The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud

The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud

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The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Navarro

The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud is the explosive international bestseller that mixes fact and fiction to tell the riveting story of one of the world’s most controversial relics—the Holy Shroud of Turin—and the desperate race to save it from those who will stop at nothing to possess its legendary power....

A fire at the Turin cathedral and the discovery of a mutilated corpse are the latest in a disturbing series of events surrounding the mysterious cloth millions believe to be the authentic burial shroud of Jesus Christ. Those who dare to investigate will be caught in the cross fire of an ancient conflict forged by mortal sacrifice, assassination, and secret societies tied to the shadowy Knights Templar.

Spanning centuries and continents, from the storm-rent skies over Calvary, through the intrigue and treachery of Byzantium and the Crusades, to the modern-day citadels of Istanbul, New York, London, Paris, and Rome, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud races to a chilling climax in the labyrinths beneath Turin, where astounding truths will be exposed: about the history of a faith, the passions of man, and proof of the most powerful miracle of all….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440243021
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 376,129
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Julia Navarro is a well known Madrid-based journalist who is currently a political analyst for Agencia OTR/Europa Press and a correspondent for other prominent Spanish radio and television networks and print media, including a weekly column for Tiempo magazine. Bantam Dell will publish the English translation of her second novel, The Bible of Clay, in Spring 2008.

Andrew Hurley is best known for his translations of Jorge Luis Borges's Collected Fictions (1998), as well as Reinaldo Arenas's "Pentagony" novels (1986-2000). He lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
pcp2736 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this book. I am now reading the Bible of Clay also by Julia Navarro. Both of these books are page turners and are very hard to put down!! She needs to write more books and FAST!!!
Mark_TwainRC More than 1 year ago
The story drags a bit initially but not that I am a little over half way through, the pieces come together. Without giving away the story, it begins at the time of Christ and traces the ownership and care of the Shroud of Turin from Jesus' death to modern times. The story includes what seem to be disconnnected events that eventually begin to make sense. Bear with the early part for the tension that builds.
Dr_Deanna More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but then I like most historical intrigue/archaeological thriller type novels. The book jumps around somewhat due to the cast of characters and trying to cover both the modern events and the historical ones but overall is quite enjoyable. I will be getting the author's second book - The Bible of Clay - because I did enjoy this one and would like to see more of the characters. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the plot isn't bad at all, but this book has way, way, way too many characters that are doing nothing in three distinct time periods. i'm sure some will find this book descriptive, lush and engrossing. i found it muddled.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The latest blaze in a series of suspicious fires at the Turin Cathedral over several decades concerns the chief of the Italian Art Crimes Department, Marco Valoni because he knows a great prize resides inside the church, the Shroud. The arsonists have always been found with their tongues removed including the latest tongue-less suspect. Valoni begins to see a conspiracy of sorts, but not by whom. Valoni decides enough is enough as he fears there is more than just isolated arson behind the fires. He assigns his top talent to seek clues and begins to investigate scientists who have studied the Shroud over the years. His top art expert Sofia Galloni persuades Valoni to free the current jailed tongue-less suspect so they can trail him expecting he will return to his co-conspirators. Valoni learns that back in ancient times, King Abgar of Edessa sends his childhood friend Josar to Jerusalem to persuade Jesus of Nazarus to come to his kingdom to heal him of leprosy. Josar remains in Jerusalem as a disciple of Jesus. Years later he returns to Edessa with the Shroud, but his friend¿s heir demands he hand over the Shroud to him. Instead Josar cuts out his tongue so he cannot reveal where he hid the Shroud. Centuries later the Templars possessed the Shroud during the Middle Ages, but Valoni wonders whether some modern day descendents want it back. --- This is a terrific Italian police procedural that uses the Shroud of Turin as the motive for arson and attempted thefts. The story line is action-packed with fabulous subplots especially the biblical era tale. The cast is solid whether they are in ancient times or the present. Not just for the Brown crowd, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE HOLY SHROUD is a delightful rendition using a modern day criminal investigation as the means to provide a deep thriller. --- Harriet Klausner
joaninoregon More than 1 year ago
I've just finished this wonderful book! Absolutely brilliant story line which keeps you riveted until the end. This is the first book I've read of Julia's and I've already ordered The Bible of Clay. This was an excellent read and the author is fantastic! I highly recommend it!
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. While the beginning starts off a bit slow, once you get into the story a bit, the pace picks up, and the story really gets moving. This book is based in two different time lines. One is the modern time, with the police investigating a fire in the city of Turin. The other is the time following the crucifixion of Jesus. The Shroud of Turin is the piece that ties the two time lines together, as the fire took place in the church where the Shroud is normally kept and displayed. The police believe there is more to the fire than simple arson, and they are intent on finding out what the connection is to the Shroud. The ancient time line tells the story of where the Shroud came from, and how it comes to be tied into the modern city of Turin. Honestly, I could not put this book down after a while. I already have the next book by Julia Navarro, and am looking forward to starting it very soon.
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This book was amazing. Highly recommend this one. Got better with every turn of the page.
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Smoove55 More than 1 year ago
Once the story got going it was hard to put this book down. I have read many books with similiar story lines and this is one of the best.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The history of the Shroud of Turin is the subject of this religious suspense thriller.The author tells the tale of the Shroud beginning with the resurrection of Christ to the Crusades, the Knights Templar and onward to the modern day. The detective inspecting suspicious fires in the cathedral where the Shroud is kept, is the Chief of Italian Art Crimes. He and his crew decide that there is a conspiracy to steal the treasure. The race to apprehend the thieves and to also protect the Shroud, kept my intense interest. This is a spellbinding book which I have enjoyed immensely.