The Mystery of Julia Episcopa (The Vatican Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 11, 2018
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From the Back Cover
2000 years ago: In Rome's golden 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.
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 movement only 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?
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1983772526
- ISBN-13 : 978-1983772528
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 11, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #262,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.