Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud Author:Julia Navarro, Andrew Hurley (Translator) A fire at the Cathedral of Turin and the discovery of a strangely mutilated body attract the attention of Italys special Art Crimes Department. For the fire is only the latest in a troubling series of arsons and break-ins at the cathedral, which houses what millions believe to be the authentic burial shroud of Jesus Christ. — A cop as well ... more »as an art historian, department chief Marco Valoni leads a crack team of investigators in a race to solve a crime hes certain is about to shock the world. Someone is planning to steal the Holy Shroud, and Valonis only suspect a mystery man who bears the same scars as the unidentified corpse is currently serving out a sentence in a Turin prison.
Following a trail that stretches from the humble meeting places of the earliest Christian communities to the highest councils of the Vatican and the boardrooms that rule the world, Valoni and his associates will find themselves in the cross fire of an ancient conflict forged by mortal sacrifice, assassination, and secret societies with ties to the shadowy legend of the Knights Templars.
Spanning centuries and continents, from the storm-rent skies over Calvary, through the glories of Byzantium and the intrigue and treachery of the Crusades, to the modern-day citadels of Istanbul, New York, London, Paris, and Rome, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud is a provocative page-turner of the highest order one that will challenge you to believe.« less
I was disappointed in this book. The author sets up the story beautifully with a good cast of characters, great back story and a mystery and then utterly fails to deliver. I'm not really sure where everything went wrong. I think it was in the lack of growth that she gave the characters. I'm not sure. The book is translated so maybe it lost something in the translation. I was constantly hoping that it would get better but it never did. The one good thing that I did like was the author's take on the Shroud of Turin. That was a very well thought out plot. The rest just never did anything for me.
A fire at the Cathedral of Turin and the discovery of a strangely mutilated body attract the attention of Italy's special Art Crimes Department. Chief Marco Valoni leads a crack team of investigators in a race to solve a crime he's certain is about to shock the world--someone is planning to steal the Holy Shroud.
Nice plot tweist, love the history, poor telling, the use of flashbacks gets old fast, and frankly I figured out the twist long before it was told; just not how it was done. Only ardent Christians needing reinforcement for their religious beliefs should bother.
Excellent mystery pairing history with legend. I enjoyed the twist that give explanation to today's scientific explanation to the Shroud of Turin. You do not need to have a conviction about the Shroud to enjoy this story . . . nor did I find it disrespectful of religion either. I liked this novel by J Navarro better than the Bible of Clay.
This was a great read. In my opinion, it was right up there with Angles and Demons and the DiVinci Code. The book help my interest right through to the end. I couldn't put it down. I would strongly suggest it to anyone who enjoyed the two books mentioned above.