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The Messiah Matrix

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  106 reviews
To what lengths would the Vatican go to suppress the secret origins of its power?

The Messiah Matrix is a myth-shattering thriller whose protagonists delve into the secrets of the past—and expose those who hide them still.

A renowned scholar-monsignor is killed in a mysterious hit-and-run in Rome. A Roman coin is recovered from a wreck off the coast of ancient Judea. It’s u
Kindle Edition, 550 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Imprimatur Britannia and Story Merchant Books
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Kirsty ❤️
It's been ages since I've read a religious conspiracy thriller and I'd forgotten how I used to really enjoy them. This one was fascinating with the premise that the lack of personal detail around Jesus is because he didn't actually exist and instead the basis of Christianity lies in the cult of Caesar Augustus.

There's a lot to take in within the story. It normally doesn't make a difference that I'm not particularly religious but I felt like I needed to have a fair bit of Christian background to
Karl Wiggins
Too intellectual.

Maybe I'm just a thicko, but when I read a book it's to relax. The author's an intelligent bloke, there's no doubt about it. He was studying Latin at the age of ten, studied Homeric Greek and went on to win an Ignatian Scholarship to Georgetown Uni. After that he really knuckled down to a bit of serious study, and won loads of awards for being a clever bloke.

Fair play. However, and this is a big however, he's used all this to disguise what when all's said and done is a pretty p
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In a thriller that rivals anything Dan Brown ever wrote, The Messiah Matrix threatens to take all your beliefs and toss them into the wind. A priest is murdered in Rome. His assassin is also shot and killed while with another priest. A message was delivered. An artifact is found on the floor of the sea. A Jesuit questions his faith and the history of his Church. An archaeologist uncovers the find of a lifetime and loses it.
A connection between Christ and Augustus Ceasar? The wise men following a
Victor Gentile
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kenneth John Atchity in his new book, “The Messiah Matrix” published by Imprimatur Britannica/Story Merchant Books introduces us to Ryan McKeown and Emily Scelba .

From the back cover: To what lengths would the Vatican go to suppress the secret origins of its power?

The Messiah Matrix is a myth-shattering thriller whose protagonists delve into the secrets of the past and expose those who hide them still.

A renowned scholar-monsignor is killed in a mysterious hit-and-run in Rome. A Roman coin is rec
Do we really know how much of history is truth and how much is slanted in favor of those who wrote it?
The Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity is an intense and riveting thriller that will leave you breathless at the end as historical secrets from the past are uncovered, threatening to expose powerful religious beliefs, doctrines and secrets as heavily veiled lies designed to protect the Church in Rome. At the bottom of the tangled webs of deceit may lay the answer to who is the real Christia
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Destined to be highly controversial - A Very Fine Novel

Dr. Kenneth John Atchity has created a novel that is not only an absorbing story, but it is also a platform for re-thinking the beginnings of Christianity as we have been taught. This fact will doubtless unsettle many right wing religious conservatives - much the way that Darwin's concept of Evolution has always caused them problems. And if that is an afterburn of reading this novel then we should hope it gains a very wide readership.

Joseph DiFrancesco
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this book riveting right out of the gate. Being born a Catholic, but having developed into a spiritualistic seeker of sorts, I have always found myself drawn to works that question anything espoused as doctrine, particularly in regard to who we are, and why we are here.

Atchity's impressive expertise in history, literature and art drives this story relentlessly forward - challenging the reader's own current historic and religious knowledge and/or belief system. Being far from an academic
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Just a quick thought - it makes you think: could all of the parallel events be coincidence? Are they really that similar of events?
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although I knew from the book blurb more or less what The Messiah Matrix was about, I wasn’t quite prepared for the unique combination of carefully researched material and breathless adventure story. The subject matter of The Messiah Matrix is controversial, even for someone like me who has no religious leanings, and I expect it will cause a stir in the religious community, and with those of the Catholic faith in particular.

Father Ryan McKeown goes about his daily duties as a Jesuit priest in Ro
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not always my favorite style of writing, a after the fact ending that seemed to detract from the story, and touches on questions thinking people of faith consider, provides a view that is intriguing and interesting, and at its' best, invites people to consider the commonalities of religion rather than distinctions.

To what lengths would the Vatican go to suppress the secret origins of its power?

The Messiah Matrix is a myth-shattering thriller whose protagonists delve into the secrets of
Mark Spano
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This isn't your average thriller. Certainly, the reader gets his or her share of suspense, near misses and harrowing escapes. This is story that takes an historical perspective because its very subject matter is historical perspective. I recommend it to the reader who likes to think. Because Atchity offers a great many ideas about religion, history, cultural identity mixed into the action and jeopardy, he has created something that mirrors our lives in time. It's tough to reflect when we are in ...more
Rebecca Fronckowiak
Good reading

A very different take on the story of the Messiah. Good reading and great characters. I enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who likes historical stories.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Messiah Matrix: Kenneth John Atchity

A matrix is defined as “ A situation or surrounding substance within which something else originates, develops, or is contained.” Within the pages of this intricate novel we learn about the origins of situations in the past the have reflected themselves in the present as the author takes us back in time to 70A.D. when Flavius Josephus the Historian decided to add 100 words that would change the course of history and the perspective on the existence of one
Claude Forthomme
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting read that immediately calls for comparison with Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Written by a scholar, and the result of years of investigation in the origins of Christianity, there is a lot to learn here for most readers (myself included).

