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The Secret of Heaven

(Aiden Leonardo #1)

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Biblical clues reveal an ancient truth.

When Lazzaro de Medici is found dead, Professor of Biblical Studies Aiden Leonardo is the prime suspect. He must utilize his knowledge of Scripture to decipher an encrypted letter and find a Lost Bible dating back to the time of Christ. Pursued by the FBI, Chicago PD and a secret organization known only as The Group, Aiden races again
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Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published 2016 by ForeverPoetic
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D.Ann
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.

This book was written by Felix Alexander and is the first in the Aiden Leonardo series. This is a very fast paced book with a lot of action. I appreciate that as a reader because it doesn't give you opportunity to become bored. He also wraps his fiction around certain non-fiction entities and materials, so I found myself stopping often to look up things as the story was unfolding to learn more about their "real life" counterparts. There
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Juls
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Reseña en español al final.

*Ebook copy for free by booktasters in exchange for an honest review*

This book came to me as a surprise. I have not read a book of this genre before, so I did not know exactly what to expect. The plot caught me from the beginning because religion has always been a very controversial topic and, believer or not, the fact is that it has a lot of material to work with.

With that said, I will start the review.

"The Secret of Heaven" tells the story of Aiden Leonardo who, afte
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NJ
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
"Think of the greatest ideas that have changed the world...Each survived the deaths of the men behind the movements, proving that with profound knowledge comes great sacrifice.” - Barceló

If you like conspiracy theories, secret societies, fast pace and non-stop action plot, or simply a fan of novels that unfolds like a movie, you're likely to enjoy The Secret to Heaven. The story kept me reading to find out the secret of the lost Bible. Once I got past the multitude of characters and changing pe
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Patricia Romero
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Professor of Biblical Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago Aiden Leonardo has arrived at the home of the man who has always treated him as a son to find disgraced, investment banker Lazzaro de Medici, dying. Before he dies, he gives Aiden an encrypted letter concerning a lost Bible.

He needs to follow the clues and find this last message that Christ left his disciples. The secret of Heaven. But he isn't the only one looking. The Group, a shady group at best, is looking to destroy that ve
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Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: August 22nd 2017


"The truth must be understood. Not solely for the purpose of being accepted, but for humanity as a whole to achieve enlightenment."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Nerdish Mum
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016, ebook
I was lucky enough to receive an e-book copy of The Secret of Heaven direct from the author Felix Alexander in exchange for an honest review.

The story follows Professor Aiden Leonardo and him trying to deal with the aftermath of his best friend's death and trying to work out why he died. I don't want to say to much about the actual story because there are lots of twists and turns and reveals and I really don't want to spoil anything for anyone. I do want to say how well written the book is and h
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Kaitlyn
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book had me from the very first page! It is full of mystery, history, suspense, and conspiracies. I had a little trouble at first keeping the characters separated, but as the story goes on it is a lot easier to keep them sorted. I love that it had me constantly guessing who could and could not be trusted. Being a person with a great interest in history (and an archaeologist in training) I really appreciated the research. The main character (Aiden) is totally likable. My most favorite part a ...more
Muffin~
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I got this book through booktasters (http://twitter.us12.list-manage.com/s...)

First of all thank you for letting me read the book. I really love that the book has from beginning till the end quite realistic dialogues. I do love more dialogue based books. In my honest opinion these days’ books have too much monologues. I think the author Felix Alexander will write amazing books in the future. I could see the author development in the book. He developed in his writing skills as well as in a struct
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Phillip
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A world of the ultra-rich, ultra-intellectual, law enforcement of the highest caliber, secret societies and… Angels?

