Book Review: The Fifth Gospel (Juicy Religious History with Thriller)

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The Fifth Gospel, Ian Caldwell

A rollicking good thriller set in Vatican City, a subject certain to pique my interest anyway. I did not know about the Eastern Orthodox sect that is allegiant to the Catholic church but whose priest can marry, so that aspect was utterly fascinating. There is a great deal of religious history here, presented in a balanced format such that it doesn’t take away from the pacing and action of the plot. Strong characters kept my interest and there weren’t any glaring holes in the plot—a very enjoyable, undemanding read. 3.5 Stars

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