The Secret Scroll: A Novel

The Secret Scroll: A Novel

by Ronald Cutler


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Josh Cohan, a work-obsessed archaeology professor, has a recurring dream about a great secret. He follows his instincts to the Judean desert, where he makes a fantastic discovery-an ancient scroll which seems to have been written by Jesus Christ. The Israeli Antiquities Authority has a claim on the scroll, but another, more sinister organization wants the scroll as well. The Guardians, members of an ancient extremist religious sect, are willing to kill to get what they want.Josh joins the government-sponsored team of translators who believe the scroll might be genuine, and falls in love with Danielle, the fiery daughter of one of the translators. When a friend turns up dead and Danielle goes missing, Josh realizes that the scroll might be more powerful and controversial than he had ever imagined. Will Josh be able to prevent something terrible from happening to the woman he loves without giving up the most important discovery mankind has ever made?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825305153
Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/13/2008
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ronald Cutler, called the "Steven Spielberg of Radio," was the first FM disc jockey in America to play contemporary music. He wrote, created, and produced twenty-two hit national radio shows, created six nationally syndicated comedy networks, and owned his own station. Cutler spent more than a year researching his subject. This is his first novel.

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The Secret Scroll: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RogueBelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At first it looks like yet another Da Vinci Code knockoff, but it absolutely should not be dismissed as such. Bridging the genre between an archaeological thriller in the veins of Douglas Preston (or Indiana Jones) and socio-political/theological study, The Secret Scroll presents an intriguing and captivating journey, immersed in the turbulence of Jersualems past and present. I would recommend this book particularly to people who thought The Da Vinci Code was interesting in concept but flawed in execution. Josh is a far superior (and more likeable) hero, and the tale itself is more engrossing. Cutler also succeeds where I feel Dan Brown failed -- he never hits you over the head with what's going on, or the message he's putting forth. The entire book has a very natural flow of ideas and exploration.
writestuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Josh Cohan, an American archaeologist on sabbatical in Israel discovers a centuries old scroll possibly authored by Jesus. After reporting his find to the Israeli Antiquities Authority, a number of strange happenings occur which soon indicate Josh¿s life and the lives of those around him are in peril. Josh joins a team of archaeologists in translating the ancient scroll before it can be stolen by a fanatical religious sect called The Guardians. Along the way, Josh uncovers a special healing gift within himself as well as romance.The Secret Scroll is author Ronald Cutler¿s first novel. Set amid the history of Israel and full of historical references to Christianity and the Palestinian conflict, it is evident that Cutler did his research. The story idea is an intriguing one: the discovery of a relic which could change the way the world views Christianity.Despite these strengths, the novel stumbles on several levels including cliche characters, too much telling rather than showing the action, lack of tension and a disappointing predictability. The Secret Scroll is a religious suspense-thriller which lacks the suspense. Josh and his love interest, the beautiful Danielle, fail to engage the reader on much more than a superficial level; and there is almost no development of their relationship, so that when the inevitable love scene occurs, it misses its mark.Ronald Cutler was an award winning radio personality for much of his career before penning The Secret Scroll (released in early February 2008 through Beaufort Books). He has a website dedicated to the novel which includes author background, as well as additional information about the book.I am appreciative to the publisher for sending me a copy of The Secret Scroll for review. Unfortunately, it is not a book I can recommend. Rated 2/5.