Having just read four less than enjoyable books I had high hopes for this my next read but alas, not to be, it took me all my time to finish it.
THE LAST GOSPEL by DAVID GIBBINS.
Jack Howard is about to discover a secret. Perhaps the greatest secret ever kept.
What if one of the Ancient World's greatest libraries was buried in volcanic ash and then re-discovered two thousand years later?
What if what was found there was a document that could shatter the very foundations of the Western World?
What if you were the one who discovered this secret? And were then forced to confront terrifying enemies determined to destroy you to ensure it goes no further?
David Gibbin's electrifying new novel is the story of one last Gospel, left behind in the age of the New Testament, and of its extraordinary secret, one that has lain concealed for years. Follow Jack Howard, man of action and the greatest archaeologist of his day, as he unearths the mystery - and must prevent others from doing the same .....
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue - 24 August AD 79): The old man limped to the brink of the chasm, the firm grasp of his freedman all that prevented him from pitching forward.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 146 - Present day): Costas put out his hand and gingerly touched the shoulder of the body. Instantly the entire form shimmered and disappeared in a puff of carbon. His finger was left suspended in mid-air, and for a moment there was silence.
"Whoops," he said.
MY THOUGHTS: Have you ever sat sipping tea while a friend bored you detail by minute detail, hour by excruciating hour, relating stories about their 'adventure' holiday? Well, that's pretty much how I felt reading this.
A book I would have given up on way before its 542 page ending if it wasn't for the carrot that made me anticipate something of note, of excitement, of interest even, was about to happen that the author kept dangling in front of my nose.
OK, so with its carbonised centuries old bodies, secret tunnels, Vestal Virgins and a long lost document that not everyone is happy about being discovered this wasn't completely without merit its just that the expected 'thrills and spills' were too few and far between to maintain my interest, the author having an awful tendency to never run with them.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A Church fayre buy, destined for the charity shop.
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