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The Shroud [Kindle Edition]

Dallas Tanner
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Nathan Archer is a Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Chicago, and a forensic historian who believes that Leonardo Da Vinci created a perfect copy of the Sindon, the burial cloth of Christ known as the Shroud of Turin. Citing an unpaid commission by the House of Savoy to paint a replica, he searches for proof that the renaissance master employed techniques that took four centuries to discover the faded image of the crucified Jesus.

Divorced by his wife and ridiculed by his peers for what many feel does not take into account its biblical timeline, Archer travels with Sindonologist Amanda Wilkes across Europe at the request of a stranger who insists that he can help them solve the riddle of the Holy Grail, and the fate of the last Knights Templar. What they discovered at the ruins of the Temple of Solomon is bound up with the flight of Joseph of Arimathea from Jerusalem.

Everywhere they turn, colleagues are dying or revealing themselves to be something other than what they truly are. No one is to be trusted, as Archer and Wilkes are accused of crimes committed just before or after they find another clue. Others pursuing them will stop at nothing to fulfill biblical prophecy, and bring about the end of the world. The only way the two experts can stop them is to discover the truth about its origins, and prevent its theft.


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About the Author

Dallas Tanner was born in 1956, at the stroke of midnight during the worst storm of the century to that date, in the seacoast township of North Kingston, Rhode Island. The eldest child of a career naval officer, he attended 9 schools in 12 years, as they moved about the country. His interest in local myths, legends and all things paranormal grew out of the ever-changing diversity of his upbringing. His first novel, "Shadow of the Thunderbird", was required reading at a large technical college in South Carolina. He has frequently lectured, appeared on radio and television shows, and presented at conferences on his books and interest in cryptozoology. He is often cited in the media as an expert on unknown or unexpected animals. He was instrumental in salvaging Dan Taylor's Nessie chaser mini-subs, the Viperfish and the Nessa II, and is currently pursuing an interest in fossil diving. When he isn't exploring remote locations such as the Altamaha River, Mt. St. Helens or Loch Ness, Tanner is content to write novels under the watchful eye of Samwise, a longhaired Maine Coon cat that sleeps atop his monitor. Dallas now lives in Greenville, SC, with his wife Carla and their five children, where he is at work on his latest project. You can visit him online at www.dallastanner.com, and his publisher at www.trilogus.com.

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  • File Size: 1058 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1441429212
  • Publisher: Trilogus Books; 1 edition (December 26, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00322P1GQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Brown, move over! February 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
What do you get when you combine an international conspiracy by an ancient and evil religious cult, a reluctant hero and his sensible sidekick, a whirlwind fugitive flight that takes you through New York, Spain, the Mediterranean, and Italy -- recounted by a first class author who knows how to tell a story? You get a fantastic, edge-of-your-seat modern-day mystery-thriller you can't put down. The Shroud is a roller-coaster ride of intrigue and knife-edge suspense with the added bonus of feeling like you actually learned something about religion and Renaissance history in the bargain. Dallas Tanner's heroes, Nathan Archer and Amanda Wilkes, flawed and ordinary, are completely believable as they struggle to foil a sinister plot to use the Shroud of Turin to bring about the biblical end of days. Tanner crafts his tale with the fine locational detail and historical patina of a gifted literary artist. I was left especially satisfied with how skillfully Tanner wraps things up at the end. I'm no spoiler, so you'll just have to pick up the book and find out for yourself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even at this price, not a bargain ... December 4, 2010
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I purchased this book because I was stuck in a hotel on business travel and the price was low. I'm not a particularly discriminating reader, especially under those circumstances, but this book was terrible. I can only assume the positive reviews are from friends of the author ...

The characters are poorly developed and the plot makes little sense. From the very beginning there is no real explanation for why the central actors make incomprehensible choices - I'm not talking about the kinds of things you just have to overlook in most action/suspense novels, but truly goofy choices and leaps of logic that are waay beyond the pale. The character development is odd. At one point the author tells you something about a character and then three pages later writes a scene that contradicts what he explained previously.

In my Kindle edition there are random commas in almost every sentence. I don't mean a few split infinitives - literally EVERY OTHER sentence on the page I just read has extra commas. It is odd and distracting.

Frankly the book needed a good editor. A high schooler could have done a much better job. Perhaps the book is self published? I don't really know but please take my advice and skip this one. Worst $3 and 2 hours I've spent in a long time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea - poor execution April 8, 2010
By DonnaJN
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This book has a really interesting, creative plot. But - I got so bored I won't finish it.

So many things just don't hang together. In one chapter, the 'bad guy' driver tries to kill the 'good guys' after kidnapping them in a car. In a subsequent chapter, the 'bad guys' provide clues and escape routes because they desperately need the 'good guys' to lead them to the shroud. So - which is it? Kill them or use them?

In another chapter there is a sea battle where sailors (Knights Templar) die because one of the main character good guys (Amanda) wants to know what is going on during the battle. Amanda watches a crew member die protecting her...end of story....period. I can't relate to someone who doesn't even acknowledge culpability in causing the death of another. And she's one of the 'good guys'. Does anyone care what happens to her after that?

In a TV mini-series, each week the episodes 'previously seen' are summarized and presented to bring the viewers up to date. After about the 5th re-cap of the story up to the present point, I wondered if the author assumed the reader had no memory of reading anything prior to that. Actually - you could start at any one of those re-caps and read on with total understanding.

