The First Apostle Author:James Becker An Englishwoman is found dead in a house near Rome, her neck broken. Her distraught husband enlists the help of his closest friend, policeman Chris Bronson, who discovers an ancient inscription on a slab of stone above their fireplace. It translates as ‘Here Lie the Liars.’ Pursued across Europe, Bronson and his ex-wife uncover a tra... more »il of clues that lead them back to the shadowy beginnings of Christianity; to an ancient code inscribed upon a stone; to a chalice decorated with mysterious symbols. And to a deadly conspiracy which will rock the foundations of our modern world if revealed.« 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.