Book Review: The Shroud Codex

Through a good friend I received an advanced copy of The Shroud Codex by Dr. Jerome Corsi, the author of several best-sellers including Obama Nation, and Unfit for Command. Corsi’s style is agile and entertaining. Having read his previous books,  I knew he was adept at keeping the reader interested by developing the story at a steady fast pace.

However, unlike his previous best-sellers The Shroud Codex is a work of fiction to which Corsi applies his proven journalistic narrative skills. The book tells the story of  Fr. Paul Bartholomew, a former physicist who becomes a Catholic priest. After barely surviving a very traumatic car accident Fr. Bartholomew is chosen by God to be the central protagonist of an important mission. To fulfill that mission the priest must manifest Christ physically. This manifestation begins to take place after the car accident.

When the Vatican gets involved in Fr. Bartholomew’s case an atheist psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Castle, is assigned to the case by the Pope himself. Corsi presents these two men in a deft intellectual counterpoint.  The core of the story begins with them and takes the reader right into the mysteries of the Shroud.

As both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien have done before, Jerome Corsi uses the story to introduce us to religious arguments and information most of us would not read about if it was presented in a scholastic format. He is very good at condensing complex subjects within the various dialogues with precision and clarity. The result is a book that is entertaining and educational.

I challenge the reader to obtain this book and attempt to anticipate how the story will turn out. I tried to do that and I failed at every turn. Reading this most entertaining work of Dr. Corsi I learned many things not only about the Shroud of Turin but of many other connected topics. I definitely recommend you to read it this summer. You will not be disappointed.


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