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The Messiah Matrix [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth John Atchity
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Jasius? Who or what is it? All Google has to offer is a two-tailed butterfly or the ring finger. Say it again. Jasius. It has the sound of something strange, yet strangely familiar. Something or someone we all know, yet infinitely beyond our comprehension. Kenneth Atchity's The Messiah Matrix explores the mystery in a fast-paced, light-hearted novel that is at the same time profoundly disturbing. The story goes forward at three levels. At the top, a rousing twenty-first century adventure that moves from the wrecks littering the floor of the Mediterranean to the corridors of the Vatican. Below that, a carbon-dated epigraphic revisionist history of the first centuries BCE and CE. And, at the deepest level, a sympathetic, fair-minded rational re-examination of "the greatest story ever told." You may applaud, dispute, chortle, weep, but you will think about this book long after the final page.
-- Benedict and Nancy Freedman, authors Mrs. Mike, Sappho: The Tenth Muse, The Immortals


In a thriller that rivals anything Dan Brown ever wrote, The Messiah Matrix threatens to take all your beliefs and toss them into the wind. A priest is murdered in Rome. His assassin is also shot and killed while with another priest. A message was delivered. An artifact is found on the floor of the sea. A Jesuit questions his faith and the history of his Church. An archaeologist uncovers the find of a lifetime and loses it.

A connection between Christ and Augustus Caesar? The wise men following a star in 17 BC? Curiouser and curiouser! Although you know what they say about curiosity. The Monsignor searching for the ashes of Christ--which he was killed before explaining. Does the Holy See condone murder? Damn Skippy it does!

This book is amazing! The two main characters of Ryan and Emily are the perfect pair of detectives. Will they be more? You’ll have to read the book! Emily’s coin is vital to the history of Christianity in the world, but will they get it back? On the coin, Augustus was wearing a crown with twelve spikes. What’s up with that?

In this tale we have good guys, very bad guys, the Holy Mother Church, good priests and very, very bad priests and one red-headed archaeology professor who, along with one questioning Jesuit and some of his brothers, may be able to solve the conundrum that is The Messiah Matrix.
--- Cheryl's Book Nook

"In a thriller that rivals anything Dan Brown ever wrote, The Messiah Matrix threatens to take all your beliefs and toss them into the wind." - Cheryl's Book Nook

"… unique combination of carefully researched material and breathless adventure story" – Book, Bones & Buffy

"The Messiah Matrix is a creative, thought-provoking, action-packed, historically laced, and masterfully detailed page-turner. (Watch out for paper cuts!--You'll be turning the pages quickly. It's that good!)" - Blogcritics

"More than modern thriller (which it definitely is), The Messiah Matrix is a thought-provoking, original examination of the origins and evolution of modern Christianity." - ThrillerThursday

Destined to be highly controversial - A Very Fine Novel

Review by Grady Harp

Dr. Kenneth John Atchity has created a novel that is not only an absorbing story, but it is also a platform for re-thinking the beginnings of Christianity as we have been taught. This fact will doubtless unsettle many right wing religious conservatives - much the way that Darwin's concept of Evolution has always caused them problems. And if that is an afterburn of reading this novel then we should hope it gains a very wide readership.

Acuity is a scholar, highly regarded among academics, and it is this aspect of his novel THE MESSIAH MATRIX that gives him the edge. The ideas he poses are scientifically grounded and so well developed, based on archeological findings and research, that the themes of this book cannot be disregarded. Add to that the fact that Acuity writes with an elegant style, not only in a manner that makes his story propelled forward at all times but also he creates a compelling atmosphere - both above and below the waters of the sea!

Very briefly the book opens with a gripping Prologue of the intentional murder of a priest who receives last rites from a Fr. Ryan McKeon, a Jesuit whose convictions about his religion and his church are tenuous at best, and as the struck priest dies he utters a secret that starts the story with a mesmerizing concept: who was the human form the Bible calls Jesus Christ but historical research may prove him to be a Roman Emperor, so similar are the facts about the beginning of the Biblical Christianity and Roman history. Parallel to this incident is the work of three archeological investigators, the women member of which dives to discover an ancient element at the bottom of the sea that supports the thoughts that begin with the secret shared with Ryan.

As with all successful novels there are power struggles, love stories, adventures around every turn and to reveal more would diminish the impact of the slowly unraveling mysteries that connect to question the validity of the historical Christian Savior. It is the mixture of investigative acumen and the gift for relating mystery writing in a style so eloquent that it resembles the major books of literature that makes this book so solid. There are those who compare it to the Da Vinci Code genre of books and yes, it is every bit as intoxicating as those. The difference is in the writing style. Kenneth John Atchity could write about any topic and he would be worth of reading, so beautiful is his mastery of the English language!