A murder, a chaotic scene, the pieces start to fall into place and you are hooked. This is a well crafted adventure full of factual information on ancient texts, law enforcement techniques, the city of Chicago and… Angels? It gets somewhat weighty in all the scriptural references and puts forth an argument that may not sit well with a traditional Christian who does not wish to hear
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Ella
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for a detailed review.
The Secret of Heaven (Aiden Leonardo, #1) by Felix Alexander
This story is a tale of betrayal, intrigue, and action. It has great character development and surroundings descriptions. I've never been to Chicago or traveled abroad. The way Chicago is described (buildings, traffic, weather,etc) fits well and piqued my interest in Illinois.
I love strong female characters (especially ones that are written well) and was happy to find a few. Miriam and Susan can hold their own. Miriam is profi
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Bee Baum
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I could not put it down. Seriously: Suspense is one of the books greatest traits. Intelligent entertainment is another ability the author has down to a fine art. I checked several times and found out that he knows his business. So…two out of three is not bad.
This leaves you with the one disappointment I couldn’t come to terms with: I just didn’t feel the protagonists… They stayed pretty much in the shadows like Sariel and Helel, two guys I would have loved to learn more about. Although the auth
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Pragati
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Free copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

This is an interesting story full of conspiracy theories. What I liked most about this story was that it kept you guessing till the end as to what would happen. It is full of people double crossing each other for their own benefits and you just cannot trust one person. They’ll try to help you one moment and then try to kill you the next. So, yeah, a lot of betrayals. I love them!

The flow of the writing in this one is free and methodi
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Natalie
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
To read the entire review, please check out my blog, Better Call Your Bookie, here.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Aiden Leonardo's life is wild. When his closest friend is murdered, he is tasked with finding the reason he is killed. This leads him (although he's clueless about almost all of it for 90% of the book) into a world of dangerous secrets. Not to mention secret societies; Alexander has attempted to pin some of the greatest acts of violence onto one specific g
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Heather Turner
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Note: I received this book from the author for a non-biased review through @booktasters.

This book reminded me of The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown but was much more complex if that is even possible. It had a lot of detail from religious history throughout the novel. As a religious studies minor, I found it interesting to see how the author connected content during the time of Jesus and during early church history. At times, I found the novel a bit difficult to follow with all the detailed informatio
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Cynthia
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
If you loved “The DaVinci Code” by Dan Brown, then “The Secret of Heaven” by Felix Alexander is a must-read. Along similar lines, Aiden Leonardo, a scholar of biblical studies, is implicated in a murder and thrust into an underworld of deep-rooted religious cults. I was a big fan of “The DaVinci Code,” and the similarities in plot line are what initially attracted me to “The Secret of Heaven.” While the story is entirely separate and different, I also appreciated that Alexander referred to Profe ...more
Lee Mwaita
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent diversionary reading-edge of seat suspense.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Its hard to find books that capture your imagination and hold it these days but this one did. I kept thinking of the Characters and the story long after I had finished reading. I even went agoogle looking up the various "secrets of heaven". It had all the right elements of intrigue and it was also very much well researched and written which left me wondering if it was in fact fiction or really a subliminal e
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Paula
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
What will possessing the secret cost?
I just finished the first book in the Aiden Leonardo series. This excellent book offers great characters and locations beautifully described throughout. The Secret of Heaven, a fascinating story of secrets and discoveries, involves smuggling of Biblical artifacts, murder, money, and of course power. All weaved together brilliantly by the talented writing skills of the author. I appreciate the extensive amount of Theological research and accuracy of scripture
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Carmen
Since I enjoy Dan Brown's novels, I decided to try this one. Throughout most of the book, it's unclear what characters are on the evil or good side, and this only becomes clear near the end of the book. Lorenzo de Medici can seem very calculating and abrupt at times. There were a lot of times when you're unsure of who is trustworthy and who's not. I also enjoyed reading about some of the advanced technology in this novel. Some of the information in this novel was a little confusing to follow. I ...more
Prapti  Panda
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best books on mythology that I've read so far. While most other such books start out with boring descriptions and long histories, the author Felix Alexander has certainly skilfully weaved it together with an interesting storyline and great action.
Some characters were there who struck me as a little artificial, but Aiden captured my heart from the very beginning. He's portrayed in such a way that you can't help but sympathise with his worries and clap during his triumphs.
As this book'
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Mario Otero
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Secret of Heaven is a very enjoyable thriller, plenty of ingredients that make of it a very interesting reading.

With very well defined characters, the book involves mystery and suspense and betrayal, while takes the reader through the realms of religion and mythology, science and history, politics and crime, during the chase for a religious/mythical article with the involvement of mysterious characters, the Chicago Police Dept., the FBI and even some obscure organization.

