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

Carolyn McCray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,977 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?

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572 of 628 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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276 of 303 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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181 of 208 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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108 of 123 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Nonsense November 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This has got to be one of the very worst books I've ever read. It is ridiculous. Do not be concerned that it is controversial; it isn't. For that to be so it would have to make sense. Not even in an Indiana Jones movie have there been so many gun battles, explosions, secret underground chambers, rocket launches (sometimes underground--how do you do that?), sword waving monks who appear from nowhere toward the end--but who don't seem to deter our intrepid heroine from reading tiny scriptural notes on bones--pretty neat, translating ancient text, under fire and then performing an impromptu transfusion underground as well. I kept on to the end because I honestly wanted to see if it could get any more over the top. It did but still I'll never get those hours back. Is there any way to assign a book 1/2 a star--for unintended levity? Really, the rating system fails to indicate how bad this is. Be warned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Fun read. I like conspiracy stories. Good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good,good,good, good, good, good, good.
Published 10 minutes ago by Kymberly A Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars More Laughable than Controversial
Comparing your writing to Dan Brown's does not make it so. McCray tries to engage in a pseudo-historical adventure without any evidence of in-depth research or scholarly... Read more
Published 20 minutes ago by Marjorie Price
1.0 out of 5 stars Blasphemy!!!!!
Absolutely the worst book ever!!! Pure blasphemy.Very poorly written. Deserves negative stars.
Published 20 hours ago by B J Broadbent
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and an all round good
When they said "Dan Brown watch out" they meant it. Very well written and an all round good read
Published 1 day ago by Rosemary Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Controversial? Yes!
Yes, it is controversial, but there is nothing wrong with something that makes one think or wonder or want to investigate.
Published 1 day ago by Dr. Maurene J. Gerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting twist on a well known story.
Published 1 day ago by Bill O'Dowd
1.0 out of 5 stars Only good for laughs
This book never develops any character and is almost comical in the way it jumps from one situation to the next. Don't waste time with this one.
Published 1 day ago by bparker
3.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile
Original and different, this novel brought a new perspective to a very old story. I am personally an Atheist, it's always fascinated me to study religion and peoples need for it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by paranoxx
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Just WOW. One helluva thrill ride and ending. I think I have a new favorite author!! I will be getting her other books ASAP.
Published 2 days ago by April Lemen
1.0 out of 5 stars Sophmoric
Implausible action diminishes the religious possibilities of the story. By the way, a sergeant is not an officer. That began the road to ruin with your novel.
Published 3 days ago by Margaret Brown
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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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