The Fifth Gospel

The Fifth Gospel

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Instant New York Times Bestseller a€œMasterful...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€ a€”David Baldacci a€œA gripping thriller rich with human drama and forbidden knowledge.a€ a€”Lev Grossman A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying popea€™s final wish converge to send two brothersa€”both Vatican priestsa€”on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianitya€™s greatest historical mystery. Ten years ago, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomasona€™s The Rule of Four became a literary phenomenon that sold nearly two million copies in North America and was hailed by critics as a€œingeniousa€bprofoundly eruditea€ (The New York Times), a€œcompulsively readablea€ (People), and a€œan 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 IIa€™s 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 curatora€™s 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 curatora€™s secret: what the four Christian gospelsa€”and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessarona€”reveal about the Churcha€™s most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his frienda€™s death and its consequences for the future of the worlda€™s two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with a vested stake in the exhibita€”someone 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 a€œa 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
Author:Ian Caldwell
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2015-03-03


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