(Read the complete r
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Jackie Forster
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! I was given this book for free for an honest review and I could not have been more thrilled. The characters and storyline are engaging and kept me reading for hours at a time. The few minor grammatical errors are irrelevant when the story is so compelling. This is a must read for anyone who likes conspiracy theory and secret society novels. I will definitely be looking for more by Felix Alexander.
Josh
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Secret of Heaven follows Aiden, his fiancé Miriam as the search for the Lost Bible against the clock. Fast-paced and easy to read, this page turner will leave you wanting more.

And since this book one of a series, I can't wait to see how this story unfolds. There are plenty of interesting characters and layers to the story that are sure to make the next few books just as entertaining and exciting.
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Another Thyme
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
High adventure, extremely well written, this story was a real pleasure to read and I will most certainly be looking for more from this author. If you are looking for a thriller to while away your weekend choose this one. I am pleased to have been offered a chance to read this book.
litandcoffee
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aiden Leonardo, a professor of Biblical Studies is implicated in a murder inquiry and pushed into an underworld of deep-rooted religious cults after the death of his mentor and father, Lazzaro. Involved in the search of the Lost Bible, with various law enforcement agencies chasing after him, Aiden will have to find a hidden truth about Christianity, a secret that has the ability to destroy the world order

Weather you are a believer in the underlying religious implications or no, you will find thi
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Danie Jaye
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Secret of Heaven felt very Dan Brownish in the way that the plot moved in a similar pace while weaving in intricate details of the main premise.

What is the secret? And why are people willing to kill to protect it? As a reader, you find yourself riding through a rollercoaster of information that at times, felt overloaded in places which required a little backtrack reading.

Overall, the concept was intriguing, highly researched and presumably passionately written. I could tell, as a fellow aut
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Heather Doughty
Jul 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
It's rare that I don't finish reading a book. This is one of those books. I stopped at 30% and that was plenty.

1. The editing is horrible. The majority of the speech tags are handled incorrectly. There are errant commas. The sentences are rough and unnatural.

2. The storytelling is horrible. The POV jumps around more than a puppy excited to see everyone. The plot is forcibly introduced. The narrative is told primarily through dialogue. This dialogue is written like a dry lecture. And I found myse
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Lynn Keith
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nicely Done

I really liked the premise of this book. The characters were terrific and the plot was first rate. It got a little muddled about three fourths of the way along when too many characters were all arguing at once, but it finally got sorted out by the end. I look forward to seeing what happens next. To unite the great religions of the world is something very much to be wished for in this troubled world and I found it very pleasant to imagine a world where it could happen. Even if it is o
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Elizabeth Wilson Higgins
I enjoyed the chase for the Lost Bible but l feel there where too many characters and the story took many turns. I had realised who Helel and his brother were and knew that the story would end Nicely. My other feeling is that the writer may have been baptised a Catholic who had lost his faith as to me the book was quite anti Catholic.

If the writer was trying to say humanity should respect all then he did not convey it too well.
I will read another of his books .
Janice Samson
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Thought provoking with a few distractions

I found the discussions of the Gospel of Barnabas and the Rosicrucians intriguing, as I had never heard of either. It led me to Google both.

The story itself was ok. I had trouble figuring out whether some characters were bad guys hiding as good, or good guys who were supposed to be bad guys hiding as good. It would have been easy for me to put the book down and not finish it, but I pushed through to the end.
Matt Shafer
Feb 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Clunky and full of cliches

The sentence structure and vocabulary in this book don't flow together terribly well. The phrases are jarring, as though the author almost knows what the words mean but not completely ("his statuesque chin", "his steel grey visage"). Between the awkward writing and the cardboard characters I was forced to give up after fifty pages or so. I hate not finishing a book but this one was amateur hour.
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Felix Alexander (1976-Present) is a Mexican-born, American-raised novelist, and poet of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent.

Acclaimed by readers for his poetic prose, his indie releases include:

* Dear Love: Diary of a Man's Desire, a collection of love letters and poems
* The Romantic: A Love Story
* Shadows of Time: The Amulet of Alamin
* The Secret of Heaven (Book 1 of the Aiden Leonardo Series)
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