It is Rome, 1943. The war in Europe is at a tipping point, but the direction in which it will tip is terrifyingly unclear. For either side, one dramatic initiative could change everything. It is under these conditions that the Nazis discover a secret that has been maintained for nearly two millennia – that the bones of Christ have been guarded in a cave in Italy by a small, secret group. If the bones can be uncovered, Hitler will be able to use them to topple Christianity and turn the war irreversibly in his favor. The clues to the location of the bones or the people protecting them are scarce. MI-6 agent Ian Fleming and scholar J.R.R. Tolkien – working in tandem once again at the behest of the British government – must spearhead a hastily assembled team, including an alluring prostitute, to piece them together before the Nazis can turn humanity on its head. The conclusion of the stunning trilogy that began with the national bestseller NO DAWN FOR MEN and continued with GOD’S FORMULA, THE BONE KEEPERS is literary entertainment of the first order.
About the Author
James LePore is an attorney who has practiced law for more than two decades. He is also an accomplished photographer. He lives in South Salem, NY with his wife, artist Karen Chandler. He is the author of five solo novels, A World I Never Made, Blood of My
Brother, Sons and Princes, Gods and Fathers, and The Fifth Man, as well as a collection of short stories, Anyone Can Die and the first two novels in the Mythmakers Trilogy, No Dawn for Men (finalist for the International Thriller Award) and God's Formula.
Carlos Davis writes and produces films, among them the Emmy nominated Rascals and Robbers with David Taylor and the cult favorite Drop Dead Fred with Tony Fingleton. He is producing
O.T., a present-day version of Oliver Twist that he wrote in collaboration with the late great British comedian Rik Mayall. He lives in New
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Bone Keepersby James LePore and Carlos Davis is Book 3 in the Mythmakers Trilogy, a superb historical novel characterized by intrigue, dark secrets. Set against the backdrop of Rome at the time of the World War II, The Bone Keepers features very compelling characters and a powerful plot. Hitler will do anything to win the war and the discovery of a two thousand year secret, the existence of Christs bones hidden in a cave in Italy could be the only thing he needs to turn the world in anything he wants. The safety of one of the most powerful relics of Christianity and the future of humanity may depend on an unusual group of people, an MI-6 agent, a prostitute, and a scholar, but will they be able to outwit Hitler and his men? The bone Keepersis a masterpiece, a carefully thought-out novel that is masterfully executed. You get drawn in on the very first page as the authors introduce you to compelling characters and to a huge conflict. The plot moves like a breeze and the backstory is an exceptional spice that will fuel interest in readers and keep them turning the pages. I loved the characters. I loved the plot. I loved the crisp, highly descriptive style of writing, and the all-too-natural dialogue. One of the historical novels that superbly paint a dark tapestry of the Church and the Clergy, a book that will surprise many readers.
The Catholic Church has many secrets, and this one has been kept for hundreds of years. Will it stay protected with the family who has been charged with its safety since the time of Christ? Or will it be sold to the Nazis by any one of several enterprising individuals? Follow John Tolkein and Ian Fleming before they were household names, and perhaps discover some of their inspirations behind their famous characters, as their WW2 espionage exploits take them on their fated journey. Although this is the third in the Mythmakers trilogy it was actually the first one I read, and it works well as a stand alone book. It is styled as a historical thriller, weaving fictional characters into real events, and probably fictionalized real characters, which was my impressions of Tolkein and Fleming. The author wove (not particularly subtle) allusions to Tolkein and Fleming’s famous characters and plots throughout the story, which I admit made me roll my eyes a couple of times. While I would not discount espionage as a possibility for either man, I thought it was stretching it, particularly for Tolkein, who was recruited as a possible codebreaker during the war, rather than as a spy. Still it is an engaging and fun read, and for anyone who enjoys historical thrillers this series is a good pickup.
Where Is Jesus? Carlos Davis and James LePore saved the best for last! This third installment of the Mythmakers Trilogy, The Bone Keepers was everything that the first two were and more. After protecting the secret for two thousand years, it is now in danger of being exposed, and the masses would not be happy to know that Jesus left his bones behind. With a war raging around them, each of the characters must work to stop the dangers and atrocities brought about by Hitler's men against the Jews and anyone who gets in their way. Showing great faith, faith that I don't know if I would have, the church and those now protecting the resting placed of Jesus of Nazareth, among them an MI-6 agent, a scholar, and prostitute, must safeguard the bones of Christ or risk the destruction of Christianity and allow the war to go in favor of Hitler. This must not happen. The vividness and detail that this story is told with transports the reader back in time and pulls you into to the lives and emotions of the characters.