The First Gospel

The First Gospel

by Darryl Nyznyk


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THE FIRST GOSPEL, in the tradition of "The DaVinci Code," is an historical thriller at the center of which lies the truth about the greatest archaeological mystery the world has ever known.

Edessa, Turkey 943 A.D.: Eighty thousand Byzantine knights lay siege to the Muslim citadel. Prepared to raze the city, the Byzantine commander offers to spare it if the Muslim emir will hand over a fourteen-foot long linen cloth. The stunned emir readily delivers the cloth that bears the shocking full-body image of a crucified man.

Arizona almost 1100 years later: Matt Carter, an under-employed law school graduate, discovers the brutally murdered body of his old professor, Samuel Rosen. When Matt returns home, he finds a letter posted by Rosen before his murder. Rosen begs Matt to protect an ancient parchment owned by his family for generations. Unknown to Matt, the parchment holds the key to the two-thousand-year-old mystery of the Cloth of Edessa. Now Matt becomes the unwitting prey of those who will stop at nothing to keep his parchment's truth hidden.

From the magnificent opulence of Rome's St. Peter's Cathedral to the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, readers will become part of Matt's frantic search for a truth that will forever change political, religious, and industrial fortunes around the world ... even as Matt fights for survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780965651301
Publisher: Cross Dove Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 895,768
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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The First Gospel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite The First Gospel by Darryl Nyznyk is a historical novel that revolves around the two-thousand-year-old mystery of the Cloth of Edessa, murder, and a gritty investigation, a story that links the present to the past in a mysterious way. In AD 943, in Turkey, a Muslim Emir surrenders a fourteen-foot-long linen cloth that bears the full body image of a crucified man to the Byzantine commander whose army has besieged his city. Years have rolled by and the incident has been forgotten. But in today’s Arizona, a graduate law student, Matt Carter, discovers that Samuel Rosen, his professor, has been brutally murdered. However, as though he had anticipated his own demise, Rosen posted a letter to Matt, asking him to safeguard a parchment that had been in his family for many generations. But Matt doesn’t know that the parchment has the potential to unlock the mystery that has been kept hidden for two thousand years. As he races across the world to uncover the truth, he barely stays a step ahead of powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to get the parchment. Can he survive the well-equipped and ruthless men coveting the very thing entrusted to his care? Darryl Nyznyk is a master storyteller and I couldn’t help but be seduced by the exquisite style of the writing, the polished and crisp prose, and the exceptional narrative tone. From the very start of the story, I knew I would be in for a wonderful treat, and there was no disappointment, none at all. Readers who enjoy a good blend of mystery and thrillers, stories laced with red herrings, will be utterly engrossed by this fast-paced and intense tale. The plot is expertly imagined and masterfully executed. I loved everything about The First Gospel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic thriller! Matt, the lead character is an unlikely hero who brings a realness to the story. Complex plot that grabbed my attention from the beginning and delivered to the end. Great read!