Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Grail Conspiracy by Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore

The Grail Conspiracy
by Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore
ISBN: 0-7387-0787-2
Midnight Ink/Llewellyn Publications
Pages: 343

Abandoned in the Iraqi desert while covering a story for SNN, reporter Cotton Stone trudges through the night to find a way to get the hell out of there.

Happening upon an excavation site, she witnesses a to-the-death fight. One man lay dead as a dying man hands her a box and speaks to her in a language known only to her and her dead twin sister.

Cotton enlists the aid of Father John Tyler, a biblical history scholar on leave from his duties as a priest—but not from his vows—to authenticate the contents of the wooden box she has smuggled out of Iraq.

Together they deliver what is believed to be the Holy Grail to the Vatican, as Cotton finds herself overshadowing her former lover and senior in the news business, with the biggest story to hit Christiandom since the crucifixion.

A transparent battle between the forces of good and evil rages for control of the Cup Jesus drank from at the Last Supper; the same Cup used to collect His blood the next day.

Cotton and Father Tyler run for their lives as those close to Cotton wind up dead, one after another. Only when the trail leads them to New Orleans after the Cup is stolen from the Vatican, do they begin to understand the forces of evil at work. Cotton’s faith in her family, even in her deceased father, is shaken as pieces of truth come to light.

Until meeting Cotton, Father Tyler had been a man on a mission, wanting to serve God, without understanding what his mission was to be. He learns that everything in his life to this point has been to prepare him to avert a sacrilegious Second Coming of Christ.

Sholes and Moore have written a fast-paced thriller devoid of boring lectures and endless pages of backstory that crashes religion, politics, and science into one gigantic ball of fire. A multilayerd tale of suspense from beginning to end. Highly recommended!

Linda J Hutchinson

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