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The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud Paperback – 20 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; Reprint edition (20 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719562473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719562471
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,495,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For readers who can't get enough of the religious suspense genre' (Publishers Weekly)

'An exuberant, deeply involved thriller...Terrifically lively characterizations and the author's passion for her subject make this one stand out' (Kirkus Reviews)

'...a fast moving religious thriller...' (Gazette & Herald (Ryedale))

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Murder, ancient secrets and the mystery of the Turin shroud -- this brilliant European bestseller will take new readers by storm

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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
Julia Navarro is a well known journalist in Madrid. She is currently a political analyst for Agencia OTR/Europa Press and a correspondent for other prominent Spanish radio and television networks and print media. This is her first novel. It was a number one best seller when it was published in Spain and is now being published throughout the world.

This book is a work of fiction, but much of the content is based on fact. It tells a riveting story about one of the world's most controversial relics, The Turin Shroud, believed by many Christians to show the facial features of Jesus Christ. Many experts discount it as a medieval, or even more recent fake. Julia Navarro has woven a splendid novel around one of the most famous and most talked about relics in the world today.

A badly mutilated body is found at the Cathedral of Turin, home to the famous Turin Shroud. What begins as a normal police investigation rapidly escalates into a desperate race to save the Shroud from people who will stop at nothing to acquire the Shroud and with it the power that it is supposed to contain. Over hundreds of years many mysterious sects and cults have attempted to gain ownership of the Shroud. Some say even the Knights Templars coveted it. It looks as though this time the powers that be may be unable to stop someone from achieving what others have tried for over 2,000 years.
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Marco Valoni, chief investigator for Italy's Art Crimes departmeent is obsessed with the Cathedral in Turin or rather a series of 'accidents' that have occurred over the years. He has little to go on except years of experience and a gut instinct that the incidents are related and some how connected to the famous Shroud, that and the victims of the various incidents who appear to have had their tongues and fingerprints removed. 33 AD the king of Edessa is dying of leprosy and is persuaded by his queen and chief advisor to seek the help of the man from Nazareth. He writes to the Nazarene asking him to travel to Edessa but the man is on his way to Jerusalem for Passover and His destiny awaits but he promises the king will be healed.
Urfa in Turkey- an old man struggles to keep faith with his ancestors and the promise countless generations before him have upheld. Across the globe a group of very wealthy men meet for the next round in an old game of cat and mouse and a young woman is plagued with nightmares of fire, war and death. How these many threads are woven together into a page-turning thriller is what makes this a book well worth reading. There are no easy answers,all of the characters feel very human, they make mistakes, they succumb to very human frailties- jealousy, anger, fear, violence. There is no neat tying up of loose ends at the end which means this is no trite morality tale nor is there a sense of being cheated which unfortunately dog so many 'biblical' thrillers these days.
The translation is good although there are quite a few typos- a minor irritation only, as the story sweeps along at quite a pace and the breadth of the narrative across time is enthralling. Recommended to those who appreciate a bit of class in their religious thriller
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
Julia Navarro is a well known journalist in Madrid. She is currently a political analyst for Agencia OTR/Europa Press and a correspondent for other prominent Spanish radio and television networks and print media. This is her first novel. It was a number one best seller when it was published in Spain and is now being published throughout the world.

This book is a work of fiction, but much of the content is based on fact. It tells a riveting story about one of the world's most controversial relics, The Turin Shroud, believed by many Christians to show the facial features of Jesus Christ. Many experts discount it as a medieval, or even more recent fake. Julia Navarro has woven a splendid novel around one of the most famous and most talked about relics in the world today.

A badly mutilated body is found at the Cathedral of Turin, home to the famous Turin Shroud. What begins as a normal police investigation rapidly escalates into a desperate race to save the Shroud from people who will stop at nothing to acquire the Shroud and with it the power that it is supposed to contain. Over hundreds of years many mysterious sects and cults have attempted to gain ownership of the Shroud. Some say even the Knights Templars coveted it. It looks as though this time the powers that be may be unable to stop someone from achieving what others have tried for over 2,000 years.
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Religious mysteries are since Dan Brown's famous novel very much en vogue. I bought a few and some of them were pretty bad, so I was quite reluctant to go for another.

But with Julia Navarro's "The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud" I should have not worried.

She has an unique talent of writting a gripping stories and this starts with page 1. So no worry that one has to go first through 100 pages before the story takes off. I was hooked straight away. She follows an established pattern of tackling the story from five different perspectives. These perspectives merges step by step till the final climax. This keeps the suspense through the book. I never read religious mysteries because I wanted to learn soemthing about the religious aspects or as I am a believer in conspiracies stories, but as a crime story. And this you should do here too.

I believe Julia Navarro's first novel is a great achievement and I am looking forward to her second novel. Already now she can match the great established crime writers of our day. I enjoyed this book 100%.
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