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Sierra (La cena secreta ; Plaza & Janés, 2005) has made a career out of his interest in historical mysteries. First published in Spain in 1998, this novel is the result of seven years of research and is based on factual evidence and historical documents. In the 17th century, when missionaries arrived near the Rio Grande in New Mexico, they were astonished to learn that a “blue lady” had already been there and had prepared the natives’ hearts and minds for Christianity. Fearing satanic involvement, agents of the Inquisition investigated the case and discovered that a young nun had repeatedly traveled to New Mexico to evangelize the native tribes—without leaving her cloister in Spain. The nun’s deposition produced a veritable manual for bilocation—the ability to be in two places at once—a skill that has extensive military application in the present day. The ensuing battle either to protect or to develop this skill involves the U.S. military, the Vatican, the media, and others. Ecclesiastical intrigue, secret societies, and a mysterious murder beg comparison with Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code , but the premise is far less theologically provocative. An entertaining page-turner; recommended for public libraries and bookstores, particularly where there is interest in Southwestern lore or alternative spirituality.