This is the kind of book you never want to end. It has everything: a religious conspiracy, scriptural interpretations, biblical artifacts, Catholic scholarship. It is also intellectual, engaging, and thought-provoking.
The Shroud of Turin has been a symbol of Christianity for centuries, but it was recently proved to be a fake dating from the Middle Ages. Ugo, curator of a groundbreaking exhibit based on The Shroud, is set to disprove the scientific evidence based on scriptural and and historical documentation. But when the Ugo is found murdered, it is up to two brothers, Alex and Simon, to find out why he was killed. Father Alex is a Greek Catholic priest living within The Vatican with his son. Simon, a Roman Catholic priest, calls him from the scene of Ugo’s murder without explaining how he’s involved. Desperate to help his brother prove his innocence, Father Alex must uncover the secrets of the Shroud that Ugo was going to uncover and reveal to the world.
There is so much going on here, but it is all so deftly woven and expertly rendered. If anyone were to compare this to The DaVinci Code, I would be embarrassed for them. Dan Brown can’t hold a candle to Caldwell. His writing is phenomenal and compelling. I am not a Catholic, but the way he portrays the history of the religion and its principles is approachable and never preachy or self-righteous. I was especially intrigued by the scriptural scholarship presented. The scandalous implications never came across as absurd, and the greater message of uniting the Eastern Orthodoxy with Catholicism is inspiring.
I just really hope it doesn’t take Caldwell another 10 years to write his next book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.