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30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller (Book 1 in the Betrayed Series) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn McCray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,538 customer reviews)

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Book Description

30 Pieces of Silver...
Did you know James Rollins recommends, 30 Pieces of Silver, the #1 Kindle Bestseller in Men's Adventure, Techno-thriller & War genres?

***Warning*** Before you purchase this book please be aware that 30 Pieces of Silver is an extremely controversial religious/historical thriller. Too controversial to be published in hardback. Please do NOT purchase this book if you were at all disturbed by the DaVinci Code or The Passion of Christ's revelations.

However if you like your fiction to challenge historical events, read on...

Praise for 30 Pieces of Silver
"Carolyn McCray's 30 PIECES OF SILVER proves that Dan Brown's crown is up for grabs. Part minefield and all roller-coaster ride, here is a story as controversial as it is thriller.
Hunker down for a long night because once you start this book you won't be putting it down."
James Rollins,
NY Times bestseller of Bloodline


Other 5 out of 5 star reviews...
"The author manages to weave the fine lines of historical fact, architectural beauty, centuries of folklore, the pain of historical catastrophes and her own incredibly clever fictional thoughts, all into one great carpet of multicoloured fibres."
Cheyl M-M
Amazon Reviewer

"This was one of the best books I have ever read! She intertwined past and present with such ease. The historical figures come to life. This book makes you totally rethink what you have always been taught about the death of Christ. I can't wait to read the rest of her work if this is
any indication of how great a writer she is.
"
Linda Butterfield
Amazon Reviewer

Overview of 30 PIECES OF SILVER...
A Christian suicide bomber.
John the Baptist's bones inscribed in ancient Greek.
A dark secret carried from the foot of the crucifixion.

Can science solve the world's greatest mystery?

More praise...
"From the opening explosion at the base of the Eiffel Tower uncovering a trove of skeletons to the final scenes throughout Italy, the story involves a search for the remains of Jesus. Rebecca
Monroe is "saved" from the clutches of a snake by Sgt. Brandt and his special ops team
deep in the Ecuadorian jungle... This begins a roller coaster ride that is intertwined with an equally interesting tale of Jesus and Judas and their travels and trials."

Mr. Neil
Thrillers Rock Twitter

For
anyone who hungers for some serious controversy and can't get enough of James Rollins, Dan Brown, Steve Berry, and Brad Thor... 30 PIECES OF SILVER is your next thrill fix!!!


Other Works...
**Want the entire Betrayed series in one place? From the prequel short story Ambush through the post-Shiva exclusive short story, Mayhem, check out The Betrayed Omnibus Collection, containing all three full length books of the trilogy (30 Pieces, Havoc and the exclusive, Shiva) and four exciting short stories (Ambush, Targeted, and exclusive Covert & Mayhem)! And now with over 100,000 words of bonus material!

**If you enjoy hard-pounding action you'll want to check out Carolyn's bestselling techno-thriller series, the Robin Hood Hacker series.

**Liked Jaws? Shark Week? Sharknado? Then you are going to love the brand new Apex Predator Thriller series including the blockbuster shark park, Salechii!

**If you were looking for more of McCray's thrillers, check out Got Thrills? and get introduced to McCray's world of thrillers!


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Carolyn McCray's 30 Pieces of Silver proves that Dan Brown's crown is up for grabs. Part minefield and all roller-coaster ride, here is a story as controversial as it is thrilling. Hunker down for a long night because once you start this book you won't be putting it down." -- James Rollins, NY Times bestselling author of Bloodline

“The last three pages of the story rank as one of the most shocking and unexpected conclusions I have ever experienced. I was speechless – and I can’t think of any better praise to give than that.I highly recommend 30 Pieces of Silver.” --TheWordZombie.com
 
“I cannot say enough good things about this book! I started reading this book and found myself taking it everywhere I went just to finish it. McCray has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.” –-ThePenMuse.net

“Highly recommended if you like action-adventure thrillers, searching for archaeological mysteries and religious themes.” --MysteryThriller.tv

From the Author

Overview of 30 PIECES OF SILVER... A Christian suicide bomber. John the Baptist's bones inscribed in ancient Greek. A dark secret carried from the foot of the crucifixion. Can science solve the world's greatest mystery?

Product Details

  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 634 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Off Our Meds Multimedia (December 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HB1W82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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253 of 274 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Thriller! January 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! I am so impressed when a (relatively) new author creates such a compelling, exciting and potentially controversial novel. The action is non-stop, the locations are intriguing and the characters are appealing. There is tension, romance, harrowing escape after harrowing escape all weaved within a story that captures your interest and keeps you guessing until the very end when you are floored by a surprise hook followed by an even more unexpected uppercut of an ending.
From the opening explosion at the base of the Eiffel Tower uncovering a trove of skeletons to the final scenes throughout Italy, the story involves a search for the remains of Jesus. Rebecca Monroe is "saved" from the clutches of a snake by Sgt. Brandt and his special ops team deep in the Ecuadorian jungle and directed on a mission to aid her former professor/mentor/lover Dr. Lochum. This begins a rollercoaster ride that is intertwined with an equally interesting tale of Jesus and Judas and their travels and trials.
The characters are likeable and believable while not being stereotypical of the genre. Sgt. Brandt is a macho, military type but also a devout Catholic very knowledgeable in Bible history while Dr. Monroe is attractive, intelligent and handles herself well under pressure. The adversaries are a shady organization known as The Knot, with an intriguing pair Tok and Petir as emissaries. The pair are more than the sum of their parts as you will realize as you read the story.
There is a blossoming romance between Brandt and Monroe that is interrupted by Dr. Lochum.
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506 of 556 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, Brave, and Controversial July 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
30 Pieces of Silver is a very controversial religious thriller. The style is a bit similar to the DaVinci code in that the characters are on the search for controversial religious relics, and a secret society does not want the relics found. That's it for the similarities though. 30 Pieces of Silver is very much it's own story. The premise in 30 Pieces of Silver is forensic archeology natured, and definitely unique. The novel blends a touch of romance, action adventure, and dangerous situations together.

