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The Dead Sea Deception (Leo Tillman & Heather Kennedy #1)

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Hidden in the Dead Sea scrolls - the secret of how Christ really died.

As ex-mercenary Leo Tillman and ambitious cop Heather Kennedy investigate a series of baffling deaths, the trail leads them to the Dead Sea Scrolls - and the deadly gospel hidden within them. But soon Tillman and Kennedy are running for their lives from a band of sinister assassins who weep tears of bloo
Paperback, 410 pages
Published 2011 by Sphere
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Aug 07, 2016 GreekReaders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Από τα βιβλία που δε θες να τελειώσει. Αλλά, έχει και συνέχεια! Και πόσο χαίρομαι γι' αυτό δε λέγεται.

Λοιπόν, δράση δράση και πάλι δράση. Στην αρχή λίγο σε μπερδεύει επειδή παρουσιάζει 3 διαφορετικές "σκηνές" που τρέχουν παράλληλα, οπότε μπορεί να χάσεις λίγο τη μπάλα με τα ονόματα, αλλά τίποτα που δε διορθώνεται στην πορεία. Οι κεντρικοί 2 χαρακτήρες, η Κένεντυ και ο Τίλμαν σε ένα παιχνίδι γάτας με το ποντίκι κυνηγούν και κυνηγούνται μέχρι και τις τελευταίες σελίδες, σε ένα εξαιρετικά δομημένο
Στο οπισθόφυλλο του βιβλίου αναγράφεται ότι το Ευαγγέλιο των Δολοφόνων είναι το πιο συγκλονιστικό συνωμοσιολογικό θρίλερ μετά τον Κώδικα DaVinci. Μέσα στην υπερβολή του παραπάνω, υπάρχει μια δόση αλήθειας.
Είναι ένα βιβλίο που από την αρχή του σε αρπάζει και σε βάζει στην ιστορία και καθ' όλη του τη διάρκεια γίνονται αποκαλύψεις και οι 650+ σελίδες του, κυλάνε σαν ορμητικό ποτάμι.
Σίγουρα οι haters τέτοιου είδους ιστοριών θα βρουν τα κλασικά: "πώς γίνεται μια οργάνωση/ σέκτα/ ομάδα να αντέχει τόσ
Nov 04, 2011 Reprievedsoul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just a collection of stereotypes and cliches, improbably marshalled to postulate a preposterous, unsubstantiable myth. Not even a 'good read'.
Feb 16, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to read it, but boy was it worth it. Someone complained in one of their reviews - I can't remember who, and can't be that bothered to check - that he was frustrated that for most of the story you never knew what the big 'lie' about Jesus' death was. I on the other hand, believe that this book was perfectly done throughout.

The plot line... well, it may seem incredulous, but at the same time Blake - who might be a pseudo-name for Billingham (I heard a rumour on the net) - manag
Aug 31, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: panost
Βιβλίο που παρέχει ισορροπημένες δόσεις αγωνίας και κρατά το ενδιαφέρον αμείωτο, παρά τον όγκο του.
Καταρχήν το δίδυμο των ηρώων, η Χέδερ Κέννεντυ και ο Λίο Τίλμαν αποδεικνύοντυαι συμπαθείς και προδιαθέτουν θετικά τον αναγνώστη. Ο Λίο κερδίζει τη μεγαλύτερη πίτα των συναισθημάτων συμπάθειας λόγω του βασανισμένου παρελθόντος του αλλά και της πίστης του στην αγάπη του, η οποία είναι υπεύθυνη για τον αγώνα του. Ποια γυναίκα δε θα ήθελε έναν τέτοιον άντρα δίπλα της;
Η Χέδερ από την άλλη, κουβαλάει κα
Catnip (Antonija)
Apr 04, 2015 Catnip (Antonija) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-love
First thing I saw while I was at the library was the cover. It was saying: pick me uuup pick meeee uuupppp and I did just that. When I read the description at the back, I was expecting a mediocre book with some action to kill my free time.
How wrong was I....
This book was gripping. I held on to it whenever I could (I had to study, ugh right? xD)
It all started with a plane crash and I was immediately hooked. Then you're in London with sgt Kennedy and you forget all about the plane crash and sher
Vivone Os
Aug 22, 2016 Vivone Os rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nakon dosta knjiga koje sam u zadnje vrijeme pročitala, a bile su mi loše ili osrednje, konačno sam u ovoj u potpunosti uživala. Pustolovina u maniri DaVincijevog koda i jedan od meni najdražih žanrova. Ukratko, londonska detektivka se udružuje s bivšim plaćenikom u istrazi smrti troje povjesničara. Uskoro će se oboje naći na meti fanatičnih ubojica koji vjeruju da su potomci Judina plemena i koji ne prezaju ni od čega kako bi zaštitili tajnu skrivena gnostičkog evanđelja koja – prema njihovoj p ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Mohikanos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μπορεί να μην είναι ο νέος 'Κώδικας Ντα Βίντσι', να περιέχει αρκετά κλισέ και να είναι μεγάλο σε όγκο, ωστόστο η δράση είναι καταιγιστική, οι περιγραφές είναι λεπτομερείς αλλά καθόλου κουραστικές, οι ήρωες ιδιαίτεροι και ενδιαφέροντες, υπάρχουν αρκετές ανατροπές, και γενικά είναι ένα βιβλίο που απέχει κατά πολύ από το μέσο όρο των βιβλίων του είδους που δεν ξεφεύγουν από τη μετριότητα. Το συστήνω ανεπιφύλακτα σε όσους λατρεύουν τα συνομοσιολογικά θρίλερ! Να δούμε τι θα λέει και η συνέχειά του πο ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Sally rated it it was ok
Such a shame about the ending of this book - bit of a damp squib. The premise of the book is quite intriguing and a variation on the other recent 'alternate biblical history' books I have read and indeed the book goes along at a good pace - not the best written but entertaining enough. Then the ending IMO is totally fudged. Without giving too much away - too many people knew what happened for it to be kept quiet and so the ending was a disappointment. But ok for a holiday read.
Phil Jones
Mar 14, 2014 Phil Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A secret cult, a new gospel, trained assassins, a cop in trouble, and an ex soldier searching for answers are a staple of books like this.

