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Sacred Blood
by Michael Byrnes
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Harper, 2009 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

As she examined what she thought were the remains of Jesus, a colleague of Charlotte Hennesey's tried a little impromptu experiment. The man extracted DNA from the sacred bones and injected it into the American geneticist's body without telling her what he had done.

The result was all but miraculous. Not only did the cancer that was devouring Charlotte from within disappear, but she suddenly had the power to perform medical miracles. Unfortunately, the astonishing experiment also resulted in the death of her colleague and set in motion events that would have cataclysmic consequences for not only this woman but also the volatile Middle East and all of mankind.

Because she also holds the key to a centuries old mystery, Charlotte is kidnapped by an American-Israeli rabbi. His team is closing in on the discovery of the most powerful relic in existence, the Ark of the Covenant, and needs her help to open it. The chaos the discovery unleashes threatens to rip the Holy Land apart and might well mean Armageddon is at hand.

Michael Byrnes' first exciting, religious thriller, The Sacred Bones, was an astounding success and this second novel exceeds that feat. He may not yet be as famous as Dan Brown, but give Michael Byrnes a few more years and his name may well be mentioned in the same breath as the iconic writer who has captured the world's imagination.

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