30 Pieces of silver is a compelling, brave, controversial novel that will leave readers contemplating possibilities long after the story has been read.

This review is not an easy one to write, as the book is highly controversial, my thoughts are a bit mixed. As I said earlier, 30 Pieces of Silver is a religious thriller. The characters are all in search of a discovery that could drastically change modern Christianity. I myself was raised with a very conservative Christian upbringing, and, while still Christian, I am now more progressive and have a pretty open-mind (I loved DaVinci code and had no problem with the religious implications at all). However, the assertions in 30 Pieces of Silver are very shocking and so outrageous that my comfort level was tested and pushed. In the end, whether I just did not believe the assertions or they were just too much for me, my impressions of the book were affected.

I loved the thrilling action and the depth created between the characters and their motivations, but the controversial religious assertions were a bit too controversial for my personal tastes. Even so, I still find myself thinking over the book and the assertions, definitely a thought provoking story.
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167 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this novel was great! February 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really had a blast reading this novel! The romance was wonderful, not too over the top and the writing was superb! Don't let the fact that this is an Indie book scare you, please. It was well fleshed and better than a lot of A list authors whose work is at the big publishing houses.

I don't know how to classify this novel, it was mystery, thriller, romance, all interwoven and it was so good. If some novels feel like cotton candy, this was steak and potatoes!

I will say, however, if you are a die hard Christian (like I am) you have to keep reminding yourself this is FICTION. The writing was top notch and I look forward to the coming sequel, Havoc. Hopefully Ms. McCray won't be too long...
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're looking for globe-trotting adventure in pursuit of ancient secrets, check out Carolyn McCray's 30 PIECES OF SILVER. This ambitious blend of religion, science, and para-military is sure to hook fans of the genre. McCray's description of the world, from the rainforest of Ecuador to the streets of Budapest and from the Judean past to the globalized present, is filled with just enough of the right kind of detail to make you feel as if you are right there with her characters hunting each new piece of the puzzle. All of her characters are memorable and deeply human. The relationships between them are as much a part of this story as the twisting, breathless plot. I'll admit it took me some time in the beginning to get my bearings in this book, and at times throughout I felt pulled along by the narrative, however, by the end I felt it was a worthwhile read and a successful first novel for McCray.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for 30 PIeces of Silver
This is an excellent book if you like religious fiction. It's action packed and keeps the pages turning. This is my favorite type of fiction. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Granny Z
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Interesting concept; however it is probably much more "controversial" to some than to others. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Paul Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Controversial Thriller
I thought there was a good blend of action, character development and intrigue. She was able to give us a shocking conclusion without undermining the essence of Christianity.
Published 1 day ago by Sarah A Landis
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep an open Mind for 30 Pieces
I thought that this book was a good easy read. It gave you a new look at Judas and the Christian world. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Eileen
4.0 out of 5 stars I will never look at Christ the same way.
A very interesting and compelling story. The ending was completely unexpected and yet so obvious. A great read and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Published 2 days ago by K. G. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars History and fantasy
A novel twist on Jesus resurrection combined with a action story. It tries to recast Judas as a misunderstood disciple doing God's work. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that compelling
I am not a devout "born again Christian"...so I'm not "appalled by a so called affront to my religious core". Read more
Published 4 days ago by Terry Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely, positively unable to put the book down
from the moment you begin to read - you are pulled into the book, the characters, the history, the exciting presentation. It is a WOW book
Published 4 days ago by BETTE KAHN
5.0 out of 5 stars twists and more twists
If you are ready to be fooled then fooled again you will love this book. Just when you think you know where it's going.... BAM! It hits you right between the eyes! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Tony stephenson
3.0 out of 5 stars Great potential but disappointing execution
A quick read but the plot felt forced. Each progression through the story was a little over the top of the previous twist. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jeff Burk
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More About the Author

Carolyn has had a long and extremely interesting road to become a bestseller.

When she head to veterinary school those many years ago she had no idea decades later she would be writing controversial historical thrillers, gut wrenching mysteries and roller coaster-style action/adventure tales!

Born in San Francisco and raised in the beautiful Napa Valley, Carolyn always had an overactive imagination. As a child you could usually find her dragging the neighborhood children out to the haunted barn to make her Nancy Drew-style audio tapes. Oh and did she mention, there was an entire life-sized recreation of the nativity scene in the rafters? Yeah, that wasn't just a little creepy.

Which of course was great practice for writing such blockbusters as Plain Jane: A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal and 30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller.

Carolyn is honored to have a seven book contract with Amazon's mystery and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer along with being one of the eight books during the inaugural launch of Amazon's new Serial program (9th Circle).

With over 250,000 books sold, Carolyn now lives on a beautiful lake in the Pacific Northwest where the fog rolls in over the water, snuffing out all signs of life around her. Yep, she still loves the creepy!

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