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Ultimo Caton, El (Spanish Edition) (original 2001; edition 2004)

by Matilde Asensi

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" A masterful blending of Christian scholarship and pure thrilling adventure, comes a novel about the race to find the secret location of the Vera Cruz, the True Cross on which Christ was crucified, and the ancient brotherhood sworn to protect it from Infidel hands. " Holy relics are disappearing from sacred spots around the world -- and the Vatican will do whatever it takes to stop thieves from their incredible goal; to steal what is left of the scattered and miniscule splinters of the True Cross the Catholic Church has in its possession. Dr. Ottavia Salina, a brilliant and highly esteemed paleographer toils away at her classified workspace deep within Vatican City, analyzing and restoring some of the world's most valuable religious artifacts, until she is called upon by the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and charged with a mysterious new assignment: she is to decipher the strange tattoos -- seven Greek letters and seven crosses -- found on an Ethiopian man's corpse. Found next to what was left of the body were three pieces of wood -- suspected by Vatican scholars to be fragments of the Vera Cruz, actual splinters from the Cross on which Christ was crucified. With the help of the captain of the Pope's infamous and tradition-rich Swiss Guard and a renown archaeologist from the ancient city of Alexandria, Dr. Salina is able to uncover a shocking truth: for hundreds of years, a secret brotherhood which refers to itself as the Staurofilakes, and headed by a mysterious figure called Cato, has been hiding the True Cross and means to gather all remainingfragments for themselves. The markings on the Ethiopian corpse, they soon discover, correspond with each of the Seven Deadly Sins, and are part of the complicated, possibly deadly, initiation ritual used to deem candidates worthy of membership into the brotherhood. Having discovered a connection between the brotherhood and Dante's Divine Comedy, they use clues within the text as a roadmap which leads them on a race across the globe to Christianity's ancient capitals. As they travel from Rome to Antioch, with several harrowing stops in between, they must brave a series of unimaginable challenges that put their faith -- and their very lives -- to the ultimate test. If they are to uncover the secrets of the ancient brotherhood, and discover the location of the True Cross, they must do so at their own peril.… (more)
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Title:Ultimo Caton, El (Spanish Edition)
Authors:Matilde Asensi
Info:Debolsillo (2004), Paperback, 640 pages
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The Last Cato by Matilde Asensi (2001)

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    The Eight by Katherine Neville (JAPerlmutter)
    JAPerlmutter: This books by Spanish author Asensi preceded Katherine Neville's The Eight and, in many ways, is more fascinating since it deals with the vagaries of Catholicism and the schisms, myths and spiritual journeys peculiar to the Church's dogma. Strong female protagonist and an ending just as satisfying as Neville's.… (more)
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    Inferno by Dan Brown (vpfluke)
    vpfluke: Both books are thrillers where the main characters follow trails taken from Dante's Divine Comedy
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Masterful. Literary Indiana Jones. Very sharp, thrilling! ( )
  Martialia | Sep 28, 2022 |
Being Catholic in Italy is a huge deal ( )
  AZBob1951 | Oct 27, 2021 |
A fun "Indiana Jones" kind of novel. It is filled with almost superhuman " tasks" that have to be performed by a Swiss guard, a doctor of ancient documents and a professor. They use Dante " Divine Comedy" as reference. I enjoyed this novel ( )
  Smits | Apr 30, 2021 |
29º edicion
  meritxell_guerrero | May 10, 2020 |
No es mala novela, si quitamos los seis quintales métricos de inexactitudes históricas, pero el final es para rilarse. Alucinante el cóctel psicotrópico que nos endilga la autora. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
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Tras el éxito de El salón de ámbar e Iacobus, Matilde Asensi nos presenta una nueva novela tan impactante como aquellas. Todo comienza cuando una científica que trabaja para el Vaticano es llamada para descifrar las extrañas señales aparecidas en el cuerpo de un etíope fallecido en extrañas circunstancias. A partir de aquí se desplegará una trama trepidante y que pondrá al descubierto una siniestra conspiración para atentar contra las reliquias más sagradas de la Iglesia.
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" A masterful blending of Christian scholarship and pure thrilling adventure, comes a novel about the race to find the secret location of the Vera Cruz, the True Cross on which Christ was crucified, and the ancient brotherhood sworn to protect it from Infidel hands. " Holy relics are disappearing from sacred spots around the world -- and the Vatican will do whatever it takes to stop thieves from their incredible goal; to steal what is left of the scattered and miniscule splinters of the True Cross the Catholic Church has in its possession. Dr. Ottavia Salina, a brilliant and highly esteemed paleographer toils away at her classified workspace deep within Vatican City, analyzing and restoring some of the world's most valuable religious artifacts, until she is called upon by the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and charged with a mysterious new assignment: she is to decipher the strange tattoos -- seven Greek letters and seven crosses -- found on an Ethiopian man's corpse. Found next to what was left of the body were three pieces of wood -- suspected by Vatican scholars to be fragments of the Vera Cruz, actual splinters from the Cross on which Christ was crucified. With the help of the captain of the Pope's infamous and tradition-rich Swiss Guard and a renown archaeologist from the ancient city of Alexandria, Dr. Salina is able to uncover a shocking truth: for hundreds of years, a secret brotherhood which refers to itself as the Staurofilakes, and headed by a mysterious figure called Cato, has been hiding the True Cross and means to gather all remainingfragments for themselves. The markings on the Ethiopian corpse, they soon discover, correspond with each of the Seven Deadly Sins, and are part of the complicated, possibly deadly, initiation ritual used to deem candidates worthy of membership into the brotherhood. Having discovered a connection between the brotherhood and Dante's Divine Comedy, they use clues within the text as a roadmap which leads them on a race across the globe to Christianity's ancient capitals. As they travel from Rome to Antioch, with several harrowing stops in between, they must brave a series of unimaginable challenges that put their faith -- and their very lives -- to the ultimate test. If they are to uncover the secrets of the ancient brotherhood, and discover the location of the True Cross, they must do so at their own peril.

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Dr. Ottavia Salina, a renowned paleographer and head of the Vatican's Secret Archive, is taksed with restoring and preserving the ancient texts that are the cornerstone of Christianity. When a murder sends shock waves to the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church, Dr. Sallina is asked to decipher the strange tattoos found on the Ethiopian man's corpse. In addition to the mysterious markings, found next to the body were three pieces of wood-priceless artifacts believed to be from the Vera Cruz, the cross on which Christ was crucified. When Dr. Salina uncovers a connection between the tattoos-nearly indecipherable enigmas representing the Seven Deadly Sins-and the vision of purgatory in The Divine Comedy, it sets in motion an adventure of epic proportions. Accompanied by an archaeologist and the captain of the pope's Swiss Guard, and using Dante's masterpiece as a guide, she sets out on a risky and electrifying journey that takes her from Rome to Antioch in search of the sole person who can provide the answers they need...the last Cato, the only one who knows the secret location of the Holy Cross. (back of book)
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