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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2010
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
on December 4, 2010
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
on April 8, 2010
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
on October 10, 2011
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
on April 4, 2010
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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on December 14, 2011
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 sometimes found them acting against how they were developed.

Overall, I think this book could be very good if it had a good editor. It proves how essential that is, especially for an author that is published independent or by a smaller house. In this case, there were several large chunks of "info dump" which slowed the pace of the book considerably. This information could have been provided as an addendum at the end of the book, as several larger chunks of information were not essential to the storyline. Where the information was essential or quite helpful, I believe it could have been written as dialogue between characters or woven into more action-oriented scenes.

I also found at least once where the main female character had an entirely different name. It was confusing enough to see the author randomly switch between using her last name, her first name and her nickname. However, at one point he used a totally different name which makes me think an earlier draft (or perhaps a middle draft) changed her name entirely from the one in the final publication - only this one time it did not get caught. Those things are confusing and again interfere with the pace of the story.

While the story did follow a systematic flow through approximately the first two thirds of the book, the last third seemed to jump around and was very awkward. A few scenes were entirely unnecessary, to the point one made me cringe a bit in embarrassment for the author. By the end of the book, I found myself skipping large segments and scanning the pages for essential information. I just wanted to get it finished. While I was sometimes bored through those first two thirds, I was interested enough in the storyline to see how the author was going to solve the problems and explain some of the situations. I did find it fairly predictable in some ways (such as the identity of Boangeres), which was slightly disappointing.

I think the author has promise, but I found myself wishing I could edit this book and perhaps other future books of his. I think with good editing his writing can be tightened, his characters made more consistent which would add depth, and basic errors (such as consistency in names, and double checking timelines, etc.) would be immensely helpful. With that, I think he could find a home at a larger publishing house and get recognition for his unique storylines and story concepts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2011
This thriller includes interesting history, complex characters, and a intriquing subject. I was hooked at the beginning but distracted toward the end by too many details and repetition.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2010
[Kindle Version] I love the recent da Vinci genre and this book fits right into it. It is a good long read that kept me coming back for more. The author's in depth research was evident and he worked it into the book well. The vivid descriptions of the various hidden places that the characters find themselves just pulled you right into the story!

There was one annoyance throughout in the way he keep referring to the 2 main subjects with a rolling list of names and labels. Their first name, last name, occupation, avocation, etc. At first it was confusing and then it just became annoying.(Please just use their names already.) That is the only negative comment from an otherwise extremely enjoyable book. It is well worth the $3 if you like this genre.The Shroud
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on October 1, 2012
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 cut by about a third and many, many pages of historical dross removed in the interest of flowing well. I found myself skipping pages on end of historical fact that really didn't enhance, and in many cases positively detracted from, the story line and much of it worse still was repeated several times over. It didn't cost me much on the kindle thank goodness. So by all means read it - but Dallas, I'd suggest a different editor - someone who gives you the discipline to think carefully about what all the history adds to the novel - otherwise perhaps start writing history texts instead.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2011
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. A lot of historical references to the Shroud and previous studies of the authenticity of the historical article. I don't want to give away the many elements of this novel, but I couldn't put it down for long. Took this on a cruise and read it every spare moment. I have since checked out the historical references and they provide a truthfilled support of the premise.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspensefilled mysteries with historical support.
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