The Messiah Secret (Chris Bronson Series #3)

The Messiah Secret (Chris Bronson Series #3)

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by James Becker
     
 

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Assessing the contents of a lavish English estate, museum conservator Angela Lewis discovers a crate full of sealed pottery jars-one of which holds a parchment which describes the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth.

For Angela, the find is a miracle-a written reference to Jesus outside of the New Testament. But her discovery draws her and her husband, Chris,

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Assessing the contents of a lavish English estate, museum conservator Angela Lewis discovers a crate full of sealed pottery jars-one of which holds a parchment which describes the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth.

For Angela, the find is a miracle-a written reference to Jesus outside of the New Testament. But her discovery draws her and her husband, Chris, into a centuries-old race for the truth that they may not win...or survive.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Becker gathers many familiar elements of the religious artifact subgenre and reshuffles them into an entertaining, hunt-and-chase thriller that races from the English countryside to a hidden valley in the Middle East. Angela Lewis, a British Museum ceramics conservator, persuades her ex-husband with whom she remains friendly, police detective Chris Bronson, to join her at Carfax Hall, the Suffolk estate of recently murdered minor aristocrat Oliver Wendell-Carfax, who has willed his collection of antiques and ancient relics to the museum. At the hall, the pair uncover clues that point to an ancient treasure, one that Angela and Bronson have searched for in two earlier books, The First Apostle and The Moses Stone. A mad priest, who doesn't want the treasure to be found, and a greedy industrialist, who desires it for economic gain, make trouble. Appealing and clever protagonists coupled with intriguing history set this above the average Dan Brown clone. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451412980
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Series:
Chris Bronson Series, #3
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
374,453
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Messiah Secret 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't expect a great read... yes, there are some good action scenes, but the characters don't seem too alive. Also, the book is based on a premise that will disturb Christions, so beware.
harstan More than 1 year ago
British Museum supervisor Roger Halliwell sends one of his staff ceramics conservator Angela Lewis, who is not as assessor to evaluate the value of the collection left by recently murdered aristocrat Oliver Wendell-Carfax. She convinces her former husband police detective Chris Bronson, to meet with her at Carfax Hall in Suffolk as she feels unsafe. Angela finds a crate of pottery with one containing the find of the century; a parchment written by noted first century Jewish Scholar Hillel who makes the first known reference by a peer to Jesus outside of the New Testament. The conservator and the cop find other clues that point to the ancient treasure the pair has previously souht unsuccessfully (see The First Apostle and The Moses Stone). However, once again the road to the artifact is dangerous as a fanatical lunatic priest will kill in the Lord's name to keep the treasure buried and an avaricious capitalist hires thugs to kill in order to insure he obtains the object. The key to the third Lewis-Bronson tale is the pair themselves who brings an acceptable level of lightheartedness (sort of like a modern day Nick and Nora the sleuth not the playlist) that makes for a fresh Brownian thriller. The story line is fast-paced from the opening scene when the elderly Carfax thwarts his assailant while going to his death with a smile and never slows down until the final confrontation far from Suffolk. Readers will appreciate the latest escapades of Lewis and Bronson as they follow leads while dodging two groups of assassins. Harriet Klausner
Robert Gaul More than 1 year ago
I alwaysenjoy reading historical fiction where the Author has clearly done the research. Dont skip this read based on the previous reviews. its a great conversation starter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trying to figure out where we are staying
rmd270 More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable adventure in the Chris Bronson. This adventure took us from England to Egypt and then to Northern India. An atmospheric tale bringing to life the richness of each locale and with enough of a historical religous path to follow to keep the reader entertained. This is an interesting twist on the life of Christ and the path he may have followed and adds to the suspense and adventure of this story.
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Really enjoyed reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like books that make me question stories/ideas we've had all our lives. Anyone who enjoyed this might also enjoy "The Secret Magdalene."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Plot hard to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must-read follow-up to James Becker's "Moses Stone"
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