Saturday, January 07, 2012

The Best of 2011

One of the many items [old and new] enjoyed and recommended by Burbank Public Library staff during 2011 for your consideration:

The Second Messiah, by Glenn Meade

Many a suspense yarn has been touted as the “next Da Vinci Code.” Dublin-born Glenn Meade's latest thriller, The Second Messiah, is a worthy successor. I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a riveting tale filled with high-octane chases, stolen ancient documents, and Vatican intrigues.

Archaeologist Jack Cane discovers a fragment of Dead Sea Scrolls with enigmatic references to a “second Messiah” at the time of Jesus. But the scroll is stolen before it can be fully translated, and one of Jack’s colleagues is killed. Investigating the murder is an old friend of Jack’s, Israeli police inspector Lela Raul.

Meanwhile, back in Rome, a charismatic American priest is elected Pope, which sends shock waves throughout the Vatican. The hierarchy of the Church is split between those who fear the new Pope is the anti-Christ and others who believe he’s the Church’s salvation. But will the new Pope’s ties to Jack help or hinder the investigation into the missing scroll? As Jack and Lela outrace assassins, Vatican machinations may suppress the scroll’s contents permanently.

Be prepared to read
The Second Messiah in one sitting! You won't want to put it down.

Reviewed by Aunt Agatha

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