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30 Pieces of Silver by Carolyn McCray
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30 Pieces of Silver (2010)

by Carolyn McCray

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Can't get through it. ( )
  Omegawega | Mar 31, 2018 |
3.5. The premise is intriguing at the same level as Dan Brown. Even better for those who enjoy alternate interpretations of the life of Christ. What I had a difficult time with was the destruction of religious artifacts that had managed to survive for a couple of thousand years prior to the events of this novel. Makes one glad it is fiction after all! Will continue with the series. ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
Loved it!! Think.. DaVinci Code meets Bad Boys (movie.. Will Smith? You know..) Packed with action, history, a little flirting, science and lots of pokes at religious controversy that would make my super-religious grandma disown me for suggesting it. Loved it.. ( )
  Lisaandrea12 | Jan 24, 2016 |
"30 Pieces of Silver" is an action-packed thriller of a controversial nature. A real page turner, it incorporates history, geography, and religion in a book reminiscent of Dan Brown, Steve Berry, and James Rollins.

The story begins with a Christian suicide bomber at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The bombing uncovers a cache of skeletons, and it is determined that one of them is the remains of John the Baptist. Written on the bones is a story in ancient Greek that will lead to more remains. The State Department's Anti-terrorism division sends Sergeant Vincent Brandt and his four man special ops team to the Ecuadorian jungle to extract genetic anthropologist Dr. Rebecca Monroe, who is participating in a ritual involving her being tied to a stake with a anaconda wrapped around her. She was trying to prove herself worthy in order to obtain DNA samples to test a hypothesis she had developed. Sergeant Brandt's team rescues her right before the end of the ritual, angering Dr. Monroe. She was resisting the extraction until sergeant Brandt mentioned the name of her ex-professor/lover, Dr. Archibald Lochum. Dr. Lochum is trying to find the remains of Jesus to prove his hypothesis that Jesus was not resurrected as the bible states. But a secret organization known as the Knot has been tasked with preserving the remains of thirty people who were buried with silver coins over their eyes. These thirty were supposedly in on a secret that was fabricated at the base of the cross, and the Knot was formed at the same time.

The remains found in Paris lead the team to Budapest, where more skeletons lead the team to Istanbul and finally to Rome. They were constantly harassed by the Knot, lead by the unique team of Tok and Petir. Sergeant Brandt suspects one of his team is a double agent, as the Knot seems to know his every move. Along with the action, a romance begins between sergeant Brandt and Rebecca, adding more difficulties to Brandt's mission. The climax takes place in Rome where the member of Brandt's team working for the Knot is revealed and Rebecca finds the secret the Knot had been trying to keep.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of action and plot twists, making it hard to put down. I do not agree with the secret revealed at the end, but the story was excellent and makes the reader think. If you enjoyed "The Da Vinci Code," you will enjoy "30 Pieces of Silver." As stated earlier, the book is highly controversial and speculates an alternate view of the main premise of Christianity. If you do not like alternate views of Christianity, then steer clear of this book. ( )
  NPJacobsen | Jul 11, 2015 |
"30 Pieces of Silver" by Carolyn McCray was a Kindle book I picked up because it was on sale at Amazon. Usually the freebies and low cost books are hit or miss and this one turned out to be a hit. Rebecca Monroe is a scientist with a goal. But her goal becomes secondary as she is drawn into the search to find the bones of the disciples of Jesus. Hoping the discovery will aid her in her mission to confirm what she calls the "smart gene" she reunites with an old mentor and lover. In the course of her adventure she is protected by a group of soldiers led by Brandt who gets her scientist blood boiling to a fever pitch. Among the soldiers there is a mole who is seemingly working with the mysterious "Knot" to prevent Rebecca from learning more about Jesus and the crucifixion. The Knot adversaries led by the strange Tok and Petir seem well organised; not surprising since the group has been around for a very long time. The characters are actually well developed considering there are a lot of them. Some of the action seems somewhat improbable but once I was drawn into the story I couldn't put it down. However if you are a staunch Christian you might find the surprise ending unsettling. It has a Dan Brown flavor so if you enjoyed any of his books you will probably like this. This is apparently a book in a series. I liked it well enough that I now reading the next one. ( )
  NewLiz | May 26, 2015 |
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The Eiffel Tower is attached...by a Christian suicide bomber. Within the twisted wreckage a cache of bones is found. Bones that are inscribed with ancient Greek letters that identify the remains as those of John the Baptist--along with a promise to guide the seeker to the tomb of the Savior himself. Tasked with untangling this millennia-old mystery, Dr. Rebecca Monroe, a paleoarchaeologist, and Special Forces sergeant Vincent Brandt are hounded across three continents as they attempt to piece together the bones' clues.… (more)

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