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The Judas Codex - No secret remains hidden forever however well buried [Kindle Edition]

James Stevens
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No secret remains hidden forever however well buried...


Jerusalem AD76: an old man sets sail for Britain. Strapped to his back is a mysterious package, the contents of which include a codex and a black chalice. The final pages of the codex harbour the truth behind Project Lazarus. A secret so explosive should it ever be revealed Christianity would be doomed.
Generations later, a group of teenagers discover the chalice hidden beneath the foundations of an ancient monastery in Wales. Unwittingly they set in motion a train of events which culminate in an orgy of bloodshed.
Turning his back on a glittering career in the SAS, Jared Hunter returns home to discover the village of Raven’s Hill in the grip of an ancient evil. Enlisting the aid of Eric Thomas, a retired minister, they trace the origins of the chalice from the fall of Jerusalem to the hilltop fortress of Masada. The deeper they dig the more they become convinced that behind everything lies the spectre of the Knights Templar.
With the blood count rising, there appears to be only one way to stop the horror. The quest to discover and translate the final section of the codex rapidly becomes a struggle to keep one step ahead of a cadre of ancient assassins known as The Brotherhood.

Editors Note
The Judas Codex offers a fascinating insight into a riddle that has teased mankind since the time of Christ. Its brilliant scenes of action and romance, overlapped with learning and legend, give the reader fresh perspectives and intriguing mental challenges. Ostensibly a work of fiction, the reader is left facing the question: what if?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Artcymru Publications; 2 edition (21 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009V0WLWA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steve James (James Steven's is a pseudonym) I was born in a tiny cottage in South Wales next to a chapel with the illustrious name of Bethlehem. Don't get excited, according to my parents there was no Star in the East. No Wise Men and certainly no Vigin Birth. Coming from a strict Methodist background, it's hardly surprising that my formative years were shaped by the Bible. And then suddenly, at the tender age of sixteen, I joined the Royal Air Force. During those years, most of which were spent serving overseas, I was given a completely new perspective on life. Later, on the advice of my commanding officer, Squadron Leader King, who eventually became the tactical advisor for the Saudi Arabian Air Force, I turned my attention to education. After thirty four years of teaching religious studies, I retired and became an author. I'm often asked why I chose to go down this route. The answer is straightforward. Most people want to write for one of three reasons. The first is for fame, the second for financial gain and the third, because they want to express themselves. I come under the third category. I have no illusions of becoming rich and famous, but I do have so many ideas floating around my head that sometimes it drives me crazy. Suddenly, in the middle of the night I get an idea for a new book and come what may, I have to write it down. In that respect it's not different from teaching. And yes, my wife hates it. After every book, she looks at me and says - "Now that's the last, isn't it?" Hard as it is to believe, each of my novels contain a kernel of truth, a trend I intend to continue. To my surprise, all three, The Judas Codex, Satan's Alternative and The Fourth Horseman, have gone on to become best sellers. The fourth book, Children of the Gods will be available to download in June, while the fifth should be ready for Christmas 2014.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Judas Codex 8 April 2013
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The idea was good and the novel started promisingly. It might well appeal more to others but I found the characters two-dimensional and the narrative stale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Judas Codex by James Stevens - Personal review. 28 Jan 2013
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fascinating story, quite well researched with some unexpected conclusions - but never in my life have I come across a publication which was so poorly proof read. I found this very embarrassing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An improved read 11 May 2013
By Carwyn
Format:Kindle Edition
Despite the typo errors, I found the paperback version a good yarn and a well researched story line. Reading the reviews of the first Kindle version I felt that the comments are somewhat harsh on the author. However I am pleased to note that the author has taken the previous reviews to heart and taken the trouble of producing an updated version which appears to have been professionally proof-read and formatted for kindle readers. Thankfully the story line remains intact and remains a good read. Well done rates a 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars crackin read 8 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Found the book a little bitty in the begining but it's just the author setting the scene. But i carried on reading & really enjoyed the book . Also makes you wonder "what if?".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judas Codex 6 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I sometimes wonder if the people reviewing this book are reading the same book as myself. I found it very absorbing and could not put it down for long, had to get to the end. There were a few spelling mistakes, looks like the computer that the publisher used was not working correctly, but this did not detract from a very enjoyable read. Cant wait to read this authors next volume .
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 21 July 2013
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If you're into the whole da vinci thing and like a bit of the supernatural this is right up your street. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame 31 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
An interesting and absorbing tale let down, as previous reviews mention, by a shocking amount of spelling & grammatical errors. I almost stopped reading because of this. Also, there are some scenarios that simply beggar belief, and I don't mean the supernatural elements. For example, could a teenaged student really leave home to return 6 short years later as a seasoned and outstanding SAS officer?!
However, despite some unnecessary filling (a brief history of popyrus, and of blood groups), this is quite a good, fun read. Some of the twists I figured out quite early on and, by the author's own admission, the central storyline isn't original. That said, the historical elements are well researched and the action sequences are well executed.
Given the author's background in teaching, I don't believe the obvious, glaring errors are his. Therefore, I'd say that this is a pretty good first novel. Good enough for me to give his second novel (the start of which is included) a read before giving up on this author. Three stars because it's a four star story but a one star editing/proof reading/publishing job.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and frustrating 20 Feb 2013
By Col
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Undeterred by some of the negative reviews, I gave this book a try. It starts well and then sadly drops away into something that a schoolboy might have written; full of unbeleivable characters, contrived dialogue and too many coincidences. The story had promise, but this was never fulfilled by the time I gave up reading it. There are far too many spelling and grammatical errors to make this book in any way pleasurable. Missing words, wrong words, co-joined words. One character has a temporary name-change. The most frustrating thing was the random punctuation. Example - `A problem,' enquired Jared? Note the position of the question mark; one of far too many occurances.
It would be difficult to recommend this book for any reason - apart from giving an example of not how to write.
Does anyone proof-read any more?
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