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In the desert near Jerusalem, an archaeologist is murdered after he uncovers stunning evidence in a Dead Sea scroll about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The two-thousand-year-old parchment containing enigmatic references to not one but two messiahs is stolen before it can be fully translated.In Rome, a charismatic American priest with long-hidden secrets is electeIn the desert near Jerusalem, an archaeologist is murdered after he uncovers stunning evidence in a Dead Sea scroll about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The two-thousand-year-old parchment containing enigmatic references to not one but two messiahs is stolen before it can be fully translated.In Rome, a charismatic American priest with long-hidden secrets is elected pope, setting off widespread panic among some of the faithful who question whether he is the anti-Christ or the world's new savior. As the conspiracy over the scroll explodes into a political and religious standoff, two people find themselves on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of unknown assassins in their search for truth.Archaeologist Jack Cane and Israeli police inspector Lela Raul must solve the mystery of the Second Messiah and uncover the real secret behind the message of Jesus before they are permanently silenced and the scroll and its contents are forever lost to humanity....

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The Second Messiah Reviews

  • Todd
    2019-04-07 22:07

    As most of you know, the book reviews that I write for this blog are mostly for books that I’ve bought or Kim has gotten for me. However, today is my very first review of an ARC! Known as an advance reading copy, these books are given out for people to review before the book is published. Based on the publisher’s description, I was very interested in reading this book. I throughly enjoyed other comparable books, such as The DaVinci Code and other novels by Tom Clancy. In short, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.The story begins with a tragic car accident on a desert road near Jerusalem, where an archeologist couple, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crane, are killed and two teenagers riding with them severely injured. Additionally, their driver, a local Bedu man named Mr. Malik is killed, along with two occupants of an army truck that struck the Cranes’ car. A mysterious scroll that the Cranes uncovered in a recent dig that was being transported in their vehicle is presumed lost in the ensuing car fire. Twenty years later, we are again present at the site of the accident, this time following Jack Crane, one of the teenagers of the crash whose parents were the ones killed. The other survivor is Lela Raul, who was working with the Crane family on the dig and became close friends with Jack. Currently, Jack continues the work of his parents, digging in similar sites to the ones he grew up on and uncovering various ancient artifacts. He maintains a small gravesite near the accident site as a memorial to his parents.At the same time, we are introduced to John Beckett, a cardinal that is elected to the position of Pope after the previous pope’s death. He is a dark horse candidate, brought in at the last second to put a halt to a deadlock in voting amongst the college of cardinals. No one expected him to win, and what happens after his assention to the Papacy is even more astounding: he orders that all Church documents and secrets be made public. Every record that the Church holds in its secret archives are ordered to be dug out and made public. Beckett believes he is turning the Church back to its roots of a meager beginning, more of an open congregation as Jesus would have wanted. However, Beckett has his own secret, one that if revealed would devastate not only the Church, but any hope he would have to hold on to his position as Pope.Meanwhile, Jack is elated to have found a mysterious scroll in a recent dig that threatens to turn the entire religious world on its head with a revelation about Jesus himself. However, before he can share it with the world, death again makes an appearance, with the sudden murder of Professor Donald Green, the head of the site that Jack digs on. Additionally, the scroll is stolen. Jack again meets Lela after he finds that she is currently an Israeli police detective, assigned to investigate the murder. Lela informs Jack that he is currently the main suspect. Jack decides to try to escape the dig site and investigate the scroll disappearance on his own. He enacts the help of Green’s niece, Yasmin, as he tracks the scroll to a small church with a mysterious priest. This is just the beginning of Jack’s journey, as he links up with Lela again to chase down the scroll and decipher its contents. Additionally, he must dodge the attacks of Hassan Malik, out to avenge his father’s death in the car accident that killed Jack’s parents. He misguidedly blames Jack and his family for the accident. Will Jack and Lela be able to survive this barrage of attacks and suspicion? Will Pope Beckett’s secret ever come to light? Will the scroll’s contents ever be understood?First off, I have to give Meade a ton of props for juggling so many storylines and keeping them straight. The way he intertwines the threads and reveals the elaborate plot that runs throughout is amazing. The seemingly separate storylines come together at the end for an explosive finish, and I was rapidly turning pages at the end trying to finish as fast as I could. Additionally, speaking of fast pacing, the novel was structured in a way that always made it seem to move quickly and efficiently. Meade writes multiple quick chapters, 142 in all. While this may seem like a lot, it allowed Meade the freedom to remain with a particular storyline for a few chapters or quickly jump back and forth, creating cliffhangers that made me want to read more. There was little extraneous detail in the novel, as there wasn’t really any time for it with the multitude of characters to keep track of. That is where this novel differs from some others that I’ve read in this genre. Often, I read these action/adventure stories that include additional detail and cheesy references to the hero that make him/her seem less authentic. However, there is none of that in Meade’s work. Jack is an honest archeologist that is not invincible. He is down to earth and just reacts to the extraordinary circumstances that he is placed in. Most of all, Jack is believable. It is that believability that made me happy to read through this novel. Meade has a great hit on his hands, one that is definitely worth a read!Todd (Reflections of a Book Addict)

