It is the start of a brand new week and I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for ‘Sign of the Cross’ which was published in paperback and as an eBook on the 4th July 2019 by Black Thorn Books. It is also available as an audio book. I would like to thank Holly Domney for inviting me to participate in this tour and for my review copy.
I will tell you all in a minute my thoughts on ‘Sign of the Cross’. First though here’s what the book is about.
Abruzzo, Italy: a young priest suffers the stigmata of the crucifixion.
The Vatican, Rome: the Pope calls on Harvard professor Cal Donovan to investigate the truth of the priest’s claim.
Berlin, Germany: a neo-Nazi organisation believes the priest is the key to an earth-shattering secret. A secret that can be used as a deadly weapon.
When the priest is abducted, a perilous race against the clock begins. Only Cal can track down the ruthless organisation and stop it, before an apocalyptic catastrophe is unleashed.
I liked the sound of ‘Sign of the Cross’ and was looking forward to reading it. The first couple of chapters really drew me in and I felt as if I was being taken on a journey around the world.
This was an intriguing and interesting read. I can’t even begin to imagine how much research the author did for this book, but it must have been a lot. There was just so much detail, some of which I have to admit was lost on me. I personally found this book to be quite heavy going at times. I am so glad that I persevered with it though as it proved to be really good.
The history of the Holy relics was quite fascinating. There were some interesting theories too which got me thinking. I actually felt as if was learning something whilst reading this book.
Things got really frantic when the priest was kidnapped. It literally was a race against time to save him before it was too late.
Out of all the characters I really liked Cal Donovan. I found Irene a bit prickly at first. I guess she had good reason to be that way though and I did eventually warm to her. It’s interesting how Giovanni seemed to choose both her and Cal to communicate with, though I’m not sure that he even knew what was happening.
If you are into historical fiction and religious conspiracy thrillers then you really should give ‘Sign of the Cross’ a go. I would say it is definitely a story that requires a lot of concentration though. I hope to meet Cal Donovan again in future books.
‘Sign of the Cross’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-
About Glenn Cooper
Glenn Cooper chairs a media company, Lascaux Media, which produced three independent feature-length films. His debut novel, The Library of the Dead, became an international bestseller and was translated into thirty languages. All his seven published books have become top-ten international best-sellers.
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