Grady Harp, February 2013

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First Jesuit Pope predicted in THE MESSIAH MATRIX!

To what lengths would the Vatican go to suppress the secret origins of its power? Current papal politics has made this thriller eerily prophetic! The Messiah Matrix is a myth-shattering novel whose protagonists delve into the secrets of the past—and expose the fundamentalists who hide them still.

Religious Fiction Christianity, Jesus Christ, Roman Catholic, Christian origins

A renowned scholar-monsignor is killed in Rome while a Roman coin is recovered from a wreck off the coast of ancient Judea. It’s up to his young American protégé--a Jesuit priest--and a vivacious, brilliant archaeologist to connect these seemingly disparate events and unravel the tapestry that conceals in plain view the greatest mystery in the ecclesiastical world. Together they pursue their passion for truth—while fighting to control their passion for each other. What they uncover is an ancient Roman imperial stratagem so controversial the Curia fears it could undermine the very foundations of the Roman Catholic faith--much like the secrets emerging from the Vatican in today's news.

From the ancient port of Caesarea to Rome's legendary catacombs and the sacred caves of Cumae, this contemporary novel follows their exhilarating quest to uncover the truth about the historical existence of the real "Christian Savior."

Classical scholar and Yale Ph.D. Dr. Kenneth John Atchity is the only author alive today capable of creating this literary and historically-based spellbinder.

For more information on The Messiah Matrix, including location maps, blog and more please visit: www.messiahmatrix.com
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Jasius? Who or what is it? All Google has to offer is a two-tailed butterfly or the ring finger. Say it again. Jasius. It has the sound of something strange, yet strangely familiar. Something or someone we all know, yet infinitely beyond our comprehension. Kenneth Atchity's The Messiah Matrix explores the mystery in a fast-paced, light-hearted novel that is at the same time profoundly disturbing. The story goes forward at three levels. At the top, a rousing twenty-first century adventure that moves from the wrecks littering the floor of the Mediterranean to the corridors of the Vatican. Below that, a carbon-dated epigraphic revisionist history of the first centuries BCE and CE. And, at the deepest level, a sympathetic, fair-minded rational re-examination of "the greatest story ever told." You may applaud, dispute, chortle, weep, but you will think about this book long after the final page.-Benedict and Nancy Freedman, authors Mrs. Mike, Sappho: The Tenth Muse, The Immortals

In a thriller that rivals anything Dan Brown ever wrote, The Messiah Matrix threatens to take all your beliefs and toss them into the wind. A priest is murdered in Rome. His assassin is also shot and killed while with another priest. A message was delivered. An artifact is found on the floor of the sea. A Jesuit questions his faith and the history of his Church. An archaeologist uncovers the find of a lifetime and loses it.

A connection between Christ and Augustus Caesar? The wise men following a star in 17 BC? Curiouser and curiouser! Although you know what they say about curiosity. The Monsignor searching for the ashes of Christ--which he was killed before explaining. Does the Holy See condone murder? Damn Skippy it does!

This book is amazing! The two main characters of Ryan and Emily are the perfect pair of detectives. Will they be more? You’ll have to read the book! Emily’s coin is vital to the history of Christianity in the world, but will they get it back? On the coin, Augustus was wearing a crown with twelve spikes. What’s up with that?

In this tale we have good guys, very bad guys, the Holy Mother Church, good priests and very, very bad priests and one red-headed archaeology professor...amazon.com review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Imprimatur Britannia and Story Merchant Books (10 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZJL4TK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting concept, and well written 14 May 2012
By Belle
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. No doubt there will be many comparisons to the "Da Vinci Code" and it does follow along the same sort of premise - i.e. couple discover hidden truths and endeavour to tell the world whilst on the run. However, I found this story much more believable and easier to buy in to than Dan Brown's novel. This author has clearly researched the topic in to great depths and comes across as being quite the expert on ancient symbols and mythology etc. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and there were lots of points that got me questioning what I thought I already knew about Christianity. I also found myself wanting to know more about the author's background research and the basis for him writing this book.