That said it is fast paced, full of the odd surprise and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

It has nothing new and is a typical genre piece in a well worn genre.

But I enjoyed reading it and was interested in the characters.

Well worth a few hours of your time.
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Πολύ καλό αστυνομικό με ανατρεπτική πλοκή. Στα τελευταία κεφάλαια και να θες να το αφήσεις δεν σε αφήνει
Ceren Ünlü
Gereksizler listesine bir kitap daha...
kostas  vamvoukakis
καλό χωρις να είναι κάτι ιδιαίτερο.ευχάριστη περιπέτεια στην οποία ον συγγραφέας ανοίγει πολλά μέτωπα και τα κλείνει με πολύ δράση στο τέλος.για παραλία μια χαρά...
Ewerton Rodrigues
This book is fantastic!
Πάνος Τουρλής
Τι κοινό έχει η πτήση 124 που καταρρίφθηκε στην Αριζόνα των ΗΠΑ με τη σωρεία δολοφονιών επιστημόνων στην Αγγλία και τον πρώην μισθοφόρο Λίο Τίλμαν; Ποιοι κρύβονται πίσω από τις δολοφονίες; Σε τι θα βοηθήσει η φιλόδοξη αστυνομικός Χήδερ Κένεντι το μισθοφόρο Τίλμαν; Μήπως ένας επιβάτης της πτήσης ήταν ο στόχος; Ποιος όμως και κυρίως γιατί; Ανατροπές, εκπλήξεις, αγωνία, πυροβολισμοί, δολοφονίες κι όλα αυτά στο όνομα της Βίβλου.

Σε γενικές γραμμές και χωρίς spoilers η ουσία του βιβλίου είναι η εξής:

Apr 04, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
Recommended to Anna by: Mike carey
Shelves: thriller
I had been forewarned not to expect too much from this, and to be be honest after the prologue I nearly put it down. The first few pages are rather full of cliches and stereotypes, and the gender reversal of names (Gayl and Kennedy) was just plain annoying. However, once the mystery/crime started to unfold I was pleasantly surprised. The basic plot-line is a cold case murder investigation that leads into something much more complicated. The narrative was well paced with an appropriate number of ...more
May 21, 2016 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Evanghelia dupa Iuda este o carte care m-a atras cu mult timp în urmă, încă de când am auzit de ea pentru prima oară. O carte extrem de antrenantă, în care autorul își ucide personajele cu o ușurință care o să-ți fărâmițeze creierul. Kennedy , detectiva noastră, este cu totul o altă tipologie de personaj, una care chiar mi-a plăcut și mai mult. Leo Tillman are o poveste cutremurătoare și, la fel, este un personaj bine construit, misterios, care apare de nicăieri și dispare în nicăieri. Sin