My only gripe with this book: it doesn't draw accurately the border between fact and fiction, and a lot of facts about the Catholic Church are borderline fake - or at least, twisted so that they are barely recognizable. With Dan Brown, you know he's maki
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Messiah Matrix
Kenneth John Atchity
Publisher: BooksGoSocial
Date of Publishing: October 1, 2014

This book was reviewed for NetGalley and BooksGoSocial in exchange for my honest review

Many of us have either read or seen a movie based on Dan Brown books, Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code or even the latest motion picture Inferno. Like Mr. Brown's novels "The Messiah Matrix is based on research and what ifs. Together Mr. Atchity has woven a story of suspense and thrilling action. We know the churc
Stefan Schulz
I finally finished The Messiah Matrix, which is one of my first (english) novels I read as e-book. Although it’s the same book, it’s a different experience, as one is tempted to use extra features like, e.g., the built-in dictionary. But this is not about using an e-book for a foreign language novel.

On topic. I do not remember, how I found about this novel. Kenneth Atchity was unknown to me prior to reading The Messiah Matrix, also he wrote quite a bunch of books, fiction and non-fiction. And on
Annette Gisby
My husband still jokes that I do have a fondness for books with a red cross on the cover, anything templar related, I devour. Whle not a red cross, there is a cross on the cover and I love anything where religion or spirituality are part of a secret or a mystery. This book did not disappoint in that regard and it was an intriguiung story.

It's difficult to write this without spoilers and if I attempt to condense the intricate plot, that's what there would be. It starts with the murder of a Vatic
May 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is another in the parade of what i’ve personally begun referring to as “religious artifact” thrillers. While most have started with a Biblical event and proceeded to prove it as either misinterpreted or misunderstood, this story basically has the intention of saying the whole Bible is a piece of fiction. The whole story’s conclusion was obvious before I was halfway through. I only completed reading with the hope that one primary character, who expressed doubt about the ridiculousness of the ...more
Florence Primrose
To what lengths would the Vatican go to protect the Jesus story? Archaeologist and iconographer Emily discovered an ancient coin that could prove Augustus was the first Jesus. Jesuit priest, Ryan, was studying the background of the church and why Jesus was mentioned in no literature of the first two centuries other than the Gospels.

This a fascinating book (shades of Dan Brown) that raises questions about the Catholic Church as well as Cnristianity. Very well worth the read
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ken Atchity is no Dan Brown. Although the books are similar in nature and subject, this one takes a giant leap into the realm of the unbelievable. I have no problem suspending my need for reality when reading a novel because I do so for entertainment; but this one became impossible. I would NOT recommend time with this one.
Kathy Floyd
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fascinating religious conspiracy thriller! This one keeps you on your toes. Between dodging bullets, and other dangerous things that go boom, we are trying to !earn who the true Christ is! Utterly exhausting!
J Wiltshire
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read

Fact, fiction, or a little of both. How much of each we will never know. Either way it's certainly both thought provoking and entertaining.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very believable in this day and age!
Haije Bergstra
When a writer starts to write a book in this 'Dan Brown' genre, at least he needs to get his 'theological' research right.
Gayle Pace
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Thriller by
Kenneth John Atchity

OVERVIEW: (from The Messiah Matrix Home)

What Lengths Would The Vatican Go To Suppress The Origins Of Their Faith??

That's the story behind THE MESSIAH MATRIX, a thriller that delves into the secrets of the past, and brings forward those who hide them still. You will follow a young Jesuit priest and a brilliant archaeologist as they seek their passion for truth. At the same time they are trying to control their passion for each other. During their
Carrie Kilgore
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a child reading the Bible, I remember wondering who Tammuz was and why women were weeping over him--and why this was an "abomination." Even limited research back in the '60's revealed a story too similar to the story of Jesus of Nazareth to be comfortable: best to damn it so as not to interfere with "true belief," right? This book never mentions Tammuz, but it does a good job of presenting many of the conflicts between "standard" Christianity/Catholicism and historical evidence. It presents a ...more
Nadine Maritz
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Messiah Matrix can be noted as a high- minded novel which draws readers into a world filled with corruption, murder, romance and history. The author, Kenneth John Atchity explores a highly controversial idea about the story of Jesus Christ.

Atchity’s extensive research manages to compel the reader’s attention within the first two pages as the novel kicks off with the murder of a monsignor, a confession from his killer and the discovery of a valuable artefact which might just change our underst
Sally Wolf
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
History is a funny thing; it is basically a tale passed down from one generation to the next. This means it is anyone’s guess as to how much of the story is fact, and how much of the story is just an embellishment to make it sound more interesting. This book is about this very thing. Could Augustus Caesar really be in fact the one and only Jesus? In this, both Father Ryan and Emily Scelba, Ph.D., an expert in ancient iconography, set out to prove this unique theory. The question is, can they con ...more
Kyra Dune
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Messiah Matrix is a story of intrigue and conspiracy set within the Roman Catholic Church and the Jesuit Society. Fans of Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code are sure to enjoy this biblical thriller. However, I personally did not enjoy the story. This is a plot driven book, rather than character driven, which I don't like. That is not to say I didn't like the characters, I did, especially the two main characters, Ryan and Emily. I simply would have liked to spend more time on their story and less t ...more
Gigi Frost
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
As the book commences on a wholly vicious murder of a monsignor, the reader is thrown into the inner litany of Father Ryan McKeown's confusion and profound revelation.

" 'The monsignor said,' he gasped, 'Find Father Ryan... memory in the ashes of the Gesu.' Then the man's eyes closed as he breathed his last and made his way to the eternal gates that Ryan's absolution may or may not have opened for him."

Enter Emily Scelba, an archaeologist who joins Father Ryan in his quest for answers
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Kenneth John Atchity is an American producer and author, who has worked variously in the world of letters as a literary manager, editor, speaker, writing coach, brand consultant, and professor of comparative literature.

At home among the many worlds of communications and storytelling, he was labeled a "story merchant" by a visiting ambassador to the United States.

Atchity was born 16 January 1944 in

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