A fire at the Cathedral of Turin and the discovery of a strangely mutilated body attract the attention of Italy's special Art Crimes Department. For the fire is only the latest in a troubling series of arsons and break-ins at the cathedral, which houses what millions believe to be the authentic burial shroud of Jesus Christ.
A cop as well as an art historian, department chief Marco Valoni leads a crack team of investigators in a race to solve a crime he's certain is about to shock the world. Someone is planning to steal the Holy Shroud, and Valoni's only suspect--a mystery man who bears the same scars as the unidentified corpse--is currently serving out a sentence in a Turin prison.
Following a trail that stretches from the humble meeting places of the earliest Christian communities to the highest councils of the Vatican and the boardrooms that rule the world, Valoni and his associates will find themselves in the cross fire of an ancient conflict forged by mortal sacrifice, assassination, and secret societies with ties to the shadowy legend of the Knights Templars.
Spanning centuries and continents, from the storm-rent skies over Calvary, through the glories of Byzantium and the intrigue and treachery of the Crusades, to the modern-day citadels of Istanbul, New York, London, Paris, and Rome, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud is a provocative page-turner of the highest order--one that will challenge you to believe.
For readers who can't get enough of the religious suspense genre, here's a heaping helping of more of the same. When the unidentified body of a tongueless man turns up in the ashes of a suspicious fire in the Turin cathedral, home of the Holy Shroud of Turin, Marco Valoni, director of the Italian Art Crimes Department, investigates. This gruesome find reflects a pattern of tongueless men and mysterious fires that goes back many years and centers on the shroud. A history of Jesus' burial cloth through the ages alternates with a modern mystery involving several shadowy, anonymous groups of powerful, wealthy men, who either want to steal the sacred cloth or protect it. Marco and his band of art crimes cops and researchers must piece together who wants what and why. This was a bestseller in Europe, and while Navarro never gets up to Da Vinci Code speed, she does neatly solve the pesky problem of just why carbon dating puts the age of the shroud at the 13th or 14th century. (Jan.)
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1 . Lacking any justification for publication
Posted January 23, 2007 by David Xenakis , Sioux Falls, South DakotaHad this book any depth at all, it might have been interesting to read. As it is, it seems a thinly-veiled exercise aimed at cashing in on Dan Brown's success. Even that wouldn't be so bad had this book been adquately edited. That it was not so edited is evident from the fact that the characters are delineated with all the skill of a schoolgirl diarist, the historical premises so badly researched that they are simply silly, and the evolution of the plot so tangled that one looses hope very early in the story. Perhaps the original book from which this edition was translated reads better, but I have trouble believing that. This book is silly, muddled, and lacks any depth, and I don't see how even an inadequate translation can have done more than confirm that this is a poor book that, in times less dirven by market trends, would never have been considered for publication. If you love well-written books, perhaps you can decline to purchase this one in order to send its publishers the cesure they deserve.
December 26, 2006
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