From hard-hitting New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi comes Book of Judas, a riveting religious thriller featuring beloved protagonist Alessandra Russo.
When her infant son is kidnapped, New York City reporter Alessandra Russo is forced to save him by tracking down the missing pages of the Gospel of Judas, a heretical manuscript that was unearthed in Al-Minya, Egypt i…more
Linda Stasi, author of “Book of Judas” has done an amazing job of research and travel to bring “Book of Judas” to life. Linda Stasi’s motivation in writing “Book of Judas” was in the discovery of a book in her house, “the subject , the Gospel of Judas”. While visiting a bookstore, she saw a similar book, and then got surprising news that a
missing manuscript was found in a Citibank deposit box at her “childhood branch” on Long Island. These were all “the signs” that the author needed to start writing her book. Linda Stasi used a character from an earlier book, Alessandra Russo, a reporter to help put this book together. “The Book of Judas” is a sequel to “The Sixth Station”.
The genres for this book are Religious Thriller and Mystery, and Fiction. There is also an essence of some Para-normal activity. This book reminds me slightly of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. There are some speculated theories that the missing papers found in the Citibank vault were that “Judas was not the betrayer but the beloved of Jesus.” There are questions from these papers about the “Christian belief about the creation of life, and even the possibility of Armageddon.” Some of these theories were confusing to me.
I didn’t read the first book, but was able to follow many of the characters. The author describes the characters as complex and complicated, and some vary between good and evil. Alessandra is a reporter and now has a 6 month year old son.She is a single Mom, trying to get back into reporting. Alessandra’s best friend’s father dies, and finds that his father had the “missing papers” from Citibank, where he had worked for many years. Her friend also finds a book, a key, and a ruby earring. Alessandra becomes involved in what could be the story of the century. I enjoyed the danger, adventure, action and chase.
Alessandra finds herself in a dangerous situation. There are betrayals and murders and threats. Various people want those papers and will not stop until they get them. There are murders. Alessandra finds that her baby son is kidnapped and held in ransom for these papers. What really is in these missing papers that causes such danger?
This is an extremely intense, at times, fast moving and suspenseful novel. There are twists and turns and threats of death. I would recommend this novel for lovers of Religious Thrillers and Mystery. I will go back and read “The Sixth Station”, and look forward to reading more of Linda Stasi’s novels. I received an ARE (Advanced Reading Edition) for my honest review. Happy Reading!
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