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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (May 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812589718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812589719
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Nazi plunder of Europe's art and antiquities during WWII sets the stage for a thriller spun around a religious coverup so devastating it could topple the Vatican and crush Western religion. A dying, repentant Nazi, Willi Max, calls renowned American art broker/historian Zoe Ridgeway, to Switzerland, where he reveals his cache of looted treasure, hiring her to catalogue and return it to the owners or heirs. Shortly after she tells her husband, Seth--an ex-L.A. cop turned comparative religion professor at UCLA--about the exciting job, she is kidnapped from their Zurich hotel room. The dismissive Swiss police do little to search for Zoe, so Seth takes charge when he reads that Willi Max died when a fire demolished his mansion just hours after Zoe met with him. Seth discovers that the destroyed treasures are only a fraction of the spoils stashed in a booby-trapped salt mine since WWII. One religious relic's very existence was kept secret by the Vatican for centuries: it's a burial shroud clearly showing the image of a young girl, a second messiah. This "daughter of God" was killed, along with her entire village, in the time of Constantine, because her sex and her healing powers threatened the fledgling Christian religion. When the Nazis found out about the shroud, Hitler used the relic to blackmail Pope Pius into silence about Nazi atrocities. Seth has sole access to the salt mine and soon the head of Vatican intelligence, the Russian mafiya and other sinister agents give murderous chase. Perdue's speedy tale of greed and power boasts strong heroes and villains with credible motivation. He steps nimbly between Switzerland and L.A., putting Zoe in peril, but with the wits to save herself. A valiant cadre of aging war survivors add color to the cast. Agent, Natasha Kem. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Former investigative reporter Perdue spent years tracing missing art all over Europe. The value of that experience is made clear in this edge-of-your-seat thriller about Sophia, a female Messiah born three centuries after Christ. Sophia's very existence, her healing miracles, and the fact that she was attracting a serious following, added up to a major threat to religious dogma treating women as strictly inferior beings. The threat ended with her execution--or so Church authorities thought--and her existence remained a well-kept Vatican secret until Hitler's art looters stumbled on it. Fast forward to the present. Zoe Ridgeway, art expert and broker is in Switzerland to handle an amazing collection for a dying German. The German's death is speeded up by outside forces including Russian gangsters, American agents, and a Cardinal-who-would-be-Pope, all of whom seek the proof of Sophia's existence. Zoe is kidnapped by the Russians and almost murdered before matters reach a surprising finale. Perdue makes superb use of apocalyptic themes in what is an outstanding thriller on every level. This one will cause a lot of sleepless nights. Budd Arthur --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The writing is wonderful as are the historical facts and research.
Kanil Singh
I cannot honestly say that I would recommend this book, and will probably shy away from this author's work.
Amazon Customer
I read this book before the Dan Brown craze hit with the DaVinci Code.

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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lewis Perdue's new novel, "Daughter of God", is a deftly written fast moving thriller. The tightly constructed plot and subplots carefully interwoven with dark historical secrets and them of power, greed and deception offer a vividly descriptive and stunningly good read.
The novel concerns an ancient document, which holds a secret capable of changing history and rocking the course of Western religion. The secret involves a proof of a female messiah, who lived during the reign of Constantine and who was murdered to preserve the religious image of God as male and protect the power of the Holy Roman Empire. It's the story of fine arts broker, Zoe Ridgeway, and her husband, Seth, a professor of philosophy and comparative religion, who find themselves caught in a web of terror and deception Their hair raising expeiences are filled with unexpected twists and turns right up to the shocking ending.
Perdue has well researched his theses and raise some disturbing questions which the reader will want to ponder. All in all, this book is great fun to read and a much bigger book than its 320 pages.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vaughn Randolph on November 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I learned about Daughter of God from news stories about its controversial similarity to a book I absolutely loved: THE DA VINCI CODE. I love Leonardo and decided to read Daughter of God. While I was disappointed it didn't have much to do with Leonardo I was STRUCK by the great writing and the indepth information. (I see from the Amazon pre-order page that Perdue's earlier book, The Da Vinci Legacy is being re-issued in January 2004 so I will look for that)
Perdue's writing is informative and smooth. I found it hard to put this book down before reading the very last page of it.
If you like religious thrillers, I highly recommend this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Salzer on December 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a caveat before reading Daughter of God, I must admonish you that while it bears some uncanny similarities to The Da Vinci Code, it is not, however, a mere facsimile. It was, in fact, written before its much more popular counterpart. So, the reviewers that mercilessly lampoon this tome as a lame attempt to cash in on the success of Dan Brown are patently erroneous.

