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30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller (The Betrayed Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"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

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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?

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  • File Size: 10644 KB
  • Print Length: 634 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Off Our Meds Multimedia (December 11, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HB1W82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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633 of 698 people found the following review helpful By Heather BookSavvyBabe on July 14, 2011
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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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302 of 331 people found the following review helpful By mrneil98 on January 15, 2011
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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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163 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on April 17, 2012
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This poorly written novel is riddled with annoying errors in grammar and syntax, missing words, and misused words that should have been caught by Word. At one point the author states that a woman is "sucking her child;" I presume the author meant "suckling." If there was an editor, he was remiss.

The plot is a riff on the Da Vinci Code, but there is no research that makes it the slightest bit historical. The author even places a disciple named Paul among the original twelve of Jesus' disciples prior to the crucifixion.
I can suspend belief and enjoy a good story, but this one was just stupid.
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146 of 163 people found the following review helpful By John Q. Bookreader on August 21, 2012
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Normally I don't take the time to review an item whether it is positive or negative. However, this item was begging to be negatively reviewed simply as a warning to others not to waste their time. The amount of grammatical and spelling errors in this book is embarrassing, you will notice several in almost every single chapter. The author clearly thinks she is clever as it shines through in her writing style but it is truly common and repetitive. She appears to find a word she likes and beats it to death while not being able to come up with other synonyms, "blanched" and "hissed" immediately come to mind. While the concept seems interesting it is so poorly executed that is loses all appeal. Proofreading would have helped this book as the author seems to forget what she previously wrote. At one point she spells it "Levi" then a few pages later she spells it "Levy" and towards the end she spells it "Carpuchin" and then again a few pages later "Capuchin." Truly embarrassing.
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