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The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2007
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What better relic to write a novel about? Dan Brown focused on the Holy Grail, something no one today has actually seen unless you believe that the unknown descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene qualify. But hundreds of thousands of people have seen the shroud, and to build a mystery around efforts to destroy, steal or preserve it is genius. The premise is entirely plausible, and author Julia Navarro pulls off dual storylines with seeming ease: that of the legendary history of the shroud through the 14th century and a contemporary criminal investigation into a string of arsons and break-ins at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, where the shroud is permanently housed.
The book opens by setting up the backstory of how the shroud came to leave first-century Jerusalem and quickly shifts to the aftermath of the most recent fire at the cathedral.Read more ›
Although the plot of the Shroud of Turin seemed simplistic in the beginning, the dramatic turn of events approximately half way through is in itself worth the read. Excellent use of twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed in the story.
Character development was excellent although keeping track of the characters at time can be a little daunting. Again good use of historical fact.
Highly recommended especially if you are a devotee of the Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood Holy Grail genre. I am looking forward to Ms. Navarro's next book.
The interlinked section of the book that takes place today is not as well written as the historic chapters. Plus the book ends rather abruptly with the modern characters that were given much time to be developed seemingly fading away and presumably to be resurrected in the next installment. They deserve the closure offered the historical personalities if they were to have any merit to begin with.
Putting aide these issues readers should know that what maybe a bit problematics is that the original edition was in Spanish and when translated into English a number of idioms, phrases and words do not always carry the same connotation no less meaning. It is also difficult to follow all the names of the parties to the story especially when the Templars enter the picture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent, well written book. It was a riveting adventure throughout, as well as educational. I can highly recommend this book.Published 4 days ago
The story line gives information the normal reader has never heard about. The Knight Templars' dedication to keep the shroud
hidden is amazing. Read more
This book is fantastic. While the beginning starts off a bit slow, once you get into the story a bit, the pace picks up, and the story really gets moving. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Karlie Laumer
I found it to be very interesting, a different theory regarding the Shroud of Turin and the Templars, it doesn't give the Shroud esoteric properties, or credibility to that effect. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gladys Alvarado
Templars and a secret about the shroud, or what we think is the shroud. Fun read.Published 22 months ago by kcvinweho
As it seems many readers are displeased with this book. Apparently, according to some of them, it rides on the coattails of Dan Brown's " Da Vinci Code". Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Srdjan Pesic
LIKE IT, LOVE IT, I WISH THERE WERE MORE BOOKS TALKING ABOUT THIS THEMATIC, IT WAS VERY INTERESTING, FACINATING BOOK TO READ.Published on May 7, 2013 by MARTHA