Végy egy férfit és egy nőt, tedd kettejüket a történet főhőseivé. A férfi legyen magányos, lélekben traumás, családjáért küzdő oroszlán. A nő is legyen sérülékeny – legalábbis szociológiai szempontból. Lehetne, mondjuk, egy súlyos mulasztásos terhet cipelő, képességeivel enyhén meghasonlott rendőrnő és leszbikus egyidejűleg. Sződd úgy a történet fonalát, hogy a két főhőst a sors rendelje egymás mellé, a sorszerűség pedig öltse egy világméretű, következésképpen szörnyen titkos összeesküvés alakjá ...more
Μια ενδιαφέρουσα πλοκή με ένα μάλλον συνηθισμένο θέμα. Μια θρησκευτική σέκτα από την μία μεριά και δύο Βρετανοί τόσο διαφορετικοί ο ένας από τον άλλο στην άλλη μεριά. Μια σειρά από περίεργα ατυχήματα άσχετα μεταξύ τους αποδεικνύονται όχι ατυχήματα και όχι άσχετα. Η νεαρή αστυνομικός Χεδερ Κεννεντι συναντά τον περίεργο Λίο Τίλμαν, που κινείται περισσότερο εκτός νόμου και οι δύο τους ενώνουν τις δυνάμεις τους για να αντιμετωπίσουν τον άγνωστο κοινό παράγοντα των "ατυχημάτων". Το δίδυμο έχει ωραία ...more
Ian Cockerill
Apr 28, 2016 Ian Cockerill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It does make you wonder what creates a best seller. Obviously given the quasi-religious themes and plot points involving codes, puzzles and ancient bible codices this book will be draw comparison with the Da Vinci Code. It is a straight up thriller and clearly written with a commercial eye. However, it is way better written than the Da Vinci Code (and I'm not a snob who doesn't like Dan Brown - perfectly serviceable page turner author). This did well enough to spawn a sequel but I don't think an ...more
Giuseppe Ruotolo
The hook on the cover states "Everything you knew about the death of Christ is a lie!" Well as it turns out this boast and the whole book turn out to be a bit of a damp squid. If you're expecting something to rival The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie forget it.
The inside cover says Adam Blake is the pseudonym of a best selling British writer, we don't know who he is, apparently it's Mark Billingham. When an author decides to create an alias there is usually a very good reason. In this case the
Oct 19, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is absolutely no way that this book was written by anyone who lives in or who was born in Britain. It all reads like an American thriller. I had to keep checking to make sure that the bits I was reading were set in England (a portion of the book is set in America) because the author had British characters saying 'goddamn' and using words like 'kindergarten' and the police infrastructure was all wrong, there was obviously minimal research done there (although at least normal police officers ...more
Graeme Stokes
Mar 28, 2013 Graeme Stokes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completed, finished, exhausted... all 552 pages!!! Certainly I would not want to spoil the story for those yet to read, however I will say to those that still look for the lies and deception that the death of Christ is a lie... Please read the book again, as all your questions will be answered. This is most certainly a book you can read again. Yet why did not I award the book 5 stars, you can't get five, after all no one is perfect. Leo Tillman becomes a mercenary after his wife and three childr ...more
Paul Hartman
Although there's a lot of suspense and some interesting characters, I kept wondering, "when is the cover claim going to be fulfilled?" At the top of the front cover (and on the spine) it says, "Everything we know about the death of Christ ... is a lie." [Ellipses in original] Did the story explore that? Yes, in a paragraph or two in a chapter or two. And yes, that drove the rest of the story. But since I bought the book because I wondered about that claim, I felt like a "bait and switch" victim. ...more
May 01, 2014 Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ex-cop joins forces with a mercenary to trace the killer(s) of a series of people. The mercenary believe they are the same people who kidnapped his wife and three children 13 years ago. The trail leads them to a new slant on a lost gospel called The Rotgut, translated by one of the murder victims, and purporting to be the truth behind the death of Jesus. Tied in to an air crash in Arizona and an abandoned suburb of Mexico City they are followed by strange pale-skinned assassins who seem to be ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: A gift from M
Adam Blake is Mark Billingham.


To Chris, my Father
And Chris, my brother,
And Chris my soul-brother
And Sandra, my sister - but maybe we
should call her Chris to avoid any ambiguity.

Opening - When despatch called to tell Sheriff Webster Gayle about the plane crash, he was at the bowling alley, just about to sink a spoon into an enormous bowl of ice-cream.

The only thing about this ludicrous tale that is remotely seasonal is that a town called Santa Claus was used. The first 150 pages should
Jan 12, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heather Kennedy, an English cop and Leo Tillman, a mercenary, are thrown together by fate when a fanatical religious cult murders three historians. Although the title and reviews imply that the story will take the reader through religious history and dogma it was more about solving a thirteen year old kidnapping and recent murders with the religious aspect kept to a minimum. However, you got to know the characters and saw how their personal stories molded them into the people they became. It was ...more
Dave Taylor
The fly leaf description on the back cover gives the impression that this could be a Dan Brown-a-like yarn, but it is any thing but, in fact in a round-a-bout way this novel reminded me of a religious x-files case: replace Mulder and Scully with Tillman and Kennedy, add a convoluted, slow paced plot and there you have it in a nutshell, a not so thrilling thriller.

The premise itself is a reasonable one, but conspiracy theories about the story of Christs life and death and secret cults around sai
Sep 17, 2014 Silvia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
Bought this one because I read pretty good reviews and I kind of like that subject, it's usually a good read for the daily subway trip to and from work. For some reason, however, this book just didn't get to me. I was intrigued at first, I liked the opener with the gruesome plane crash (although it's actually nothing one should "like") but as it went on and on about the policewoman being harassed by her colleagues for whatever reason... I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore and stopped somewhere ...more
Dec 14, 2013 Iona rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Such a promising title but failed to live up to to it. The plot was predictable, the writing style was evasive not he actual substance and the story events became increasingly ridiculous. I would have put this book in the recycle unfinished had it not been for going on holiday in the morning and not wanting to start another.
Less interesting than the divinci code, which at least had some substance and triggered curiosity and less well written.
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