A fast past thriller along the lines of The Da Vinci Code. If you like Dan Brown, you'll love this. Enjoy.
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The Two Lilies by Charles Rahn, available on Amazon.com, is a fast paced, easy read with plenty of verificable facts that will surpirse you. It is the story of Marcus, a priest who is just translating a book for a friend until he comes across the following words on page 42 of the book:
"This is the story of Jesus of Nazareth, as told by the two women who loved Him the most in this world: His mother, and me, the one they call the Magdalene."
Suddenly his whole life changes as he and his friends, Jack, Libby and Tinkerbelle try to discover whether this book is real or part of an elaborate hoax. Their journey takes them from Paris, to Hamburg, to Rome and into ancient history. The only thing standing in their way is the power of the Church.
Everyone I have shared it with have loved it and if you don't believe me, try the Kindle version and look inside at the first several chapters free. Enjoy.
“Alright, Father, you’re on. What are you up to and who is this man sitting across from me?”
“He’s a reporter from the Seattle Post Intelligencer. We went to high school together. I brought him here to take a look at the book that your aunt gave you, if that’s alright.”
Libby looked nervous.
“She told me not to tell anyone about it. I feel guilty enough showing it to you and now you bring a reporter in here and expect me to show it to him?”
“I am sorry, Libby,” said Marcus. “But I’ve been doing the translation like you asked me to and I realized that we might require his services. You don’t have to worry. You can trust him to keep it between us. Would you mind getting the book and I’ll explain.”
Reluctantly Libby got up and went into the other room. Jack turned to Marcus.
“You mind telling me what the hell is going on?”
“In a minute,” said Marcus, holding up his hand.
A couple minutes later Libby returned and handed Marcus what looked to be an old manuscript. She eyed Jack suspiciously as she sat back down. Marcus reached out and patted her hand and then passed the book to Jack.
“Duo Lilia?” Jack said as he read the title.
“The Two Lilies,” said Marcus and he turned to Libby. “Would you mind telling Jack what you told me?”
“Are you sure?” said Libby nervously.
Libby took a deep breath.
“My parents died in a car accident six months ago. My aunt, Sister Mary Ellen, suggested that I come here until I could figure things out. Over the last few months I realized that becoming a nun like my aunt was something that I needed to do. Like the other nuns here she was very old and had cancer. It was just a matter of time. Then, a few weeks ago my aunt took a turn for the worst. She called me to her room and gave me that book. She said that it had been in our family as long as anyone could remember and that it was important that I keep it safe and not to tell anyone that I had it. Then she just closed her eyes, took one last breath, and she was gone. It looked like it was in Latin so I asked Father Marcus if he would translate it for me. I swore him to secrecy but apparently that didn’t mean much to him.”
The last sentence was a sneer.
“I am sorry, Libby,” said Marcus, “but as I translated more of the book last night I realized that we might be in over our heads and that we needed someone with Mr. Bonderman’s talents.”
“Why?” asked Jack.
Cramer took the book back and opened it. He flipped through a number of pages, looking for something.
“The first forty one pages of the book are a rather boring comparison of two varieties of lilies as I told Libby. But then, on page forty two, there was something interesting.”
Marcus fumbled through a couple more pages and finally found what he was looking for. He began to read it.
“This is the story of Jesus of Nazareth, as told by the two women who loved him the most on this earth: his mother and me, the one they call the Magdalene.”