Sunday, June 12, 2011

After The Cross

After The Cross, Brandon Barr and Mike Lynch, Ellechor Publishing, Fiction/Adventure, 2011, 271 pages.

After the CrossSynopsis: Colton Foster, once hailed as a renowned expert in Latin, Hebrew and Greek, had his reputation destroyed when a shadowy antiquities dealer outwitted him with master forgeries from Solomon s Temple. Years later, his career and self-respect still in pieces, a team discovers an 800-year old letter in Istanbul and his life takes a pivotal turn. The job of translating the letter, purportedly revealing the hidden cross of Jesus, is his for the taking, and with it a chance to redeem himself.

Mallory Windom is smart, beautiful, and skilled at getting what she wants. A linguistic prodigy with a dark history, she trusts no one, an important skill in the black market antiquities trade where she regularly sells her expert talents to the highest bidder. 

As Colton and Mallory hunt for Christianity s most prized relic, mysterious forces seem bent on stopping them at every turn. They soon discover that the most important struggle of their lives is not around them, but from within, testing their beliefs, their ethics, and their growing love for one another.

My thoughts:
This book was full of mystery and intrigue. The plot was often predictable, but still fun to read. The characters seemed to be the strong point of the book, and are what ultimately held it together.

It could have used a bit more fast-paced danger, and what was there wasn’t very vivid for the reader. If you like archaeology, then this book would be your style. It did very well on that subject.

I enjoyed the point the book made about worshipping idols, and what those idols could be, such as the cross of Christ. His cross would take His place for many people, and that is sad. It challenges us to look at what might be taking Christ’s place in our lives.

*This ARC was provided free by the authors. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*

3 stars.

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