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The fact something has never been found does not mean it never existed.

Once started I didn't want to put it down. - Amazon customer

You will be captivated from page 1 till the end. - Amazon customer

Every time I had a free moment, I would grab my kindle and start reading again. - Amazon customer

Like a speeding roller coaster from the first chapter! - Amazon customer


"The fact something has never been found does not mean it never existed. "


An edge-of-your seat page-turner that will lead you across Turkey, Syria, the U.S. and elsewhere in a cat-and-mouse search for a scroll revealing the location of the missing autographs (original manuscripts) of the New Testament. Finding them, and being able to date and compare them to other ancient copies already in existence, would prove the accuracy and authenticity of the New Testament. But there is another mystery to solve and protect a strange artifact a fifth gospel written in Greek on what has become known as the Egerton papyrus. The scroll holds the key to everything.


In this spy vs. spy meets James Bond meets Indiana Jones quest, Dr. Jonathan Munro is reluctantly dragged into the chase to find the scroll before a private collector, professors, monks, priests, mercenaries and police on several continents, each with their own motivation money, fame, research, knowledge, the contentment of knowing the scrolls are with their rightful owner. Who that turns out to be will shock you. We're immediately hooked as we re dropped into the midst of the race with a stabbing and a strange key. Jon's ex-friend, archaeologist Dr. Stephen Kaufman, has been seriously injured in an attempted murder, and has sent Jon a clue and a message that he needs his help. Add Stephen's sister (Jon s ex-girlfriend) to the mix, and you have a recipe for adventure and issues of trust/mistrust that move the story forward at a frantic pace. Don't rest or daydream during this one you'll miss key clues as you try to unravel the mystery yourself behind the location and meaning of the scroll.


Several stories intertwine in this mystery-suspense with holy and unholy alliances, twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. Intrigue grows as the story is told from several points of view, all mixed together, like viewing a movie through different cameras and angles. This makes perfect sense as the book could easily be made into a screenplay. It reads like one of those movies where you've bought the popcorn, but forget to eat it because you re so wrapped up in the storyline and what's happening in front of you.


Michael's writing is brilliant. The facts are not handed to us on a platter. We are shown just enough evidence at the right time to link events that later make sense. And just when things seem to be calming down enough to take a breath, or rest your eyes, there is another shadow in the dark waiting to take you somewhere else. Your mind is never left idle. Characters and locations are drawn in vivid detail, and we are transported through the action without thinking much about it. We are simply there.


Jon Munro has devoted his life to providing evidence for the faith, even though he at times struggles with his own. It's a refreshing honesty. And the fact he says science proves the Bible accurate, time and again, and has never been disproven, is a comfort to those seeking the Word of God as truth in their lives.


As an ancient history buff, and former translator, I was instantly drawn to the story and found it hard to put down. The Egerton papyrus really does exist, and it was interesting to think about the real-life quest that must have taken place to find and keep it. Michael has blended fact and fiction seamlessly. Well worth the read, this is fast-paced, non-stop action and intrigue at its best.


--Janet Dimond, February 2012, christianbookstoday.org

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About the Book...

Two things inspired me to write The Lost Scrolls. One was an idle conversation I had with some of my classmates back in Bible college about what it would be like if the original autographs of the New Testament were ever found. That idea stuck with me over twenty years. The second inspiration came from reading various archaeological suspense novels, most of which presented spurious and historically dubious claims that cast doubt on the truth of the New Testament. Recently, there's been a spate of Gnostic literature making the rounds, rife with speculation about the Knights Templar and the meaning of the Holy Grail and other Middle Age myths, mingled with the recent rediscovery of third through sixth century Gnostic manuscripts, such as the Gospel of Thomas, in an attempt to deny the historicity of Jesus. I wanted to counter this trend in fiction by writing an archaeological suspense story that supports Christianity, rather than undermining it.

The theme of The Lost Scrolls is integrity--whether it's the integrity of the Church as a whole in sending someone after the autographs, the integrity of the Bible as it relates to manuscript reliability, or the integrity of the central characters. Will Jonathan sell himself out to possess the scrolls, or to win love? Will Isabel trade love for security or wealth? Will Demetri turn his back on his conversion to obey his religious leaders?

Most importantly, what does man profit if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul (Matthew 16:26)?
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Product Details

  • Series: Jonathon Munro Adventure
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Ellechor Publishing House, LLC; Reprint edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937844900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937844905
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,390,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bless Their Hearts Mom VINE VOICE on July 10, 2012
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The Lost Scrolls is a very quick read, so much so that I read it literally in 1 2 hour sitting! I could not believe that I got through it that quickly-it went like a speeding roller coaster from the first chapter! The plot is believable and with an ending that makes you wonder, as to whether to their will be a sequel!

