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The story of a momentous undertaking -- an attempt to clone Christ. Brilliantly conceived, masterfully written, this soaring novel is a triumph, and a touching and unexpected love story, born amid swirling events."It never failed to move Felix, this image on the cloth, viewed with scorn or veneration by millions over centuries ..." So begins a virtual autopsy of the ShroudThe story of a momentous undertaking -- an attempt to clone Christ. Brilliantly conceived, masterfully written, this soaring novel is a triumph, and a touching and unexpected love story, born amid swirling events."It never failed to move Felix, this image on the cloth, viewed with scorn or veneration by millions over centuries ..." So begins a virtual autopsy of the Shroud of Turin in J R Lankford's sweeping novel that mixes medical high tech with the author's obvious love of people, cultures and religions.The Jesus Thief is the story of a momentous undertaking -- an attempt to clone Christ.At its center is Dr. Felix Rossi, a wealthy microbiologist who burns with unspoken questions as he leads a scientific investigation of the Shroud. Do the threads contain the blood of Jesus? Is the DNA still intact?Later at his Upper East Side New York home, he must avoid the scrutiny of a fiancée, a devoted sister, and a prying maid as he works. When a reporter suddenly appears, hidden allegiances form against him. He must find a modern Mary without delay.The Jesus Thief takes the reader from society galas to Irish pubs to Harlem churches to Italy in Fascist and current times with all the suspense of a detective novel, the drama of a thriller, and the periodic chills of high adventure. It tells of lost family ties and a lost heritage, of a man's search for God and a poor woman's yearning to be special. It tells a touching and unexpected love story, born amid swirling events.Brilliantly conceived, masterfully written, this soaring novel is a triumph. You will believe every word and haunt bookstores in hope of a sequel.Author’s Note In 1988, a scientific team took samples from The Shroud of Turin, a 14 by 3-1/2 foot piece of ancient, handmade linen purported to be the burial cloth of Christ. The samples were subjected to radiocarbon tests in labs in Arizona, Oxford, and Zurich. All three labs dated the Shroud’s linen between AD 1260 - 1390.It seemed that the most famous winding sheet in the world was, after all, one of the many fake Christian relics produced in Europe around this time—few of which had ever been near Jerusalem, much less the crucified body of Jesus Christ.Unconvinced, two Shroud experts subsequently announced, "We believe the Shroud has been patched … with material from the sixteenth century." Was the carbon dating done on part patch, part Shroud, skewing the results?The historical record could indeed imply that portions removed from the edges—perhaps as early as the reign of Charles IV of Bohemia—were later replaced or repaired, commingling first century and sixteenth century threads in the corner from which the radiocarbon test samples came. A renowned textile expert examined a sample and said, "There is no question that there is different material on each side … It is definitely a patch."In 2002, chemical analysis confirmed these experts were right. The authenticity of the Shroud became more plausible, but its Pontifical Custodians have not so far rejoiced, having newly removed all patches from the Holy Cloth. Unless and until the Church approves new tests, the faithful must rely on results from the previous scientific investigation. The 1978 Shroud of Turin Research Project said in its Final Report: "We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The bloodstains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin. The image is an ongoing mystery."Meanwhile, one part of the puzzle seems to have been solved. Two highly regarded scientists associated with universities in Jerusalem and North Carolina studied pollen samples taken from the Shroud and concluded their source was a plant that grows in Israel, Jordan, and Sinai and nowhere else on earth....

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  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-06-03 04:03

    Onvan : The Jesus Thief (The Jesus Thief, #1) - Nevisande : J.R. Lankford - ISBN : 971869413 - ISBN13 : 9780971869417 - Dar 296 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2003

  • J.R. Lankford
    2019-06-16 22:45

    Can't review or rate my own novel but I probably enjoyed writing this more than any work I've ever done.