  • Cherise
    2019-04-12 22:41

    Why would an elderly Roman antiquities scholar use the phrase "I'd bet my baguettes on it?" I wish I could say that was the low point in the writing, but it's just the last one I read before tossing it aside. Glenn Meade tries valiantly to capture the same historical intrigue and rapid-fire action as Dan Brown's bestselling novels, but falls far short of the mark.Following in his parent's footsteps, archeologist Jack Cane is pursuing an academic career digging for artifacts in Qumran when he happens upon an ancient scroll that could contain proof of Jesus' existence. Or maybe a second, impostor-Jesus. The scroll's discovery rekindles a 20+ year old cover up involving the Vatican and sets in motion what is supposed to be a compelling sprint through a web of international intrigue, vengeful black-market antiques dealers, and secrets that threaten to undo the world's faith in Christianity, Judaism, and probably everything else.Meade jumps spastically between settings and characters, with some chapters weighing in at just under a page in length. There is little consistency within characters--one moment they're uncannily prescient, the next they need the most basic plot twists explained to them in excruciating simplicity. His attempts to move things along ultimately just bog the book down. Beyond that, I just wasn't convinced of the author's mastery of his subject. Say what you want about Dan Brown, at least the guy can write believably about Rome, the Vatican, and their history. Had Meade's writing possessed that same ring of truth, this book probably wouldn't have been a total loss. As it is though, I got 375 pages in (and 100+ chapters, bleh) in before I realized there was no way I could force myself through the final 100. I get the press' Dan Brown comparisons, and I would recommend it to die-hard Da Vinci Code fans. Really though? This book is just terrible.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-04-01 01:05

    In the desert near Jerusalem, an archaeologist is murdered after he uncovers stunning evidence in a Dead Sea scroll about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The two-thousand-year-old parchment containing enigmatic references to not one but two messiahs is stolen before it can be fully translated.In Rome, a charismatic American priest with long-hidden secrets is elected pope, setting off widespread panic among some of the faithful who question whether he is the anti-Christ or the world’s new savior. As the conspiracy over the scroll explodes into a political and religious standoff, two people find themselves on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of unknown assassins in their search for truth.Archaeologist Jack Cane and Israeli police inspector Lela Raul must solve the mystery of the Second Messiah and uncover the real secret behind the message of Jesus before they are permanently silenced and the scroll and its contents are forever lost to humanity.In the latest suspense thriller from Glenn Meade, The Second Messiah, takes the readers into a dangerous journey through various countries in the Middle East searching for the stolen scrolls that may change how the world views religion from here on out, and someone will do whatever it takes to make sure that no one knows they exist. Unfortunately more than one person does, and those would be the archaeologists that discovered the scroll. They have read a portion of what it says and now know just how valuable this find is to the world. The last thing this big was the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls.Now Jack Cane and his team will stop at nothing until they find and recover the missing scroll while the newest pope, Celestine the Sixth, whose former name was Cardinal John Becket, is out to disclose all the hidden secrets of the Vatican and offering full disclosure of anything the church has held since the beginning of the Rome Catholic Church. However, most within the church realize how much that information could destroy the faith of the public in regards to the church. Just what is the newest popes mission by opening the church to the public?I received this book compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review and LOVED the intrigue and suspense that unravels literally right in the first chapter. It held my interest throughout and had me flipping pages so quickly just to see how this was all going to turn out. For me, those are signs of a best seller and why I am rating this one a 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-27 00:54

