The Rozabal Line

The Rozabal Line

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by Shawn Haigins
The tomb of Rozabal in Kashmir has contained the body of a great saint called Yuz Asaf since 112 A.D. But who was Yuz Asaf and what secret does the ancient tomb contain? Father Vincent Morgan is unwittingly sucked into the Rozabal tornado when flashes of his own previous lifetimes reveal some uncomfortable truths about the life and death of Jesus Christ. Vincent is


The tomb of Rozabal in Kashmir has contained the body of a great saint called Yuz Asaf since 112 A.D. But who was Yuz Asaf and what secret does the ancient tomb contain? Father Vincent Morgan is unwittingly sucked into the Rozabal tornado when flashes of his own previous lifetimes reveal some uncomfortable truths about the life and death of Jesus Christ. Vincent is soon caught in the crossfire between the Osama-bin-Laden inspired warriors of Islam, led by Ghalib-bin-Isar, and the fundamentalists of the Crux Decussata Permuta. The secret held securely within Rozabal for two millennia threatens to upset the world's balance of power. Zipping around the world caught up in a whirlwind of events, people, religion and time, from Jesus to Muhammad; from the Crusades to 9/11; from the Vatican to the White House; from Skull & Bones to the Illuminati; from Buddhist meditation to past-life regression; from the Virgin birth to nuclear destruction; and from Mary Magdalene to Osama-bin-Laden; The Rozabal Line has it all.

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The onset of winter in idyllic Kashmir meant that the days were gradually getting shorter. Even though it was only three o'clock in the afternoon, it felt like nightfall. Icy winter winds, having wafted through the numerous apple and cherry orchards of the area, sent a spicy and refreshing aromatic chill to the man's nostrils. The leather jacket and lamb's wool pullover underneath it were his only comfort as he knelt to pray at the tomb.

Father Vincent Morgan rubbed his hands together to keep warm as he took in the sight of the four glass walls, within which lay the wooden sarcophagus. The occupant of the tomb, however, resided below in an inaccessible crypt. Standing in front of a Muslim cemetery, the tomb was located within an ordinary and unassuming structure with whitewashed walls and simple wooden fixtures.

Vincent's blonde hair, blue eyes, together with his athletic build and pale skin clearly marked him out as separate and distinct from the locals. The goatee and rimless spectacles completed the slightly academic look.

The sign outside informed visitors that the Rozabal tomb in the Kanyar district of old Srinagar contained the body of a person named Yuz Asaf. Local land records acknowledged the existence of the tomb from 112 A.D. onwards.

The word Rozabal, derived from the Kashmiri term Rauza-Bal, meant "Tomb of the Prophet". According to Muslim custom, the gravestone had been placed along the north-south axis, however, a small opening revealed the true burial chamber beneath. Here one could see the sarcophagus of Yuz Asaf, which lay along the east-west axis as per Jewish custom.

Nothing was out of the ordinary here - nothing that is except fora carved imprint of a pair of feet near the sarcophagus. The feet were normal human feet - normal, barring the fact that they bore marks on them; marks that coincided with puncture wounds from a crucifixion.

Crucifixion had never been practised in Asia, so it was quite obvious that the resident of the tomb had undergone this ordeal in some other, distant land.

Meet the Author

The name "Shawn Haigins" is a pseudonym. In fact, it is an anagram of the author's real name. A businessman by profession, Shawn writes extensively on history, religion, and politics in his spare time. "The Rozabal Line" is Shawn's first book of fiction. Shawn is currently working on a second novel, as yet untitled. Besides this, he is also writing a non-fiction book on the history of religions. Shawn holds a master's degree from Yale and lives in India with his wife and son.

