The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell
I can honestly say that I was leery in reading this novel for a couple of reasons. First being that I didn’t read the author’s first novel, The Rule of Four, and second, I’m not very big on religious reads. The outcome was pleasantly surprising.
Alex Andreou is a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican as a single parent with his five-year-old son. Simon, Alex’s brother, has moved into the main Catholic Church and is a priest in the Vatican Secretariat.
Simon calls Alex and begs him to pick him up at the Castel Gandolfo. When Alex arrives, he sees his friend Ugo, curator of a groundbreaking exhibit, dead. Ugo was set to disprove the scientific evidence based on scriptural and historical documentation of the Shroud of Turin, which has been a symbol of Christianity for centuries, but it was recently proven to be a fake dating back to the Middle Ages.
Simon is being implicated in Ugo’s murder and Alex’s only hope to save him is to reconstruct Ugo’s secret. This secret is about the four Christian gospels and the fifth gospel named the Diatessaron, which reveals information about the Church’s most controversial holy relic.
Can Alex uncover the mystery and save his brother? Pick up a copy and find out for yourself.
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