The Fifth Gospel

The Fifth Gospel

A Novel

Book - 2015
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In Ian Caldwell's masterful follow-up to his international sensation "The Rule of Four," (2004) a lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope's final wish converge to send two brothers - both Vatican priests - on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianity's greatest historical mystery. At once a riveting literary thriller, a feast of biblical history and scholarship, and a moving family drama, this is a novel about the depths of sacrifice and the power of forgiveness.
Publisher: New York ;, Toronto, Ontario :, Simon & Schuster,, 2015.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781451694147
Characteristics: 431 pages :,coloured map ;,25 cm.


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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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