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The Rozabal Line by Shawn Haigins is a historical conspiracy thriller in the same sub-genre as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Haigins writes about his story, 'From Jesus to Muhammad from the Crusades to 9/11 from the Vatican to the White House from Skull & Bones to the Illuminati from Buddhist meditation to past-life regression from the Virgin birth to nuclear destruction and from Mary Magdalene to Osama-bin-Laden The Rozabal Line has it all, and more.' Add to that a surprising ending, one I had to read a second time because I didn't see it coming! I really enjoyed reading the book!
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The Rozabal Line is a new thriller á la The DaVinci Code in which the author, through his fictional characters, investigates an actual world myth. In this case, the myth is quite controversial: what happened to Jesus after the crucifixion. We all know what the Bible says - even those of us who aren¿t religious. This novel offers up another point of view. A priest, Father Vincent Morgan, has been the recipient of visions of the crucifixion as well as some of his past lives. As he sets out to follow the clues contained in his visions, he stumbles upon the alternative religious theory that Jesus did not die upon the cross but was instead rescued and taken to India where he lived out the remainder of his life as a prophet, a husband, and a father. Obviously, the Catholic Church¿s leaders do not want Father Morgan to find any proof of these theories and they send an assassin to stop him. Adding fuel to the fire is the involvement of thirteen fringe terrorists (the leader of which it is insinuated may be descended from Christ and the twelve other men, when they are finally killed, are each murdered as each of the Twelve Disciples were killed) who are attempting to bring about Armageddon. This fringe group ultimately works for Osama bin-Laden who in turn is being manipulated by Opus Dei and the Illuminati (recently made popular in Dan Brown¿s books). Amid the religious quest and terrorism plot is an enormous amount of comparative religion information, some imparted as exposition-heavy dialogue between the fictional characters but mostly set forth in narrative flashbacks. There¿s a lot of ground covered: for example, one chapter alone bounces from North India 3127 B.C., to the Indo-Nepal border 566 B.C., to the Judean Desert 26 A.D., to Persia 1000 B.C., to Syria 2000 B.C., to Egypt 3000 B.C., back to Persia 600 B.C., returning to Judea 23 A.D., then North India in 2001 A.D., Constantinople 337 and 553 A.D., France 185 A.D., and finally Turin, Italy 1988 A.D. The Christian Gospels, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Shinto, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Apocrypha all get discussed in a fair amount of detail, as well as the cult of the divine feminine and the beliefs of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Incans. There¿s even some tantric yoga and past-life regression hypnotherapy thrown in for good measure.I was actually more interested in the comparative religion discussions than I was in the fiction. At one point, Haigins points out that many world religions have ¿gods, prophets, messengers or angels who [share] commonalities with Jesus Christ.¿ He mentions, among others, Osiris and Horus (Egyptian), Perseus, Hermes, Hercules and Adonis (Greek), Mithras (Indo-Iranian), Baldur (Norse) and Quetzalcoatl (Aztec), all of whom existed in legend prior to Jesus, and each of whom shared something with - or contributed something to - the Christian Messiah, whether it be virgin birth, performance of miracles or resurrection after death. I am not a religious person, but I have always loved to read different mythologies and I found this fascinating.The Rozabal Line is Haigins¿s first work of fiction. According to the ¿About the Author¿ note, he is currently working on two more books, another novel and a non-fiction book on the history of religions. Given this current novel¿s strengths and weaknesses, I think the history text will be very interesting as Haigins obviously has a comprehensive knowledge of and affinity for the subject. I just may wait a little while before picking up his next cliff-hanger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an intelligent book meant for those who are willing to navigate through fiction, fact, fantasy, theory, and multiple alternatives to a given possibility. I enjoyed it and ended up reading some parts of the book a second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The use of anagrams, secret trust accounts in Switzerland, the Skull & Bones rituals, the Illuminati, the secret society of Rhodes and many other such elements made Rozabal a very good book. I liked the pages that dealt with the Lashkar and the training of Islamic jihadists. I also really liked the paragraphs that intertwined the lives of Jesus and Ghalib- the intrigue factor was very high. I enjoyed being zapped around from one time zone to the next, each zone inter-connecting.