    I received this title through the Goodreads First Reads program. I really wanted to love this book. It's about a Dead Sea Scroll containing references to what looks like a false messiah during the time of Christ. It's got intrigue, both political and religious. It's got manly men and gorgeous women. It's got a whole slew of people trying either to kill our hero because they think he has the scroll, arrest him because they think he's trying to sell it or aid him in his quest to translate the damned thing. In the meantime, the newly elected pope plans to open the Vatican archives and let the world see its skeletons and dirty laundry. It's time to 'fess up, right the wrongs... and let everyone in on the secrets the Church has been hiding from the public. The actual plot is decent. Although it's nothing new, just one more in a long line of ZOMG! Earth Shattering Revelation That Will Change The Way We See Religion story, it is interesting. But the dialogue. Dear God, the dialogue is some of the worst I think I have ever read. A member of the Israeli police force says to someone "If you believe that, then you're a big dummy." Oh yeah? Well, your mother wears army boots. Another character (60s, cosmopolitan, urbane) asks "Gosh, are you for real?" When the dialogue between characters did not sound like something written by a 10 year old, it was simply stiff and unnatural. Because of the problems I had with the dialogue, I did not have an affinity for any of the characters. They'd have all been great had they gone about their business in silence. Alas, they spoke. A lot. However, the story did deliver a good deal of action and for that, I am eternally grateful. The characters occasionally quieted down when things happened. And that made the book tolerable. I would recommend this title for fans of Dan Brown and his contemporaries. Just be prepared to chant "La La La I Can't Hear You" when the dialogue begins.

  • Susan
    2019-03-28 21:47

    A fast paced thriller that ventures into the territory of the contents of the dead sea scrolls. Meade does an excellent job of blending fact with fiction. Putting his own spin on a story that has been around since the time of Jesus Christ. The characters are quite refreshingly true to human nature for a religious based novel. The plot is full of twists and turns, non-stop action, controversy and faith. Fans of Dan Brown are sure to really enjoy this book.

  • Rick F.
    2019-03-28 01:55

    Quite a facinating read- long- alomost 500 pages- packed with ancient info- The author is clearly not pleased with Vatican secrecy and politics- I leave it up to reader to decide their feelings- but as a thriller- very well done indeed.

  • Todd Fonseca
    2019-04-21 19:40

    The Second Messiah – Secrets Which Shake The Faith Or Make It Stronger?Rating: 4 of 5 starsAuthor: Glenn MeadeFormat: Kindle, PaperbackAfter unearthing an ancient scroll in the Qumran region near the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, an archeologist team speeds across the desert to share their find. En route, their vehicle crashes into a military transport and is immediately engulfed in flames. First on the scene are a couple of Catholic priests who are able to help save two teenagers from the crash; the remaining archeology team is killed and the scroll is lost. Years later, Jack Cane, son of the original archeologist who perished in the fire, discovers a similar scroll – this one makes reference to Jesus the Messiah, the only such direct and documented evidence of Jesus from that time. The scroll is truly of historical and biblical significance. But like its predecessor years earlier, it too is lost and a professor is found murdered. Jack suddenly finds himself accused of the murder. His life and credibility on the line, the young archeologist races to find the scroll and uncover its secrets. Only the scroll, a newly elected pope, and a truth that could shake the very foundations of the Catholic faith can save him.Glenn Meade’s “The Second Messiah” echoes a number of themes found in Dan Brown’s work – centuries old secrets held by the Vatican and questionable foundations of the faith. One can surmise from the title what the controversy involves but this in no way detracts from the intrigue, pace, and theological questions the book raises. I will admit the beginning did not grip me as much as say The DaVinci Code, and it wasn’t until a few chapters in that things started to move along rapidly. Once started, though, the pace is quick and events unfold over just a few days.Meade takes the reader into the Vatican, its archives, secrets, politics, and history as well as into the city buried under modern day Rome which were my favorite elements of the novel. I don’t think “The Second Messiah” packs quite the punch to the Catholic faith as say the DaVinci Code did. However, it certainly takes on the Church’s bureaucracy, wealth, politics, and practices contrasting them with those of Jesus and the life he lived. Would Jesus approve of the modern church and live a life of wealth in the Vatican surrounding by priceless works of art, hoarding secrets in a centuries old archive, and wear the robes of a king having those who greet him kiss his ring? All are good questions this book asks the reader and the church to reflect on them.Note: A complementary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.

