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The Shroud by David W. Moore III
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Aug 04, 2014

it was amazing

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I felt myself reeled into the plot of The Shroud right from the first page. The story begins in 1046 AD in Italy when Brother David, a monk, makes a prophecy about an evil that will plague mankind in the future. Centuries later, Roman Catholic priests Joseph, Anthony and Michael scrape blood shavings off the Shroud of Turin, a burial cloth revered for being the shroud of Jesus. They hire a German scientist, who creates a clone, a little baby born with the DNA of Christ.

The priests hope that their attempts to hasten the Coming of Christ will bring in peace on earth. The hope is a fallacy, and the priests soon realise that in trying to ‘create’ God, they have created the anti-Christ.

When Fathers Joseph and Anthony and nun Sister Mary Elizabeth are found brutally murdered, two sceptical cops from the New Orleans PD, detectives Danny and Stan, are called in to find the killer.
But how can mere humans stop Lucifer?

The book is an edge-of-the-seat thriller and because it is based on a screenplay, the structure gives one the impression of actually watching a film. Moore beats time to the original, with the added incentive of taking us into the minds of the characters, something film cannot do.

The scene with Fr Vincent in the archives at the Vatican is brilliant and causes your hair to stand on end. The one-sided conversations between Christian and God in the nave of St Michael’s Church, the descriptions of Christian’s office on the 42nd floor and the events that take place there, as also the freak series of accidents wreaked by Christian in the park, are all very well executed. The confrontations with Christian are well written, and serve to create the image of a man who is ruthless yet suave, sophisticated and thoroughly malevolent and evil.

The book raises questions about the ethics and the repercussions of trying to play God. For a self published novel, this one is very good. The dialogues are realistic and witty. The script also brings out the different personalities of the characters. The only place where Moore falters is when he begins to let us into the thoughts of characters. Setting them off in first person italics doesn’t quite achieve the purpose.

I suggest you pick this one up.
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