The Second Messiah

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In the desert near Jerusalem, an archaeologist is murdered after he uncovers stunning evidence in a Dead Sea scroll about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The two-thousand-year-old parchment containing enigmatic references to not one but two messiahs is stolen before it can be fully translated.

In Rome, a charismatic American priest with long-hidden secrets is elected pope, setting off widespread panic among some of the faithful who question whether he is the anti-Christ ...

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Overview

In the desert near Jerusalem, an archaeologist is murdered after he uncovers stunning evidence in a Dead Sea scroll about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The two-thousand-year-old parchment containing enigmatic references to not one but two messiahs is stolen before it can be fully translated.

In Rome, a charismatic American priest with long-hidden secrets is elected pope, setting off widespread panic among some of the faithful who question whether he is the anti-Christ or the world’s new savior. As the conspiracy over the scroll explodes into a political and religious standoff, two people find themselves on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of unknown assassins in their search for truth.

Archaeologist Jack Cane and Israeli police inspector Lela Raul must solve the mystery of the Second Messiah and uncover the real secret behind the message of Jesus before they are permanently silenced and the scroll and its contents are forever lost to humanity.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Irish-born author (Snow Wolf) teeters on the edge of genius and sacrilege with this thriller about a subject known since the time of Christ. When archeologist Jack Cane discovers ancient documents that point to the existence of another messiah, he also quickly finds out that both Israeli and Catholic authorities have reason to possess, or suppress, such documents. Racked with the pain of personal loss, he meets up with an old friend, Lela, who is part of an Israeli police team investigating multiple crimes, including a cold case involving the possible murder of Cane's parents—also archeologists—20 years earlier. Some who have avoided Christian fiction or only dipped in will find this departure from the mold refreshing, even while some regular readers of Christian fiction may find certain passages revolting. Fans of Davis Bunn or Dan Brown won't bat an eye at Meade's unblinking look at the Vatican and the religious secrecy that fuels such novels. With a plot that screams, a controversial edge, and characters with attitude and something to prove, this has all the makings to be the next Da Vinci Code. (Aug.)
Midwest Book Review
“A thrill a minute. A cross between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. Thriller readers will love this book.”
Christian Retailing
"Reading similarly to both a Thoene novel and The Da Vinci Code, bestselling author Meade’s The Second Messiah will keep readers on the edge of their proverbial seats . . . The Second Messiah reads quickly and will hold the reader’s attention with its many plot twists. In the story, Meade also addresses the problem of suffering in an insightful comment from the pope. Fans of fiction tied to news headlines will enjoy this geopolitical thriller. Recommended for readers of Joel C. Rosenberg."
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"This novel is a Da Vinci Code-type thriller, but it’s far more. The secret scrolls and chases are standard thriller fare, but deftly handled. Some of the characters are particularly captivating, especially the new Pope, a true follower of God who’s tormented by his past and struggling with the future of the Church. This suspenseful book is well worth reading."
Charisma
"Written in the mold of The Da Vinci Code—sans all the erroneous claims (thankfully)—bestselling author Glenn Meade’s latest geographical thriller, The Second Messiah, keeps readers on the edge of their proverbial seats with multiple plot twists."
Crosswalk.com
"Meade knows how to entangle, and untangle, an exciting array of characters and plots guaranteed to keep the reader hooked . . . a talented storyteller, he sets the scene quickly before taking off on a rollicking ride that keeps the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down."
Fresh Fiction
“Reads at a breathtaking, frantic pace from beginning to end. . . . A daring work of fiction that will have people talking.”
The Washington Post
Praise for Glenn Meade's other work:

"Meade's research is so extensive yet unobtrusive . . . that it is often easy to forget you're reading fiction and not history. This a completely riveting thriller in the tradition of the Day of the Jackal. A white knuckler!"

Stephen Leather
“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact."
Ohio) Bookseller from Books & Co. (Dayton
“Tell Dan Brown to move over! It’s Glenn Meade’s turn.”
From the Publisher
"The Irish-born author (Snow Wolf) teeters on the edge of genius and sacrilege with this thriller about a subject known since the time of Christ. When archeologist Jack Cane discovers ancient documents that point to the existence of another messiah, he also quickly finds out that both Israeli and Catholic authorities have reason to possess, or suppress, such documents. Racked with the pain of personal loss, he meets up with an old friend, Lela, who is part of an Israeli police team investigating multiple crimes, including a cold case involving the possible murder of Cane's parents—also archeologists—20 years earlier. Some who have avoided Christian fiction or only dipped in will find this departure from the mold refreshing, even while some regular readers of Christian fiction may find certain passages revolting. Fans of Davis Bunn or Dan Brown won't bat an eye at Meade's unblinking look at the Vatican and the religious secrecy that fuels such novels. With a plot that screams, a controversial edge, and characters with attitude and something to prove, this has all the makings to be the next Da Vinci Code."

