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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: December 2006 ISBN: 9780739342336
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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 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 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 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 Allison | 2/8/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 2/1/2014

    " Thought it was something like Da Vinci's Code but didn't catch my interest.Found it rather predictable and i didn't like the ending.In that case I should just reread Da Vinci Code or the Name of the Rose than spend my money and time in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 1/31/2014

    " I had to stop reading this book 1/2 way through - it was just so disjointed and slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/21/2014

    " The one good thing about the success of that Dan Brown tripe, is that it opened the gates to a bevy of art history/religious icon/antique text mysteries. These books have little nutritional value, but at least they can be considered pretentious mind candy. This is also my review for The Rule of Four & Waking Raphael "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 1/6/2014

    " It started out very slow. I think the fact that the book was a translation may have had something to do with it. It was another conspiracy throry involving the Knights of The Templar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noreen | 1/4/2014

    " It wanted to be "Da Vinci Code" but it wasn't. Although the ending of this Knights Templar story at least didn't have the gratuitous twists and painful dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/3/2014

    " I have always been interested in the Holy Shroud, so this was a fun book. The book does have some fact, but most is fiction, but it is a good thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne Galpin | 11/29/2013

    " A little far-fetched, but interesting nonetheless. A few of the characters seemed a little flat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nura Yusof | 11/25/2013

    " Not so good. Not a fast read. Not gripping, not a page-turner. Half-way through and you can predict what's gonna happen. Not recommended for fans of historical thrillers "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 11/16/2013

    " Not very good. Very slow moving and terrible ending. Characters were okay. I liked the history parts and would've preferred more of those. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 10/28/2013

    " Another in that sort of loosely Da Vinci Code-ish genre, though the genre preceded Da Vinci Code. This one, unlike Brown, presumes the historical truth of the Jesus story as well as the prominence of the Templars yet today. A good thriller, translated from the Spanish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natalie | 8/22/2013

    " Two-dimensional characters ruin a decent plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 7/23/2013

    " good book but had a hard time getting into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willo Font | 6/12/2013

    " Liked it , but was expecting a more exciting ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 8/11/2012

    " Just not interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy-Jean | 7/14/2012

    " As historical fictions go, this book has intrigue. Ms. Navarro certainly did her homework as well as create a logical sequence of events leading up to the appearance of the Holy Shroud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/1/2011

    " ok... nothing special as one would expect about mysteries. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackie Gunn | 4/17/2011

    " Don't know why I bothered to finish this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rubén | 1/18/2011

    " De momento las 100 primeras páginas no estan mal. Entretenidas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simone | 10/11/2009

    " I really enjoyed the book with descriptions of the past to understand the present, well written and the end could not be different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 10/10/2009

    " Thought it was something like Da Vinci's Code but didn't catch my interest.Found it rather predictable and i didn't like the ending.In that case I should just reread Da Vinci Code or the Name of the Rose than spend my money and time in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 10/10/2009

    " The basic plot is far-fetched. The overall theme and feel of the book is clearly meant to ride the wave of popularity for such books that was created by Dan Brown with The DaVinci Code. Yet, it is an enjoyable read nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria Yulieth | 9/27/2009

    " De la linea de libro historico de los que pinta verde a la iglesia? interesante pero un poco lento para mi gusto. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 8/18/2009

    " the truth is wrapped in fiction "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 8/13/2009

    " Good book....mixed history events with a nowadays story....a good book to read and to have a good time. "

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About the Author

Julia Navarro, author of the internationally bestselling novel The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud, is a well-known Madrid-based journalist and political analyst for Agencia OTR/Europa Press, as well as a correspondent for other prominent Spanish radio and television networks and print media.

About the Narrator

James Langton, born in York, England, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Winner of fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.