The First Apostle (Chris Bronson Series #1)

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An experienced former covert operative, James Becker draws on his insider's knowledge of international espionage to pen gripping thrillers. Detective Sergeant Chris Bronson becomes the target of mafia hitmen when he and his wife—a conservator at the British Museum—investigate the death of two friends. But as their search grows, they begin to realize a greater conspiracy growing around them."Fast-paced action propels the imaginative and controversial plot."—Publishers Weekly

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Overview

An experienced former covert operative, James Becker draws on his insider's knowledge of international espionage to pen gripping thrillers. Detective Sergeant Chris Bronson becomes the target of mafia hitmen when he and his wife—a conservator at the British Museum—investigate the death of two friends. But as their search grows, they begin to realize a greater conspiracy growing around them."Fast-paced action propels the imaginative and controversial plot."—Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly

A British detective faces down the combined forces of the Mafia and the Vatican in Becker's jaw-dropping thriller. Tunbridge Wells Det. Sgt. Chris Bronson is helping his best friend, Mark Hampton, deal with the sudden death of Mark's wife, Jackie. Her supposedly accidental fatal fall at their house in Ponticelli, Italy, was caused by intruders seeking an ancient Latin inscription revealed during remodeling, the first clue to locating a scroll and diptychs that describe the crucifixion and beheading of two unnamed Jews in A.D. 67. Mafioso Gregori Mandino wants to find and destroy the relics, and he pressures Joseph Cardinal Vertutti to help. After Mafia hit men target Mark, Chris seeks vengeance and answers with the help of his ex-wife, a British Museum conservator. Fast-paced action propels the imaginative and controversial plot. (Mar.)

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"Utterly spellbinding. The plot is stunning and breathtaking and leaves you racing to the end... A truly amazing book. If you read nothing else this year, you must get hold of this."
—Euro Crime

"Exciting... fast paced and filled with non-stop action."
—Genre Go Round Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461804079
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Series: Chris Bronson Series , #1
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

JAMES BECKER spent over twenty years in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air arm and served during Falklands War. Throughout his career he has been involved in covert operations in many of the world's hotspots; places like Yemen, Northern Ireland and Russia. He is an accomplished combat pistol shot and has an abiding interest in ancient and medieval history.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    A great historical thriller

    At first I thought this book was just another 'Da Vinci Code' type thriller. It's very similar in some ways, but the final outcome is much different. I couldn't bare to put the book down, and found myself reaching the last page in about 4 hours. It's very action packed, and for being fictional, it contains a lot of accurate historical information.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Excellent

    Very well written. Keeps you guessing until the very end.
    If you liked "The DaVinci Code" you'll like this.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2009

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    exciting Brownian thriller

    Englishwoman Jackie Hampton remains behind in Italy due a change in a builders¿ schedule while her spouse Mark is in London on business. Two men Alberti and Rogan assume the Hampton house is empty, but see Jackie and break her neck. They next chisel away at the plaster above the fireplace until the next layer is exposed displaying an inscription carved into it. They use a digital camera to take pictures before they replaster the wall and leave.<BR/><BR/>Mark receives the gruesome call. He and his best friend English policeman Chris Bronson travel to Italy. Officially her death is ruled an accident, but Chris sees evidence of a break-in. As he looks around what he believes is a crime scene, he notices the fresh plaster over the fireplace seems out of place in spite of renovation all over the house as this section is isolated from the work done and looks incomplete. He finds the concealed ancient Latin inscription ¿Hic Vanidici Latitant¿. As the Church leaders fear the impact of the find, Chris asks his former wife antiques expert Angela for help with the translation, which he learns is ¿Here Lie the Liars.¿ To decipher the connotation of the message, the couple follows clues across Europe while hunters try to kill them; collateral damage of the innocent is an acceptable practice by the Vatican as the truth will shake their foundation.<BR/><BR/>This is an exciting Brownian thriller based (see the Author¿s Notes) on ¿historical evidence that St. Paul was an agent of Rome.¿ The story line, built from that premise and much more, is fast-paced and filled with non stop action as the lead couple uncovers a conspiracy that makes Da Vinci¿s look minor. Although the market is flooded with these types of thrillers and the exomologesis villains seem pathetic, fans will enjoy THE FIRST APOSTLE as Mr. Becker uses historical hypothesis and facts to enhance his electrifying Church conspiracy tale.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    If your anti-christian this book is the one for you!

    I thought this book would be similar to Dan Brown. A historical fiction/mystery. In reality its 300 pages of the authors opinion that Jesus and his apostles did not exist through the voice of his characters. Then he goes on in his own voice in the authors note at the end of book continuing to share why Jesus didnt exist. Its fine not to believe in christianity, but you shouldnt be worthy of having a fiction "novel" published just to share your views. There are seperate non-fiction book sections that you could do this in. Shame on Signet for allowing this garbage novel. wont be reading any more James Becker books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Good book

    Fast action and moves along. Great plot. Lots of interesting history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2009

    Excellent novel!

    It is awesome....I want a sequel!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Terrific

    Terrific read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Fair

    This book works for a train or plan trip. It reads like a book in search of an ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Overall good read

    The book is a quick read, I could have done without the authors notes. I will read the authors second book out of curiousity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Don't waste your money or your time.

    Poorly written and somewhat juvenile.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    Great Story

    The Vatican and the Mafia are working together to suppress a terrible secret about early Christianity. Chris Bronson is drawn into the intrigue when two of his best friends are murdered! Great stuff!

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    Interesting Premise, Lazy Writing

    This book really had a lot of potential. I typically lose myself in books with the religious fiction flavor. This book took a decent start and ruined it with lazy writing toward the middle and end. To me, it felt almost as if the author ran out of ideas for the characters and took the easy way out by finishing the story with a supernatural solution that didn't fit the ideas I had developed for the characters earlier on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2009

    Exciting

    Am looking forward to Becker's new book "The Moses Stone" coming out in September-2009.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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