So they should have a rough idea of what goes through peoples minds when committing the acts described in the books.
Any research used is listed in the back of the books, to allow you to start your own journey into the mists of time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Flight of faith 16 July 2008
By Bawlmer Guy - Published on
[Note: This review based on the Canadian trade paperback edition]

For many years after my introduction to Michael Slade during the mid-80s, it was tempting to compare successive Special X novels to Slade's first two, Headhunter and Ghoul. This made for a somewhat unsatisfying progression despite some excellent stories. The antidote was to appreciate the merits of each novel on its own. Eventually it became clear that Slade has little interest in being nailed down to any formula, genre, or subject matter, except perhaps for his love of mystery, history, and inventive mayhem. Even so prepared, I was stunned to learn that Slade has offered in his thirteenth novel a thrilling departure from the Special X series.

Crucified is sweet torture for the reader who seeks an answer to the still-hanging "who lives, who dies" question at the end of Kamikaze, the previous Slade novel. It's also a superb example of Slade's ability to link seemingly disparate elements--to reveal what they are would spoil the fun, but they exceed the jaw-dropping connections (among Chinese pharmaceuticals, General Custer, and the legendary Sasquatch) found in Slade's novel Cutthroat. Yet the connections are quite logical; Slade has simply looked deeply enough into history to find them. On top of it all, Crucified entails some interesting twists on the locked-room puzzle found in some Golden Age mysteries.

Wyatt Rook, an author who specializes in Second World War plots, probes the crash site of a British bomber downed over Germany in 1944. As he tries to learn the fates of missing airmen, Rook runs afoul of murderous conspirators who are determined to acquire religious artifacts on behalf of the Vatican.

Crucified includes some fine, realistic exposition of Royal Air Force bomber crews' daily routines. The passages seem to stem from first-hand interviews. If so, it's commendable that Slade has saluted war heroes from another era before they pass on. Tight, smooth, and engrossing throughout, Crucified is the work of a novelist moving onward and upward. Even far from the familiar ground of Special X, Slade flies high, straight, and true. It's a most welcome adventure.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Read 18 Mar 2009
By Michelle D. Kieffaber - Published on
This book isn't what I expected from Michael Slade. I'm used to layers of intrigue centered around the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This book, although a big departure from his usual style, is a fast read with plenty of action to keep you coming back for more. If you are a fan of The Da Vinci code, you will enjoy the subject matter of this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Character . . . . 8 Oct 2008
By J. S. - Published on
As a devotee of all things Slade . . . I was interested in reading this latest offering . . . and I was not disappointed. As usual, my friend Slade brings history into the story line . . . and that prompted me to want to read more on the subjects mentioned. And with the creation of a new character in Wyatt Rook . . . the creative juices will be renewed for future adventures. In my opinion it takes a lot to keep those juices flowing . . . as evidenced by the change over time in the books of Dean Koontz and Steven King and others who have continued to create and develop characters that I truly care about and want to read more about. Those are the kinds of authors I ENJOY . . . and kudos to Slade for continuing the cause!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Slade is the thrill master 20 Sep 2013
By jengran5 - Published on
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I am transfixed by Michael Slade's work. I am partial to the tie-in with events of history that drive the story and the characters. Speaking of characters...Slade has some of the best in his genre...hopefully we will see more books by Mr. Slade. I have found them page turning, gripping, and great mysteries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read 6 Nov 2013
By Connie - Published on
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Mr. Slade continues to thrill me with his blend of history, facts and fiction keep you hanging on the edge to the last line. Just an amazing writer.
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