Sunday, June 15, 2014

Book Review: The Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity


A renowned scholar-monsignor is killed in Rome while a Roman coin is recovered from a wreck off the coast of ancient Judea. It’s up to his young American protégé--a Jesuit priest--and a vivacious, brilliant archaeologist to connect these seemingly disparate events and unravel the tapestry that conceals in plain view the greatest mystery in the ecclesiastical world. Together they pursue their passion for truth—while fighting to control their passion for each other. What they uncover is an ancient Roman imperial stratagem so controversial the Curia fears it could undermine the very foundations of the Roman Catholic faith--much like the secrets emerging from the Vatican in today's news.

From the ancient port of Caesarea to Rome's legendary catacombs and the sacred caves of Cumae, this contemporary novel follows their exhilarating quest to uncover the truth about the historical existence of the real "Christian Savior."


My Review

The Messiah Matrix is a story of intrigue and conspiracy set within the Roman Catholic Church and the Jesuit Society. Fans of Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code are sure to enjoy this biblical thriller. However, I personally did not enjoy the story. This is a plot driven book, rather than character driven, which I don't like. That is not to say I didn't like the characters, I did, especially the two main characters, Ryan and Emily. I simply would have liked to spend more time on their story and less time on a history lesson.

Ryan and Emily's is a story of love, the search for truth, and what it means to have your faith shaken at its core. Together, they face great danger in order to enlighten the world. What would you do if everything you spent your life believing turns out to be, while not exactly a lie, certainly a twisting of the truth? This is the question Ryan is faced with. He must choose whether to adhere to his old beliefs, or embrace the truth.

For the most part, the story is too dense for my taste. Also, the clues weren't so much discovered by Ryan as they were doled out to him by others in small doses. I caught on to the great mystery at the center of the plot long before he did.

If you read this type of book I assure you, it is well written and often times highly engaging. I particularly enjoyed the stories that Emily related to Ryan, which had been told to her by the Jesuit Priest Oscar Isaac. I only wish there hadn't been so many instances of dull facts being simply stated rather than shown.


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