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Posted July 31, 2011
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Mystery, Detective Story, Spy Adventure, Romance = Great Reading!
I had the privilege of interviewing Ace Collins, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for his new book, "Jefferson Burke And The Secret Of The Lost Scroll" published by Zondervan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Dr. Jefferson Burke is the Dean of History at the University of Illinois in Urbana. A man on a mission, claiming to be an agent of the Vatican, states that he needs Dr. Burke on a matter of life and death. He is searching for an ancient scroll, another Gospel, allegedly written by Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus. Now this scroll may discount the divinity of Jesus and it may be stored right there at the University and only Burke can get it. And the adventure begins!
The hunt is on for this ancient scroll which will lead Dr. Burke and FBI agent, Lisa Marie Cho, who is trying to protect him, to the mountains of Afghanistan and various other spots on the planet as new information leads the little team to the next encounter with possible death. The bad guys are led by multi-billionaire, Bruno Krueger who will stop at nothing to posses the scroll to use in his quest for world dominion.
What makes a book a thriller? Putting the heroes in deadly danger and keeping them there until almost the last page. Ace Collins has delivered an exciting, pulse-pounding thriller with "Jefferson Burke And The Secret Of The Lost Scroll". Burke and the team are narrowly escaping death trap after death trap set up by Krueger as both teams hunt for this scroll. Ace Collins has given us a mystery, detective story, spy adventure and romance all neatly rolled up into one book. I did not want to put down ""Jefferson Burke And The Secret Of The Lost Scroll". There are a number of great themes in this book one of which is fear of the unknown. No one has read the scroll yet most people fear what it has to say. Your relationship with Jesus plays an integral part in this book, to find out why it must be read. Mr. Collins has created a winner with this series as he said there will be more Jefferson Burke stories. I recommend this book highly and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted July 4, 2011
Hooked from Chapter One
I was provided a pre-release copy of this book, and although I was familiar with many of the author's non-fiction works, I had not previously read one of his novels. I was hooked on the story from the first chapter. Although published by Zondervan, a Christian book publisher, Jefferson Burke & the Secret of the Lost Scroll reads more like an action-adventure from the general market, reminiscent of The Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Di Vinci Code. Collins draws strong characters, including a former American-Asian Army Ranger turned FBI agent by the name of Lisa Marie Cho, who often drives the main action of the plot. She is accompanied by university professor Jefferson Burke, a sometimes-unwilling traveler in the ride of/for his life, who is a compelling and likable character none-the-less. Despite their differences, Burke and Cho work together well as they seek to unravel clues from a mystery that has crossed centuries and international borders. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, Collins weaves in elements of real history--such as secret societies and the inclusion of well- and lesser-known historical characters sprinkled throughout the plot--pulling the reader into the "experience" of the story. This is a fast-paced, well-written action adventure that will entertain a cross-section of readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2012
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