You have to love a book that hooks you from the beginning and makes you want more. The plot was interesting and made you want to go searching for the truth behind the book, for instance : the writs of books, Domo tou bibliou, which is sought for in the book, is not real, but it might have some foundation in truth yet! As the author's shows on his blog post, new biblical fragments have been discovered may be the earliest fragments of the New Testament!

I will definitely be reading some of the authors other books as well, as he has such varied books, they all sound interesting in their own way! If you're looking for a fun historical-adventure theme ride, check out The Lost Scrolls!
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Michael Scott starts off his writing with a prologue, but interestingly it is told from the point of view of two characters. After a stabbing and a strange key, you jump right into the story. The main character, Dr. Jonathon Munro, is a cross between Indiana Jones and a reluctant spy. Munro is skeptical that the New Testament scrolls found are even real. Nevertheless, he is sent off to find these scrolls before others can lay claim to them. As if trying to find ancient artifacts was not hard enough, Jonathon is also working alongside his ex girlfriend. This fuels a lot of trust issues and confrontations throughout the story.

There are a lot of character in this book but Scott does a great job keeping up with them. Their stories correlate to each other, and some in ways you would never expect. You are not handed all the details in one helping, which I love and respect in authors. There is just something about catching glimpses and having ah ha moments later on that just make me want to keep reading.

Michael Scott relays his story brilliantly. Characters, places, and details are clearly written, leaving the reader free to hold on and enjoy the ride. Scott blends fact and fiction together, prompting the reader to want to know more. I know I looked up the Egerton papyrus (gospel) and it is real. I don't want to giveaway anymore about the book, just go pick it up you won't be disappointed!

A note about the content itself. Some characters are very dangerous and their story lines could even be a little scary for certain readers. Colorful language is sprinkled throughout, which was something I wasn't expecting but it was not so over the top that it made me uncomfortable. The Lost Scrolls is definitely not a complacent subdued Christian work of fiction.
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This was a good thriller and mystery. The descriptions made me feel like I had been there and the characters were all three demential and very interesting. I recommend-this book to anyone who likes an interesting read.
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A fast paced adventure story, easy to read. Plot flows smoothly from one escapade to another like the Indiana Jones movies. Interesting characters, very human. Learned a few things about the Bible and related historical events. Highly recommend.
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A religious relic has been found in Turkey. Many different groups of people want to attain. This a story of who will end up with the scrolls. Robbery, murder, car and foot chases ensue across several countries as each group attempts to secure this treasure. Enjoyable reading, action packed twists and turns.
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The Lost Scrolls was a good, fast read that I finished in one day. We had just returned from an out-of-town trip and I needed to read a good book to wind down. While The Lost Scrolls wasn't exactly a relaxing book, it definitely held my interest. It is nearly free of bad language and there were no graphic romantic scenes, so that I didn't blush at all while reading. I'm not a fan of books that should be rated R. Thankfully The Lost Scrolls would be a book that I could pass along to my grandmother without worry and yet confidently able to share it with my husband knowing that he would like the action and adventure. Overall, The Lost Scrolls is a book that would be widely appreciated by all audiences.

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THE LOST SCROLLS by Michael J. Scott is an adventure story. Its central character is Professor Jonathan Munro, a genius in ancient languages and an authority on ancient texts. His quest to possess the Domo tou Bibliou leads him on a series of escapades where he witnesses much death and much greed. He finds out there are many more people trying to get their hands on this scroll, and the police are after the murderers and terrorists. The murderers and terrorists, of course, are following Jonathan, hoping he will lead them to the priceless find. This book is definitely exciting, full of shootings, car chases, and narrow escapes. Some of the main characters wind up dead—or left for dead. Jonathan and his friend’s sister keep running throughout the book.

I didn’t find much of a Christian message in this book, although I get the impression the author is a true Christian. The characters in the book certainly aren’t. Some believe in God, and Jonathan believes in the authenticity of the Bible, but it doesn’t go any farther. There’s one passage that says it’s okay to lie for a good purpose, something I definitely don’t agree with.

Some expressions that are used throughout the book are not swearing or dirty language, but I didn’t appreciate them, as they are close. I also felt there was a real mixture of “Christianity” presented: Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant all mashed together. I thought it was confusing, since true Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ died for our sins and can save us. Some of the bad guys were religious in name (a monk and a priest) but not in works, and some of the good guys weren’t religious at all. Sometimes, it was hard to distinguish between the good and the bad.

Overall, an entertaining read.
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