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The Lost Scrolls (A Jonathan Munro Adventure Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael J. Scott
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Dr. Jonathan Munro’s house is broken into, and his former best friend and colleague, archaeologist Stephen Kaufman, is knifed in the streets of Ankara, he is thrust into a world of international criminals who will stop at nothing to claim the priceless artifact Dr. Kaufman unearthed - a scroll revealing the location of the missing autographs of the New Testament.

But is it the find of the century, or a costly fraud?

As he flees with Isabel, Kaufman’s beguiling sister, Dr. Munro finds himself pursued by relentless mercenaries intent on seizing this incalculable treasure for themselves. Through some of Christianity’s most revered historical sites, he and Isabel must race to unravel the clues and find the autographs before they fall into the wrong hands.

Editorial Reviews


"The fact something has never been found does not mean it never existed. "

An edge-of-your seat page-turner that will lead you across Turkey, Syria, the U.S. and elsewhere in a cat-and-mouse search for a scroll revealing the location of the missing autographs (original manuscripts) of the New Testament. Finding them, and being able to date and compare them to other ancient copies already in existence, would prove the accuracy and authenticity of the New Testament. But there is another mystery to solve and protect a strange artifact a fifth gospel written in Greek on what has become known as the Egerton papyrus. The scroll holds the key to everything.

In this spy vs. spy meets James Bond meets Indiana Jones quest, Dr. Jonathan Munro is reluctantly dragged into the chase to find the scroll before a private collector, professors, monks, priests, mercenaries and police on several continents, each with their own motivation money, fame, research, knowledge, the contentment of knowing the scrolls are with their rightful owner. Who that turns out to be will shock you. We're immediately hooked as we re dropped into the midst of the race with a stabbing and a strange key. Jon's ex-friend, archaeologist Dr. Stephen Kaufman, has been seriously injured in an attempted murder, and has sent Jon a clue and a message that he needs his help. Add Stephen's sister (Jon s ex-girlfriend) to the mix, and you have a recipe for adventure and issues of trust/mistrust that move the story forward at a frantic pace. Don't rest or daydream during this one you'll miss key clues as you try to unravel the mystery yourself behind the location and meaning of the scroll.

Several stories intertwine in this mystery-suspense with holy and unholy alliances, twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. Intrigue grows as the story is told from several points of view, all mixed together, like viewing a movie through different cameras and angles. This makes perfect sense as the book could easily be made into a screenplay. It reads like one of those movies where you've bought the popcorn, but forget to eat it because you re so wrapped up in the storyline and what's happening in front of you.

Michael's writing is brilliant. The facts are not handed to us on a platter. We are shown just enough evidence at the right time to link events that later make sense. And just when things seem to be calming down enough to take a breath, or rest your eyes, there is another shadow in the dark waiting to take you somewhere else. Your mind is never left idle. Characters and locations are drawn in vivid detail, and we are transported through the action without thinking much about it. We are simply there.

Jon Munro has devoted his life to providing evidence for the faith, even though he at times struggles with his own. It's a refreshing honesty. And the fact he says science proves the Bible accurate, time and again, and has never been disproven, is a comfort to those seeking the Word of God as truth in their lives.

As an ancient history buff, and former translator, I was instantly drawn to the story and found it hard to put down. The Egerton papyrus really does exist, and it was interesting to think about the real-life quest that must have taken place to find and keep it. Michael has blended fact and fiction seamlessly. Well worth the read, this is fast-paced, non-stop action and intrigue at its best.

--Janet Dimond, February 2012,

About the Author

Michael J. Scott is a Christ-following husband, father, preacher, teacher, poet, playwright, and writer. He is the author of the Christian action-adventure Jonathan Munro Adventures: The Lost Scrolls and The Elixir of Life, as well as The Coppersmith, Topheth, the Jefferson's Road series, Turning, Eye of Darkness, and Spilled Milk.

He enjoys writing, reading, discussing politics, philosophy and religion, teaching, singing, martial arts, "Freestyle Kendo," acting, cooking, and shooting pool. He currently lives with his family near Rochester, New York. Online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Ellechor Publishing House, LLC (July 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937844994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937844998
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another roller coasterof a read! July 10, 2012
The Lost Scrolls is a very quick read, so much so that I read it literally in 1 2 hour sitting! I could not believe that I got through it that quickly-it went like a speeding roller coaster from the first chapter! The plot is believable and with an ending that makes you wonder, as to whether to their will be a sequel!

You have to love a book that hooks you from the beginning and makes you want more. The plot was interesting and made you want to go searching for the truth behind the book, for instance : the writs of books, Domo tou bibliou, which is sought for in the book, is not real, but it might have some foundation in truth yet! As the author's shows on his blog post, new biblical fragments have been discovered may be the earliest fragments of the New Testament!

