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The Shroud Codex

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

    Not quite there yet...

    I read this book over the course of 3 days. It was a fairly easy read, and although the author doesn't end his chapters on cliffhangers, the subject matter itself kept me interested enough to continue reading. I will leave plot summary to other reviewers. I have 4 primary criticisms of this book, and it is why I only give the work 3 stars:

    (1) The author CLEARLY needs an editor. He frequently overuses words - many times in the same passages - that the novel reads more like a rough draft than a finished manuscript. One of the most overused words was "appreciate"... as in Castle appreciated what Father Morelli said, or Castle appreciated what Archibishop Duncan felt, etc.

    (2) The author sometimes confused his own characters, which again underscores the sentiment that this novel needed some serious proofreading. For example, in one passage, Father Morelli was noted as bringing Father Morelli to a location. The author intended the passage to read as Father Morelli bringing Father Bartholomew to the location.

    (3) There is no climax. For the non-Christian/Catholic reader that may not grasp the deeper meaning of Christ's resurrection to believers, the novel's "highest" point of conflict is perhaps even anti-climatic. There is no suspense build-up; the sequence of events follow a very predicatable path... especially to one familiar with the passion and death of Christ. I hate to even draw a comparison to a Dan Brown novel because he is often guilty of the same pitfall. However, Mr. Brown does an adequate job of detailing WHY a set of events can significantly impact his characters.

    (4) The resolution of the novel was very weak. While I'll try to avoid any spoilers here, much of the resolution (if one can call it that) is diluted by the very weak character development. The reader never truly feels vested in the protagonist. Most of the descriptions of Dr. Castle come off as declarations, and seem very superficial. They don't really give any insight into why Castle feels the way he does. Instead, it seems like we, as readers, are simply told that the protagonist feels this way because that's the way a psychiatrist is supposed to feel.

    With that said, I realize that this novel is meant to entertain... and in that right, it does accomplish this satisfactorily. Anyone who has some interest in religious phenomena (or perhaps the paranormal) will find some value in Corsi's book. Reading some of the preliminary reviews here, I feel much of the "acclaim" has been given simply because of the pro-theist / Catholic undertones of the novel. Whether a reader shares the same set of beliefs with the author or not is irrelevant. As a stand-alone piece of literature, The Shroud Codex lacks substance. Thriller fans should look elsewhere.

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