The First Apostle - Chris Bronson, Bk 1 Author:James Becker An ancient inscription...a dangerous secret? An explosive debut thriller! — Chris Bronson is devastated when his best friend-s wife -- the woman he was secretly in love with -- dies in a tragic accident. But when Bronson heads to Italy to console his friend, he finds the evidence of a break-in -- and a strange Latin inscription on a stone ... more »above the fireplace.
To decipher the stone Bronson enlists the help of his ex-wife, an antiques expert, sending them on a treacherous path of clues across Europe leading to a truth so dangerous it could destroy the very foundations of the Christian faith...« less
There were holes in this story that you could drive a truck through. It felt as if the author had a set of interesting historical tidbits that he tried to weave into a story and the present-day setting/characters intruded upon that. The characters made such extreme leaps of logic, it was mind-boggling. A mystery that had remained hidden for fifteen hundred years was "miraculously" solved in the course of a week because the characters figured it out when absolutely NO one else could, not the Vatican, not the Cosa Nostra. Wow! A hidden map so well hidden until, voila, they found it....a scroll that was indecipherable until , voila, they deciphered it. And, of course, they could outmaneuver the entire Cosa Nostra...why not? Would have, could have, should have been more satisfying if only....the author had introduced a bit of a realistic element to the story.