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After the Cross [Kindle Edition]

Mike Lynch , Brandon Barr
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Colton Foster, once hailed as a renowned linguistics expert, had his career and self-respect in pieces until a team discovers an 800-year old letter in Istanbul and his life takes a pivotal turn. The job of translating the letter, purportedly revealing the hidden cross of Jesus, is his for the taking, and with it a chance to redeem himself.

Mallory Windom is a linguistics prodigy who eagerly accepts the chance to accompany Colton’s team, seeing it as a ticket to the legitimacy she craves.

Join Colton and Mallory as they hunt for Christianity’s most prized relic, mysterious forces seem bent on stopping them at every turn. In a race against time and hired mercenaries, they soon discover that the most important struggle of their lives is not around them, but from within, testing their beliefs, their ethics, and their growing love for one another.

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About the Author

Brandon Barr was born in Redlands California where he lives today with his wife Amanda and son Nathan.
Mike Lynch currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.
Barr and Lynch are the co-authors of two fiction novels, When the Sky Fell and American Midnight. After the Cross is their third book together.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1996 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Ellechor Publishing House, LLC (June 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I6547K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Brown-style thriller April 11, 2012
After the Cross is an enjoyable thriller, in the tradition of Dan Brown: intellectuals running around and getting into dangerous situations related to their academic interests. Although, the fact that these particular academics are looking for the cross of Jesus' crucifixion gives an extra Christian theme, which gets a little heavy in places (but then, in the world of this novel, miracles really do happen).

There were a few historical flashbacks interspersed, which I found slowed the pace unexpectedly and detracted a little from the main thrust of the story. It could have done without these, in my opinion, since the events described are mostly also available to the reader through backstory interspersed in the main narrative.

However, on balance I really enjoyed the mix of investigation and action, and I'd like to read more from this author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read June 9, 2011
Colton is a renowned linguist, but one mistake from his past is holding him back professionally. When the opportunity to seek the True Cross of Christ presents itself, he knows that he has a change to redeem himself as a professional. As the research team convenes, the project is plagued with trouble, starting with the mildly annoying and ending with the deadly. Will the Cross ever been found? Imagine the impact on mankind if it should be.

Wow, this book certainly packs a powerful punch. I have to admit, it started out a little slow, because in order to establish the story, a lot of historical, archeological, and linguistic groundwork needs to be laid. But once you get into the real action of the plot, the book takes off like a rocket. And trust me, you are in for a fantastic ride. A rise encompassing faith, action, drama, intrigue, and suspense.

I like seeing the development of the characters of Colton and Mallory, and watching the two of them, and their relationship, change over the course of their quest. I loved hearing about the sights and sounds of Israel and watching the drama unfold. It is clear that this book has a lot of solid research behind its story.

The book will certainly appeal to a lot of readers. Readers of Dan Brown will probably love this book, as it is similar in nature. Those interested in history, archaeology, and linguistics will enjoy the book as well. And due to the nature of the story, I believe this book will appeal widely to Christian readers of all sorts.

All in all, I am really glad I stuck with this book, it really pays off in the end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars On the right track November 21, 2014
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Honestly, maybe it's the genre, but I was not able to make myself finish the book. As an author I try to give other authors a fair shot. The premise of this book is interesting, and the characters have possibilities. I think what stopped me was that the plot was implausible. The action sequences are well thought out, but perhaps could be detailed out a bit more. I guess the book is one or two rewrites away from being a solid novel. But I suggest the author keep at it. He's on the right track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an adventure! January 31, 2014
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This book reminded allot of the Indiana Jones movies. It was a fast moving adventure that kept you guessing. This book would make a great movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars After the Cross October 23, 2012
After the Cross has a little bit of everything for every reader. There is mystery, history, and a little bit of romance. There is suspense, danger, violence, and a journey of self discovery.

There was a bit of shifting POV and I know for some people that can get confusing, but in this book it was beautifully executed and well organized so as not to detract from the story at all.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. I loved the history behind it, which seemed very well researched and easily incorporated into the story.

I am relatively new to the genre of historical fiction, and especially historical Christian fiction that delves into the history behind artifacts important to one's faith. I found that I could easily get lost in the pages and find that the story really did drag you in.

I think for anyone of a Christian background who enjoys the history of things, this is a must read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars After the Cross October 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating 3.5/5

I got this review and read "archaeology adventure" that was all it took for my approval.
Archaeology absolutely!
The religion side of this didn't even register right away.

I know absolutely nothing about religious history, or dates important events happened. Therefore I am in no position to judge those aspects of the story.
They may or may not be accurate.

However, this book is easily read by those with no religious background.

This book made me ask a question no other book has made me ask before.
Ever read a book and think an author dropped a bomb way too fast?
It was just weird but maybe that's just me.

You quickly find this book is full of "interesting" characters.

Some trying to be good, or at least not the person they used to be.
Most are some variation of scum and scummier.

With that said I found it hard to really find one character that stuck out.
They were all fairly forgettable.

Colton is trying to redeem his career and put his past behind him.
Which I can respect. He just didn't seem to have anything going for him other than his faith.

Finding the cross was supposed to piece back his career.
Helping Mallory learn she could trust him and trust god was the only other motivation he had.

I found it hard to like a character who can't seem to be bothered to find more worth living for.

Mallory, refusing to give her heart to anyone double crosses all who come in contact with her in some way or another.
So determined never to be hurt she doesn't realize she has spent much of her adult life hurting herself by keeping people out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot
This book was pretty good. Plot was drawn out a bit, maybe should have ended a little sooner, but still interesting.
Published on September 21, 2012 by P. Goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars a definite must read!
After the Cross
By: Mike Lynch

This book is a definite must read! An 800 year old letter is discovered at an archeological site. Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by mustlovetoread
4.0 out of 5 stars Faith, Mystery, Intrique
AFTER THE CROSS by Brandon Barr and Mike Lynch is an interesting Christian Fi historical fiction. It has faith,mystery,intrigue,Archaeology,historical details,deceit,political... Read more
Published on April 7, 2012 by My Book Addiction and More
3.0 out of 5 stars Better on archaeology than intensity
After The Cross was full of mystery and intrigue. The plot was often predictable, but still fun to read. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Noah Arsenault
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced fun tripped up by terrible writing
~~From Red Adept Reviews~~

I received After the Cross, by Mike Lynch and Brandon Barr, as a review copy submitted to "Red Adept Reviews" by the author. Read more
Published on March 8, 2012 by Kris James
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Do you like the mysteries of Dan Brown? How about the Indiana Jones movies? Do religious themed books grab your interest? Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Deborah S. Hockenberry
5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel that will test your own faith
After The Cross
Mike Lynch; Brandon Barr
Ellechor Publishing House LLC
June 1 2011
Historical Fiction; Christian Fiction
5 Stars

After The... Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by Reviewer"Lynn"
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous, a thrilling ride!
Did you like Da Vinci code? Angels and Demons? National Treasure? Indiana Jones? After the cross is a refreshing, current adventure about one of the most holy relics of all: The... Read more
Published on January 16, 2012 by KM Wilsher
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