The Christos Mosaic: A Novel (Hardback)
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The Christos Mosaic: A Novel (Hardback)

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Hardback 554 Pages / Published: 27/10/2015
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A #1 BESTSELLER IN KINDLE HISTORICAL THRILLERS Ancient scrolls hold the key to the origins of Christianityabut some will stop at nothing to hide the truth A suspicious death in Istanbul leaves one ancient scroll and clues to finding another in the hands of Drew Korchula, a thirty-two-year-old American expat, a Turkish dwarf named Kadir, and Zafer, a Special Forces washout. Drew is desperate to turn everything over to the academic community, and in the process redeem himself in the eyes of his estranged wife, but Kadir and Zafer are only interested in what they can get for the scrolls on the black market. Not everyone wants to see the scrolls go public, however, and some will stop at nothing to protect the Church and believers around the world from the revelations embodied in the priceless manuscripts. An action-packed intellectual thriller unraveling the mystery of a theological cold case more than two thousand years old, The Christos Mosaic is a monumental work of biblical research wrapped in a story of love, faith, human frailty, friendship, and forgiveness. Author Vincent Czyz takes the reader through the backstreets of Istanbul, Antakya (ancient Antioch), and Cairo, to clandestine negotiations with wealthy antiquities smugglers andruthless soldiers of fortune, to dusty Egyptian monasteries, on a nautical skirmish off the coast of Alexandria, and finally to the ruins of Constantine's palace buried deep beneath the streets of present-day Istanbul.

Publisher: Blank Slate Press
ISBN: 9781943075034
Number of pages: 554
Weight: 942 g
Dimensions: 238 x 161 x 54 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Vincent Czyz's THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC is unique: it somehow manages to include genuine, radical biblical scholarship in a beautifully rendered adventure full of unforgettable characters, set in exotic locales vividly and poetically described. There are very many "Lost Gospel" novels in which the biblical background is fudged, and badly. Not this one! Both sides of this author's fertile brain were working full tilt! And the result is superb."

--Robert M. Price, author of Deconstructing Jesus

"Often, the best novels are difficult to categorize. Perhaps more often, novels that try to do too many things don't succeed at doing any of them particularly well. Fortunately, every now and then, a novel comes along that is both hard to define, yet exceptional at juggling multiple genres whose sum is even greater than its individual parts. Such a novel is THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC, which melds historical fiction with contemporary adventure and produces a compelling mystery that is as educational as it is entertaining."

--US Review of Books

"A brilliant, deftly crafted, inherently absorbing novel from beginning to end, THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC by Vincent Czyz is one of those truly extraordinary stories that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections."

--Midwest Book Review

"Vincent Czyz's THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC accomplishes the rare trick of having it both ways, delivering a fast-paced, action-packed storyline that challenges the mind rather than epileptically dazzling it with portentous piffle. This novel turns out to be the rare adventure story that rewards the reader's attention by being as diverting as it is rigorously encyclopedic.

--Matt Hanson, The Arts Fuse

"I can't come up with enough superlatives to express how thoroughly?completely ?hugely?immensely?I enjoyed reading this novel. It's everything I could have wished for and much more. It must be read by as many people worldwide as possible. I have a gut feeling that it could effect a sea-change in the common understanding of Christianity. It's a masterful synthesis of solid scholarship and adventure."

--the late Paul Palmer, former assistant editor, American Atheist magazine

"... Christos puts the reader on Istanbul's every street corner--the cafes, bars and apartments--awash in the sights, sounds and even the smells of the city, and the colorful language and mannerisms of its inhabitants. [...] Ultimately ... THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC is more than a novel; it is an impeccably framed thriller that will hopefully spark new discussions and provide insight into the future of Christian thought and study for the new century."

--James Campion, Aquarian Weekly

"THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC is part Orhan Pamuk, part Elaine Pagels, and part Dan Brown. But it is mostly Vincent Czyz, an irrepressible fiction writer who has the good sense to realize that scholarship is the friend of great stories--and the talent to put that friendship to good use. I must confess that I turned to the novel for fun, and it is fun from first page to last. What surprised me was how very much I learned about the past. A wonderful novel."

--James Goodman, Pulitzer Prize finalist & author of But Where is the Lamb?

"[THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC] has all the important benchmarks of a thrilling adventure: global conspiracy, shocking revelations, thrilling shootouts, and multiple betrayals. The story is well written with strong plotting and vivacious characters ... a fascinating read."

--John M. Murray, ForeWord Reviews

"THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC is the most fun I've had with an encyclopedic novel since Eco's Foucault's Pendulum?and a lot more headlong, colorful, and seat-of-the pants exciting. It careens through Istanbul, Cairo, and Alexandria in pursuit of answers to a historical mystery that turns on the unraveling of a theological conspiracy that is deeply meaningful for us today."

--Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren

"Like Dan Brown's plot, there is violence, narrow escapes from danger, hidden clues, and exotic locations. Unlike The Da Vinci Code, there are no nearly pure characters ... From Istanbul to Cairo to a gunfight at sea ... Czyz creates an exciting thriller, more eloquently written than most, but one which challenges the traditional religious faith of not only the Catholic church, but all Christian sects."

--D. R. Meredith, New York Journal of Books

"There are people who can write ripping yarns. And there are people who can write fine, risk-taking prose. Not that many can do both. In this exciting novel, Vincent Czyz pulls off that daring double-feat with style and verve. Don't miss it."

--Peter Blauner, author of Slow Motion Riot and Slipping Into Darkness

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