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The First Gospel
Darryl Nyznyk

Cross Dove Publishing, LLC
April 2017
On Sale: March 21, 2017
Featuring: Matt Carter
320 pages
ISBN: 0965651304
EAN: 9780965651301
Kindle: B06XY789N8
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THE FIRST GOSPEL, in the tradition of “The DaVinci Code,” is an historical thriller at the center of which lies the truth about the greatest archaeological mystery the world has ever known.

Edessa, Turkey 943 A.D.: Eighty thousand Byzantine knights lay siege to the Muslim citadel. Prepared to raze the city, the Byzantine commander offers to spare it if the Muslim emir will hand over a fourteen-foot long linen cloth. The stunned emir readily delivers the cloth that bears the shocking full-body image of a crucified man.

Arizona almost 1100 years later: Matt Carter, an under-employed law school graduate, discovers the brutally murdered body of his old professor, Samuel Rosen. When Matt returns home, he finds a letter posted by Rosen before his murder. Rosen begs Matt to protect an ancient parchment owned by his family for generations. Unknown to Matt, the parchment holds the key to the two-thousand-year-old mystery of the Cloth of Edessa. Now Matt becomes the unwitting prey of those who will stop at nothing to keep his parchment’s truth hidden.

From the magnificent opulence of Rome’s St. Peter’s Cathedral to the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, readers will become part of Matt’s frantic search for a truth that will forever change political, religious, and industrial fortunes around the world … even as Matt fights for survival.

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Re: The First Gospel

Face it! Jesus changed the world. There are those that
dispute his miracles. But the greatest miracle of them all,
ardent followers facing certain death by crucifixion or
worse, went off by themselves to preach and tell the story
to neighbors and enemies, mostly enemies. And they told the
story. And they were slaughtered. And from that humble
beginning of a few guys preaching peace and love, Jesus
dominated the entire Western World. None of that can be
disputed. That Jesus would leave a physical proof of his
existence is logical and compelling. Now, in that context,
let’s look at the Shroud of Turin. Let’s put in on the
scales of justice. Let’s weigh the evidence. Or maybe you
shouldn’t. Because, if you do, what can you say that
supports the position that the Shroud is not the burial
cloth of Jesus?
(Bud Mirassou 8:03pm April 10, 2017)

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