The Sacred Cipher: A Novel

The Sacred Cipher: A Novel

by Terry Brennan

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ISBN-13: 9780825498749
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 04/21/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 67,575
File size: 551 KB

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Terry Brennan is the award-winning author of The Sacred Cipher and The Brotherhood Conspiracy, the first two books in The Jerusalem Prophecies. He is also a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and has received the Freedoms Foundation award for editorial writing. Brennan is currently chief administrative officer for Care for the Homeless in New York City. More on Brennan can be found at

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Sacred Cipher 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Very, very well written novel. I loved it.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I believe what has always drawn me to the Indiana Jones movies is the possibility of the discovery of an ancient biblical artifact being discovered that might hold untold powers in the right or wrong hands. For those of us that study the Bible, we know that many religious artifacts still remain hidden even continually searched for to this day. That is just the reason for my fascination about novels that deals with that type of genre. A bit action adventure, mystery, and of course, suspense. For those that love such types like National Treasure, The DaVince Code or the Indiana Jones series, you might just want to check out Terry Brenna who has written a series of books called the Jerusalem Prophecies Series. The first novel in the series, The Sacred Cipher takes readers into the heart of a discovery of an ancient scroll that has been found in the late 1800's by Charles Spurgeon. In the metal case contains a scroll consisting of a series of unknown characters on it and from all appearances is very old. The only issue Charles has with it is knowing what it says and even how to go about reading it. He only knows he must mail it to a professor in London who might be able to help. As he is attempting to do this, he notices a group of men want to stop him from taking the scroll from Egypt and will stop at nothing to ensure they get it back. Nothing. As the scroll's mysteries deepen Tom Bohannon discovers an old map room hidden in an old church during the present day. Calling in support for what he discovers with scientists and historians he trusts, he unlocks a safe believed to contain a priceless collection of old religious books. Among them he finds a metal case containing a scroll along with a letter warning whoever has it that is must be uncoded and protected whatever the cost and that danger surrounds those in whose possession it remains. It will take an entire team of men to use all the resources available to them to unlock the mystery of the scroll and what they discover could quite possibly mean the end of the world if what is reveals is true. Now all they can do is true to find out if is true or just some kind of random treasure hunt, but if that is the case why are there so many people out there killing others just to stop them? I received The Sacred Cipher by Terry Brennan compliments of Kregel Publications for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. At first the book was hard to get into with so many characters being introduced and understanding the difficulties in dealing with ancient languages and cryptology, but the more further into the story you get, the more involved you become in wanting to know if such a thing is there and if it is possible. By the end, you will do anything to get your hands on the sequel, The Brotherhood Conspiracy. For me, this one was a 4.5 out of 5 stars and now I can't wait to read the next one. Knowing Bible prophecy, things just got a whole lot more interesting.
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PattiShene More than 1 year ago
This book is an intriguing page turner. From the very beginning to the last word, the author held me riveted to the story, eagerly anticipating what would happen next. An international thriller, the novel leads the reader through plot twists and turns, around unexpected corners, and deep into Biblical history. Terry Brennan has defined believable characters and launched them on a seemingly impossible quest, riddled with danger and brimming with adventure. He captures the challenge of the mission as he ushers his characters through a cacophony of doubt, fear, disaster, and hope. The pacing was just right, enough to keep the reader guessing what was coming next, yet detail and imagery never slowed the action.  There is nothing preachy about this Christian novel, but it is so well researched and presented that even those who normally don’t read Christian fiction would probably enjoy it. Great news is that there is a sequel, The Brotherhood Conspiracy, which is on my TBR list. I would recommend The Sacred Cipher to any reader who enjoys a fast-paced mystery thriller that is exceptionally well-written. 
VicG More than 1 year ago
Terry Brennan in his new book “The Sacred Cipher” Book One in The Sacred Cipher series published by Kregel Publications gives us another thriller with Tom Bohannon. History’s Greatest Secret Could Be Tomorrow’s Greatest Threat From the back cover:  A secret room has been discovered in the chapel of the Bowery Mission. And what’s hidden inside could change the world as we know it. When New Yorker Tom Bohannon uncovers an ancient cipher containing a dead language that has been lost in the sands of time, he doesn’t fully comprehend the danger that’s about to unfold. Though Tom and his team of ragtag scientists and historians want to decode the ancient text, there are others who don’t want the cipher revealed. And they are prepared to kill to keep it hidden. From a market in 19th century Alexandria to an apartment in present-day New York to the tunnels beneath Jerusalem, the secret of the cipher has spanned the globe–and threatened the lives of everyone in its path. Will Tom be next? Prophecy, intrigue, and terrorism saturate “The Sacred Cipher“.  The Cipher has been found again and a small group of men are working at trying to decipher it. However there is a group that is devoted to making sure that this never happens and sets about to eliminate them.  Tom, Doc, Joe and Sammy are not ex-CIA or Navy SEALS or anything like that, they are simply middle-aged men who have discovered something significant and want to know what it is. The Cipher takes them to Jerusalem and they work their way under The Temple Mount to find the answer. There, in addition to the original group that wants them dead, are the terrorists that want them dead and the Israelis that want them stopped because they think our group are terrorists. And the action hasn’t even begun. “The Sacred Cipher” is almost a non-stop action thriller.  Mr. Brennan has put in so many twists and turns in his story that it would make a roller coaster envious.  Tom, Doc, Joe and Sammy are wonderful characters that we care about, want to see escape the danger that they find themselves in and want them to succeed.  Terry Brennan has given us a unique thriller that will keep you on the edge of your chair as you read and flip pages as fast as possible.  I recommend this book highly and hope there is a next book in the series! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
