- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 945 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wilsongs (27 Jan. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0036B95Z6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #581,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The beginning seemed all right, but it just got silly after that. I had read The Keep and thought it was pretty good and then thought I'd try another, since it was in my recommendations. I really don't know how people could give this sophomoric novel a 5 star rating. But, different people respond to a work in different ways.
I thought it had an interesting premise and am drawn to Marian themes, Catholicism and mysticism in general but this was just a ridiculous plot.
I've downloaded a few other of his novels that seemed interesting and will try those to see if his work has improved any.
Update: Although I didn't think much of this novel, another reviewer mentioned how good the 'Repairman Jack' series was - and it really is. I've read three of them now and am on my fourth, and they are as good, and probably better, than any crime/suspense series out there. What a nice surprise. Really excellent and highly recommended. And he is offering them at a really reasonable price - so if you're fed up paying upwards of $15 for a Kindle thriller, try this series.
The story opens during the Gulf War in 1991. An errant Scud missile exposes a cave that has some unusual artifacts: some scrolls that are found by a pair of young Arab shepherds who see a gold mine in the ancient documents. Years later, a forged version of these writings makes it way to Father Dan Fitzpatrick, a homeless advocate in New York City.
For all his good deeds, Fitzpatrick does have one sin: he is secretly lovers with the nun Carrie Ferris. While Fitzpatrick treats the translated scroll as merely entertaining, Ferris takes it seriously and drags her lover to Israel in search of the body of the Virgin Mary herself. They are successful, setting up a series of events that are beyond either of their control.
If you are expecting a truly Christian novel, you will be disappointed. The ideas expressed herein, while reasonably respectful of Christianity, are more plot devices than reverent messages. In fact, by the end of the book, it is clear that this is not a promotion of any faith. Instead, this is a supernatural thriller, with Wilson's usual flair for creating page-turning fare. If you are a Wilson fan, you may not find this his best work, but it is still a fun read.