The Fifth Gospel

The Fifth Gospel

Paperback - 2016
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The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the international sensation The Rule of Four combines a lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope's final wish into a "deliciously labyrinthine" ( Providence Journal ) intellectual thriller that "kicks off at ninety mph and doesn't slow down" (Associated Press).

A mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. The curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome a week before it opens. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of Greek Catholic priest Father Alex Andreou. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex decides that to find the killer he must reconstruct the secret of what a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron reveals about the church's most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend's death and its consequences for the future of the Christian church, Father Alex discovers a ruthless stalker is hunting him--an enemy with a vested stake in the exhibit that he must outwit to survive.

Rich, authentic, erudite, and emotionally searing, The Fifth Gospel is a riveting novel of suspense and a feast of biblical history that satisfies on every level.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781501131967


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A crime novel should not take us 100 pages to get into the story line. I slogged my way through the book rolling my eyes every time 5 year old Peter was insinuated into the story... do to what? Keep telling us that protagonist was a married priest? There was great unveiling of life behind the walls of Vatican city, but the author could not keep this reader's attention through the through the insipid characters and grueling plot development.

Feb 15, 2017

Very interesting. Learned a lot about Orthodox Catholics, which I always assumed were the same as the Greek and Serbian Orthodox. The author made me care about all the characters, even the not so nice ones. Will definitely read more of his.

Jun 27, 2016

Really enjoyed it, a lot of religious history but I enjoyed that. The end was not my favorite part. But would like to read a sequel see where they all ended up.

Feb 19, 2016

I particularly enjoyed the details about operations in Vatican City and how a child growing up there experienced it.

Aug 17, 2015

A little convoluted for my taste. It was hard to keep track of the characters and what was going on. A long way to get around that the Shroud is not authentic.

pw1040 Jun 27, 2015

Good plot idea, but hard to care about the characters. Shallow exposition, but great premise. Perhaps in the hands of a different author.

May 11, 2015

Poorly written, two dimensional characters, boring plot: this sums up why I stopped reading this book about halfway through it.


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