  • Steve Chaput
    2019-06-27 00:06

    Lankford’s style reminds me of nothing more than the most pedestrian of romance novels. Lankford tries to create suspense, but doesn’t do more than pad a tedious story with characters that never come to life (if you’ll pardon the expression, considering the novel’s plot). The whole thing seems dated, as if the author hasn’t read anything more contemporary than issues of TRUE ROMANCE circa 1962. Dropping in the names of current products and celebrities doesn’t help, but rather makes the style more awkward. You never feel anything beyond simple curiosity about where the author is going with all this.Felix Rossi is a well-known physician and geneticist, who believes that his invitation to take part in an examination of the Shroud of Turin is his opportunity to bring Jesus back to life. Having been raised Catholic, Rossi and his sister, have recently discovered that they are in fact of Jewish descent. In his twisted logic, Rossi comes to believe that not only will his research bring about another ‘resurrection’ but also will also make the world ‘forgive’ the Jews for killing Jesus in the first place. In a plot so convoluted that characters seem to appear and disappear haphazardly, Langford tosses in subplots that never amount to more than momentary complication and then are forgotten. This may have actually worked as a short-story or novelette, but in this case the author seems to be watching the word count more than what is going on on the page before her.I realize that so-called Christian Fiction is popular and books of that type have actually cracked the New York Times bestseller list, but I can’t see even readers of those novels as an audience for this.

  • Lynn
    2019-06-26 01:04

    What sets Lankford's book about from other mystery/thrillers is theengaging quality of her writing and the sense that immersing yourselfin this page-turner is time very well spent indeed. I would be pressingmy copy into the hands of friends and family except that I want to keep it for myself and start reading it again soon.The story meshes an exciting speculative science concept with anintriguing bit of theological fiction. Suppose that it were possible toclone a human being using a bit of dried blood as the starting pointfor DNA. Suppose that the blood were blood from the shroud of turinand that the shroud were actually the winding-cloth of a certain Yehoshuaof Nazareth. Suppose that this person actually was the promised messiahand now you have-quite literally-the second coming of christ.So what would happen if people believed that their messiah had returnedto earth? We have some clues. There's Dostoevski's Grand Inquisitor chapterin Brothers. There are the followers of the mahdi in the 19th century andperhaps a few others.What Lankford has done is deflect some of this speculation-putting it off'til a sequel-in favor of the action-laden story of getting the job done. Thereis a lot more to this book than is necessary to tell the basic 'cloning Christ'story and the beauty of the set-up is that it involves the reader personally in the story.A good read and a great set-up for the next volume which will tell us what happenswhen the word gets out.--Lynn Hoffman, author of bang-BANG isbn 1601640005

  • Marcos Tavares
    2019-06-25 02:03

    Félix Rossi é um cientista especialista em genética, com doutorado pela Universidade de Harvard, nos Estados Unidos. Em virtude de sua fama na área e por ter seus trabalhos publicados com mérito em importantes revistas científicas internacionais, ele é contratado pelo Vaticano para liderar uma equipe de cientistas que tem por objetivo atestar a autenticidade do Santo Sudário, tecido que teria envolvido o corpo de Jesus Cristo logo após sua morte e que, por conta disso, teria seu sangue e restos mortais. Em Turim, na Itália, ao participar da reabertura das relíquias cristãs, Rossi retirará, sem autorização da Igreja, pequenos fragmentos do tecido para usar em um experimento secreto que sempre teve em mente: clonar o filho de Deus.Em seu apartamento de luxo em Nova York, Félix mora com sua irmã mais velha, Frances, e com a empregada da família, Maggie. Sendo todos muito devotos do cristianismo, sua casa contém vários elementos de santos e da própria igreja. Em seu laboratório particular, a portas fechadas e sem que ninguém de seu convívio saiba, Félix acaba por promover a fertilização in-vitro de óvulos com o DNA do sangue de Cristo. Começa então sua saga em tentar, a todo custo, trazê-lo de novo à vida.O Clone de Cristo é um livro que mistura ficção científica com toques de romance policial e sobrenatural. Nele é contada a jornada de Félix em obter sucesso em seu experimento secreto. Após a inoculação dos óvulos, Rossi terá que achar uma mulher que promova a gestação do clone. Qual mulher, do mundo atual, teria condições, ou seria digna, de ser a nova Maria? Esbarrando em questões éticas, sociais e culturais, Félix terá que reconstruir todo o nascimento de Cristo para a sociedade moderna, refazendo seus ensinamentos e colocando em risco sua vida e a de sua família.Este foi o primeiro livro da autora que tive contato. A narrativa foi muito envolvente, com bons momentos de ação e boas descrições. Em um determinado ponto da leitura há uma virada na história que prende o leitor e faz com que ele não consiga largar o livro até o final. Também gostei do uso de cenários pela autora. Ela faz a trama se desenrolar em vários países e respeita bem a relação espaço-tempo na escrita.Vale destacar as descrições científicas feitas por Lankford ao longo do livro. Como biólogo, sou muito crítico quando alguma informação biológica é colocada em um livro e nesse fiquei completamente maravilhado. Percebe-se claramente que a autora fez uma boa pesquisa antes de escrever e o uso de termos e as descrições dos procedimentos foi impecável.Também é notável o trabalho com a construção dos personagens e suas motivações. Vale muito prestar atenção em Maggie e em sua visão de mundo. Há grandes coisas que acontecerão com essa personagem. O núcleo de Félix também foi bem desenvolvido, trabalhando bem os problemas do passado que refletem nas atitudes das pessoas no presente. Lankford tratou de um tema extremamente polêmico, o clone humano, e aumentou esse teor ao colocá-lo como fonte da volta do filho de Deus à Terra. Isso faz suscitar muitas questões filosóficas, sociais e humanas ao longo do enredo.Recomendo a todos que gostam de romance policial com toques de ficção científica.

