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The Secret of Heaven: An explosive mystery regarding the divinity of Christ vs the humanity of Jesus. (Aiden Leonardo Book 1) Kindle Edition
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With his dying breath, Lazzaro de Medici whispered, "Expose the secret of heaven" to his one trusted friend: Aiden Leonardo. So with an encrypted letter and an obligation to his older mentor, Aiden evaded the FBI, Chicago PD, and a secret organization to uncover the truth behind his friend's murder. As time begins to run out, Aiden discovers that more than just his life is at stake. The lost bible could uproot the views of every religious group in the world.
It was fast-paced and non-stop action. At every turn, the characters were uncovering new clues or delving deeper into conspiracy. Right when I thought I knew what was going to happen, a character would do the unexpected or flip sides. I enjoyed the controlled chaos that the author described during action scenes and the constant battle between good and evil. It kept the reader guessing on whom to trust, which always makes a story more exciting and unpredictable.
There were many things that I enjoyed about this book including the creative storyline and character development. Even though there were a lot of characters to remember, I felt that the author did a wonderful job developing their personalities and backgrounds. My favorite character was a computer whiz that added comic relief during more intense scenes.
With all of this being said, I would rate this novel a 3 out of 4 stars. It was captivating and intriguing. It kept me on my toes trying to anticipate what was going to happen next; even though, I sometimes got lost because of the viewpoint changes. In a way, it reminded me of The Da Vinci Code novel because of all the religious references and mysteriously encrypted letter. Anyone who loves mysteries and enjoys the action of a good thriller would enjoy reading this novel.
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Other interesting quotes:
"To understand life, one must know the consequence of death."
"No creature possesses a greater capacity for deception than humanity, professor."
Philosophers have argued for centuries that humans invented gods, and in line with that thinking, it stands to reason that humans invented demons and the Devil."
"To what end?" Marquez finally spoke.
"To blame someone else for their imperfections."
- ASIN : B01DKZ8SCS
- File Size : 2889 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 395 pages
- Publication Date : April 2, 2016
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,097 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These two books are amazing. The stories have everything, intrigue, religion, adventure, Biblical history, and mythology, technology, politics, amazing landscapes, love, a little violence and some paranormal entities. The characters are well built, with great and intense backstories. The story is action packed in both books. I found myself having a hard time putting these books down because of the intense, fast paced writing. The factual details in each book is really fascinating. There are twists and turns you really don’t see coming. The theology vs technology, technology vs theology questions, answers, and debate is another very interesting aspect to these stories. There are conspiracy theories sprinkled throughout the stories. Each book stands alone, but reading them one after the other keeps the characters backstories growing and evolving. Both books read like the events in them could, might and in some cases are happening right now in our world and country. The political views of some of the characters are ripped right from the headlines of today. The author must have done a lot of research for both of these books. Even though I just read for entertainment, I learned something’s and had a fun time following up on some Bible verses and web searches. Pretty interesting stuff, highly recommended.
A murder, a chaotic scene, the pieces start to fall into place and you are hooked. This is a well crafted adventure full of factual information on ancient texts, law enforcement techniques, the city of Chicago and… Angels? It gets somewhat weighty in all the scriptural references and puts forth an argument that may not sit well with a traditional Christian who does not wish to hear contradictory perspectives.
There is a search for “The Lost Bible”, which is not actual lost but stolen. The gospel of Barnabas does exist. The dilemma; its wide spread propagation and the threat that its propagation supposedly holds. Of course encrypted messages and invisible ink are involved. Lots of twists and turns with a steady unraveling of what each character is up to. Things are not as they appear.
I found this educational. The historic reality of the debate over ‘Jesus as God’vs. ‘Jesus as man’ is convincingly conveyed as the origins of the vicious conflict between Christianity and Islam. I enjoy such intellectual investigations into these topics. Then my mind was really blown when, looking at the title again, I realized that this is the first in a series. Wow! Where to next?
If you enjoy this intellectual train of thought, learning more about biblical and religious history with a peppering of the philosophers and spirituality (Angels?) then this may be the book, the series, for you.
Why four stars? This is no work of literature. Some may call it formulaic. Too many typos in the back end of the story. The characters ‘purse their lips’ far too often, to the point of becoming annoying. I found many of the secondary characters far more personable than the central characters and there was name confusion. Political correctness peeps out at the corners.
The ending makes a profound statement on the central characters as upstanding people but may have you asking, “Why didn‘t he…?”
Top reviews from other countries
I cannot count the number of times I had to re-read sentences to try to understand the storyline. Lazzaro, Lorenzo, Aiden all sentences mixing up so I just had no idea at all when or who or how the story was being opened up at a crucial time - hooking the reader into a new book!
Even after 6 or 7 re-reads I still could not fathom what was happening. At one point I could not understand how a study was in a hospital room. It was not, but the garbled descriptions seemed to indicate it was, until I unraveled it was jumping back and forth in time!!!!!
Weirdest way of writing I haves EVER encountered. Gave up at page 13 !
Worth reading tho.
The author put forward a unique view of Mayan records
I will read another of his books .