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Publisher's Summary

Jesus of Nazareth has been dead for some 65 years. The eyewitnesses to this extraordinary life have died, often as martyrs, and only a scattered handful remain. Might anyone have resolved to interview those last few before it was too late, it being a matter of mind-boggling importance? What if someone had?
Mysterium I: Rome presents the story of a young Roman scholar who determines to do precisely that. This sleuth who has the will and the means to comb the Roman Empire for answers is Theophilus, "Lover of God". Opening his very first scroll of Christian scripture, and finding his own name there, catalyzes a series of events that seemingly promises a life mission full of heroic discovery. But soon, Theophilus has cause to wonder about the advisability of his investigation. Danger looms, while he is on the scent of the unfathomable in ominous cavities of a city where so very much is hidden. Catacombs. Forbidden archives. "Witches Hill", a.k.a. the Vatican.
In Rome, life is stupendously raw. Theophilus' adventures put him in congress with gladiators, prostitutes, torturers, crucifiers, conquerors, sorcerers, swindlers, schemers, and an aristocratic matron who insists that she is a daughter of the Beast. Pulled relentlessly toward ever more mystifying mysteries, Theophilus comes to realize that he has undertaken a quest after the secret of secrets.
Rome is the first book of a six-part Mysterium series. Mysterium I: Rome also contains Discussion Guide questions.
©2016 Mitchel Fidel (P)2016 Denouement Literary Agency, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By mani on 07-23-16


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There are some items that I learned from this historical book about Rome.It's very interesting

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4 out of 5 stars
By AdaChaDad on 07-14-16

Four stars w/ anticipation of future books

Where does Mysterium I: Rome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The writing and the narration are better than what I find in most books. Fidel does a good job of painting the early Roman culture and surroundings. Mather has just the right amount of energy in his delivery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mysterium I: Rome?

The most memorable moments were probably the sexual encounters. That is not to my liking and I would have preferred that they were not included. However, like much of this novel, I'm assuming that the author is trying to lay the ground work for what is to come in future volumes. I could be wrong. A great deal of Christian apostacy is included in this 5 hour book. My guess is that it's setting us up to discover how the young Theophilus comes to find the truth. If my guess is wrong, I would rate this book much lower than four stars.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Who really was Jesus?

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I received this book at no charge in return for an unbiased review.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Carlos on 11-27-16


I really tried. The recording is terrible and the narrator is impossible to understand. Sounds like a basso profundo Demosthenes with his mouth crammed full of pebbles. When he tries to change voices between characters, the narration becomes even more unintelligible. Please EQ this recording and get a different narrator.

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