May 25, 10
Read in December, 2009 — I own a copy, read count: 1
This was a relatively standard conspiracy theory novel, the likes of which have gained popularity in recent years. When an ancient ossuary is unearthed containing the remains of a first century crucified man, the foundations of faith are challenged. The plot shifts between Israel, where conflict is brewing, and The Vatican, where the remains are being studied. As conclusions are reached and motives are revealed, a history involving Christ, Joseph of Arimathea and the Knights Templar unfolds with captivating evidence. While the writing wasn't exceptional, it wasn't overly corny, it wasn't full of typical clichés, and the progression flowed nicely. The plot was engaging, though it wasn't revolutionary, and included some intriguing theories. There were enough good elements to make it an enjoyable and thought-provoking book.