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Publisher's Summary

In ancient Rome, a woman flees for her life. Her enemies are those she once called "brother". Hidden beneath her blue cloak are secrets men will kill for - forgeries that prove the newly self-appointed bishops are not followers of the way, but pretenders who have seized power and will stop at nothing to shape this new religion to their own ends. Now, Julia - a woman who had once walked with Mary Magdalene and taught alongside Paul must preserve the legacy of the apostles in the face of terrifying danger.  
Two thousand years later, classical archaeologists Valentina Vella and Erika Simone are tasked with advising the newly-elected pope on the historical legacy of women in the early Christian period. The women stumble across an ancient parchment buried deep in the Vatican archives, a document that has clearly been altered. They find themselves on the trail of a woman who may have been the first woman bishop in the Catholic faith. To reveal Julia's legacy will put them in the crosshairs of a venomous Vatican battle for power and supremacy; to stay silent would make them complicit in an ancient heresy and would betray the teachings Julia sacrificed her life to defend.  
The Mystery of Julia Episcopa weaves seamlessly between modern-day Rome and the politics of the Catholic church and the times and life of a first-century Roman noblewoman who rose to be a dominant force in the early Christian movement.  
"Three women connected by two intertwined stories of treacherous political intrigues, ancient cover-ups, and savage vengeance."
©2018 John Rigoli (P)2018 John Rigoli
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tiasdolls on 07-09-18

You won't want to stop listening

I love these kinds of stories. I can't wait for book two!

The reader is taken on a journey back to the first century. We take a peek into the life of a wealthy Italian girl, Julia. As this new sect, who call themselves Christians, begins to emerge.

In the present day, two archeologist/historians find themselves on a mission to discover the identity of a bishop from the first century named Julius or could it be Julia? A woman?

Authors Rigoli and Cummings have done their homework and brought forth a rich tale packed with intrigue. The main focus is on the life of Julia Episcopa and the people who come and go. I didn't want it to end.

Cassandra Campbell's performance adds to the entire experience. I enjoyed her Italian accent. Female/male characters are easily distinguished, but this particular performance wasn't about giving each character a distinct voice, but rather a particular attitude. I had no trouble following the action or dialogue. Ms Campbell has a lovely voice that is clear and I enjoyed her storytelling.

Thank you a fantastic listening experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Victoria Haugen on 08-12-18


This is a fascinating story, told from two perspectives, about archaeologists discovering evidence of what may very well be the first female Roman Catholic Bishop (Julia Episcopa) back in the first century. This could lead to dangerous consequences if the truth his exposed. Archaeologists Valentina and Erika will take you on a wild ride between Ancient and Modern-Day Rome. Very well written, and I loved the narration also! I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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