  • Kara
    2019-04-02 02:49

    I won this in the Goodreads giveaway. I really liked this book. I liked how he blended fact with fiction in this thriller. It was hard to put down. I do agree that fans of Dan Brown should enjoy this book. I am interested in reading more of Meade's books!

  • Jack Rigg
    2019-04-13 01:09

    Clever, kept me reading, couldn't put it down. His research seems pretty on the buttom and his characters and plot excellent. It has some good and very interesting things to say. I'll definitely read more from this author. I see some of his other books got some great reviews, too.

  • Michael Lynn
    2019-04-03 00:04

    I liked this book a lot. Having read The Da Vinci Code and thought it junk, I was wary of this book. However, it is very well researched, based on truth rather than fiction (a la Da Vinci), and I loved what it had to say, and the characters, esepcially John Beckett.I highly recommend it.

  • Julian Brook
    2019-04-01 18:51

    I found this book inspiring, a thriller like no other I've read. Well, well worth reading.It's addictive once you get into the story. The character of John Becket is terrificThis is a rare thing--a thriller with something worthwhile and inspiring to say.Read it and enjoy and learn.

  • G Scanlan
    2019-04-15 01:09

    I very much enjoyed this book. I liked the characters, plot, and ending, and I think there's a good-hearted message in the book, too. I highly recommend it.

  • Phoenix Robles
    2019-03-31 23:43

    A formulaic Biblical thriller, complete with ho-hum romance and dry dialogue. Overall, a disappointment *...

  • Robocop45
    2019-04-18 01:07

    A exciting read. Makes you think. Good research. I'd recommend it.

  • Dana Burgess
    2019-04-08 01:03

    Murder, mystery, secrets both ancient and modern, hot archaeologists (both male and female), old loves and new … it’s all there for the taking in Glenn Meade’s ‘The Second Messiah’. Jack Cane is the archaeologist that makes the find that scares the Pope that lives in the house the Church built. But then the find - an ancient scroll - is stolen and all heck breaks loose. Everyone wants the scroll and most are willing to kill to get it. ‘The Second Messiah’ is a thriller in the true sense of the word. It had me on the edge of my seat from page one. In fact there were times I had to put the book down for a few minutes just to calm myself. What starts out as a ‘simple’ theft and murder is really only the beginning of a roller coaster ride to stay alive and discover what the heck is going on. Despite the number of players involved, all with their own agendas, it was easy to keep track of what was happening – just not so easy to figure out why.The Catholic Church plays heavily in the book and in the mystery. There are both good and bad shown in the Vatican and it’s not so easy to figure out which is which. It was interesting to me that the church aspect added a dimension to the book that was decidedly Christian but, like Dan Brown's 'The DaVinci Code', I wouldn't classify the book as Christian literature. There is, however, a clear message about the need for truth, honesty and forgiveness.‘The Second Messiah’ has some Indiana Jones-like humour and the violence is not excessive for the genre. Mr. Meade does try to add romance to the mix of the story but it’s a rather clumsy effort. It didn’t take away from the story but it wasn’t a solid part of it either. Although I am a fan of romance in any story, I didn’t feel short changed in the least.

