Huffington Post Write Up on new book, “The Shroud”

Good publicity campaign. I’m getting twittered, facebooked, HufPo’d and YouTubed.  “Can the Commingling of Science and Spirituality be Transformative?” asks a HufPo headline yesterday in a story about Steven and Michael Meloan’s “The Shroud”

THE SHROUD is an adventure novel that explores the intersection between science and spirituality. Drs. Robert Strickland and Jordan Randall are genomic researchers at the National Institutes of Health. They are asked by the Vatican to use leading edge technology to shed new light on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. The ensuing investigative journey–from Washington D.C., to Israel, to Belize–has global repercussions, and transforms the lives of all involved.

Trailer for The Shroud by Meloan and Meloan

Why not for books, too? It is less than two minutes long.

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A reader asks by email:

You are just being facetious when you tell us the name of Barbet’s crucifixion cadaver was Spalding Gray, right?

No. Mary Roach is. Undoubtedly, right? Spalding Gray’s specialty as an actor was acting very WASP like.

The Book ‘Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers’ and the Shroud of Turin

image It’s the book you have been waiting for. It is the book you want to discuss at parties – maybe at a Sunday afternoon BBQ. It is "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,” by Mary Roach. It was a New York Times best seller earlier this year, a fact that I hadn’t noticed. One reviewer, among many hundreds over at Amazon.com, wrote: " Roach has written a very interesting, while not too ghoulish, book about the uses of human cadavers. " Another reviewer said is was morbidly awesome.

There is an entire chapter called Holy Cadaver: The Crucifixion Experiment. It deals with the work of Dr. Pierre Barbet on the Shroud of Turin in 1931, which he detailed in his book, "A Doctor at Calvary." Roach also discusses Fred Zugibe’s work in some detail.

Barbet thought it was important to use a cadaver (several arms as well) for his experiments. Roach doesn’t like it. She writes:

To my mind there is no "greater office" than that of "alleviating the pains of our brothers" — certainly not the office of religious propaganda. Some people, as we’re about to see, manage to alleviate their brother’s pains and suffering while utterly dead. If there were ever a cadaver eligible for sainthood, it would not be our Spalding Gray [the cadaver] upon the cross, it would these guys: the brain-dead, beating-heart organ donors that come and go in our hospitals every day. (emphasis mine).

The book, actually, does a nice job of summarizing Barbet’s and Zugibe’s work. Zugibe, by the way, "is a gruff, overworked medical examiner . . ."

Review of Pamela Ewen’s ‘The Secret Of the Shroud’ from the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

First, about Pamela Ewen, the author: Read that here.

Then about the book:

A frightened apostle in AD 33, a tragic child in the 1950s, and a slick, twenty-first century church leader are all linked by the secret of the Shroud of Turin, the purported burial cloth of Jesus-and by something more.

Wesley Bright, a corrupt, media-savvy clergyman, is out to destroy the Christian church of the God who abandoned him in his boyhood. Likable and entertaining, Bright keeps his motives well hidden. But as he seeks revenge, leading the church toward unknowing destruction, the mysterious Shroud of Turin stands in his way.

Strange characters and clues emerge like shadows limned in mist as the most recent discoveries on the Shroud connect the pieces of a fascinating puzzle. When Wesley learns the ancient secret, he’s forced to confront a terrible choice: keep the secret—and the power, wealth, and fame he’s won over the years—or expose it…and lose everything.

At stake is one thing: absolute truth.

I know I’m repeating myself. It is a very well written page turner. Get it.

The Shroud by Steven Meloan, Michael Meloan.

image A friend just recommended the recently released novel, The Shroud, by Steven Meloan and Michael Meloan. “It’s pretty powerful,” he wrote. Here is a description from Amazon.com.

image "The Shroud" is a full throttle ride through the culture war between science and religion. Geneticists battle Christian fundamentalists over the most important cloning experiment imaginable; the battle unfolds in a circle of desire, reason, and choice centered on a sincere search for the truth. Written with the authority of genuine biologists in a style that mixes Harlan Coben suspense with a dash of Dan Brown in the style of Dean Koontz, and characters you want to argue with in a bar while your motorcycles are parked outside. –Ransom Stephens, Ph.D., author of "The God Patent"

It is the near future, and a genetic research team from the NIH has been asked by the Vatican to use the latest findings of the Human Genome Project to shed new light on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. The lead researcher, Robert Strickland M.D., is an agnostic with spiritual leanings. But as the inquiry proceeds, it appears that this is indeed the burial cloth of the historical Jesus. The vestment’s bloodstains, and their genetic data, open up the possibility of cloning, which sparks international protest movements. The ensuing investigative journey–from Washington D.C., to Israel, to Belize–has global repercussions, and forever transforms the lives of all involved.

It is available in paperback at Amazon. It has a five star rating at Amazon (17 5s and 2 4s). The price is $12.95. The e0version for Kindle version is 6.95. I’m downloading now.

Amazon.com: The Shroud (9780615352152): Steven Meloan, Michael Meloan: Gateway

New Shroud of Turin Novel: Secret of the Shroud

imageSecret of the Shroud by Pamela Ewen. It is available at Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble, etc. for $14.95. It is also available in Kindle format (iphone, ipad, Kindle) for $9.60.

  • ISBN13: 9781433671159
  • ISBN: 1433671158
  • BINC: 3188559

A frightened apostle in AD 33, a tragic child in the 1950s, and a slick, twenty-first century church leader are all linked by the secret of the Shroud of Turin, the purported burial cloth of Jesus-and by something more. 

Wesley Bright, a corrupt, media-savvy clergyman, is out to destroy the Christian church of the God who abandoned him in his boyhood. Likable and entertaining, Bright keeps his motives well hidden. But as he seeks revenge, leading the church toward unknowing destruction, the mysterious Shroud of Turin stands in his way. Strange characters and clues emerge like shadows limned in mist as the most recent discoveries on the Shroud connect the pieces of a fascinating puzzle. When Wesley learns the ancient secret, he’s forced to confront a terrible choice: keep the secret—and the power, wealth, and fame he’s won over the years—or expose it . . . and lose everything.

At stake is one thing: absolute truth.

Link to the author’s website