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Shrouded in Silence [Kindle Edition]

Robert L. Wise
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Determined to find an answer, Jack and Michelle Townsend set out on a quest to
find the original ending to the Gospel of Mark.Following ancient clues, they head
for Rome, but what starts out as a scholarly search turns violent as two separate
groups strive to stop the Townsends, plunging their quiet research into chaos.After
a bomb destroys their office, the Townsends are pushed to the limits of their
determination and commitment to God's will. Can faith in God's purposes endure in a
swirl of conspiracy and espionage that brings the couple to the brink of
death?""This is a story of well-hidden biblical secrets that have endured throughout
the ages and of a couple's devotion to finding the truth. It's a story fraught with
death, danger, and deception--of never knowing who to trust, and with a twist of an
ending I didn't see coming. Great read "" --Sharon Sala, author of The Searcher's
Trilogy: Blood Stains, Blood Ties, Blood Trails


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About the Author

Father Robert (Robert L. Wise, PhD) is both a priest and an archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches. He is the author of thirty-two published books and the ghost author of six published novels, including The Death of Innocence, the parents’ story of the death of JonBenét Ramsey. Father Robert’s books have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, and German. He has made numerous television appearances discussing his adventures in researching his stories.


Product Details

  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WDILFW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly Research = Danger? YES! May 10, 2011
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It should have been simple research... but it wasn't. There are explosions, murders, tantalizing finds, intriguing characters... and multiple villains.

68 A.D. - A Roman picks up a corner of papyrus torn as the Christians fled their assault.

2008 A.D. - Michelle and Jack Townsend are in Rome with their friend and fellow researcher Dov Sharon researching a possible missing ending to the Book of Mark. All talented and well-educated scholars working together on multiple research projects.

A Nazi fanatic who wants to wound the Christian and Catholic churches hates the Townsend's for discrediting his theories earlier in his career.
A wealthy smuggler hates Americans and wants them all to leave Italy.

The descriptions alone of some of the churches and settings in Rome are great reading... they're simply the icing on the cake of a good book.

Michelle has a bad case of PTDS from a childhood accident which surfaces near explosions and during times of extreme stress. She has to fight herself and her inner demons to keep going.

This would make a good movie... plenty of action and a believable plot in a modern day setting.

I definitely recommend this book if you like a touch of history mixed in with a lot of action.

There were two or three misspelled words.. but nothing that really interrupted the flow of reading.

The ending, while it does complete the story... leaves plenty of room for a following book and I hope to read it. Enjoy :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible editing and dialogue July 25, 2011
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Wow, I don't usually take the time to write a review after reading a book, but I felt the need to do so with this one. The book didn't flow at all, mostly due to the horrible dialogue. I can't imagine anyone speaking in such boring prose as the characters in this book. The storyline is what originally captured my attention, but nothing in the book leads you to feel any emotion towards any of the characters. It just didn't make any sense. The editors should have taken a much closer look (both for grammatical errors and story content). This had promise but was a major fail.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time June 14, 2011
By CY
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I was expecting to read a Dan Brown or James Rollins book. How disappointed was I. The whole book is about the conversations between a husband and a wife, and the conversations are bad. There are no descriptions of any historical places mentioned (as I enjoyed reading from other real authors). It seems no research was done for the book. Just some bad guys sabotage good guys. Any suspense built up turned out to be nothing!

