by Terry Brennan
A secret room has been discovered in the chapel of the Bowery Mission. And what’s hidden inside could change the world as we know it.
When New Yorker Tom Bohannon uncovers an ancient cipher containing a dead language that has been lost in the sands of time, he doesn’t fully comprehend the danger that’s about to unfold. Though Tom and his team of ragtag scientists and historians want to decode the ancient text, there are others who don’t want the cipher revealed. And they are prepared to kill to keep it hidden.
From a market in 19th century Alexandria to an apartment in present-day New York to the tunnels beneath Jerusalem, the secret of the cipher has spanned the globe — and threatened the lives of everyone in its path. Will Tom be next?
“I wasn’t sure at times if I was reading a novel… or the newspaper. Except that The Sacred Cipher was a far more fascinating read. It’s hard to believe this is Brennan’s debut novel. This book will grab you by the throat and hold on until the very last page. And then leave you thinking long after you put the book aside. If you read one book this year, make it this one.” “Terry Brennan’s debut work is a high-concept barnburner.
— Wanda Dyson, best-selling author; The Shepherd’s Fall, Abduction, Obsession
The action, the intrigue, the mystery… it kept me turning pages faster than I could read what was on them! My only question is: What is he going to come up with next?”
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This novel is a great read. It starts over a hundred years ago in England when Charles Spurgeon finds a cryptic scroll. He realises the importance of this scroll when a group of Muslim men try to take it from him. He sends the scroll to America. The scroll is found in present time, and a group of men work to find it’s meaning. But Muslim terrorists will do anything to keep the scroll from being interpreted, and the men find their lives are in danger.
This suspense/thriller is the Christian alternative to Dan Brown novels. It’s a great read. Occasionally the pace is a little too slow, but overall it’s fast paced. I recommend this novel.