Thursday, August 9, 2012

Jefferson Burke and the Secret of the Lost Scroll by Ace Collins

Book Description:  Jefferson Burke and the Secret of the Lost Scroll is a mystery as old as the Christian church wrapped in a modern-day thriller. Though an unwilling hero, Professor Jefferson Burke's intellectual curiosity pits him against the powerful Bruno Krueger in a race to find a 2000-year-old scroll that calls into question the divinity of Christ and could shake the foundation of Christian faith, upsetting the balance of power in the modern world. Their deadly quest spans the globe, involving officials from the Vatican, CIA and FBI agents, British royalty, a Hollywood actress, and modern terrorists. This classic battle of good vs. evil will hook believers and doubters alike. The uncertainties raised by the very existence of the elusive scroll will have every reader questioning the basis of their faith and wondering what would happen if certain fundamental truths suddenly were proven untrue. Artfully and thoughtfully told, this is the kind of action-packed adventure story that will keep loyal Ace Collins readers---and increasing legions of new fans---coming back for more.

My Review:  I love a good action/suspense novel!  And I was surprised by the action, adventure and pure suspense in Ace Collins book, The Secret of the Lost Scroll!  
WOW!  When a book begins with "Baltore the priest had no idea where they had come from.  Like ghosts, they seemed to appear out of thin air, but he was well aware that his plight was his own making." (p. 11)  then the reader knows this is going to be a one.of.those.fantastically.great reads! 
Dr. Jefferson Burke is approached by Anthony Columbo to help him find the lost scrolls.  Actually this first scene of the book where Columbo talks with Burke reminded me of the beginning of Indiana Jones . . . college history professor talked into helping find an ancient artifact for the "good of humanity."  But there's oh-so-much-more!  
I love National Treasure, so again there's a bit of that in Burke too!  Burke's life is turned upside.down! as he races to find the first clue!  
This is an incredible read with Cho and Burke having some serious soul searching as they think what would happen if they find that Joseph is the true father of Jesus! Because if one finds the truth then one has the obligation to tell the world the truth, right?  God has a way of bringing the truth to light for those who search for righteousness!  Of course, there's always a "bad guy", Krueger, the evil one who would love nothing more than spreading lies and untruths!
 I loved it and truthfully had a hard time putting this book down!  I'll be looking for more books by Ace Collins.
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan*
About the Author:

Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog's Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.

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