All in all, I would recommend this read to anyone who likes a good traditional adventure/conspiracy story. I found it was well written and in parts just couldn't put it down for wanting to know what happens next! there was a lot of information about ancient gods, myths and traditions and I felt I actually learnt at lot as well. I found the main characters very easy to like and their personal "demons" that come up about religion, morality and spirituality were easily related to. I would like to see them both in another adventure!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast gallop through ancient history 29 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I finished reading Ken Atchity's novel "The Messiah Matrix" and enjoyed it very much. I am sure that when the word gets around, that the sales will go through the roof. It will be interesting to see if it receives the same attention that Brown received with the Di Vinci Code. The amount of research into the history of the Messiah and its evolution in the book is amazing.

It appears that this subject has been created and formulated in Ken Atchity's mind over a long period of his live; even before his Yale Doctoral Thesis, which undoubtedly involved ancient history.. When I completed the book, his logic fell into place with the evolution of the Roman Empire and its emperor power base, plus the impact of the conflict between popes and emperors. .
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Religion is based upon evolution, taking a little from every generation. I found it logical that many of the thoughts and lore found in the New Testament evolved from the days of early Egypt and the Pharaoh's. Personally it was a very educational novel and it will undoubtedly evolve into a research project for many people.

The novel was intriguing even though the author had a lot of background to project to the reader. It did not interfere with the plot, but borrowed the reader's attention so that they are not swamped with background Information.

Character development was interesting and diverse. My best to Ryan and Emily - diverse characters, with a sense of humor tossed into a rapidly developing situation, who moved at a great pace to keep the reader's attention.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 3 May 2012
By JSReid
Format:Kindle Edition
That I read this novel in only three days tells its own story, I couldn't put it down! There's action right
from the first page and it rarely relents throughout the entire adventure. The historical, religious and,
at times, controversial content, is presented in plain English so I learned a lot about the origins of
Christianity and didn't need any prior knowledge of the subject to enjoy the book, as I most thoroughly
did. Whilst I certainly found those parts of the story fascinating, The Messiah Matrix is first and foremost
a jolly good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 28 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Here is how I spent Mother's Day - I left all the kids (OK, so they are all four legged, but they still count, right??) to fend for themselves, had coffee in bed and cracked open The Messiah Matrix on my Kindle. Then I did not get out of bed untill 4:30 PM when I had finished it. I have always enjoyed the whole mystery surrounding Jesus and the many different theories in that regard, so have read alot about that, but this was a new idea and I found it fascinating. This was a page turner and an excellent excuse to spend a day in bed :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Historical Thriller! 27 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
An ancient coin serves to create a snowball effect tying together ancient Rome to the creation of modern Christianity. When a curious Jesuit priest and a beautiful archeologist discover the coin has a link to the origin of Christ, they find themselves marked for death and the Vatican is shaken to its very core.

This is a wonderfully crafted book, very rich in history and is a provocative, fast-paced read. The analogy to Dan Brown is an apt one (the characters and history in Atchity's book are richer) but with a bit of Clive Cussler thrown in: an ancient treasure and mystery shakes the word centuries later. It's a combination that few other than Dr. Atchity could pull off: an accomplished historian and academician who has built an international reputation developing writers and writing. Well done, Dr. Atchity, and I look forward to your next work!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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The Messiah Matrix deserves to be showered with awards and I truly hope it is. I can't recall reading a novel that has ever given me greater pleasure. This book has everything I love in a novel: A great story, romance, believable characters, wonderful settings, unpredictability and a satisfying and happy ending. I also love a book that makes me think and this one is the Daddy of them all! The author must have researched the historical aspects for years to be able to present the back-story of Christianity in such fabulous and illuminating detail. I can't stop thinking about it. For me there has always been something that didn't stack up about the Biblical account of Jesus. Now I know why. The book blurb calls it a `literary masterpiece,' I don't think that is an exaggeration; the story is multilayered and the writing style masterful. This book must be read by the whole world and I will certainly spread the word.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An action filled read.
This book had me captivated. It even had me questioning that of which I was brought up knowing. A work of fiction well written and also well researched. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing
If you liked Dan Brown Da Vinci code and Angels & Demons - you will I think, also like this.
Good mix of fact and lots of fiction, but cleverly presented.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. John Mellish
2.0 out of 5 stars Of interest to historians and academics, but NOT for thriller readers
I give this book 2.5 stars because it was free when I d/loaded it.
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A great read . Not easy to put down
Will read again to feel the excitment of the story as it unravels
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This book took sometime getting into but once the story got going it was hard to put down. Sometimes confusing but riveting at the same time.
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Excellent book, very interesting and thought provoking and well worth reading. I've heard these theories before and personally find them to be more real than the bible. Read more
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