  • Caryl Brown
    2019-06-19 23:07

    From the GR summary page:The Jesus Thief is a scientific-religious thriller about an attempt to clone Jesus of Nazareth....John Grant, co-Editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, summarizes, "Wealthy Dr Felix Rossi is part of the latest team permitted by the Vatican to examine the Turin Shroud. He has plotted to snip a tiny thread from one of the apparently bloodstained areas in order to attempt to create a clone of Christ. His plans become more urgent when he discovers, just before his trip, that, while raised a Catholic, he is in fact the child of Jews who sought refuge from Nazism in the USA and adopted Catholicism ... since Jews are held responsible for Christ's death and persecuted as a result, reasons Rossi, then his restoration by a Jew might decrease the attacks ...."It took me a bit to get into this; I had a hard time buying into the idea that anyone would be crazy enough to attempt cloning Christ and think they could get away with it. Once I got over that hump, though, I did get caught up in the drama and start to care about Maggie, who truly believes she has been called to be the second mother of God's son. The end of the book is a tense, danger-filled chase that kept me turning pages. In spite of taking a while to warm up to it, I haven't been able to get this book out of my head since I finished it.

  • Steve
    2019-06-22 01:51

    The premise of this book is pretty interesting. Bringing Jesus Christ back by creating a human clone makes a great story.I read about this idea years ago and was a little bit surprised to learn that there were actually real people considering cloning Jesus Christ to be a valid and rational process to bring about the Second Coming. I mostly thought it was humorous, but it certainly piqued my interest when I saw this book based on the same idea.Overall I think I would have to say that I was just a little bit disappointed with the book due to the characters not really feeling genuine. The story is good and the writing itself if fairly solid, but for me the characters just weren't quite believable. Still a fun read and I enjoyed it. I'm not sure yet if I'll continue the series.

  • Maria Carmo
    2019-06-28 04:08

    I LOVED this book! What a thriller! I was extremely sorry I could not find it in English here in Lisbon, not even at FNAC! And this is the first of a trilogy, of which the two next volumes are not yet published in Portugal, so I hope I will be able to find them if and when I travel...Intriguing, with lots of suspense and its own special atmosphere, I really loved everything about it, from the characters (especially Sam and Maggie) to the fact that there is a certain "aura" about the book!Maria Carmo,Lisbon 24th. May 2014.

  • Doreen
    2019-06-18 01:47

    Thought provoking. The research and the attention to detail made this book difficult to put down. I didn't feel it was slow as some other reviewers suggested; it was clear that the author wanted her readers to understand not only the depth of emotion that went into this novel, but to be clear and concise about the possibility of a Second Coming via today's technology.

  • Shirley
    2019-06-07 07:02

    Interesting premise that cloning could be possible on recovered DNA from thousands of years ago. Equally interesting that if were possible there would be those who would go to any lengths to end his life.

  • Bootsy
    2019-06-03 00:03

    OK...a little draggy in spots

  • Paul Keefe
    2019-06-15 03:00

    A wonderful book that inspired me to write my own thriller.

  • J.R. Lankford
    2019-06-24 04:07

    This is the Spanish translation of my novel, THE JESUS THIEF.

  • Erasmo Giordano
    2019-06-16 23:44

    Book facing who is connected to religion.

  • Monty
    2019-06-15 06:07

    Moves quickly. Exciting conclusion.

  • Fernando Delfim
    2019-06-20 02:00

    Até nem começou mal, mas foi piorando, piorando, piorando. Diálogos e acções totalmente irrealistas. Enfim... Mau demais

  • Victoria
    2019-06-07 06:46

    Really enjoyed this book!

  • Sheila
    2019-06-01 02:02

    A novel about a scientist who secretly steals bloody threads from the Shroud of Turin and sets out to clone Jesus from them.