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The Shroud Conspiracy: A Thriller (The Shroud Series) Hardcover – March 14, 2017
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"The Shroud Conspiracy is an absolutely brilliant thriller! This riveting, intrigue-filled mystery is like nothing you’ve read before. Once you start, you won’t be able to put it down."
(Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foreign Agent)
"Marvelously written and detailed, so exquisitely paced, so vibrantly entertaining that it leads me to ask, 'so when's the movie being made?'"
(Greg Gutfeld of FOX News' "The Five")
"A fast paced story, with some great twists, it is a page-turner from beginning to end! John Heubusch jumps onto the writing stage with a huge first book. Move over Dan Brown, you have some competition... A great read!” (Scott McEwen, author of American Sniper)
"Indiana Jones meets DaVinci Code. Definitely one of the most intensely exciting thrillers you’ll read all year.” (Ted Bell, bestselling author of The Patriot)
"Faith, science and human frailty are all knit together in John Heubusch’s new thriller, The Shroud Conspiracy. Bouncing from Mumbai to Rome, and Geneva to the Eastern Shore, this is a novel you cannot put down and won’t want to miss.”
(Michael Duffy, co-author, The Presidents Club)
"Thrilling for its plausibility in today’s technology-driven world... this book demands a sequel!" (Library Journal)
"An action-packed thriller with enough twists and turns to keep fans of Dan Brown or Brad Meltzer happy, enough science to keep the skeptics appeased, and enough ethical quandaries to keep the philosophers among us well engaged." (Steve Forbes)
"Intense and intriguing." (Booklist)
About the Author
In a career that has spanned philanthropy, politics, public service, and the Fortune 500, John Heubusch served as the first president of the Waitt Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to historic discovery and scientific exploration. Cited often by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, Heubusch has also been a contributing writer for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, and other leading publications. He is presently the executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. He resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles and is the author of The Shroud Conspiracy and The Second Coming.
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The story opens in the massive Vatican library known as the sanctum sanctorum, where "texts undisturbed for centuries" now lay with pages irretrievably torn among splintered shelving" ruins. Father Parenti, known as the hunchback priest because of his misshapen back, mutters curses as he "gasps for breath and struggles to get up from the "sprawling heap of priceless books" surrounding him.
The dwarflike priest could only pray for a miracle since the "makeshift shelf he'd napped" on collapsed and left him like "an overturned tortoise, stuck on his shell," unable to right himself. The little priests worst fears were realized when he saw the large feet and towering frame of Father Antonio Barsanti, the dreaded library prefect approach! Before a word was said, the deformed priest knew he was doomed!
Thus begins a debut suspense wrapped in evil, deceit and Vatican intrigue inspired by an attempt to bring about the Second Coming of Jesus. What wasn't planned was a forensic anthropologist, an outspoken atheist, determined to prove the Shroud of Turin a fake. Then there's the beautiful Vatican representative who believes the religious relic is real and she is determined to protect it at any cost.
Add pedophilia, kidnapping, intriguing human weakness and a globe-spanning chase and you have a fast-paced and ambitious debut thriller. Some readers might find an act of animal cruelty and suggested rape shocking yet they are central to the plot. However, the author's creative plot premise, to bring about the End of Days is unique even though characterizations and plot threads are sometimes weak. Still, I'm sure readers will see more of this author and future books will further polish his characterizations and plotting abilities.
The author, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and contributing writer for The New York Times, Forbes Magazine and The Washington Post releases his debut thriller, "The Shroud Conspiracy," March 14, 2017.
The Shroud Conspiracy, a Thriller,' by John Heubusch, Howard Books, 3-14-2017, Hardcover, 416 Pages, 978-1501155703, $26.00
Midwest Book Reviews: "Gail's Bookshelf" January 2017
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Being just a no-name uncredentialed reader, I know what I like, and I know what I don't. The protagonist was NOT a likable character. For me, Bondurant was not three-dimensional. His character seemed cliché from the start -- the absent-minded professor type who chases after young things in tight skirts. Good gosh, do professors do anything else on campuses these days, or shall we devote an entirely new genre to them? Yawn.
If I could change Bondurant, I would wish for him to develop further, perhaps by offering the reader snappier dialogue peppered with sharper humor, or some other qualities along those lines that would overshadow his vanity and arrogance.
Didn't exactly like the ending, or rather where it ended, as it felt like a classic set-up for the next book. (Also, all the name-dropping in the Acknowledgements at the end seemed excessive. Got it! You're well-connected. Congrats. Don't be such a Bondurant about it.)
That said, I will probably engage my money in buying the sequel to this novel, with the hope that Bondurant becomes all the man that he could be. Certainly, Mr.Heubusch, you possess the credentials needed to pull that off. Now get to work! ( BTW, you can thank your friend Levin for spending valuable air-time on mentioning this novel, as that is what brought me to purchase it. As usual, Levin was correct with his assessment.)