LoveToReadNC More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating novel not only from the stand point of the story itself but also from the fact it was intertwined with actual events. I often had to stop and think is this part of the story or part of history. It is a thought provoking story throughout. I recommend this book highly!
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ChandraLynn More than 1 year ago
I love it when a debut author blows you away with his first book! Terry Brennan does exactly that with The Sacred Cipher. I had to remind myself it was a work of fiction. His research is flawless. His facts are amazing. His story is totally believable. His main character Tom Bohannon uncovers an ancient scroll while renovating the mission where he works. The search for the meaning of the ancient language takes Tom and his colleagues on a dangerous journey into the Holy Land and the secret tunnels beneath Jerusalem. While these men search for the meaning, others are prepared to kill and die to prevent the discovery. And, as the secret are revealed it becomes apparent that the entire world is about to change. This book is not a bedtime read . . . because you will not be able to sleep until you get to the end. And, if you are the type of person who likes to read the past page firs, DON'T. I highly recommend this book. I believe Terry Brennan has set the bar very high for himself and any subsequent novels. While that may be a challenge for him, for us as readers it will be a delight. I look to see this book on the big screen someday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Have recommanded it to several friends and they have love it also. Cant wait for another book by Terry Brennan.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
"Sacred Cipher" is the kind of book that sucks you in slowly and then won't let you go til it spits you out at the very end. What I mean to say is that it took me a few chapters to get oriented to what was going on, who everybody was and where the story was going. Then I had to grab on with both hands and just hold on for the ride! There are plenty of seeds of truth in this book and storyline - the preacher Charles Spurgeon and his love of books, the Demotic language and the Rosetta Stone, Sir Edward Elgar and the Dorabella Cipher, Abiathar of Jerusalem and the Bowery Mission - all of these things are real. Terry Brennan takes these items and people of fact and weaves an amazing story of mystery, intrigue and some incredible suspense that kept me up until 3:00 am reading to finish because I couldn't go to bed until I knew how it ended. Archeology, puzzles, theories, Muslims, Israelis, assasins and the President - throw in a couple Americans and a Brit and a Sacred Cipher and what you have is a tale that will set you on edge and keep you holding your breath! More than 1 year ago
The ancient scroll, stored securely in an air-tight mezuzah, had been spirited out of Egypt, and sent by ship to New York in 1891. The recipient, experiencing the dangers surrounding it, enshrined it in a huge steel safe with all his other priceless documents and sealed the hidden room until, over a century later, Tom Bohannon discovers it as the Bowery Mission's chapel is undergoing repairs. Almost immediately, the same band of men who over the centuries had been entrusted to guard the scroll seeks to snatch it back at any cost. What can this undecipherable message mean, and who wants to keep it from being translated? Truly this is an epic of Raiders of the Lost Ark proportion, only better. Its historic integrity is phenomenal, the pace superb. And the ending is so satisfying and plausible, I can't wait to see if it actually takes place in the very near future, ushering in the second coming of Christ Jesus. Action adventure at its best, I highly recommend Terry Brennan's debut novel The Sacred Cipher. It's the best book I've ever read, well, except God's Word.
jubilee More than 1 year ago
An Adventure of a Lifetime. History's Greatest Secret-Tomorrow's Greatest Threat. Those are possible headlines if this novel were true and ended up on the front page of The New York Times. Or it could be the title of the memoirs for any of the "ragtag scientists and historians" in this novel. Part history lesson, part mystery, this novel by Terry Brennan is a fast-paced quest for the truth behind the secrets hidden within an ancient scroll. Think of all the best parts of Indiana Jones and National Treasure with a Christian world view and you'll get the feel for The Sacred Cipher. I would love to see this novel as a movie. This is not your bubble-gum, light and airy novel (Though, I am not putting those kinds of books down - there is certainly a place for those too). Terry Brennan's debut novel is not one that you can pick up and put down numerous times. This is a curl up in a blanket with a big bowl of popcorn, a super-sized fountain Coke (heavy on the ice please) and read far into the night kind of book. If you can only read a few pages at a time, then read a magazine and save The Sacred Cipher for when you can devote your attention to it fully. It is worth it. The main characters are fleshed out in a way that it's easy to keep them clear in your mind. Though, personally, I wish there weren't two characters whose last names started with the same letter, and it would have been even easier. But that's just one of my quirky things. I don't know anyone else who has that kind of pet peeve. And it's not even really a pet-peeve so much as a hiccup that trips me up once in a while. Like I said, quirky. In my book, I can give this novel an enthusiastic ten out of ten stars - even though I am only 2/3 of the way through it at the moment. That's how impressive The Sacred Cipher is. Did I mention that I'd love for this to be a movie? Seriously.