A young Jesuit priest who teaches physics to junior high school students, Hector has joined an online group wrestling with deciphering the Voynich manuscriptan actual artifact, dating from the 1400s or 1500s and written in an unrecognizable language, that is currently housed at Yale University's Beinecke Library. Hector soon learns that his school, once part of a Jesuit monastery, is linked to the manuscript and that the school is about to be closed. Furthermore, Juana, another Voynich enthusiast, has been receiving death threats, which only intensifies Hector's efforts to decipher the work. While Joven makes a valiant effortoffering an appealing protagonist and an intriguing enigmathe suspense never quite materializes. The other characters are mostly uninteresting stereotypes, and the villains' motivation and purpose are unclear, so there's no feeling of imminent danger. The real heroes are the great scientists and intellectuals from the time when the manuscript was created, and a large part of the intrigue involves debunking a recent (actual) book that accuses Johannes Kepler of murdering Tycho Brahe. A scientist by profession, the author presents a convincing case for the felicitous mingling of science and religion. Still, this book will appeal mainly to readers fascinated by the 15th and 16th centuries and by fictionalized scientific discourse. Recommended only for large collections.Sara Martinez, Hispanic Resource Ctr., Tulsa City?Cty. Lib. Syst.