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Cross Bones (A Temperance Brennan Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 23, 2006
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Masada is an important historical site with emotional value to secular Israelis as a symbol of Jewish survival, but it has no sacred status. The Nazarenes themselves were just another Jewish sect, no different from the many other sects that abounded at that time. They were just Jews who believed that Jesus was the messiah. Shortly before, there were Jews who believed that Bar Kochba was the messiah. Later, there would be Jews who thought Shabbatai Tzvi was the messiah.Read more ›
When the body of an Orthodox Jew named Avram Ferris turns up in a state of advanced putrefaction in Montreal, Tempe is called in to help determine the cause of death. Adding to the mystery, a stranger named Kessler passes Tempe a photograph, stating that it provides a clue as to why Ferris was killed. The photo shows a supine skeleton, and various elements in the picture indicate that it was taken at an archaeological dig. Tempe calls her pal, Jake Drum, a colleague at University of North Carolina-Charlotte and an expert in biblical archaeology, to shed some light on the photograph.
Jake believes that the picture was taken at Masada, Israel, in 1963. He further states that it may contain explosive evidence that Yigael Yadin, the archaeologist who excavated Masada, wanted to keep hidden from the world. Ferris' death and the puzzling photograph lead Tempe, Jake, and Ryan to Israel, where they encounter intrigue, violence, and ever more complex biblical conundrums involving skeletal remains.
The resemblance between "Cross Bones" and Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" is strictly intentional. In fact, Tempe mentions Brown's blockbuster bestseller more than once, with a wink to the reader, as if the Reichs is saying, "Sure, this is another 'Da Vinci Code' clone, but I'm putting my own spin on it." Unfortunately, Reichs doesn't quite pull it off.Read more ›
Years previous to these events in Montreal the archeological excavation at the fort of Masada in Isreal discovers a chamber with the bones of 25 individuals. Something about this discovery causes the archeologists to suppress the information (this actually happened). Somehow Avram Ferris, the victim, had gotten mixed up with as set of these bones and now it has cost him his lift.
But whose skeleton is it? Could is be a Christ who never actually died, one of the Jewish defenders of Masada, or a frightened Christian convert caught in the rush of the Roman effort to end the insurrection. And just to make things more convolute, when Temperance travels to Israel with Ryan, her lover, to investigate the crime, she is catapulted (literally) into a mystery that might very well be the Jesus family tomb.
This is an excellent intellectual thriller that has our forensic archaeologist and her detective lover trying to piece together both the current story and the events of 2000 years ago. Somehow the stories are related, and discovering how means solving the murder. Or dying if Temperance isn't careful. But prepare yourself for a delightful trip though history and modern Israeli politics with a story that is sometimes reminiscent of a Dan Brown novel and sometimes just hardboiled detection.Read more ›
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Out of all the books I have read to this point (9 total). I liked this one the least, it was hard to follow and dragged in spots.Published 5 days ago by Syra
Same as above. I'm saving these books for when I go to hospitalPublished 2 months ago by Denise Pearce
I have read her entire Temperance Brennan series and love that they are a fairly quick read as I do not have a lot of spare time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amiee Gibson
This wasn't the worst one I've read in this series, but it definitely wasn't the best either. I feel like I've seen these sort of plot lines too often in adventure/mystery books... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Delta Stet