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After the Cross by [Lynch, Mike, Barr, Brandon]
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About the Author

Brandon Barr was born in Redlands California where he lives today with his wife Amanda and son Nathan.
Mike Lynch currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.
Barr and Lynch are the co-authors of two fiction novels, When the Sky Fell and American Midnight. After the Cross is their third book together.

Product Details

  • File Size: 824 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Ellechor Publishing House, LLC (June 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I6547K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
After the Cross is an enjoyable thriller, in the tradition of Dan Brown: intellectuals running around and getting into dangerous situations related to their academic interests. Although, the fact that these particular academics are looking for the cross of Jesus' crucifixion gives an extra Christian theme, which gets a little heavy in places (but then, in the world of this novel, miracles really do happen).

There were a few historical flashbacks interspersed, which I found slowed the pace unexpectedly and detracted a little from the main thrust of the story. It could have done without these, in my opinion, since the events described are mostly also available to the reader through backstory interspersed in the main narrative.

However, on balance I really enjoyed the mix of investigation and action, and I'd like to read more from this author.
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Format: Paperback
After the Cross
By: Mike Lynch

This book is a definite must read! An 800 year old letter is discovered at an archeological site. It tells the whereabouts of Jesus' cross. Mallory and Colton are two leading archeologists who follow the letter to see if they can find the Cross. They must figure out who the bad guys and good guys are and whose motives are sincere. After the Cross follows Mallory and Colton's journey as they search for the Cross in a town in Israel. What would happen if it came to light that Jesus' Cross wasn't destroyed but was in fact hidden?
Once you start this novel, you won't be able to put it down. The suspense, intrigue, and just a touch of romance, draw you into the story and won't let you go till you get to the end. Mallory must learn to trust and Colton needs to have his confidence restored. He had made some bad decisions a few years before and now people don't believe in him. Mallory has been burned and doesn't trust anyone. This letter and finding the Cross will put both of them in the spotlight. Will they listen to their hearts or chase after fame and fortune? You'll have to read the story to find out.
The writing style is very engaging and the characters are well-developed. The mercenaries are very believable as they chase down Mallory and Colton. Priests and townspeople who come in contact with Mallory and Colton give an authenticity to the novel, and the descriptions of the countryside make you feel like you are right there with them as they track down the Cross' hiding spot. You won't know until you read the last page what is going to happen. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense, intrigue, and finding out what might have happened to the Cross after Jesus was crucified.
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Format: Paperback
Colton is a renowned linguist, but one mistake from his past is holding him back professionally. When the opportunity to seek the True Cross of Christ presents itself, he knows that he has a change to redeem himself as a professional. As the research team convenes, the project is plagued with trouble, starting with the mildly annoying and ending with the deadly. Will the Cross ever been found? Imagine the impact on mankind if it should be.

Wow, this book certainly packs a powerful punch. I have to admit, it started out a little slow, because in order to establish the story, a lot of historical, archeological, and linguistic groundwork needs to be laid. But once you get into the real action of the plot, the book takes off like a rocket. And trust me, you are in for a fantastic ride. A rise encompassing faith, action, drama, intrigue, and suspense.

I like seeing the development of the characters of Colton and Mallory, and watching the two of them, and their relationship, change over the course of their quest. I loved hearing about the sights and sounds of Israel and watching the drama unfold. It is clear that this book has a lot of solid research behind its story.

The book will certainly appeal to a lot of readers. Readers of Dan Brown will probably love this book, as it is similar in nature. Those interested in history, archaeology, and linguistics will enjoy the book as well. And due to the nature of the story, I believe this book will appeal widely to Christian readers of all sorts.

All in all, I am really glad I stuck with this book, it really pays off in the end.
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Honestly, maybe it's the genre, but I was not able to make myself finish the book. As an author I try to give other authors a fair shot. The premise of this book is interesting, and the characters have possibilities. I think what stopped me was that the plot was implausible. The action sequences are well thought out, but perhaps could be detailed out a bit more. I guess the book is one or two rewrites away from being a solid novel. But I suggest the author keep at it. He's on the right track.
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I had a really hard time getting into the story. The first half was disjointed and I had a hard time following the characters.
But the second half of the book, was good. Action packed, the characters related well to the story.
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Rating 3.5/5

I got this review and read "archaeology adventure" that was all it took for my approval.
Archaeology absolutely!
The religion side of this didn't even register right away.

I know absolutely nothing about religious history, or dates important events happened. Therefore I am in no position to judge those aspects of the story.
They may or may not be accurate.

However, this book is easily read by those with no religious background.

This book made me ask a question no other book has made me ask before.
Ever read a book and think an author dropped a bomb way too fast?
It was just weird but maybe that's just me.

You quickly find this book is full of "interesting" characters.

Some trying to be good, or at least not the person they used to be.
Most are some variation of scum and scummier.

With that said I found it hard to really find one character that stuck out.
They were all fairly forgettable.

Colton is trying to redeem his career and put his past behind him.
Which I can respect. He just didn't seem to have anything going for him other than his faith.

Finding the cross was supposed to piece back his career.
Helping Mallory learn she could trust him and trust god was the only other motivation he had.

I found it hard to like a character who can't seem to be bothered to find more worth living for.

Mallory, refusing to give her heart to anyone double crosses all who come in contact with her in some way or another.
So determined never to be hurt she doesn't realize she has spent much of her adult life hurting herself by keeping people out.
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