“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact."

“A thrill a minute. A cross between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. Thriller readers will love this book.”

“Tell Dan Brown to move over! It’s Glenn Meade’s turn.”

"Reading similarly to both a Thoene novel and The Da Vinci Code, bestselling author Meade’s The Second Messiah will keep readers on the edge of their proverbial seats . . . The Second Messiah reads quickly and will hold the reader’s attention with its many plot twists. In the story, Meade also addresses the problem of suffering in an insightful comment from the pope. Fans of fiction tied to news headlines will enjoy this geopolitical thriller. Recommended for readers of Joel C. Rosenberg."

"This novel is a Da Vinci Code-type thriller, but it’s far more. The secret scrolls and chases are standard thriller fare, but deftly handled. Some of the characters are particularly captivating, especially the new Pope, a true follower of God who’s tormented by his past and struggling with the future of the Church. This suspenseful book is well worth reading."

"Written in the mold of The Da Vinci Code—sans all the erroneous claims (thankfully)—bestselling author Glenn Meade’s latest geographical thriller, The Second Messiah, keeps readers on the edge of their proverbial seats with multiple plot twists."

"Meade knows how to entangle, and untangle, an exciting array of characters and plots guaranteed to keep the reader hooked . . . a talented storyteller, he sets the scene quickly before taking off on a rollicking ride that keeps the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down."

“Reads at a breathtaking, frantic pace from beginning to end. . . . A daring work of fiction that will have people talking.”

Oleg Kalugin
"A writer of powerfully built and skillfully executed plots. Immerse yourself in his intricately woven intrigue and explosive action, and enjoy them thoroughly!"
Booklist
"Fast, sly and slick, his thrillers deliver the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke finally clears."
The New York Times Book Review
“Deftly orchestrated. . . . One long, twisty, breathless chase. . . . Tough to put down”
People
“Rich in period detail, crisply plotted and paced.”
USA Today
“Meade knows how to turn on the adrenaline.”
The Sunday Times
“A tremendous sense of dramatic action and page-turning excitement culminating in a riveting, thought-provoking climax.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451672831
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 524,424
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Meade was born in 1957 in Finglas, Dublin. Several of his novels have been international bestsellers, translated into more than twenty languages, and have enjoyed both critical and commercial success.

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1

EAST OF JERUSALEM
ISRAEL

Leon Gold didn’t know that he had two minutes left to live and he was grinning. “Did anyone ever tell you that you’ve got terrific legs?” he asked the drop-dead gorgeous woman seated next to him.

Gold was twenty-three, a tanned, good-looking, muscular young man from New Jersey whose folks had immigrated to Israel. As he drove his Dodge truck with military markings past a row of sun-drenched orange groves, he inhaled the sweet scent through the rolled-down window, then used the moment to glimpse the figure of the woman seated next to him.

Private Rachel Else was stunning.

Gold, a corporal, eyed Rachel’s uniform skirt riding up her legs, the top button open on her shirt to reveal a flash of cleavage. She was driving him so crazy that he found it hard to concentrate on his job—delivering a consignment to an Israel Defense Forces outpost, thirty miles away. The road ahead was a coil of tortuous bends. “Well, did anyone ever tell you that you’ve got terrific legs?” Gold repeated.

A tiny smile curled Rachel’s lips. “Yeah, you did. Five minutes ago, Leon. Tell me something new.”

Gold flicked a look in the rearview mirror and saw sunlight igniting the windows and the glinting dome of a fast-disappearing Jerusalem. There was only one reason he stayed in this godforsaken country with its endless friction with the Palestinians, high taxes, grumbling Jews, and searing heat.

The Israeli women. They were simply gorgeous. And the Israel Defense Forces had its fair share of beauties. Gold was determined that Rachel was going to be his next date. He shifted down a gear as the road twisted up and the orange scent was replaced by gritty desert air. “Okay, then did anyone ever mention you’ve got seductive eyes and a terrific figure?”

“You mentioned those too, Leon. You’re repeating yourself.”

“Are you going to come on a date with me or not, Private Else?”

“No. Keep your eyes on the road, Corporal.”

“I’ve got my eyes on the road.”

“They’re on my legs.”

Gold grinned again. “Hey, can I help it if you make my eyes wander?”

“Keep them on the road, Leon. You crash and we’re both in trouble.”

Gold focused on the empty road as it rose up into sand-dusted limestone hills. Rachel was proving a tough nut to crack, but he reckoned he still had an ace up his sleeve. As the road snaked round a bend he nudged the truck nearer the edge. The wheels skidded, sending loose gravel skittering into the rock-strewn ravine below.