  • Kim
    2019-04-13 23:52

    I won this book through the goodreads giveaways. I was really excited as this is right up my alley. It took me a bit to get into it. About the middle it picked up but I felt like I was running around a lot with the best part of the story getting so little time. The history, the details, it was there but seemed kinda second to the action. My favorite parts were in the tunnels under the city when they find the inscriptions and when they go to see Fonzi. It was a good story and I liked the topic, I just wanted more. I did have one issue toward the end of the story that turned me off a little. When Jack runs head long after Yasmin I had a little reality check. I don't see anyone running after someone without thinking of the ramifications when you know the persons blatantly lied to you. Especially when that person, jack, knew that espionage and murder were everywhere. Really, I'd just have let them have her. Didn't see how Jack fell for that. Overall a good read. I will definitely give some of his other titles a try.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-22 18:58

    Snow Wolf by Glenn Meade is one of my favorite books, a thrilling mix of history, intrigue, crime and lots of twists. The Second Messiah, full of the same, does not disappoint. While Snow Wolf dealt with the mysteries surround Stalin's death, The Second Messiah concerns itself with secret scrolls that could change the face of Christianity forever. I'm not religious, so the theme was not offensive to begin with, but even so I felt Meade handled the topic well as he played around with it. Here we have Jack Cane, an archaeologist with a lot of baggage who has spent his life carrying on his late parents' work in the desert. He finds an ancient scroll and his instincts tell him it's a major find. Within hours, however, a man is dead and the scroll goes missing. Meanwhile in Rome, a new pope carrying his own secrets is elected. The two are of course related and Meade does an excellent job spinning a believable and very enjoyable tale to read.

  • Glenda
    2019-04-04 01:47

    Fast moving, where you cannot turn the pages quickly enough, makes you wish you could peer through a window and see what will be happening next. This book has an excellent plot, and intriguing characters. If compared to the Da Vinci Code, I actually enjoyed this book more. This book will stay with you and it will be one you will pick up again and you will enjoy recommending it to friends and family. It is a book I plan to give as Christmas gifts. The Second Messiah by Glenn Meade based upon the Dead Sea Scrolls. What is so important about this scroll that endangers the lives of Cane and his friends but also has the Vatican up in arms is the evidence of a “Second Messiah”. Each chapter is packed with action, which enhanced the author’s style of writing. Glenn Meade is very clear in his descriptions, there are no dull moments even the priests were intriguing, sinister, and mysterious. You will love it!

  • Karen M
    2019-03-26 18:49

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown or Steve Berry than you should be a fan of Glenn Meade if you are not already.An archaelogical dig in Israel is the beginning of a true thriller. The discovery of an ancient scroll puts question to the story of Jesus Christ's life as we know it. There have already been three deaths and now yet another involving the discovery of a scroll. Has there been a coverup from very high places? Were three people murdered or was it really an automoblie accident? What is the connection between the death of these three and the recent murder of an yet another archaelogist?The story moves from Israel, across Jordan and into Syria where the intrigue and mystery get thicker and finally to Rome and the Vatican itself.As you near the end of this book you will not want to put it down.This was a FirstReads giveaway.

  • Dan
    2019-04-09 02:46

    Years ago, an archeologist finds another Scroll in the Dead Seas that could put to doubt the belief that Jesus is the Messiah. But he is killed (accident or murder), and years later is son follows in his father’s footsteps and find another scroll. Soon is he is running for his life while trying to find the truth in the Scrolls and his parent’s death.To say this is a thriller is no joke; Meade takes the reader on a tale of conspiracy and mystery that makes one wonder about the gospel and the books of the Bible (similar to Dan Brown). I found the story to not be too heavy into religion but more focused on history and what ifs.

  • Joe
    2019-03-28 03:03

    If you have been looking for a “DaVinci Code” - like book, this one’s for you! Fast paced, action and intrigue, mixed in with ancient scrolls, murder, questions about the life of Jesus that rocks the faith of Christianity and you can guess how the Vatican reacts to that kind of talk. Then add an “honest” Pope that wants to “open the doors” of the Vatican to the world and knows that he may be incriminating himself, and a plot to stop Him by some of the last people you would suspect makes for a very exciting read. Great main character, archaeologist Jack Cane.

