Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blog Tour: The Second Messiah (Review)

What happens if a newly-discovered ancient document identifies another messiah. Is Jesus a victim of identity theft or is something else at work?

What would people - both religious and political leaders - do to keep it's discovery and contents hidden?

Those are just a few of the questions addressed in Glenn Meade's newest novel, The Second Messiah.

"Numerous references and warnings exist in scripture regarding false prophets and false messiahs," explained Meade. "Jesus himself made some of these warnings."

In this novel, Meade's main character, archeologist Jack Cane, discovers a manuscript near the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls recovery.
 
As the novel twists and turns, Meade travels throughout the Middle East, and ends up at the Vatican, all in the search of the truth.

The Second Messiah  is a cross between Biblical fiction and Indiana Jones, is 479 pages of intrigue and subterfuge. At times its a bit clunky and hard to track exactly what happens - but it definitely full of many layers. (With so many layers, sometimes it's hard to decide who are the villains and who are the good guys.)

If you like historical Biblical fiction with a dose of political intrigue - with a dash of Indiana Jones tossed in, then Meade's book is right up your alley. I'd give it a strong three stars on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest.


"Sometimes, stories find the writer and not the other way round. I think that happened with The Second Messiah," Meade continued. "Archeology and religion have always interested me -- I've written about both before, though in a minor way -- but I guess mulling over my own life kick-started combining both subjects in a novel."


More About The Author
Glenn Meade was born in Finglas, Dublin in 1957. His novels to date have all been international bestsellers, translated into over twenty languages and have enjoyed both critical and commercial success.

He worked in the field of pilot training for Aer Lingus for many years and as a journalist for the Irish Times. He now writes full time.

Online Resources
Find out more about The Second Messiah from the publisher.
Download a reading guide to The Second Messiah
Browse inside The Second Messiah
Find The Second Messiah at Amazon
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Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by The DeMoss Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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