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The Secret of Heaven: An explosive mystery regarding the divinity of Christ vs the humanity of Jesus. (Aiden Leonardo Book 1) Kindle Edition
When investment banker Lazzaro de Medici is found dead, Professor of Biblical Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago Aiden Leonardo is the prime suspect. In possession of an encrypted letter given to him by Lazzaro, Aiden utilizes his extensive knowledge of Scripture to piece together clues that lead to a Lost Bible dating back to the time of Christ.
Hidden within the text is an ancient truth about the most controversial message Jesus left to His disciples. But as Aiden embarks on his quest to unravel the mystery of redemption and faith, a secret organization known only as The Group hunts him down to destroy the Lost Bible and tie up loose ends.
With the help of his fiancé Dr. Miriam Levin—a cultural anthropologist and a professor of historical archaeology in her own right, their friend Nagi, a philologist, religious historian and an eccentric cryptographer, Aiden soon realizes the Lost Bible was written by a disciple who walked with Jesus and had his gospel omitted from Scripture.
Things are further complicated when a mysterious stranger warns Aiden that possessing the secret of heaven could cost him his life. Pursued by the F.B.I. for the ancient Black market relic and the Chicago PD in connection to the murder of Lazzaro de Medici, Aiden races against the clock to prove his innocence and fulfill his mentor’s dying wish.
Expose the secret of heaven...
Who could resist a novel overflowing with secret organizations, corrupt government officials, and religious conspiracies? In his action-packed thriller, The Secret of Heaven, Felix Alexander explores the repercussions of a lost bible and how lives are impacted because of the choices of one murdered man.
With his dying breath, Lazzaro de Medici whispered, "Expose the secret of heaven" to his one trusted friend: Aiden Leonardo. So with an encrypted letter and an obligation to his older mentor, Aiden evaded the FBI, Chicago PD, and a secret organization to uncover the truth behind his friend's murder. As time begins to run out, Aiden discovers that more than just his life is at stake. The lost bible could uproot the views of every religious group in the world.
Although the plot was well-developed, the book needed to be edited. In the first chapter alone there were missing words, added words, and wrong words, which made it very difficult to read and understand. I cringed every time the word "wheelchair" came up because it was two words (wheel chair) in the book. The abundance of grammatical errors wasn't the only thing that forced me to reread pages. There were times that I was so confused I had to take a break from reading to clear my mind. I had no idea who was talking (or thinking) because in the middle of the page the viewpoint would be changed to a new character. It sometimes made it very difficult to follow their train of thought.
With these flaws being brought to light, I believe that the book has a lot of potential. It was fast-paced and non-stop action. At every turn, the characters were uncovering new clues or delving deeper into conspiracy. Right when I thought I knew what was going to happen, a character would do the unexpected or flip sides. I enjoyed the controlled chaos that the author described during action scenes and the constant battle between good and evil. It kept the reader guessing on whom to trust, which always makes a story more exciting and unpredictable.
There were many things that I enjoyed about this book including the creative storyline and character development. Even though there were a lot of characters to remember, I felt that the author did a wonderful job developing their personalities and backgrounds. My favorite character was a computer whiz that added comic relief during more intense scenes.
With all of this being said, I would rate this novel a 3 out of 4 stars. It was captivating and intriguing. It kept me on my toes trying to anticipate what was going to happen next; even though, I sometimes got lost because of the viewpoint changes. In a way, it reminded me of The Da Vinci Code novel because of all the religious references and mysteriously encrypted letter. Anyone who loves mysteries and enjoys the action of a good thriller would enjoy reading this novel. --Online Book Club
When I read this book it took me days to come out of it. Angels and Demons is child s play compared to this work. This is one of those books that should go straight to the big screen! It has inspired more conversations in my household than any other book I've ever read, and trust me there are very few I haven t read. While Mr. Alexander has 2 books on Amazon, they deal with very different material. If I were an agent and received the synopsis of this book, I would be on a plane quickly. --Pirate Patty in Blogs and Books
About the Author
Acclaimed by readers for his poetic prose, his indie releases include: Dear Love: Diary of a Man's Desire, a collection of love letters and poems; The Romantic: A Love Story; a historical fantasy Shadows of Time: The Amulet of Alamin.
