Instant New York Times Bestseller aMasterful...The Fifth Gospel is that rare story: erudite and a page-turner, literary but compulsively readable. It will change the way you look at organized religion, humanity, and perhaps yourself.a aDavid Baldacci aA gripping thriller rich with human drama and forbidden knowledge.a aLev Grossman A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying popeas final wish converge to send two brothersaboth Vatican priestsaon an intellectual quest to untangle Christianityas greatest historical mystery. Ten years ago, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomasonas The Rule of Four became a literary phenomenon that sold nearly two million copies in North America and was hailed by critics as aingeniousabprofoundly eruditea (The New York Times), acompulsively readablea (People), and aan exceptional piece of scholarshipa (San Francisco Chronicle). Now, after a decade of painstaking primary research, Ian Caldwell returns with a masterful new thriller that confirms his place among the most ambitious popular storytellers working today. In 2004, as Pope John Paul IIas reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curatoras research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curatoras secret: what the four Christian gospelsaand a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaronareveal about the Churchas most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friendas death and its consequences for the future of the worldas two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with a vested stake in the exhibitasomeone he must outwit to survive. At once a riveting intellectual thriller, a feast of biblical history and scholarship, and a moving family drama, The Fifth Gospel is aa story of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. Peppered with references to real-life people, places, and events, the narrative rings true, taking the reader on an emotional journey nearly two thousand years in the makinga (Library Journal, starred review).Pinned to it is a diagram he made. It resembles a caduceus: two serpentine lines braided around each other. One is labeled GOOD SHEPHERD, the other LAMB OF GOD. Beside each loop are gospel quotations. Those words carve a swath of anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Fifth Gospel|
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2015-03-03|