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Initial post: 30 Jun 2012 17:29:47 BDT
joodge says:
Am a voracious reader of thrillers related to archaeology, religion, and religious conspiracy.
I am hoping someone knows of some I haven't read and I've read soooo many?
Any one out there who likes these also?

Thanks!!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2012 19:33:18 BDT
Grant Davies says:
Behind Every Lamppost is a religious fantasy - it's not free though .....

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2012 19:47:05 BDT
Anita says:
Might fit the bill

The Flanders Panel

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2012 20:00:54 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Sounds a bit as if your taste is for the Dan Brown type thrillers, in which case there are many (too many) books that have jumped on the "Da Vinci Code" bandwagon. However, if your taste leans towards historical novels, C. J. Sansom's "Shardlake" novels have quite a lot of religious background and are well worth reading (again, there have been numerous, generally inferior clones exploiting Shardlake's success). Coming to more recent times, but going back in terms of publication dates, Morris West was a very popular writer about thirty years ago and he wrote several intelligent thrillers with a strong religious setting.

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 21:07:28 BDT
I Readalot says:
Katherine Neville published a book called 'The Eight' back in the 80's, which revolves around a chess set. It is much better than most of the more recent thrillers written in this vein and as you can see pre-dates them by a few years. A couple of years ago a sequel 'The Fire' was published, not quite as good as 'The Eight' but definitely worth reading.

Posted on 1 Jul 2012 15:40:36 BDT
Books by
Glenn Cooper, start with The Library of the Dead
Andy McDermott
Matthew Reilly
Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Steve Berry

As you can see I rather like this genre myself!

Posted on 1 Jul 2012 22:10:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2012 22:11:09 BDT
JW says:
A couple I remember reading and enjoying in the late 90's are The Miracle Strain by Michael Cordy (this is the same book as The Messiah Code by the same author - it was re-titled for some reason) and The Genesis Code by John Case.

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 15:24:16 BDT
Ring of Tabor

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 15:55:40 BDT
Would second the recommendation for C.J Sansom. You might have already read them, but 'Sanctus' and 'The Key' by Simon Toyne fall into this genre too.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 16:53:26 BDT
S Young says:
UK crime thriller called THE DECALOGUE (by Mark Pettinger) uses the Ten Commandments as a plot - its a bit tenuous to your 'religion and religious conspiracy'; but give it a go

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 16:53:41 BDT
S Young says:
UK crime thriller called THE DECALOGUE (by Mark Pettinger) uses the Ten Commandments as a plot - its a bit tenuous to your 'religion and religious conspiracy'; but give it a go

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 19:15:37 BDT
The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 22:03:21 BDT
Lex Allen says:
I'm a big fan of religious thrillers...;o). I can't figure out why so many people beat up on Dan Brown. Envy, perhaps? James Rollins is another great writer that combines that genre with dashes of quantum physics and tablespoons full of paranormal and supernatural. Those kinds of stories are especially attractive to me...;o)

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 22:26:41 BDT
Or due to his inability to write even faintly competent prose.

Just a suggestion.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 22:43:46 BDT
Lex Allen says:
LOL...well, I've read that complaint, too, Ryan. Still, he puts together some interesting concepts - okay some large doses of 'deus ex machina', as well; however, for strictly entertainment purposes, I've enjoyed his works.

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 00:18:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jul 2012 00:21:35 BDT
I would suggest you try "Crown of Thorns : A Genetic Conspiracy Thriller". I really liked it and enjoyed it. I read it awhile ago and really loved it! Probably not everyones cup of tea as it deals with maybe a sensitive topic for some...a student at Uni clones Jesus Christ...and the CIA and MI5 try to prevent him and copy what he has done so that they also have a 'Jesus clone'...Would suggest you read any reviews to see what others think too before buying!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 08:25:48 BDT
I Readalot says:
Thank for reminding me about John Case (isn't John Case the pseudonym for husband and wife team?), I also read Eighth Day, First Horseman and Trance State by the same author. When Da Vinci Code appeared it was treated as if DB had invented this kind of thriller but it had been done before, the books just didn't get the hype to propel them to stardom.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 20:21:07 BDT
"Still, he puts together some interesting concepts"

To 'put together' suggests coming up with something yourself.

Not exactly Brown's forte either.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 20:26:57 BDT
LEP says:
Susan Howatch's Starbridge series. Glittering Images is the first book.

Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose

Ellis Peters - Brother Cadfael series

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 20:58:42 BDT
LEP says:
A Plague on Both your Houses Bk1: The Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew - Susan Gregory
Hangman Blind (Abbess of Meaux Mystery 1) - Cassandra Clark
Sacred Treason - James Forrester

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 21:19:05 BDT
monica says:
This isn't a standard thriller, though it has thriller elements. It's about the consequences of a discovery of a forgotten gospel and I think it's a good undemanding read, not least for some hilarious & spot-on parodies of amazon reviews: The Fire Gospel (Myths)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 21:40:47 BDT
LEP says:
The Trespass (An Archaelogical Mystery Thriller) - Scott Hunter
God's Lions: The Secret Chapel (+ other books in series) - John Lyman
Tomb of the Lost - Julian Noyce
The Templar Agenda - John Paul Davis
The Rozabal Line - Shawn Haigins
The Seventh Stone - Pamela Hegarty
Abraham's Bones - Joe Prentis
The Relic - Joe Prentis
The Damascus Conspiracy - Ray Wilson
Legacy of Blood - Alex Connor
The Warriors of Amun - Andrew Rigby
Treasure of Egypt - Barbara Ivie Green
The Breath of Life - Mark Edward Hall
The Solomon Key - Shawn Hopkins
The Shekinah Legacy - Gary Linberg
The Dome - Lior Samson

Haven't read any of the above, so no idea if any good.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2012 15:20:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2012 15:23:02 BDT
LEP says:
A Beautiful Mystery - Louise Penny
A Very Private Grave (Bk 1 Monastery murders) - Donna Fletcher Crow

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 07:15:27 GMT
Galen Watson says:
The Psalter by Galen Watson (me). Brand new. It's an historical thriller about a medieval religious forgery that changed the world--forever.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 09:27:15 GMT
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