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The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud [Kindle Edition]

Julia Navarro , Andrew Hurley
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud is the explosive international bestseller that mixes fact and fiction to tell the riveting story of one of the world’s most controversial relics—the Holy Shroud of Turin—and the desperate race to save it from those who will stop at nothing to possess its legendary power....

A fire at the Turin cathedral and the discovery of a mutilated corpse are the latest in a disturbing series of events surrounding the mysterious cloth millions believe to be the authentic burial shroud of Jesus Christ. Those who dare to investigate will be caught in the cross fire of an ancient conflict forged by mortal sacrifice, assassination, and secret societies tied to the shadowy Knights Templar.

Spanning centuries and continents, from the storm-rent skies over Calvary, through the intrigue and treachery of Byzantium and the Crusades, to the modern-day citadels of Istanbul, New York, London, Paris, and Rome, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud races to a chilling climax in the labyrinths beneath Turin, where astounding truths will be exposed: about the history of a faith, the passions of man, and proof of the most powerful miracle of all….


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From Publishers Weekly

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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From Booklist

This internationally best-selling first novel takes place in modern-day Italy and across the ages. A fire at the Turin cathedral, where Jesus' shroud is about to be displayed, leads to the discovery of a secret group that is after the holy relic. Descended from a disciple of Jesus who obtained the original shroud, those sent to reclaim the cloth cut out their tongues so they will not disclose their mission. Out to foil their plans are modern-day Knights Templar, who believe they are the true guardians of the shroud. Navarro's story flips back and forth, covering the Italian police's investigation into the fire and following the shroud's journey from the first century CE. Plenty of action and a cast of well-drawn characters will satisfyThe Da Vinci Code fans, though, as in Dan Brown's book, the biblical history is not always accurate. But fans of the genre will find much to like here, and Navarro even provides an explanation as to how the Shroud of Turin can be a true relic even though the cloth has been carbon-dated to the Middle Ages. Ilene Cooper
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  • File Size: 860 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553841114
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 26, 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000PDZFMK
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story, lavishly detailed January 8, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Absorbing mix of fact and fiction, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud is a history lesson within a mystery. Julia Navarro's journalistic instincts are evident in this fascinating re-telling of the origin of the Holy Shroud of Turin. The story is so rich in detail, with historical characters so vividly portrayed, that the reader can forget these events happened centuries ago. Skillfully relating crimes in present-day Turin, Italy with the ancient storyline connects a scheme that deals with secret societies, hidden relics and ancient intrigue to resist the passage of time. This thriller should not be missed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and fast-paced novel January 11, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Few relics associated with Jesus have inspired such curiosity as the Shroud of Turin, and certainly none has been subjected to as much scrutiny, speculation and scientific analysis. The shroud, purported to be the burial cloth of Jesus, bears the image of a man's face, but despite countless tests --- on the very rare occasions when scientists were allowed access to the highly venerated piece of linen --- modern science is at a loss to explain how the image was transferred to the cloth. And even many skeptics who have viewed the cloth in person, myself included, admit to feeling they have been in the presence of something holy and supernatural.

What better relic to write a novel about? Dan Brown focused on the Holy Grail, something no one today has actually seen unless you believe that the unknown descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene qualify. But hundreds of thousands of people have seen the shroud, and to build a mystery around efforts to destroy, steal or preserve it is genius. The premise is entirely plausible, and author Julia Navarro pulls off dual storylines with seeming ease: that of the legendary history of the shroud through the 14th century and a contemporary criminal investigation into a string of arsons and break-ins at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, where the shroud is permanently housed.

The book opens by setting up the backstory of how the shroud came to leave first-century Jerusalem and quickly shifts to the aftermath of the most recent fire at the cathedral.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Premise March 7, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Ms. Navarro's work of biblical historical fiction is NOT your everyday Da Vinciesque knockoff. She strives for and obtains a more interesting look at one of the great modern day biblical mysteries: What really is the Shroud of Turin? In the process she weaves a tight story of intrigue, historical facts, and possible interesting conclusions with excellent character development and story telling. Actually, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud is two storied wrapped into one: A modern day mystery coupled with an age old history of a simple piece of burial cloth. Ms. Navarro does an excellent job of joining the two time-lines in a dramatic way to make her premise concerning the Holy Shroud an interesting possibility. Excellent use of historical fact to keep the reader involved. Good use of both time-lines to keep the story moving. The only weakness was a tendency at times to overwrite the story but due to the complex nature of events that can be forgiven. Just use the dates at the beginning of "historical" chapters to keep things in perspective.

