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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Navarro Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Marco Valoni, chief of Italy’s Art Crimes Department, is convinced that a fire in the Cathedral of Turin that leaves a strangely mutilated, unidentifiable body on the scene was no accident. It is only the last in a long line of mishaps, going back over a hundred years, that have occurred in the church – which happens to be home to what millions of the faithful believe is that authentic burial shroud of Jesus Christ.

Valoni and his crack team of specialists embark on an investigation that soon leads them into dangerous territory, territory controlled by some of the most powerful men in the world. Not only do they discover evidence of a secret Christian sect that traces its priests to the very disciples of Jesus himself, but also that the Knights Templar – supposedly destroyed forever when Philip the Fair of France watched their last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, burn at the stake in 1314 – may not have disappeared at all, and may indeed be very much alive and active in the 21st century. 

Julia Navarro skillfully weaves the Italians’ thrilling present-day investigation with the spine-tingling history of the Holy Shroud itself, and with a chilling tale of ancient rivals, equally devoted to the relic, and equally willing to sacrifice anything – perhaps even their immortal souls–to possess it.

From communities of the Middle East founded by Jesus himself, to medieval Byzantium, to the highest councils of the Vatican and the boardrooms that run the world today, The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud is a provocative listen of the highest order – one that will challenge you to believe. 

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Shawn | 2/20/2014

    " Certain books I just read for the sheer entertainment - this was supposed to be one of those, but after finally getting to the end of this book, I'm still not sure what this book really wanted itself to be, and I'm just happy to be done with it. I kept trying to get to the part in the book where something would happen or be interesting, well something happened all right, but not until the last 4 pages and it never got to be that interesting. I got sucked into this one because I really enjoyed Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. It'll happen again, hopefully next time it won't be a cheap knockoff such as this and a entertaining read that will stand on its own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Randy Haberern | 2/16/2014

    " Another historical fiction coming on the tails of Dan Brown's stolen writings. I enjoyed the histories of the shroud, her imagination really popped out the scenes from the past. Swapping back and forth from past to present made it quicker to read. There wasn't a lot of actual Christianity in the book, but that's not its purpose. Overall, a good read if you like the style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/11/2014

    " I kept reading, which says a lot, despite some flaws. This book felt like a sequel, with a large cast of characters, many of whom were burdened with quite a bit of gratuitous backstory. I think the anguish and fundamental decency of some of the main characters, who have to make very unappealing decisions in the name of beliefs that give their lives meaning, is what kept me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Allison | 2/8/2014

    " SUper-duper fun mystery to read by the pool or on a plane! "

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