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Dan Brown, move over!
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.