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"An inventive--and highly believable--biblical revisionist tale... The authors go right to the heart of one of the great unknowns of Christian history: the role of women in the early church. The journey is ultimately more thoughtful and satisfying than a mere holy grail." - Kirkus Reviews

"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)

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An Ancient Parchment
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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