  • Stacey Voss
    2019-04-17 21:01

    Having been on a bit of a literary streak for the last week, I found myself breaking it up with the conspiracy thriller, The Second Messiah. While I'm not entirely sure if The DaVinci Code was the first book I read in this genre, it was certainly the one that attracted me to the intriguing mix of historical fact and fiction that the really good books in this genre encompass.The Second Messiah sent me off to discover where that line sat in this story. I really enjoyed the mix and even learned a thing or two.

  • Frank Mcpeake
    2019-04-10 00:47

    I very much enjoyed this book. Lots of interesting settings and the characters were especially well drawn. If you enjoy thrillers that make you think and have something to say, with an interesting subject matter, then this is the book for you.I read one or two negative comments on these pages, but hey, you can never please everyone.and it's really a matter of taste.Even The Da Vinci Code had its many detractors.(For my money, I think The Second Messiah is a better book).This is an excellent novel that kept me glued to the pages--I highly recommend it.

  • Anthony
    2019-04-23 00:57

    This book is Indiana Jones written by Dan Brown. All of Dan Brown's conspiracy theory around the Vatican and the Catholic Church with an archeological twist to it. It did get a bit confusing at times with all the various people and events going on, and I was not entirely thrilled at how poorly the plot involving the pope was wrapped up. With the amount of time put into it earlier in the book you would have though there would be a better resolution, that part felt hollow. Rest of it was a great book, very enjoyable to read.

  • Shirl
    2019-04-16 00:10

    Good book, very similar to "A Skeleton in God's Close". Mystery, murder and intrigue from Pakistan to Israel to the Vatican and Rome. There are tense moments as our protagonist follows the clues to discover the truth about the archaelogical find he made. There are a few twists and turns along the way that some will anticipate with certainty while others may only guess at, but there is enough here to be interestng and entertaining. The book gives good insight into the machinations of the Vatican and makes one wonder "what if..."

  • Gretta
    2019-04-03 02:53

    I really enjoyed this book--great characters, great plot, and the author has something to say. The premise is quite clever--brilliant, really. Unlike The Davinci Code, which put a negative spin on religion, this holds out hope, and has a wonderful ending. I know everyone won't like it, but I think many people will. It makes an interesting change from the usual crime thriller books I've been reading. It's also a book with a good heart. I've seen reviews for Meade's other books and look forward to readign them, but some seem not in print in the USA?

  • Paul Standish
    2019-03-27 21:05

    Very fast-paced, intriguing read, full of plot twists and interesting, unusual characters.It had something interesting to asay, too, which is unusual for thrillers, and makes this writer one I'd definitely read again.It had lot to say about religion, good and bad, but principally good, and I actually enjoyed it more than the Da Vinci Coade for that reason. Also, Meade's research seems on much more solid ground than Dan Brown's Don't miss this book--you' most definitely enjoy it, and it leaves you with a good feeling. A book with a good intention at its heart.

  • Courtney
    2019-03-29 20:51

    I won this book on GoodReads giveaways. I enjoyed the story and thought it was a fast-paced read. At the start the storyline reminded me of Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. But as I got further into the story, Glenn Meade developed a plot and concept all his own. All in all a great story that if it ever came to fruition in today's world would have explosive consequences for all religions.

  • Ashish Jaituni
    2019-04-24 20:48

    A very very good novel. I liked the writing, the plot, the characters. It is remarkable that there is no character which can be painted as a pure villain. It is a very balanced fiction thereby meaning it is not taking sides. A very good read! I will definitely try some of the author's others works.

  • Jerry Kirkbill
    2019-04-21 02:10

    A friend loaned me a copy of this book she won from Goodreads.Excellent book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good plot, great characters, very interesting premise.Overall, I'd highly recommend it. A book that deserves to be read.