Being third-generation military, after a grandfather and uncle who served in the Korean War and Vietnam War, respectively, Alexander is proud of his service in the U.S. Army, and grateful for his experience.
After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he embarked on the long and arduous journey of a writer. Having made a name for himself during his tenure, serving his country, he vowed to himself and his fellow soldiers that he would answer his true calling.
When not spending time with his children, a son and daughter, he journeys through the portals in his extensive, personal library. When he returns, he immerses himself in his writing, and pursues the scent of his muse.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Language : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 349 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B099C5LJ41
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At first, the number and names of characters got a bit confusing for me to keep up with but once I was in the zone, I couldn’t stop until the end. The book is about Aiden Leonardo’s search for the Lost Bible which contains religious secrets that could change the world order. However, he isn’t the only one looking for the Lost Bible containing the secret of heaven.
The characters involved in the story are not exactly the kind that you can connect with, but each character has its own role to play. Well, I guess you can’t really connect to the characters because you get so engrossed in the plot and are on your own mission to find the extraordinary secret. You become a character in the story, trying to hack the mystery.
The best thing about this book besides the plot is definitely the portrayal of the world we live in. The working of money and power skillfully woven with religious artifacts and stories shows how wonderfully Felix Alexander wrote this book. However, at some points it became a little too loaded with mythological stories but, I am definitely not complaining.
If you like Dan Brown, you’re definitely going to love this!
I enjoyed reading this book so much and I wish I could get a hard copy of it.
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Professor of Biblical Studies Aiden Leonardo is the prime suspect for Lazzaro de Medici’s murder, who is Aiden’s mentor. With his dying breath, Lazzaro de Medici whispered, “Expose the secret of heaven” to his trusted friend, Aiden. With an encrypted letter and an obligation to his older mentor, Aiden evaded the FBI, Chicago PD, and a secret organisation to uncover the truth behind his friend’s murder. Pursued by the FBI, Chicago PD and a secret organisation known only as The Group, Aiden races against the clock to expose the secret of heaven. For hidden within the text is an ancient truth about the most controversial message Jesus left to His disciples.
As time passes, Aiden discovers that more than just his life is at stake. Aiden has to utilise his knowledge of Scripture to decipher an mysteriously encrypted letter and find a Lost Bible dating back to the time of Christ. The lost bible could uproot the views of every religious group in the world. This is an interesting story full of conspiracy theories.
I believe that the book has a lot of potential. It was fast-paced and non-stop action. At every turn, the characters were uncovering new clues or delving deeper into conspiracy. The story was captivating and intriguing. It kept me on my toes trying to anticipate what was going to happen next. It is full of people double crossing each other for their own benefits and you just cannot trust one person. I enjoyed the controlled chaos that the author described during action scenes and the constant battle between good and evil. It kept the reader guessing on whom to trust, which always makes a story more exciting and unpredictable. A lot of betrayals in the book. Right when I thought I knew what was going to happen, a character would do the unexpected or flip sides.
There were many things that I enjoyed about this book including the creative storyline and character development. Even though there were a lot of characters to remember, I felt that the author did a wonderful job developing their personalities and backgrounds. My favourite character apart form Aiden was a computer whiz that added comic relief during more intense scenes.
The flow of the writing in this one is free and methodical. The way that the story is written, it’s pretty easy to understand what is happening when and which character is it focusing on. It is a pretty well written piece of literature that one must definitely read!
The portrayals, the reference and the characterisation is done brilliantly. I love how all the Biblical references are made, and that made me recall The Da Vinci Code. All characters have a defined, unique voice in the narrative. The plot is amazing and very well developed. Anyone who loves mysteries and enjoys the action of a good thriller would enjoy reading this novel.
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I cannot count the number of times I had to re-read sentences to try to understand the storyline. Lazzaro, Lorenzo, Aiden all sentences mixing up so I just had no idea at all when or who or how the story was being opened up at a crucial time - hooking the reader into a new book!
Even after 6 or 7 re-reads I still could not fathom what was happening. At one point I could not understand how a study was in a hospital room. It was not, but the garbled descriptions seemed to indicate it was, until I unraveled it was jumping back and forth in time!!!!!
Weirdest way of writing I haves EVER encountered. Gave up at page 13 !
Worth reading tho.
The author put forward a unique view of Mayan records
I will read another of his books .