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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R Cotterill on April 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By Tiffany A. Harkleroad VINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mustlovetoread on May 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
After the Cross
By: Mike Lynch

This book is a definite must read! An 800 year old letter is discovered at an archeological site. It tells the whereabouts of Jesus' cross. Mallory and Colton are two leading archeologists who follow the letter to see if they can find the Cross. They must figure out who the bad guys and good guys are and whose motives are sincere. After the Cross follows Mallory and Colton's journey as they search for the Cross in a town in Israel. What would happen if it came to light that Jesus' Cross wasn't destroyed but was in fact hidden?
Once you start this novel, you won't be able to put it down. The suspense, intrigue, and just a touch of romance, draw you into the story and won't let you go till you get to the end. Mallory must learn to trust and Colton needs to have his confidence restored. He had made some bad decisions a few years before and now people don't believe in him. Mallory has been burned and doesn't trust anyone. This letter and finding the Cross will put both of them in the spotlight. Will they listen to their hearts or chase after fame and fortune? You'll have to read the story to find out.
The writing style is very engaging and the characters are well-developed. The mercenaries are very believable as they chase down Mallory and Colton. Priests and townspeople who come in contact with Mallory and Colton give an authenticity to the novel, and the descriptions of the countryside make you feel like you are right there with them as they track down the Cross' hiding spot. You won't know until you read the last page what is going to happen. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense, intrigue, and finding out what might have happened to the Cross after Jesus was crucified.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kris James on March 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
~~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.

Overall: 2 3/4 Stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars

The book starts off with fast-paced tension, folds the main characters into the action, and takes off running. It slows in some places, but overall it's like a lost film about Indiana Jones, and I'd much rather have watched this on the big screen than that Crystal Skull fiasco.

The themes within the book were presented well. I enjoyed the balance of faith and shame, of desperation and greed. The subtle manner in which various characters' faiths were presented brought an understated sense of realism to the story, especially when balanced against other characters' freely-admitted desire for political power. The romance wasn't overblown, either; it slid right into the action and reacted in a generally believable manner.

The present-day story was studded with flashbacks that took me hundreds of years into the past. The historical research behind the plot felt smooth and flawless to me; I never found myself questioning the who, when, or how of the historical details. Chapters were marked with time and place, so I never got lost.

An early attempt at intrigue that disguised a character's identity fell flat. I was let down, hoping for something other than the obvious. A little while later, the authors informed me of every little suspicion Colton had before a dramatic plot turn, ruining the surprise and the tension when it happened. Another minor issue I noticed was that Mallory was able to pick a lock without using a tensioner alongside her pick, which is impossible to do.

The last twist in the denouement felt rushed to me.
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