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They have been drawn into a plot more insidious than anything they could have imagined—a battle to control one of religion’s greatest secrets. For English detective Nigel Lyman, it begins with the suspicious suicide of a corrupt Italian banker in London. For French-born Mariane Soury-Fontaine, it starts with the mysterious disappearance of her lover. And for American mathe ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Bantam (first published February 1st 1992)
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Speesh
Jan 11, 2012 Speesh rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
This is not your run-of-the-mill religious, historical, chase, search, code-breaking, discovery of some ancient artefact that proves Christianity is based on a myth or a lie, type of thriller. It's quite a step up from that.
Passages reminded me of books I've read by Alan Furst or Olen Steinhauer. The introspection, the uncertainty, the slightly tainted or regretted past, the feeling I got of the main character just being along for the ride in certain sections of his or her own life.
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Ben W.
Jun 17, 2007 Ben W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
A fascinating religious thriller, which preceded Da Vinci Code by a decade, apparently. Involves the search for a lost gnostic gospel, the Gospel of Thomas, whose discovery would undermine the Church. Features a haunted City of London Police Inspector, a brilliant American mathematician, the head of the Vatican Bank, and members of the ultra-secret pseudo-Masonic loge, the I4.

Fascinating and well-written, it's what the genre should be -- an intellectual, as well as a visceral thrill.

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Mick
Aug 08, 2008 Mick rated it liked it
Overall the book was good. I liked the story, but the writing was a little uneven at times. Sometimes it really kept me reading, and other times it seemed to slow down too much.
Regan
Dec 28, 2007 Regan rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this book. It was recommended to me because I liked "The Davinci Code". The plot sounded promising, but it was a little slow.
Linda
Sep 16, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
English detective Nigel Lyman, once the golden boy of the department, is now reeling in the aftermath of personal and professional losses. It comes as a surprise, therefore, when he's selected to head up an investigation of a death that originally was classified as a suicide. At first, the case seems like insignificant "busy work", but Lyman soon discovers that it's anything but. At its heart is the legendary Q document, supposed to be the original work upon which the New Testament gospels were ...more
Jared Della Rocca
In Gospel Truths, J.G. Sandom can't really decide what type of book he wants to write. At times throughout the book, he dabbles in Dan Brown-style historical fiction, weaving in conspiracies about the Gospel of Thomas (not to be confused with the Book of Thomas, which is also mentioned repeatedly in the book) and its threat to the Church; then Sandom tries to bring in a love story between two side characters who may or may not have met before, I was confused on that point; Sandom also wants to m ...more
Paula Howard
Apr 15, 2016 Paula Howard rated it it was amazing
Nigel Lyman is a police detective from London. Joseph Koster is a mathematician who has been given the opportunity of writing a book on the Cathedrals/Labyrinths in Europe. All is not as it seems

The majority of the story takes place in Amiens and Chartres of which both have Labyrinths. Koster is trying to decode the message of the Labyrinths to find the location of St. Thomas Gospel. The contents are suppose to be more in line with the Gnostics.

Interesting read.
Harry
Sep 28, 2014 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A London Police Inspector on the downward spiral is assigned to reopen a hanging. Along the way he encounters notorious financiers, Italian gangsters and the Vatican Bank. As with anything involving the Catholic Church, you don’t know how far the conspiracy goes, this makes for a good and compelling theory.
Fantasymundo
Para los amantes del thriller histórico y de la novela policiaca que quieran leer algo un poco más alejado de los bestseller que siempre se encuentran en primera fila, esta es seguir leyendo
Jody
May 10, 2013 Jody rated it liked it
I felt this book was slow to start and the converging story lines needed a little more "explanation" to them for a smoother the transition. But I thought the book was enjoyable and worth the time to read. I will be reading the sequel.
Simon Lee
Jun 24, 2010 Simon Lee rated it it was ok
Don't know why this was rated so highly. You don't feel for the main characters in this book and you don't hate the villains. There's a follow up book but I doubt I will read it. Other authors such as Chris Kuzneski make for a better religious conspiracy novel.
Dhruvc
Jan 15, 2014 Dhruvc rated it it was ok
Sandom has tried to create something akin to the Da Vinci Code in this book of his, but, unfortunately has failed.
The story takes a lot of time to converge and really urges the reader to put it down at every point.
Patricia
Apr 29, 2015 Patricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historia
Un thriller histórico bastante flojo. Aquí mi review completa La fuente de la verdad
Dillon Caplinger
Mar 24, 2016 Dillon Caplinger rated it it was ok
Eh take it or leave it. I thought there was going to be more religious fiction but turned out to me more of a murder mystery
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J. G. Sandom, often referred to as the "Father of Interactive (Internet) Advertising," co-founded the world's first interactive advertising agency, Einstein and Sandom Interactive (EASI), in 1984, before launching an award-winning writing career. He is the author of nine works of fiction, including THE GOD MACHINE; GOSPEL TRUTHS; THE WALL STREET MURDER CLUB; THE WAVE - A JOHN DECKER THRILLER; KISS ...more
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