Alarm crept into Rachel’s voice. “Leon! Don’t do that.”

Gold winked, nudging the Dodge even closer to the road’s edge. “Maybe I can make you change your mind?”

“Stop it, Leon. Don’t fool around, it’s crazy. You’ll get us killed.”

Gold grinned as the wheels skidded again. “How about that date? Just put me out of my misery. Yes, or no?”

“Leon! Oh no!” Rachel stared out past the windshield.

Gold’s eyes snapped straight ahead as he swung the wheel away from the brink. A white Ford pickup appeared from around the next bend. Gold jumped on the brakes but his blood turned to ice and he knew he was doomed. His Dodge started to skid as the two vehicles hurtled toward the ravine’s edge, trying to avoid a crash. The pickup was like an express train that couldn’t stop and then everything seemed to happen in slow motion.

Gold clearly saw the pickup’s occupants. Three adults in the front cab, two teenagers in the open back—a boy and a girl seated on some crates. The smiles on their faces collapsed into horror as the two vehicles shrieked past each other.

There was a grating clang of metal striking metal as the rears of both vehicles briefly collided and then Gold screamed, felt a breeze rush past him as the Dodge flew through the air. His scream combined with Rachel’s in a bloodcurdling duet that died abruptly when their truck smashed nose-first into the ravine and their gas tank ignited.

Fifteen miles from Jerusalem, the distant percussion of the massive blast could be heard as the army truck’s cargo of antipersonnel mines detonated instantly, vaporizing Gold’s and Rachel’s handsome young bodies into bone and ash.

The Catholic priest was following two hundred yards behind the pickup, driving a battered old Renault, when he felt the blast through the rolled-down window. The percussion pained his ears and he slammed on his brakes. The Renault skidded to a halt.

The priest paled as he stared at the orange ball of flame rising into the air, followed by an oily cloud of smoke. Instinct made him stab his foot on the accelerator and the Renault sped forward.

When he reached the edge of the ravine, he floored the brakes and jumped out of his car. The priest saw the flames consume the blazing shell of the army truck and knew there was no hope for whoever was inside. His focus turned to the upturned white Ford pickup farther along the ravine, smoke pouring from its cabin. The priest blessed himself as he stared blankly at the accident scene. “May the Lord have mercy on their souls.”

His plan had gone horribly wrong. This was not exactly what he had intended. If the pickup’s occupants had to die, so be it—the priceless, two-thousand-year-old treasure inside the vehicle was worth the loss of human life—but he hadn’t foreseen such awful carnage.

He moved toward the pickup. A string of deafening explosions erupted as more mines ignited. The priest was forced to crouch low.

Seconds later his eyes shifted back to the upturned Ford pickup. He could make out the occupants trapped inside the smoke-filled cabin. One of them frantically kicked at the windshield, trying to escape. Nearby the sprawled bodies of a teenage boy and girl lay among the wreckage.

When the explosions died, the priest stood. His gaze swung back to the burning pickup. The desperate passenger had stopped kicking and his body had fallen limp. As thick smoke smothered the cabin, the priest caught sight of the leather map case, lying wedged inside the windshield.

He knew it contained the ancient scroll that had been discovered that morning at Qumran, and that the pickup was on its way to the Antiquities Department in Jerusalem with its precious cargo. But the priest was desperate to ensure that the scroll never reached its destination.

His orders from Rome were clear.

This was one astonishing secret that had to be kept hidden from the world.

Flames started to lick around the map case. “Dear God, no.”

He scrambled down the rocks toward the wreckage.

© 2011 Glenn Meade

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

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    This is a fastenating, compeling, well written book by an author whose mind and imagination borders on genius. Every page you turn is filled with suspense, intrigue, action, danger, and drama of the highest level. Your mind runs wild with all the visualition. The characters are all equally strong and well defined. The vatican has always remained a mystery to me. How can one human being be elavated to almost "God like" stature and yield so much authority. I think this author's idea of portraying a pope with such humility and wanting the Vactican to follow in Jesus humble life is brillient. There is one sentence in this book that really touched my heart because it is so true, when the Pope meets the prostitute and asks her what she thinks of the Vatican and she answers, "Half the world starves and they live like princes in their ivory towers." My sentiments exactly. I think it took some courage on the authors part to write this book. I applaud him.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

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    Putstanding

    In a cave in Qumran near Jerusalem, archaeologist Jack Cane finds a significant Dead Sea scroll that mentions Jesus Christ by name. Jack is almost certain this parchment was written when Jesus walked the earth as it references his travel from Caesarea to Dora where he performed a miracle before being crucified there. Obvious to Jack this man was a false prophet as the two-millennium old document implies there were two messiahs.