Bad story, bad editing (if any at all). Don't waste your time on this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 20, 2011
By Sarah
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I'm sorry to say that I found this book to be a big disappointment. While there were a few surprises, much of the "surprise" ending had been transparently clear from the first ten pages of the book. Any comparison of this book to Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons," or "Da Vinci Code" is a stretch, to say the least. And, as noted in other reviews, the book sure could have used an editor's review to pick up spelling, gramatical and punctuation errors. Sorry, but I just can't recommend this one as a good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where was the editor? June 4, 2011
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This book has a great plot line, but the dialog is tedious and full of American slang that is attributed to European characters. The unbelievability of the character's lines interrupts the flow of the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of my time May 29, 2011
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This book was a complete waste of time. It is full of so many glaring typos that you wonder if anyone bothered to proof-read it. The author tries to make it seem that he is familiar with life in Italy, but it is obvious that he hasn't got a clue/has never met a real Italian if the dialog he has written is supposed to indicate that familiarity. The dialog between the main characters is frequently stilted and just not suited to supposedly young academicians; the villians are painted so obviously black that I expect them to twirl their pencil-thin handlebar mustaches and leer whenever they talk. Character development is minimal, and the plot fails miserably at its attempt to catch the reader up in any kind of suspense.
I can see why this book was a freebie....I doubt that too many people would pay for it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Read! May 23, 2011
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Just finished reading this book - couldn't wait to get done so I could write this review. This book is "God" awful - full of inaccuracies such as border patrols between countries in Europe! Needed passports to travel between countries in Europe! Has the Author ever been to Europe. The dialog between characters in the book is stilted and not believable - who talks like this! Certainly not the PHDs the main characters are suppose to be. I also detected a not so subtle bias tread throughout. All the Germans were Nazis - the Italian police was stupid and inefficient and only showed up after an American agent (CIA???) did the job for them. I won't even get into the religous bias this book portays. It sell on Kindle for $9.99 - don't waste your money!
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47 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs proofreading April 10, 2011
By V Dulin
Format:Paperback
Another gripping book by Wise. Enjoyed the plot and the information about research, history, etc.

However, this needed another proofreading prior to publication. The errors were numerous in some chapters. e.g. your/you're; missing or additional quotation marks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Shrouded in Silence
If you love christian fiction, you will love any books by Robert Wise. I have been reading his books for quite a long time, and am never disappointed! Definitely worth purchasing!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary T. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars worth reading!
To my associates who likes to read fiction with a touch of history.Can't put the book down, kept me in suspense.
Published 2 months ago by mars13
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
Really enjoyed this book. Was a bit like Dan Brown in that it was an adventure mystery. I liked the religious aspect.
Published 5 months ago by Loves To Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
I enjoyed the writing and the way the author linked the characters and the story. Will read more by this author.
Published 14 months ago by Liz
3.0 out of 5 stars Distracting misspellings...proofreading needed.
I was very disappointed in this book. I'm drawn to books about Biblical archeology and found the book description intriguing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Topanga Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure
Many unpredictable twists and turns, you don't know who to trust or who is going to mess up and create a catastrophe. Strong characters and I even sympathized with the villains. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Womana
1.0 out of 5 stars Liked the plot idea, but the book fell short
I really was intrigued by the plot idea of this book, but after reading it it was less than satisfying. The book had a lot of editing errors. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain bad
Don't waste your money on this book. As other reviews have stated the dialogue is plain awful. I don't need to hear about how the main character enjoys artichokes every other page. Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by J. S. Weihofen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read
I found this book very good. The characters were beliveable. I liked the mystery and suspense; I could not put it down. The ending was a surprise to me. Read more
Published on September 24, 2011 by jjltexasgal
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Terrible Writing
I loved the story line of this book. It seemed to have great potential; unfortunately it was not executed very well. The writing is terrible, especially the dialogue. Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by Keith Jones
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More About the Author

Robert Wise is the author of more than thirty published books and numerous articles. In non-fiction writing, Dr. Wise has often addressed issues of struggle. When There Is No Miracle, a survey of why innocent people struggle with pain, has sold for over twenty-five years. He authored When The Night Is Too Long as a sequel. Windows of the Soul describes how God uses our dreams as a means for spiritual growth. In Spiritual Abundance he explores the insights of the early Church Fathers of the first five centuries to discover their directives for personal growth. More recently, Dr. Wise wrote Fearless for Life, covering how Christians could overcome fear, the power of faith in their lives. Released in 2004, Crazymakers presents techniques for dealing with difficult and narcissistic persons.


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