I enjoyed the book. (From the back cover: It's an astonishing discovery: a bloodstained shroud, entombed in the crumbling walls of a historic french monastery. Carbon dating concludes the fabric is from the time of Christ. A molecular biologist conducts a daring experiment: the cloning of genetic material recovered from the cloth.)
"Divine Blood" presents a tenant which is interesting and original. Although it mirrors, to some extent, the Dan Brown style stories regarding the Catholic Church, this book takes everything a step further.
Unfortunately, it is quickly apparent that this is Martinez Hewlett's first book and that he is a product of academia. The writing is a bit dry with some sections reading a bit like a college textbook.
The characters could be better developed and the action is non-existent. This story has so much potential which is not embraced. It should have been an exciting 600 page book.
Nevertheless, Mr. Hewlett has produced a book well worth the read. It will make you think about the ever expanding use of technology in both archeology and religion.
In an astonishing discovery,a bloodstained burial shroud,entombed in the crumbling walls of a historic French monastery. Carbon dating concludes it is from the time og Christ