    Musing over the find he returns from a walk to learn someone murdered the dig director using Jack's knife; the scroll is missing. Determined to recover the parchment, Jack applies archeological investigative skills. Clues lead first to Syria and then the Vatican where a new charismatic American has been elected Pope. His Holiness plans to open up the archives to let people see the secrets hidden over centuries. While some groups want Jack dead assassinating anyone who assists him on his quest, Israeli police inspector Lela Raul tries to help him recover the scroll. Hiddn in the shadows, a puppet master is using them to get the world to know the word of the Second Messiah.

    The theme of this interesting thriller is when religion and politics converge; the effect is carnage in the name of the Lord. Jack is a sort of modern day crusader trying to bring the truth out into open; although veracity will shatter Jewish and Christian belief systems. The Pope believes the truth will strengthen the faith of the flock who are divided between radical fundamentalists and agnostics as the Church is left behind. Loaded with action, this fast-paced thriller takes reader on a fascinating journey from the opening discovery to the climatic discovery.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    great read

    Good plot. Theory? Or really exist...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Excellent Read!

    I read this book while on vacation and it was outstanding

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    An Intense Global Conspiracy Thriller

    Glenn Meade in his new book, "The Second Messiah" published by Howard Books gives us a global conspiracy thriller.

    Jack Cane is an archaeologist digging in a cave in Qumran near Jerusalem. There he makes a significant discovery of a Dead Sea scroll that mentions Jesus Christ by name. While this parchment could almost be a new gospel except for the fact that the writer had to have been a false prophet as the two-millennium old document implies there were two Messiahs.

    After leaving the camp for a short while Jack returns to find the dig director murdered with Jack's knife and the scroll is missing. In an effort to clear his name and recover the parchment, Jack applies his substantial archeological investigative skills. The clues he finds lead him on a global chase and to the Vatican where a new charismatic American has been elected Pope. There are groups that want Jack dead and are assassinating anyone who assists him on his quest, however, despite the danger, Israeli police inspector Lela Raul works with Jack to help him recover the scroll. All the while there is an unseen person manipulating events to get the world to know the word of the Second Messiah.

    I love these global chases with groups that want the information to come out while others want the same information silenced and both groups will kill to accomplish their desires. Jack and Lela are in danger practically every step of their journey giving us a thrill ride of epic proportions. "The Second Messiah" is somewhat similar to the old movie serials because someone is getting into a trap at the end of every chapter. This is a roller-coaster ride of excitement so buckle yourself in and enjoy it. I recommend this book highly.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Awesome book!

    I loved this book...characters, story line, and setting. It was one of those that I didn't want to end. I can't wait to read the author's next book.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    excellent

    Very well written

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    Extradionary work

    Not sure if this is another science fiction story.However I read itn my native language German.I could not put this book away. Actually some of the terms like the special code, and or about the pope thomas becket,seam to be true. I as a Christian, have always doubted these things in the bible.As i figured,they probably, were more man made, then actually truly real! When going back in Religious history of the Catholic church, we know that the power ful papricy alwys used fear full tatics to undermine their power over the help less. A very intriguing book.I read it in three days!

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Great Read!!

    Unusaal plot, kept me reading and wanting more! Cannot wait for the next book to come out. With not bringing my religious beliefs into the book, and simply read it for enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Really slow and unshocking

    I enjoyed Glenn Meade's "The Romanov Conspiracy" and decided to read another of his novels. Frankly, I was a little disappointed in the end. The whole point of Thrillers based on religious issues is to shock and force us to reevaluate what we think is right. "The Second Messiah" fell short of that goal. The pacing was slow; the author spent too much time on unimportant storylines, scenes, and characters. The characters who were supposed to figure out the puzzle spent more time flirting with each other than thinking through the actual problem. The religious questions introduced were never addressed and answered. I did enjoy Glenn Meade's "The Romanov Conspiracy," but did not enjoy "The Second Messiah."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Fantastic

    This book was fantastic it was really good read l
    Could not put this book down and best of all it was free!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Good Read

    I enjoyed this book, it got slow in a few parts, but it was a good and interesting story.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Recommended reading

    Good concept - worth reading

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    The Second Messiah

    Years ago, an archeologist finds another Scroll in the Dead Seas that could put to doubt the belief that Jesus is the Messiah. But he is killed (accident or murder), and years later is son follows in his father's footsteps and find another scroll. Soon is he is running for his life while trying to find the truth in the Scrolls and his parent's death.

    To say this is a thriller is no joke; Meade takes the reader on a tale of conspiracy and mystery that makes one wonder about the gospel and the books of the Bible (similar to Dan Brown). I found the story to not be too heavy into religion but more focused on history and what ifs.

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