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The Fifth Gospel
The Fifth Gospel: A Novel | Ian Caldwell
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The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the international sensation The Rule of Four combines a lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying popes final wish into a deliciously labyrinthine (Providence Journal) intellectual thriller that kicks off at ninety mph and doesnt slow down (Associated Press). A mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. The curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome a week before it opens. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of Greek Catholic priest Father Alex Andreou. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex decides that to find the killer he must reconstruct the secret of what a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron reveals about the churchs most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friends death and its consequences for the future of the Christian church, Father Alex discovers a ruthless stalker is hunting himan enemy with a vested stake in the exhibit that he must outwit to survive. Rich, authentic, erudite, and emotionally searing, The Fifth Gospel is a riveting novel of suspense and a feast of biblical history that satisfies on every level.
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bookandcat
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#backpackeurope travelogue *fictional*
Country 20: Vatican City has amazing art. I saw the Pope at the Angelus blessing, climbed St Peter's Basilica and saw the Pieta, visited Vatican Museums (love the School of Athens painting - you can see a grumpy Michaelangelo in it🤣) and of course the Sistine Chapel. The Last Just (back wall) separates sinners/saints - guess where M. painted his enemies 🤣
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bookandcat The Fifth Gospel is set within Vatican City and all of the main characters are priests. It is an erudite murder mystery with lots of nuance about church history, relics, church relations and more. Caldwell does a good job keeping the story moving, but it's more tell than show at times, and not as gripping as The Rule of Four. 3.5/5 1y
bookandcat @BookwormM @JenP this entry is also to go towards the museum challenge this week. Some pics (ones not of art) were taken by me IRL. 1y
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bookandcat
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JSW
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Taut and poignant; interesting premise and theologically sound. Good read.

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JSW
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Well, at least he‘s happy that I‘m home with flu.

ladym30 Feel better. He is adorable!! 2y
Jas16 I hope you feel better soon 2y
JSW Thanks, @ladym30 and @Jas16 2y
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JSW
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My attempts to stay healthy were thwarted and Mr. JSW and I are sick AGAIN. We have had every bug this year. 😑 So, lots of rest and trying to read (when not asleep). The cat, of course, never minds having my lap available. Stay healthy, Litsy.

readordierachel Bummer, hope you feel better soon! 2y
JSW Thanks @ReadOrDieRachel !! 🤧 2y
RealLifeReading Oh no!! Sorry to hear you‘re not well! 2y
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Crazeedi
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Up next, a different one this time. Not sure about it, I think I liked the blurb when I bought it, now I'm not so sure, we'll see
#25inFive: 24.5 hrs and not done tonight!
Day 5 working my way through this, 5 hrs! Not done yet!

Andrew65 I bought this because I liked The Rule Of Four but not read this one yet. 2y
PenguinInFlight I read Rule of Four (years ago) and really enjoyed it. 2y
Crazeedi @Andrew65 @PenguinInFlight I did not read rule of four. I will have to put in on my tbr pile if I like this one 2y
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RaimeyGallant You're winning! 2y
Crazeedi @RaimeyGallant what am I winning? 2y
RaimeyGallant 25infive (edited) 2y
Andrew65 @RaimeyGallant You are right, That is a fantastic total @Crazeedi 🙌 2y
Crazeedi @Andrew65 wow, didn't realize! Got 5 more hrs in today. Trying to finish book, and reading another one for bible study too 2y
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JSW
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Book haul from Books Inc. this weekend. I try to limit my bookstore purchases to one new, one sale. Tiny cottage life. 👍🏼

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Beckys_Books
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Two brothers, one Catholic and the other Eastern Catholic, a murder and the history of a religious relic all collide in this novel. Just so-so for me. I didn't really like the two brothers all that much, and the plot was difficult to follow at times. Found it on the discount shelf at the book store. Would be disappointed if I'd paid full price.

LizzyM I tried to read this once or twice from the library but could never quite get into it! I thought maybe it was just me but maybe not😜 2y
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Beckys_Books
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My current read - #itsallamystery - and I don't have it figured out yet.

#sizzlingsummerbooks
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Sydsavvy I hope that is iced Bailey's to help you figure it out!!! 😂😂😂 2y
Beckys_Books @Sydsavvy unfortunately, no. It's just iced coffee.😕 2y
Sydsavvy LOL Well shoot. 2y
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Beckys_Books
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Started a new book while visiting @LizzyM

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Jadee
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A mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican museums. The curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting in the outskirts of Rome a week before it opens. That same night a violent break in rocks the home of Greek Catholic priest Father Alex Andreou. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, father Alex decided that to find the killer he must reconstruct the secret.
#fiction #tbr #mystery #thriller

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Tonton
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Stack down by one: hijinks in the Vatican. Hero too earnest (for me) but liked great courtroom speech scene as well as learning about Greek Catholicism. Ian knows his Vatican inside out.

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myellenbee
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I just read The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell, it is beautifully written and suspenseful to the end. It gives some fascinating peeks into the workings of the Vatican. I recommend it!

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thecurioushedgehog
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(Yesterday's #bookisholympics conquest - #GoingforGold)
This book had me hooked from the get go, until the end. I started to lose interest quite quickly, but don't get me wrong it is still an incredible book, but the way that it seems so perfect in every detail just seemed to make it drag on a little where perhaps it didn't need to. All in all, I would definitely re-read, and I would recommend to anyone who loves a good Dan Brown-esque novel.

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thecurioushedgehog
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"A lost gospel, a relic, and a dying pope's final wish send two brothers - both Vatican priests - on a quest to untangle Christianity's biggest mystery." I've only just started this book but wow I am hooked! It is so intriguing.

MrBook Oooh, I have this one on my shelf! 3y
thecurioushedgehog @MrBook it's shaping up really nicely! I recommend it ☺️ 3y
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KimKeel
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Stylistically similar to Dan Brown, but different enough to hold my attention. I liked this book.

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Sharpeipup
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"A priest can forgive a stranger so quickly that a boy can't imagine how hard he will find it, someday, to forgive his own enemies. Or his own loved ones. He has no inkling that good men can sometimes find it impossible to forgive themselves"

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