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The Jesus Thief
by J R Lankford

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0971869413

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


In 1978 scientists tested the Shroud of Turin. Most of the team concluded that it was not an artifact from biblical times. A few dissenters felt the Shroud potentially had two construction periods in which the cloth was woven and that limitations on where to test to protect the item resulted in only the edges evaluated and a questionable conclusion reached. Now the Church bestows a great honor on New York Catholic Dr. Felix Rossi as he has been selected to conduct scientific testing on the origin of the Shroud.

In Turin, unable to resist even while feeling guilty, Felix steals two threads from the Shroud. His plan is simple. If these are bloodstains with intact DNA on the Shroud, Felix plans to clone them even as he wonders if that is truly the remains of Jesus Christ and who will serve as Mary. Felix will soon find himself and his family at the center of a religious controversy and conspiracy as people stand divided on the topic of the Second Coming.

THE JESUS THIEF cleverly avoids the Apocalypse Now that seems to be the prime thread of many Second Coming novels. Instead the story line brilliantly merges current and future speculation of science to tell a delightfully action-packed parable of the Second Coming. The cast is solid starting with the obsessed Felix and the story line is fast-paced and loaded with detail, but this powerful tale belongs to the allegory that applies current science and scientific theory to The Second Coming.

Harriet Klausner


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