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Summary

Summoned to Rome by an old friend, a Jesuit scholar finds himself using a code discovered in the Bible to unearth an ancient, hidden chapel in the catacombs under the city. When a rogue force of Vatican security officials are alerted to his discovery, the priest flees to the Holy Land with a clue...a clue that will lead him and a team of Israeli Christians to a much larger secret in the middle of the barren Negev Desert.

Meticulously researched and drawing on scientific fact, John Lyman's intriguing story takes listeners into the world of scholars, archaeologists, code-breakers, and intelligence specialists who have discovered a prophetic code hidden within the Old Testament that authenticates the Bible as a book of supernatural origin and points to a divine plan. This gripping novel is truly a thought-provoking and action-packed thriller with implications for our future.

©2014 John Lyman (P)2017 Tantor

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An Epic

If you enjoy religious thrillers then this is a must. it sets the scene perfectly for the series. Well researched, high octane thriller. A must for all.

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  • Madge
  • 26-05-17

A Great Theological Thriller

this book kept my interest fixed all day. Multiple plot twists and turns - but also an exploration of the vocational call to the priesthood and of the main characters' backgrounds.

I am hoping Audible has the next in the series out soon!

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  • Sandra
  • 24-07-17

Grabs you from the first few pages

It's been a long time since I've lost sleep over a book or found myself listening to a book while doing housework. The characters are so well done that I feel as though I know them and their motivations. The details of locations was fantastic - even the description of the food served at a dinner had me virtually licking my chops. And most of all the story was so compelling it was a tough thing to turn it off. I liked all the characters, the subtle twists, and the Biblical mystery. I'm so glad this is a series. Going to download the second book and put the third one on reserve.

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  • Jose
  • 18-09-17

Poor

This book failed in many ways. In particular the book lacked credibility. The characters were shallow and their motivation seemed unrealistic. I would not recommend it.

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  • Autumn Fournier
  • 10-07-18

A bit predictable and unbelievable at times.

Over all I enjoyed the book. The story line was different, but predictable and certain parts were unbelievable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-18

Hmmmm....

well narrated! accents done superbly. at times hard to figure out which person speaking with Israeli accent but not enough to distract from the story. definitely pushing the Christian narrative and for someone who does not follow the faith may find some of the story lines very fanatical and unbelievable. kept my attention while driving because the history surrounding much of the story is very interesting and anyone who enjoys history will acknowledge that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-18

Storytelling

No offense to the narrator, however, I feel the story could have been more exciting if someone with a wider voice range were narrating.

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  • Matthew
  • 26-07-17

What is the point here?

What disappointed you about The Secret Chapel?

The spin from an interesting story to evangelical Catholic/Christian tome. Wow. I am sure I could have researched this better, but the speed at which this happened ( one third of the way through the book ) was amazing.

Has The Secret Chapel turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a pro and did great work here.

What character would you cut from The Secret Chapel?

Me.

Any additional comments?

If you need to be preached/saved/have your faith reinforced, get this series. Otherwise, listener beware.

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  • The Grey's
  • 15-02-18

Good read

Thoroughly enjoyed this story and I’ve downloaded the rest of the series. Very good research and I like the team!

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  • lisa
  • 11-04-18

Christian proselytizing

If you are not a conservative Christian, skip this book. I actually found it someway offensive. It's also quite predictable as a "mystery ".

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-17

Absurd

Would you try another book from John Lyman and/or David Colacci?

Absolutely not.

What was most disappointing about John Lyman’s story?

The premise is absurd. I'm as able as the next person to suspend disbelief for the sake of a good story. I found my limit.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Find a better book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Didn't listen long enough.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad for Audible's return policy!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful