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John C. Stipa is a corporate analyst who loves the beach, woodworking, playing and coaching sports, traveling, good food and storytelling. He is the author of adventure / mystery / romance novels including The Foiled Knight and No Greater Sacrifice. He has also published several short stories with his writing group: The Writers of Chantilly. Currently, John lives in Virginia with his family working on his next project.

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John C. Stipa is a corporate analyst who loves the beach, woodworking, playing and coaching sports, traveling, good food and storytelling. He is the author of adventure / mystery / romance novels including The Foiled Knight and No Greater Sacrifice. He has also published several short stories with his writing group: The Writers of Chantilly. Currently, John lives in Virginia with his family working on his next project.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gary Val Tenuta on December 29, 2009
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John C. Stipa's debut novel, "No Greater Sacrifice" is in the genre of Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code", "Angels & Demons" and "The Lost Symbol" but is totally original in concept and plot and takes no back seat to any of them. This thing rocks! Take the elements that made those stories so wildly popular, mix them with all of the elements that thrilled fans of the Indiana Jones adventures and you get the tremendously satisfying thrill ride called "No Greater Sacrifice" by John C. Stipa.

This book is a top-notch, exhilarating and (dare I say?) "brilliant" page-turner that kept me up until the wee hours several nights in a row. The plot is complex and deftly crafted. The twists and turns come at a furious pace. The two main characters (charming, ex-helicopter pilot, David Arturo and the sexy, adventurous archaeologist Renée d'Arcadia) have genuine emotional depth. The mystery they're confronted with is a real puzzler steeped in ancient mythology and esoteric lore. The narrative moves along at a quick pace. The action scenes explode across the page with tremendous descriptive power. The writing is impeccable. The final quarter of the book is hold-on-to-your-seat stuff and the ending is worth every minute it took to get there. Have I left anything out? Did I mention this thing rocks? Strap yourself in and hang on. You're in for a terrific ride.

Gary Val Tenuta
Author of The Ezekiel Code
2012 is coming...Or is it? The clock is ticking...The code must be deciphered!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dan Marvin on April 16, 2010
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There's good confused, and there's bad confused. As I read John C. Stipa's No Greater Sacrifice, I was good confused. If you've read any of the Dan Brown novels you know the confused I'm talked about, where the characters leap to the right conclusion time and again when presented with sketchy puzzles while you're left in the dust.

It helps that our heroes are super-hot Renee D'Arcadia, an archeologist running from her leukemia diagnosis and David Arturo, ex-special forces history professor running from his past. They're good at these puzzles where I would still be trying to figure out the first one. When they are summoned to France for the reading of a will, they are given the first few pieces and thrust into a circle of ne'er-do-wells who, as fate and plot development would have it, are trying to give them just enough rope to hang themselves.

As we learn more about our protagonists, we discover that they have met before and the meetings were not necessarily good ones. This time, however, romance blossoms as they must lean on each other to solve the puzzles and find the next clue. A small but strong supporting cast gives them assistance in sorting through the centuries-old mystery. We are dragged along into under-ground caverns, crypts, and cathedrals as the pieces slowly start to fall in place.

Stipa's dialogue is crisp and the pacing of the novel is unrelenting. It bogs slightly as the heroes gather to work through most of the `thinky' parts of the puzzle, then speeds off again once we're given enough pseudo-history to explain why they're getting shot at, stabbed, and chased.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By emperatrix on December 5, 2010
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When Renee d' Arcadia, archaeologist learns that she is terminally ill, she decides it's time to take any chances she can get. Grasping at straws, she starts a quest to learn the secrets of the legendary Eleusinian Mysteries, a purification rite that might just provide her with the lifeline she needs. Never did she think that a trip to Greece would place her at the center of a dangerous plot, or bring her closer to sexy David Arturo.

Part adventure, part rollicking romance, and part ancient history lesson, Stipa's novel is a sort of Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones with a dash of mysticism.

I don't read much in the adventure/thriller genre, but when I do, I like to be absorbed by the story. This was a quick-paced and engaging read. I especially appreciated that Renee was not the sort of damsel-in-distress female sidekick that is so often introduced in such novels, but a strong, determined woman capable to getting herself in and out of scrapes.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laura J. Kentowski on December 11, 2010
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I have always been one for great jigsaw puzzles. I started off small when I was young and as I got older, gradually worked my way up to more intricate and difficult creations. I would spend hours in my basement putting them together bit by bit, sitting on top of our pool table because that was the only place they would fit by then.

The lure of the jigsaw puzzle, at least for me, was finding that one piece I was looking for to eventually bring me to the final design. I always knew what the final design was, of course, because it was right on the box that I had bought. But what if I didn't know what the final construction was? Wouldn't they be that much more exciting?

John C. Stipa has provided me with my greatest puzzle adventure to date. No Greater Sacrifice is packed with intricately woven clues that are so fantastically put together, I'm left in awe from how John was able to piece it all together so smoothly.

The use of ancient artifacts, famous heroes and heroines, moving tombstones that uncover secret caverns, and codes used to unlock mysteries, made me feel that I was in an Indiana Jones or National Treasure movie. No Greater Sacrifice was filled with non-stop action as each clue that was uncovered led to another, until reaching the exhilarating climax, finally allowing you to release your pent-up breath.

The characters in the book were absolutely perfect. The main characters, Renee and David, were hilarious with their witty dialogue. The heated attraction for each other was timed and detailed flawlessly throughout the book. Renee was my favorite type of strong-willed female character. Finally, the evil antagonists carried the perfect opposing muscle to make Renee and David's adventures treacherous.

No Greater Sacrifice was by far, one of my favorite reads of 2010. I highly recommend this book to all of you adventure lovers.

LJ of Reader Recommended
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