The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet , etc.) make a thrilling fiction debut in this fast-paced,"/>

The 13th Apostle

Richard F. Heller, Author, Rachael F. Heller, Author . Harper $7.99 (376p) ISBN 978-0-06-123985-4

The Hellers, a husband-and-wife team known for their health titles (The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet , etc.) make a thrilling fiction debut in this fast-paced, well-researched adventure, a foray into Da Vinci Code –style papal mystery. American cybersleuth Gil Pearson, a semifamous antihacker, gets tapped to help translate an ancient copper scroll that's meant to lead to a fabulous treasure. Accompanied by striking, strong Sabbie Karaim, a translator and former Israeli military operative, Gil travels to Israel, where he's introduced to the dangerous conspiracy that surrounds the scroll, and soon realizes the perilous position he's gotten himself into; apparently, the scroll contains not just a treasure map but the truth about the life and death of Jesus. As rival factions try to claim the scroll for their own agendas (to protect Christianity, to destroy Christianity, etc.), Gil and Sabbie head on a breakneck quest around the globe trying stay one step ahead of their pursuers while teasing out the secrets of the age-old document. A satisfying, well-structured entry into the still-hot subgenre, the Hellers have a definite crowd-pleaser on their hands—assuming it doesn't get buried in a saturated market. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/11/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
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