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Well-researched historical fiction Oct 22, 2007
I read this compelling book in only two sittings. It opens a bit slowly, so I put it down after a chapter or so, but when I picked it up again a couple days later, I got so engrossed in the story that I read straight through to the end. "Unholy Grail" gives an alternate theory to the DaVinci code. This author has the antichrist coming from Mary and Judas, not Mary and Jesus. The book follows the young life of the boy who would grow up to become Judas Iscariot. It offers convincing inner motivations for many of Judas's puzzling actions in the gospel accounts, such as decrying Mary's use of perfume to bathe Jesus' feet, betraying Jesus, and hanging himself.
The author has clearly done extensive research into the time period as well as earlier periods, and he weaves into the narrative interesting facts from earlier mythologies from Babylon, Egypt, etc. that all tie into the story. There's extra historical information in appendices to the book as well as on the website for the book. The storytelling does bog down at a few points with too much exposition, but overall the narrative flows well.
This book would be of interest to anyone who enjoys reading about the Roman era, the gospel period of Jewish history, early Eastern cosmology and mythology, and even end-times theories.