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The skeptics....Dr. Stephen Castle, a New York City psychiatrist and renowned atheist, has built an international reputation for his book arguing that religion is a figment of human imagination. Professor Marco Gabrielli, an Italian religious researcher and chemist, has made a career of debunking supposed miracles, of explaining the unexplainable.
The miracle....For centuries, however, the Shroud of Turin has defied scientific explanation. Is this ancient remnant that bears such a vividly detailed pictorial representation truly the burial cloth that wrapped Christ after he was taken down from the cross? Or is it the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the Christian community?
As Father Bartholomew—newly returned to his parish, the venerable St. Joseph’s Church in upper Manhattan—celebrates Mass, blood starts running down his arm. The horrified congregation watches him collapse to the ground, his vestments soaked with the blood pouring from wounds on his wrists.
The phenomenon is known as stigmata, when a person appears to manifest the wounds that Christ suffered upon the cross. But in Father Bartholomew’s case there is a mysterious added dimension: he has been transformed to resemble in almost every physical aspect the Christ-like figure represented on the Shroud of Turin.
Worried that Bartholomew’s case could be proved a hoax, the Vatican employs Dr. Castle and Professor Gabrielli to investigate. But for the well-known psychiatrist and the experienced man of science both, Father Bartholomew presents the most perplexing challenge either has ever faced.
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By Matthew on 04-30-10
a page turner BUT a caveat
First let's ensure we all agree that George G is a hall of fame reader, and I feel he asserts that in this outing. If you like his style, you will enjoy this book. The story? I have to admit it had me for ALMOST all of it, and, to be truthful, it's actually a pretty damn good listen. You will likely agree with me about some parts ( I suggest towards the conclusion ) which are rather stark, and beg for further exploration. Overall however, I enjoyed this quick piece of Biblical fantasy, and recommend it.
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By MARY A STERNBERG on 01-23-13
What did you love best about The Shroud Codex?
This plot grabs you from the very first chapter and never lets go!
What did you like best about this story?
The storyline is intriguing and unfolds brilliantlky.
Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?
Father Bartholomew and I'd have to say Atty Castle....both were 'protagonists and antagonists'.
If you could rename The Shroud Codex, what would you call it?
Perhaps 'The Return of the Messiah"
Any additional comments?
The only criticism I have of this novel is that it ended.....knew it was coming to a close and kept putting it down to prevent what I knew was the final chapter.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful