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About the Author

Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog’s Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.

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Product Details

  • Series: Lije Evans Mysteries
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (June 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310279542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310279549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog's Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.

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Action, suspense, mystery, and history (plus a little romance) - this book has it all.
M. Jinnette
If you liked Indiana Jones, National Treasure or Da Vinci Code movies you will enjoy this thrill ride filled with action, adventure and suspense.
Nora A. Stlaurent
It's one of those that keeps you wondering what's going to happen next, so you start reading the next chapter.
Vlad

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris on June 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was provided a pre-release copy of this book, and although I was familiar with many of the author's non-fiction works, I had not previously read one of his novels. I was hooked on the story from the first chapter.

Although published by Zondervan, a Christian book publisher, Jefferson Burke & the Secret of the Lost Scroll reads more like an action-adventure from the general market, reminiscent of The Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Di Vinci Code.

Collins draws strong characters, including a former American-Asian Army Ranger turned FBI agent by the name of Lisa Marie Cho, who often drives the main action of the plot. She is accompanied by university professor Jefferson Burke, a sometimes-unwilling traveler in the ride of/for his life, who is a compelling and likable character none-the-less. Despite their differences, Burke and Cho work together well as they seek to unravel clues from a mystery that has crossed centuries and international borders.

Blurring the line between fiction and reality, Collins weaves in elements of real history--such as secret societies and the inclusion of well- and lesser-known historical characters sprinkled throughout the plot--pulling the reader into the "experience" of the story. This is a fast-paced, well-written action adventure that will entertain a cross-section of readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on June 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was thankful to receive a review copy of Ace Collins larger-than-life fiction novel. Jefferson Burke reminds me a little bit of three movies, National Treasure, Indiana Jones and Da Vinci Code! What a mix!

Jefferson Burke is a school professor in America who reminds me a little of Harrison Ford's character. He's compelled to uncover the mysteries and clues to find the Holy Grail. Jefferson has the same passion and drive to find lost scrolls. If these scrolls were published it could change life and history as everyone knew it.

Burke explains, "Curiosity is not a fight so much as a curse. Curiosity steals focus. It challenges patience and upsets emotions and plans. He knew this better than most. It was curiosity that drove his life, and it had almost ruined it more times than he could count."

Ace Collins has a brilliant imagination and sets this mysterious story up with an explosive beginning. An old man asks Burke for help in finding lost scrolls. He explains the urgency of mission was to beat Krueger, a cruel, evil man at finding them first. Krueger wanted the scrolls to rule the world and blackmail the church! The old man said the scrolls where from Joseph, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus. Krueger was convinced the scrolls were lost because the Christians were hiding the fact that Jesus was actually the son of Joseph, not the son of God!

Jefferson Burke couldn't pass up an opportunity like this. He was drawn to this quest he couldn't explain it. Life for Burke is suddenly turned upside down as he races to find the first clue in finding the ancient scrolls.

The government gets involved and sends Agent Cho to help Burke in his quest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamra J. Branks on February 24, 2012
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This author is excellent. He weaves his story so well and it is all believable not like some non-fiction. The story line was well thought out and I totally appreciate no sex scenes or bad language!!
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Found this book at Ollie's on a whim to relieve life's stresses. Great action/adventure with twists, turns and surprises. Needsa sequel. Love when history academics go sleuthing...

Will be reading more Ace Collins books!
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By Beverly M. Frank on January 28, 2014
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Ace Collins is an EXCELLENT writer/storyteller. I enjoy all of his books. He has a way to weave so many things together and keep one on the edge of their seat.
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By Vlad on June 17, 2013
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A book that grabbed my attention from the beginning. It's one of those that keeps you wondering what's going to happen next, so you start reading the next chapter.
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Professor Jefferson Burke is determined to focus on his research and his job as dean of the University of Illinois' history department. However, when a mysterious visitor insists on interrupting his day and starts describing a secret scroll believed to be written by Joseph, husband to Mary mother of Jesus, Burke is overcome by curiosity and he agrees to help the visitor. After his very life is threatened by agents of powerful Bruno Krueger, also seeking the hidden scroll, Burke becomes embroiled in a race across the globe to locate the scroll and unveil its contents, believed to threaten long-held positions of the church on the divinity of Christ.

Ace Collins has written a fast-paced read that is sure to have your adrenaline pumping. The scenes crackle with tension with plenty of twists and turns abounding. I should note that readers who want a deep, introspective read should not pick up this book as the focus is really on providing the reader with an immersive adventure. I found I had to suspend my belief somewhat as to the credibility of some of the scenes, much like watching an Indiana Jones movie. But taken at face value, the book was pure entertainment written in a manner that is honoring to God - free of swearing or sex scenes. I loved the idea of a secret scoll that has the ability to change the history of the world, and Burke was the perfect character to be involved in hunting the scroll. Intelligent and brave, yet at times perfectly human, he ends up being the ultimate hero, suggesting we all may have that capability. His dance around issues of Jesus and faith provide a nugget of inspiriation in the midst of intense action.

I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book provided courtesty of the publisher, Zondervan, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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