I also found the author's long and convoluted essays about DaVinci, Italian family ties, Pope's, etc. to be redundant. If you decide to read this book, read the first couple of history lessons and skip the rest.

To be fair, there are very creative and interesting parts of the book. The induction into the Knights Templar almost makes up for everything lacking to that point. But - you get to the end of the induction and wonder what in the world the Knights 'outside the veil' were doing and thinking. It would be such a better story if all things happened in context.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Opening October 10, 2011
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Loved the book on The Shroud!! Gave a whole new meaning to The Holy Grail (as appossed to Dan Brown). Well written and kept me really enthralled...even woke in the middle of the night thinking about it and started reading again. Thank you for sharing your great mind and thinking with the rest of us!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Work April 4, 2010
By Fred
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What do you say when you've read a book as prodigious as The Shroud?

Here we have a masterpiece of research worthy of any doctoral dissertation combined with a consuming tale of high adventure.

From the start, you realize that here is something different and special. D. L. Tanner already has a widely recognized reputation as a master of the ability to involve, enthrall and entertain his readers. And, he has an equally developed ability to do this while teaching his audience.

In the end, you come away having enjoyed your experience and smarter for it, whether you planned it that way or not.

So what should you do?

If you want a novel that leaves others that have been written about similar topics in recent years in the dust, you must read this one.

There is one major difference, however, of which you should be aware.

Like DL Tanner, others writing about similar topics have also been good at creating an adventurous experience for the reader. But others have not been so good at basing their writing on actual research and results. Others in the field have frequently created facts out of whole cloth when none existed to make their story lines work.

In the Shroud we find impeccable and factual research combined with a great story.

Wouldn't it be a privilege to sit in class under a gifted professor, story teller, and teacher like Dallas Tanner?

In a sense, you have that privilege now. Buy this book, open it up, and hang on to your seat for another great ride by a great author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but!!!!!
The book kept me interested in parts, then it would lose me with too much history but little story line. So many historical facts for those who are interested in reading history. Read more
Published on March 16, 2013 by MAC
2.0 out of 5 stars Great story, needs decent editor
Dallas Tanner's "The Shroud" was, in my opinion, a great story in search of a decent editor. The story is fascinating and builds well, but unfortunately the book should have been... Read more
Published on October 1, 2012 by KM
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the concept, but really needs an editor
It was okay. I liked the general concept and the story line, as well as the characters. I do believe the characters needed more depth and for as well as I could "know" them, I... Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Carla B
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, just not for me
I haven't gotten halfway through this book yet, but It seems to so on with details about the surroundings and science behind everything. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Joshua P. Sutherland
3.0 out of 5 stars If ever a book needed an editor...
I was so frustrated reading this book! I almost stopped a few times. My frustration had nothing to do with grammatical or spelling errors, but instead with the author's lack of... Read more
Published on September 17, 2011 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I had originally been intrigued by the concept. However, I was very disappointed in the character development. Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by Zulu's Mama
2.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, Terrible writing
Ore authors have nothing to worry about, This is a very frustrating book because the concept is very good but the writing is terrible,

The sentence construction is... Read more
Published on July 11, 2011 by Sandy23
1.0 out of 5 stars TOO MUCH DESCRIPTION OF THE SAME THING
I got this book for kindle cheap, I read the description and thought that this could be a good read, the story seems interesting, but the author repeat the same thing so many times... Read more
Published on July 3, 2011 by E. Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs extensive, judicious editing
There is a good story-line here but it's buried under masses of unnecessary wording.
A good editor could cut the book by at least a third and create a much more interesting... Read more
Published on June 21, 2011 by Laycey
5.0 out of 5 stars Twister of Suspense
Purchased this as one of my first for Kindle. The premise was impressive and well written. From moment to moment the characters were moving and being redefined. Read more
Published on June 3, 2011 by Maxie
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More About the Author

Dallas Tanner was born in 1956, at the stroke of midnight during the worst storm of the century to that date, in the seacoast township of North Kingston, Rhode Island. The eldest child of a career naval officer, he attended 9 schools in 12 years, as they moved about the country. His interest in local myths, legends and all things paranormal grew out of the ever-changing diversity of his upbringing.

His first novel, "Shadow of the Thunderbird", was required reading at a large technical college in South Carolina. He has frequently lectured, appeared on or hosted radio shows, and presented at conferences on his books and interest in cryptozoology. His latest venture has been as an expert segment commentator on ten episodes of the #1 rated Animal Planet show, "Lost Tapes". He was recently offered his own curriculum at the collegiate level based on his novels, as an associate professor of English.

He is often cited in the media as an expert on unknown or unexpected animals. He was instrumental in salvaging Dan Taylor's Nessie chaser mini-subs, the Viperfish and the Nessa II, and is currently pursuing an interest in fossil diving. Having completed "The Cryptids Trilogy", which consists of the novels "Shadow of the Thunderbird", "Track of the Bigfoot" and "Wake of the Lake Monster", Tanner has completed a fourth novel, "The Shroud", a 15th century conspiracy story.

When he is not out doing location research at Mt. St. Helens, Loch Ness or Georgia's famed Altamaha River, America's 'Little Amazon', Dallas is content to write his books in the study of his home office under the watchful eye of his long haired Maincoon cat, Samwise, who sleeps atop his computer monitor. He now lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife and five children. He enjoys corresponding with his readers, and can be reached at dltanner99@aol.com by email, and http://www.dallastanner.com via the web.

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