- File Size: 507 KB
- Print Length: 354 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078P5T17C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"The narrative is well written, intriguing and inspiring...this story blends an ancient conflict with present day debate in a fictional yet eye-opening manner...Just when you think all has been unearthed and exposed, you realize there is much more to this story. The Mystery of Julia Episcopa is a great beginning to a promising conspiracy series. " - Readers' Favorite (5 star review)
"This was an unexpectedly moving mystery. I hope to hear more of the Vatican Chronicles! I cannot recommend this audio book enough - truly an awesome listen. Not a dull moment!" - Audio Book Reviewers - ABR Reviewer Choice Award Winner
From the Back Cover
2000 years ago: In Rome'sgolden age, a woman faces persecution from corrupt religious leaders who would exploit her position and silence her claims. Carrying her proof in a cloth bag hidden under a blue cloak, she knows that men kill for what she has.
A Chance Discovery
Present day: As the dusky pink sun illuminates Michelangelo's magnificent dome, deep below in the labyrinthine archives of the Vatican libraries, two famed archaeologists, Valentina Vella and Erika Simone, make a stunning discovery. Their find will rock the hallowed institution that has stood unchallenged since the beginning.
A Secret Revealed
Two intertwined stories of struggle, deception, and a fight for right. A Roman noblewoman named Julia is swept into the forefront of a rising movementonly to be cast down as her star rises. As Valentina and Erika seek to establish her legacy, they are caught in the crossfire of a venomous Vatican battle for power and absolute authority. Who will win, and at what price?
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Unfortunately, I think this book was published too early. The authors weren't ready. There are so many "beginning writer" errors. Use of passive voice. Too many weasel words, e.g. "just." Stilted dialogue. Weak characterization. The manuscript needed a professional editor. Writing a novel is hard work. As a writer myself, I applaud the authors for actually finishing a manuscript. But that is only the first step. I hope the authors will continue to work on honing their craft.
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A great disappointment since I was looking forward to reading more on the subject. I really can't recommend this book at all.
What spoiled it for me was the story of Julia in ancient Rome. I just didn't feel that I was there, especially when one character said 'okay' and others talked of having 'lunch'. It's anachronisms like these that pull a reader out of the story and so it was with me.
It was such a shame but even so, I did enjoy The Mystery of Julia Episcopa; an account of the female disciples of Jesus who are often overlooked by the church.
Would have rated 5 stars but for the ending.
It is highly ironic that the role of the feminine aspect of God and of the essential Marian dimension of human nature has been appropriated by the masculine hierarchy of the Church. Women have been relegated to second class even in their femininity, by having been stripped of their particular qualities so that the male hierarchy can lay claim to them as being the primary bearers of the Marian dimension—as well as of Christos—in the Church.
This needs to be recognized and rectified if the Church is to recover from its current malaise. At one time women were disciples, deacons, if not actually priests or even bishops, so the rationale for the exclusion is always suspect, no matter how well argued or justified. It’s a long tradition, but one that came about due to influences from Ancient Roman morēs, not those of early Christianity.