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From the publishers who brought you Dan Brown, a read-in-one-gulp conspiracy thriller that unravels a mystery older than time itself.
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James Becker writes brilliant thrillers that start by going back in time, and have at their heart a secret which is always based on fact. In The Messiah Secret Chris and Angela travel to Egypt and then northern India in search of the final resting place of ... well, if I told you it would spoil the book, so I won't! It's imaculately researched and grippingly told. It's always a treat when a James Becker manuscript lands on my desk - and this is one of his very best.See all Product description
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This is a very poorly written book. The characters are quite shallow and cardboard like whilst at the same time being amazing and almost superhuman! Angela may have been an expert on early ceramics but fortunately this also made her an expert on a vast amount of religious manuscripts, early languages from Asia and solving puzzles. Bronson, her ex but very friendly husband, is a policeman who is an expert driver and treasure hunter. These two set off across the world without more than a nod to their lives or jobs and with a seemingly endless pot of money. The mad priest and the rich American are so cliched it is painful.
The writing is poor. The reader gets numerous pieces of ancient literature quoted at them which provide clues to this treasure. The reader isn't give the information and clues for themselves but just presented with pages of explanation by Angela. It was frankly quite boring. The description is poor with too much attention being paid to mundain trivialities and not enough the the actual credulity of the plot.
There is a supposedly amazing twist at the end of this book. The author has spent the whole book not naming this treasure that was being sought but it was blatantly obvious.Read more ›
Firstly the red herring that is through most of the book is useless as the title makes you guess the secret from near the beginning; so the author lost any suspense through trying to gain readers. This did spoil the book for me as there was no suspense... but I kept reading.
Secondly I agree with other reviewers that the woman knew far more than was reasonable and to keep the plot we had to trawl through so much information. And why would a loyal mercenary suddenly turn on his long-term employer just because he suddenly gets a bit squeamish of violence... not sure.
Thirdly, and most importantly for me was the Christian context. Anyone who has a strong faith can cope with challenges to it so I don't mind reading anti-Christian books as long as they are reasonable. but there are so many flaws that people who don't know much about this will not realise.
The negative portrayal of the passionately religious priest did not tally with his love of violence - to murder people to keep a vital secret is one thing but to use and archaic form of torture for no real reason seems only Catholic-bashing; however - I also found it a bit pointless about the Priest as if this secret was true and he believed it then the foundation of faith crumbles and his faith would shatter rather than him trying to just keep the secret for the sake of the religion. It doesn't make sense.
Furthermore, the notes at the end justifying the author's point of view were crucially selective and inaccurate.Read more ›
As for the "Christian" question, Becker doesn't do anything that Dan Brown and a dozen others haven't already done with his questioning of the facts surrounding the topic of Christ and Biblical accounts of history. And as the others, he doesn't question the validity of the goodness that came from the teachings of Christ, merely the mystery that surrounds his life and death. Get over it folks, religion is faith and guess work, not fact, it's in it's very nature, and kind of the point for a lot of believers.
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