Although the plot of the Shroud of Turin seemed simplistic in the beginning, the dramatic turn of events approximately half way through is in itself worth the read. Excellent use of twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed in the story.

Character development was excellent although keeping track of the characters at time can be a little daunting. Again good use of historical fact.

Highly recommended especially if you are a devotee of the Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood Holy Grail genre. I am looking forward to Ms. Navarro's next book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific Italian police procedural December 26, 2006
Format:Hardcover
The latest blaze in a series of suspicious fires at the Turin Cathedral over several decades concerns the chief of the Italian Art Crimes Department, Marco Valoni because he knows a great prize resides inside the church, the Shroud. The arsonists have always been found with their tongues removed; including the latest tongue-less suspect. Valoni begins to see a conspiracy of sorts, but not by whom.

Valoni decides enough is enough as he fears there is more than just isolated arson behind the fires. He assigns his top talent to seek clues and begins to investigate scientists who have studied the Shroud over the years. His top art expert Sofia Galloni persuades Valoni to free the current jailed tongue-less suspect so they can trail him expecting he will return to his co-conspirators.

Valoni learns that back in ancient times, King Abgar of Edessa sends his childhood friend Josar to Jerusalem to persuade Jesus of Nazarus to come to his kingdom to heal him of leprosy. Josar remains in Jerusalem as a disciple of Jesus. Years later he returns to Edessa with the Shroud, but his friend's heir demands he hand over the Shroud to him. Instead Josar cuts out his tongue so he cannot reveal where he hid the Shroud. Centuries later the Templars possessed the Shroud during the Middle Ages, but Valoni wonders whether some modern day descendents want it back.

This is a terrific Italian police procedural that uses the Shroud of Turin as the motive for arson and attempted thefts. The story line is action-packed with fabulous subplots especially the biblical era tale. The cast is solid whether they are in ancient times or the present. Not just for the Brown crowd, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE HOLY SHROUD is a delightful rendition using a modern day criminal investigation as the means to provide a deep thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serious attempt
As it seems many readers are displeased with this book. Apparently, according to some of them, it rides on the coattails of Dan Brown's " Da Vinci Code". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Srdjan Pesic
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BROTHERHOOD
LIKE IT, LOVE IT, I WISH THERE WERE MORE BOOKS TALKING ABOUT THIS THEMATIC, IT WAS VERY INTERESTING, FACINATING BOOK TO READ.
Published 16 months ago by MARTHA
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD STORY
Really interesting and great to ready, the story is fantastic as well as the characters. I recomend it, well written.
Published 18 months ago by A. Cobo Jimenez
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story backdrop
I always like reading stories about the Knights Templar and other exciting stories against the ancient religious roots backdrop. Read more
Published 20 months ago by razman
1.0 out of 5 stars Inconsequential rag....
Let me preface this revue by saying the following:
Thankfully I did NOT purchase this book, but picked it up second hand at a charity shop. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Le Stryge
2.0 out of 5 stars The Da Vinci Code, it is not...
While not even remotely a fan of Dan Brown, I enjoyed and sped through the 'Code' and Angels & Demons. Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A Terrible Drag
Yet another Spanish romp is Julia Navarro's The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud. Just when you thought you were safe from the Knights Templar, here they return, as heroic in fiction... Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by Feanor
3.0 out of 5 stars good storyline, but drags a little
This is a good book that perhaps suffers from the translation. I found it difficult to get into the book and it took me awhile to figure out why. Read more
Published on September 20, 2009 by Brenda Pink
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story
I have really just gotten started on this book, but I really like it because I like this kind of story,a "what if" kind of story. Read more
Published on March 13, 2009 by Paul Christensen
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah.
I don't care for this sort of "thriller" - and I'm quite glad that I didn't buy it. It was loaned to me by a virtual stranger, the one who claimed to have liked The Swarm: A Novel... Read more
Published on January 16, 2009 by Yolanda S. Bean
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