After a New Jersey priest has a near-death experience he begins to resemble the image depicted on the Shroud of Turin, prompting a skeptical Vatican representative to investigate the claim and subsequently question the assumptions he has held for so long.
Brought back to life on an operating room table, Father Paul Bartholomew is haunted by visions of Christ as Golgotha. Then, as he celebrates Mass, blood starts running down his arms. The horrified congregation watches him collapse, his vestments soaked in the blood pouring from wounds on his wrists. Mysteriously, he now resembles in almost every physical aspect the Christ-like figure represented on the Shroud of Turin.
Worried lest Bartholomew’s case be proved a hoax, the Vatican employs two prominent scientists to investigate. Dr. Stephen Castle, an American psychiatrist, is renowned for his book arguing that religion is a figment of human imagination. Professor Marco Gabrielli, an Italian religious researcher and chemist, has made a career of debunking supposed miracles, of explaining the unexplainable.
For centuries, the Shroud of Turin has defied science. Is this ancient remnant truly Christ’s burial cloth, or the biggest fraud ever perpetrated? When the priest’s uncanny resemblance to the picture on the Shroud prompts Castle and Gabrielli to investigate the artifact itself, each is finally forced to face mysteries reason alone cannot explain—in a journey of discovery that plumbs the farthest reaches of science and the human spirit.
Bestseller Corsi (The Obama Nation) makes his fiction debut with this tedious work of religious speculation. After his mother's death, brilliant physicist Paul Bartholomew decides to devote his life to finding God and becomes a Catholic priest. A decade later, Paul dies in a car crash on a New York highway, but he has a vision of God, who offers him a choice: he can either stay in heaven and enjoy eternal happiness, or return to earth and convey to humanity the message Jesus embedded in the Shroud of Turin. Choosing the latter option, Paul soon becomes an international sensation after displaying stigmata while preaching in his Manhattan church. The Vatican hires psychiatrist and professional unbeliever Stephen Castle to help assess whether the manifestations of Christ's wounds are genuine. Stephen's inquiry, which ends up focusing on whether the legendary shroud is a fake, occupies much of the book. That Bartholomew may in fact represent the Second Coming gets short shrift.
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Entertaining but Disappointing
The book kept my attention, but the ending was a let down. In addition to the poor ending, their were a couple of errors in the writing that should have been caught prior to publishing.