The Fifth Gospel

The Fifth Gospel

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
When a break-in at the home of Father Alex Andreou coincides with the murder of his research partner, Andreou works to discover the truth of his partner's secret research into the Gospels, while being hunted by someone with an interest in the results.

& Taylor

A follow-up to the New York Times best-seller The Rule of Four finds a lost gospel, a contentious relic and a dying pope's final wish sending two Vatican priest brothers on a dangerous intellectual quest to untangle Christianity's greatest historical mystery. Simultaneous.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Ten years ago, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s The Rule of Four became a literary phenomenon that sold nearly two million copies in North America and was hailed by critics as “ingenious…profoundly erudite” (The New York Times), “compulsively readable” (People), and “an exceptional piece of scholarship” (San Francisco Chronicle). Now, after a decade of painstaking primary research, Ian Caldwell returns with a masterful new thriller that confirms his place among the most ambitious popular storytellers working today.

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II’s reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator’s research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator’s secret: what the four Christian gospels—and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron—reveal about the Church’s most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend’s death and its consequences for the future of the world’s two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with a vested stake in the exhibit—someone he must outwit to survive.

At once a riveting intellectual thriller, a feast of biblical history and scholarship, and a moving family drama, The Fifth Gospel is “a story of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. Peppered with references to real-life people, places, and events, the narrative rings true, taking the reader on an emotional journey nearly two thousand years in the making” (Library Journal, starred review).

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2015
ISBN: 9781442385078
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC CAL
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (ca. 15.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Davenport, Jack


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Mar 04, 2017

Just goes to show how the voice of the reader makes all the difference. While two prior reviewers seem to have loved the voice of Jack Davenport, I couldn't make it past the first couple of chapters with him. He's one of those that feels that the softer he speaks, the more dramatic what he says will be. At some of the most dramatic moments, his voice almost dropped off the scale entirely. My annoyance kept growing until I lost any interest in the story and just wanted to throw the CD player across the room to make it stop. So unfortunately, I can't review the book itself, only the presentation. As always, your mileage may vary.

Jun 04, 2015

The only aspect of his audio that kept me going was the reader Jack Davenport. Redundant, overly-overly long & confusing to me with details I'm not that interested in. However, if true facts about inner working of this issue of Eastern/Roman church, it is significant. Not the least bit surprising how corrupt the church powers are. Skimmed alot!

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