In Tongues of the Dead

Brad Kelln, Author . ECW $24.95 (251p) ISBN 978-1-55022-830-4

At the start of this flawed thriller from Canadian author Kelln (Method of Madness ), an autistic boy appears to be able to read the real-life Voynich manuscript, a 500-year-old book written in a language that linguists, historians, religious scholars and even advanced decryption technology can’t decipher. By the time Fr. Benicio Valori, a Vatican investigator, arrives at Yale University’s Beinecke Library, where the mysterious manuscript is housed, the book is missing from its display room and what’s left of a security guard lies nearby. Disregarding orders from his superiors to suspend the mission, Valori uncovers some bombshell revelations concerning the existence of rogue angels, their forsaken offspring and a coverup of biblical proportions. Da Vinci Code fans will enjoy the seamless blend of fact and fiction, pedal-to-the-metal pacing and provocative religious speculation, but the ending comes as a letdown after the exciting build-up. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/16/2009
Release date: 04/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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