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Unholy Grail

1 rating: -3.0
A book by D. L. Wilson

A fast-paced and well-crafted religious thriller. --Andrew Gross    A runaway train of a novel. --Molly Cochran    Absolutely thrilling...a compulsive read loaded with suspense. --Lynn Hightower    Delivers … see full wiki

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Author: D. L. Wilson
Publisher: Berkley
1 review about Unholy Grail

Just like "The Da Vinci Code," only not as good

  • Apr 13, 2007
Can a book be so bad that it can still be compelling? "Unholy Grail" might be that book, as it attempts to rewrite "The Da Vinci Code" without Da Vinci, its puzzles and the breathless pace that made Dan Brown's book a success.

Father Joseph Romano and Professor Brittany Hamar are lured separately to New York's Grand Central Station with the promise of being given a manuscript written by Jesus' brother, James, where she is shot and he is framed for it. She was targeted because she had received a portion of the gospel already from a mysterious source in Vienna and is writing a book debunking Jesus; the reason for his involvement is withheld until the end.

Meanwhile, a renegade priest is killing priests around the world, marking their bodies with stigmata. There's also a combination hit man and fixer who works for the mysterious Council of Five, and there's groups and sub groups such as the Rex Deus and the Inner Circle, and it's all involved with maintaining the bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene and keeping this secret a secret. None of this really matters, because Romano and Hamar are too busy traveling, arguing about Jesus and revealing personal details amid descriptions of Vienna and the south of France that would feel at home in Lonely Planet guidebooks. Because they're being pulled toward the climax, instead of uncovering the conspiracy, there's no suspense, and the revelations are very revelatory.

The book's prose is of such a consistently low quality that it could serve as a textbook in a creative writing course. If a sentence can turn toward a cliche, it will take it. Characters convey emotions mostly through facial expressions. Their eyes radiate with anger. Bemusement flash across their faces. Sometimes, their eyes bug out.

Now, some say a reviewer shouldn't write bad things about a book, that a paperback should get more of a break than a hardcover, that a debut author should be cut some slack. But once they're on the shelves, all books are equal; they should be treated as such. Besides, I suffered for my art. Now it's your turn.

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