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30 Pieces of Silver by Carolyn McCray
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Jul 18, 2011

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30 Pieces of Silver is a very controversial religious thriller. The style is a bit similar to the DaVinci code in that the characters are on the search for controversial religious relics, and a secret society does not want the relics found. That’s it for the similarities though. 30 Pieces of Silver is very much it’s own story. The premise in 30 Pieces of Silver is forensic archeology natured, and definitely unique. The novel blends a touch of romance, action adventure, and dangerous situations together.

30 Pieces of silver is a compelling, brave, controversial novel that will leave readers contemplating possibilities long after the story has been read.

This review is not an easy one to write, as the book is highly controversial, my thoughts are a bit mixed. As I said earlier, 30 Pieces of Silver is a religious thriller. The characters are all in search of a discovery that could drastically change modern Christianity. I myself was raised with a very conservative Christian upbringing, and, while still Christian, I am now more progressive and have a pretty open-mind (I loved DaVinci code and had no problem with the religious implications at all). However, the assertions in 30 Pieces of Silver are very shocking and so outrageous that my comfort level was tested and pushed. In the end, whether I just did not believe the assertions or they were just too much for me, my impressions of the book were affected.

I loved the thrilling action and the depth created between the characters and their motivations, but the controversial religious assertions were a bit too controversial for my personal tastes. Even so, I still find myself thinking over the book and the assertions, definitely a thought provoking story. I must commend the author for creating such a memorable, standout novel.

Who would like this book: Readers who enjoy controversial or religious thrillers will enjoy this novel. 30 Pieces of Silver is thought provoking and exciting, a good read.

Who would not like this book: Readers who hold and value traditional Christian beliefs, or conservative readers will most likely not enjoy this novel.
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Rachel ... You do know this is a book of fiction and in no way meant to influence you into believing the twist at the end is straight fact correct? I have strong Christian faith and values and yet I realize that this was a STORY made up by an author.

Gloriamarie Can an author have more betrayed her readers?
A book review of 30 Pieces of Silver (The Betray Series) by Carolyn McCray. Contains SPOILERS The basic plot is this: in the modern day a Special Ops team needs this lady scientist to help track down Judas' 30 pieces of silver because, of course, they are just chock full of special powers. Meanwhile back in the day opf Jesus and Judas, which the author for some unfathomable reason incorrectly dates as AD 42, there is a plot afoot on the part of Jesus and family with the assistance of Judas, that Judas is personally selected by Jesus to betray him. Someone else is supposed to die on the cross so it can appear that Jesus arose from the dead (So Passover Plot, doncha know, so unoriginal on McCray's part). The twist is that Judas ends up dying on the cross and James' brother of Jesus stabs Jesus to death, leaving unanswered the whole question of what then was the powerful message that swept the Mediterranean Basin and changed human history. What I write below is what I posted to Amazon, where I bought the book for my Kindle: Really? Have any of you who write these reviews actually read this book? I have to ask because I cannot think of an occasion when an author has more betrayed that which is due the reader than this book. In fact, I think this author has acted in such an irresponsible manner toward her readers that I will never read another book by this author again. First of all, the title really should tell the reviewer what this book is about. Anyone who doesn't recognize the significance of 30 pieces of silver is just plain uneducated. Therefore I think it it extremely reprehensible of the author to place certain historical events 8 to 10 years later than they actually did. That is either a case of ignorance, misinformation, editing failure or a willful playing fast and loose with historical events. Given the rest of the book, I think the latter. Oh, sure the main events are page turners, the main characters likable, the developing love between the 2 main characters is mercifully free of pornographic details. BUT. The author raise certain "what ifs" about certain historical events. Almost a staple in these post modern times to come up with the "what ifs." However a responsible author would answer the "what ifs" she raises and this author does not. She leaves the biggest "what if" the world would ever have to face dangling, unanswered, ignored. That is just plain irresponsible. That is a betrayal of the implicit contract between author and reader. That is why I will never read anything by this author in the future. I don't think you should either.

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