Thursday, May 14, 2009

The First Apostle

This book is one of many in the new genre I have dubbed "Religious Thrillers" with the HUGE success of Dan Brown there is no wonder why so many new authors are racing to please the millions of readers who love a mix of suspense, history, conspiracy and religion. And I can say I have fully embraced this new genre as well as this book. When my friend Natalie recommended this book I was leery at first because whether I mean to or not I will be comparing this book to Angels & Demons and The DaVinci Code and those are big shoes to fill.

The premise of The First Apostle by James Becker centers around a couple who discover an ancient Latin text while renovating their centuries old farm house in Italy, unaware of the significance of their discovery the couple quickly find themselves under attack. This story weaves thru Italy, includes codes needing to be deciphered and conspiracy at the Vatican. When I first started the book I was a bit overwhelmed the author tends to jump around alot and it took me a little bit to keep all the characters straight but not long after I found myself intrigued and looking forward to reading each night and googling key words and phrases in the book during the day. I did have to read this book a bit slower than I normally do but that was only because I was worried about missing a detail in this in dept plot. I enjoy it when fiction books weave in real history and although the "secret" revealed in this book is purely fiction I found myself taking away from this book a history lesson also. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read and I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author wrote this story like a movie, I could visualize the story as it unfolded in my head!
James Becker has the sequel to this book coming out in September called The Moses Stone and I can not wait to grab a copy!

And in case anyone has forgotten............. tomorrow Angels & Demons hit theatre's and I can't wait! Like I have said over & over I just love it when a book I have read hits the big screen!!

ps................. Is it just me or did the tornado sirens and hail keep anyone else up most of the night? I am like the walking dead today!!!

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