While the suspense is not as commanding as The Da Vinci Code, there is, perhaps, more character development in this novel. The success of the historical fiction novel seems to always rest on a slippery slope. Excessive embellishing of history or, conversely, excessive didactic reading of said history can irreparably destroy the foundation of the novel and make it either highly implausible or, even worse, amazingly boring.

Lewis Perdue, much to my surprise, has succeeded in avoided these too-often-visited pitfalls. Faith in God seems to pervade this novel and present itself as the central theme. Zoe and Seth Ridgeway, our hero husband and wife protagonists, embark on a journey of unexpected peril and danger when presented with a bizarre offer involving looted Nazi art. Their journeys take them from their pedestrian lives in America to the Old World in a confrontation with not only the horrific evils of the Nazi past but also with their own souls. Overall, an engaging and provocative read.

"Maybe you had a false certainty that's gone now," Zoe said. "Maybe all certainty is an illusion."

"I think that God delights in our searching," Zoe pondered. "Maybe the ultimate truth is that there is no ultimate truth -- that what we're supposed to do is to keep searching all our lives."
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carla Miller on October 2, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book would not let go of me. I started it last night and I just had to finish it. I've got a serious case of sleep deprivation today because of that, but it's a worthy fatigue.
As a historian and freelance book editor here in the Chicago area, my threshold is remarkably high, but Daughter of God went over the bar with room to spare.
There are really two books here, a well-fleshed-out, non-fiction book about women and religion and a thriller where the action just didn't stop.
The historian in me loved the history, especially the well-reasoned rationale Perdue makes for why the Goddess was replaced by Big Daddy in the sky. He ties it in with the rise of agriculture, the demise of the hunter-gatherer culture and the availability of excess food.
I've never seen his hypothesis before, but find it well-founded on fact. I'd encourage him to develop it as a paper to be submitted to a scholarly journal.
The escapist in me loved the action and the very different and creative methods employed.
Finally, the editor in me loved the characters, how they came alive, lived, struggled with both internal and external elements and changed as life pressed upon them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Darla Andreas on November 14, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had a minor in comparative religions in college and I was pretty amazed at the depth of Perdue's research and the accuracy. I followed up on many of the fact, including the theory on how the Goddess was gradually turned into a male and I found it solidly based in fact.
But besides the satisfaction of great research, this novel moved like the wind and was the best written one I have ever read.
I read Da Vinci Code, enjoyed it but find Daughter of God head and shoulders above.
It seems to me there has been a rash of attempts to trash Daughter of God by people who have clearly not read it.
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More About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Lewis Perdue was born (1949) in the Mississippi Delta and is the author of 21 published books which have sold more than 4 million copies. He worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer to put himself through college where he studied math, physics and biology. Perdue writes fact-based "investigative thrillers" whose plots are usually wrapped around science, little-known historical events or both.

His most recent novel is Die By Wire. He is currently working on a thriller which addresses Islam with the same intensive ,factual research and scrutiny as he did for Christianity in his bestseller, Daughter of God (which, without permission, formed the core of The Da Vinci Code).

Lew's previous thriller, Perfect Killer, is partly autobiographical and has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of life in Mississippi and The Delta as told from the standpoint of a member of an aristocratic, plantation owning family. He was kicked out of Ole Miss in 1967 for leading a civil rights march (some called it a riot).

A complete list of his books can be found here on Amazon and at LewisPerdue.com.

Lew has taught journalism at UCLA and Cornell, founded four companies including a wine company a magazine and two technology firms and been a top aide to a U.S. Senator and a governor. Along his ADHD-and adrenaline-fueled life, he's run political races for Congress, worked as a Washington correspondent (Ottaway/Dow-Jones, States News Service), a columnist for Gannett, The Wall Street Journal Online, CBS Marketwatch and TheStreet.Com. Somehow he managed to get his B.S. (1972) with distinction from Cornell.