I will definitely be reading some of the authors other books as well, as he has such varied books, they all sound interesting in their own way! If you're looking for a fun historical-adventure theme ride, check out The Lost Scrolls!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Scrolls..Loved It! July 26, 2012
Michael Scott starts off his writing with a prologue, but interestingly it is told from the point of view of two characters. After a stabbing and a strange key, you jump right into the story. The main character, Dr. Jonathon Munro, is a cross between Indiana Jones and a reluctant spy. Munro is skeptical that the New Testament scrolls found are even real. Nevertheless, he is sent off to find these scrolls before others can lay claim to them. As if trying to find ancient artifacts was not hard enough, Jonathon is also working alongside his ex girlfriend. This fuels a lot of trust issues and confrontations throughout the story.

There are a lot of character in this book but Scott does a great job keeping up with them. Their stories correlate to each other, and some in ways you would never expect. You are not handed all the details in one helping, which I love and respect in authors. There is just something about catching glimpses and having ah ha moments later on that just make me want to keep reading.

Michael Scott relays his story brilliantly. Characters, places, and details are clearly written, leaving the reader free to hold on and enjoy the ride. Scott blends fact and fiction together, prompting the reader to want to know more. I know I looked up the Egerton papyrus (gospel) and it is real. I don't want to giveaway anymore about the book, just go pick it up you won't be disappointed!

A note about the content itself. Some characters are very dangerous and their story lines could even be a little scary for certain readers. Colorful language is sprinkled throughout, which was something I wasn't expecting but it was not so over the top that it made me uncomfortable. The Lost Scrolls is definitely not a complacent subdued Christian work of fiction.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced Christian adventure novel July 12, 2012
The Lost Scrolls was a good, fast read that I finished in one day. We had just returned from an out-of-town trip and I needed to read a good book to wind down. While The Lost Scrolls wasn't exactly a relaxing book, it definitely held my interest. It is nearly free of bad language and there were no graphic romantic scenes, so that I didn't blush at all while reading. I'm not a fan of books that should be rated R. Thankfully The Lost Scrolls would be a book that I could pass along to my grandmother without worry and yet confidently able to share it with my husband knowing that he would like the action and adventure. Overall, The Lost Scrolls is a book that would be widely appreciated by all audiences.

I received this book to review. The opinions are 100% mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable adventure October 8, 2012
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A fast paced adventure story, easy to read. Plot flows smoothly from one escapade to another like the Indiana Jones movies. Interesting characters, very human. Learned a few things about the Bible and related historical events. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed October 7, 2012
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A religious relic has been found in Turkey. Many different groups of people want to attain. This a story of who will end up with the scrolls. Robbery, murder, car and foot chases ensue across several countries as each group attempts to secure this treasure. Enjoyable reading, action packed twists and turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reluctant adventurer September 30, 2012
By Bex
Format:Kindle Edition
The crux of the story is the lost scrolls, but the resounding theme is faith. While the novel has a noble theme, the violence is disturbing to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Scrolls September 21, 2012
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A lot like the Indiana Jones movies. Enjoyed it a lot.
couldn't put it down, everytime I had a free moment, I
would grab my kindle and start reading again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Scrolls September 8, 2012
Indiana Jones--LOOK OUT! Jonathon Munro is about to eclipse you.
This book grabs you fron the first page and keeps you hopping through the middle east. Turkey, Syria all in a day's work. Michael has done an excellent job of storytelling. I can't wait for the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Rose Ann Null
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
History and fiction - in the same vein as John Rollins
Published 5 months ago by Cementor
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and adventure with a lovable character
Adventure, non-stop action with two main characters interacting and reacting to many situations
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Published 6 months ago by gramma paint
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Scrolls: A book well worth the read
An Intrigue filled mystery about issues related to faith, scriptures of the bible, hidden archeological treasure, deceit, truth, murder, romance on an international scale set in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert Lewis Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Characters often hard to follow. Well written. There is some Christianity, though not as much as one would expect given the storyline.
Published 10 months ago by Lyn P
4.0 out of 5 stars Action, Adventure, Faith, and Plenty of Intrigue!
Michael J. Scott weaves a complicated tale involving many interesting characters, all bent on possessing ancient scrolls that are worth a fortune in riches, and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by G. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
Great Read. You will be captivated from page 1 til the end. I was a little upset with the ending as it took a very sharp twist, but a great read for all ages!
Published 18 months ago by David C. Taylor Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, to say the least
THE LOST SCROLLS by Michael J. Scott is an adventure story. Its central character is Professor Jonathan Munro, a genius in ancient languages and an authority on ancient texts. Read more
Published on December 11, 2012 by Lou Ann
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
I started to read the book but it didn't really grab me. I kept putting it down. I still havn't went back to it yet and I don't think I will.
Published on October 23, 2012 by Michelle
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More About the Author

Michael J. Scott is passionate about the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the United States Constitution. He is a lover of freedom and the rights of men, and is more interested in being truthful with a bias toward action than in being nice, but that does not mean he is unkind.

He writes fiction that doesn't shy away from hard questions or dicey situations. He treats his characters like real people with real flaws who sometimes do wrong and stupid things--especially when they're trying to do the right thing.

His interests range from the erosion of the American family, socio-political unrest in the U.S. that threatens to break into civil war, UFO's, adventures in Biblical and Christian archaeology, dystopias, sword and sorcery fantasy, to getting inside the mind of a serial killer.

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