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THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC: A Novel ~Vincent Czyz

Batten down the hatches and get set for a spectacular read and thrilling adventure in the same league as the DAVINCI CODE and other well written conspiracy theories. An imaginative romp through the serious efforts of theological pursuits, Dead Sea Scrolls and the Life of Jesus theorists; includes car chases and foreign locations.

“Author Vincent Czyz takes the reader through the backstreets of Istanbul, Antakya (ancient Antioch), and Cairo, to clandestine negotiations with wealthy antiquities smugglers and ruthless soldiers of fortune, to dusty Egyptian monasteries, on a nautical skirmish off the coast of Alexandria, and finally to the ruins of Constantine’s palace buried deep beneath the streets of present-day Istanbul. “ (Amazon’s page)

Drew, an expat living in Turkey is working to get back with his ex-wife.  He is a Biblical scholar who majored in Literature in college.  He connects with Kadir, a dwarf antiquities dealer on ‘the street of used books’ in Istanbul who is with Zafer, an ex-military special forces operative, working together to retrieve a newly discovered Dead Sea Scroll and another parchment, which will change history and the Christian Church; making this team a tremendous amount of money.  There are a significant number of people who do not want these scrolls to be made public or have them given to the academic sphere.  Drew is valuable to the team as he assists their efforts and shows them how to get the scrolls to the academic world/rightful owners and also for them to make lots of money.

The book is very intelligent and Drew is continuously studying his college classwork, purchasing new historic works and thinking through what he is learning.  His curiosity is very keenly attuned and he pulls together some amazing concepts and intellectual discourse.  The story is also about relationships and emotions working towards saving the marriage and the manipulations of truths by violence, anger, and deceit. We are within the study of how to get to the core of basic human interaction and the core of an historic study to identify the beliefs and the “realness” of the story that one is experiencing.

I enjoyed this fast paced book from start to finish and it was quite a challenge to recall the hours and lessons of graduate school, where I was delving into church history and theology as it relates to the stories, which promote our confessions of faith and serve our belief systems.  What makes a person challenge or change their minds or act in new and different ways?  How do individuals love and find their deepest truths?   Well versed in traditions and full of imagination and fictionalizations, THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC is an intense and high-powered encyclopedic read.  I would read it again.  Better than the DAVINCI CODE.

TLC Book Tours sent me an advance uncorrected proof of this book for review.  I thought it was great and I so enjoy stories that activate the mind and make one think; producing new ideas, affirming possibilities.

From TLC books about the author:

“Vincent Czyz is the author of The Christos Mosaic, a novel, and Adrift in a Vanishing City, a collection of short fiction. He received two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts and the W. Faulkner-W. Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction. The 2011 Truman Capote Fellow at Rutgers University, his stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House (online), Boston Review, Quiddity, The Tampa Review, The Georgetown Review, and Skidrow Penthouse, among other publications. He spent a total of nearly a decade in Istanbul, Turkey before settling in Jersey City. His work often deals with the existential themes found in art, myth and religion, dreams, and primal ways of perceiving the world.”

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7 Responses to “THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC: A Novel ~Vincent Czyz”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – And while this particular read may not be my cuppa tea, I’m going to send this link to one of my friends who I think will eat it with a spoon!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie
    It is a great read and if you have a friend who would like this by all means pass it on, as these intellectual thrillers are hard to come by these days. Well written is sometimes hard to find too – this one has it all together. Thank you for tweeting
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  2. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Your description of this book as “encyclopedic” has me wanting to settle down on the couch with a blanket and get lost in this book.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    Yep a lot of church history and Greek history wrapped up in this 15 hour read. Oh what a read.

  3. Sam Juliano Says:

    This kind of thing is right up my alley, and I must say your treatment here Patricia is quite a spirited one. I did read THE DA VINCI CODE, and found it most entertaining. After reading your great essay here I will investigate further. Happy Easter to you and yours!

    Patricia Reply:

    Happy Easter to you and yours too Sam
    I could not put this book down, It was fabulous and just the right timing too. I think it will get a big audience with this one
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  4. vincent czyz Says:

    Hi, Patricia,

    Just wanted to thank you for your very kind words and to say that you reacted the way any author of a book like this would hope a reader would react.

    Thanks to reviews and responses like yours, the book is now #13 on Amazon Kindle (historical thrillers) and #29 in thrillers (a bit behind Dan Brown’s last effort).

    At some point, if you do choose to read it again, I hope you will get a discounted copy somewhere. There are two full chapters that were not in the proofs and quite a few other changes have been made.

    Thanks again,

    V. Czyz