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by Jonathan Rabb

Category: Literature and Fiction
Subcategory: Christian Books
Author: Jonathan Rabb
ISBN: 060960483X
ISBN13: 978-0609604830
Language: English
Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (May 8, 2001)
Pages: 400
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In his national bestseller The Overseer, Jonathan Rabb demonstrated his imaginative power and keen understanding of history with a superb thriller that dazzled critics and fans alike. The Book of Q now brings his gifts to full.

In his national bestseller The Overseer, Jonathan Rabb demonstrated his imaginative power and keen understanding of history with a superb thriller that dazzled critics and fans alike.

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In his national bestsellerThe Overseer, Jonathan Rabb demonstrated his imaginative power and keen understanding of history with a superb thriller that dazzled critics and fans alike. The Book of Qnow brings his gifts to full, stunning fruition. Asia Minor, sixth century: After several centuries of conflict with the early Christian church, the Manichaeans, a heretical sect, vanish from the historical record. In his national bestsellerThe Overseer, Jonathan Rabb demonstrated his imaginative power and keen understanding of history with a superb thriller that dazzled critics and fans alike.

Father Ian Pearse, a Vatican scholar, comes into possession of a scrool that contains proof of a conspiracy by a heretical sect known as the Manichaeans. I ask only once a year: please help the Internet Archive today.

The Book of Q. Jonathan Rabb. In his national bestseller The Overseer, Jonathan Rabb demonstrated his imaginative power and keen understanding of history with a superb thriller that dazzled critics and fans alike. The Book of Q now brings his gifts to full, stunning fruition.

Father Ian Pearse leads a scholar's life within the Vatican walls, intent on ferreting out the textual complexities of Saint Ambrose's letters.

Jonathan Rabb (born April 28, 1964) is an American novelist, essayist, actor and writer. 1 Early life and education. This was followed in 2001 by the historical thriller, The Book of Q. Rabb released the first novel of the Berlin trilogy, Rosa, in 2005, followed in 2009 by Shadow and Light and The Second Son in 2011.

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In his national bestseller The Overseer, Jonathan Rabb demonstrated his imaginative power and keen understanding of history with a superb thriller that dazzled critics and fans alike. The Book of Q now brings his gifts to full, stunning fruition.Asia Minor, sixth century: After several centuries of conflict with the early Christian church, the Manichaeans, a heretical sect, vanish from the historical record. Bosnia, 1992: Ian Pearse, a young American relief worker destined for the priesthood, has his faith tested by the horrors of war, but is jolted from his despair by a passionate affair with a Croatian woman named Petra.Rome, present day: Father Pearse, now a researcher at the Vatican Library, comes into possession of an ancient scroll after the mysterious death of one Vatican priest and the disappearance of another. His scholar's curiosity aroused, he has the document translated by an old friend in Rome. He is stunned to learn that the scroll contains ingeniously coded letters and the text of the "Perfect Light," a Manichaean prayer that has never been found in its written form. In the early days of the Christian church the Manichaeans had been an overly zealous, highly organized secret society, scorned by the church and seemingly driven out of existence. But these newly discovered documents indicate an earth-shattering alternate history, a long-dormant, highly evolved conspiracy carefully nurtured for centuries, and an even more important scroll hinted at in the letters that will facilitate "the great awakening."When the pope dies of a sudden illness, Pearse is roughed up by Vatican security, who want the scroll, and when the woman who translated the prayer for him is kidnapped, he realizes that "the great awakening" is not an academic concept but something very real and dangerous. With his friend's life at stake, Pearse must find the document that holds the key to this Manichaean conspiracy. Racing from the Vatican to Greece and back to Bosnia, Pearse has to decipher the cryptograms and codes that have been passed down for centuries from one Manichaean sect to another in the documents he finds. He is also reunited with Petra, the passionate, determined Croatian woman who has lingered in his mind since their time together in Bosnia years earlier. Together they must face a heresy that has been vigilantly guarded and cared for throughout the centuries until the time is right to unleash it on the world. And the time is now. . . .
Comments to eBook The Book of Q: A Novel
Kigabar
It is a well thought out idea and it is an excellent page turner. I liked how the author dealt with the Balkan problem of the late 90's in the first part of the book.

The action is good (if a little improbable) but the main thrust of the novel
is tracking down the Q and how he treated the Manichaeism heresy. The Amazon review by Kelly Flynn seems somewhat harsh. No, it is not as good as Brown's Angel and Demons, but it does stand very well for the genre.

I liked the fact that it made you think.
Inth
I so enjoyed this book years ago when I read it for the first time ... so much so I just felt it was time to read it again.
Same response ... could not put the book down.
Enjoy! It's sensational.
Faell
I like this author, I have read several of his books and they are all a little different. Good story line and develops well, kept me interested for the entire book.
Wenaiand
Father Pearse's adventure begins before he becomes a Catholic priest. From Bosnia, to Rome, and back to Bosnia, he follows clues to the location of a manuscript as he deciphers messages in an ancient language. A heretic sect wants the hidden manuscript, so they can use it to dominate all other religions. Intrigue and fighting abound over this manuscript and whatever hidden truths it may contain. Pearse doesn't know who is trying to kill him and who is protecting him as he dodges his pursuers while racing toward his goal. Meanwhile he struggles to understand his own spiritual beliefs.

I was by turns fascinated and bored as I was yanked from one scene and character to another, and yet another. There were many character viewpoints and a few places where the reader could have used a reminder of which person was which.

Rabb's use of description brought each scene to life, and we particularly marveled at the revelation of what a refugee camp is like. The sights, smells, sounds.

I wonder, though, if the author blooped in one of the early scenes, where Pearse is dealing with a man that we are told was killed but seems very much alive, and then after their exchange, the man is in the midst of decay. Was Pearse hallucinating or dreaming? Maybe I missed an explanation there and couldn't find it.

When the Book of Q is found and its contents revealed, I wonder if the intrigue, the pursuit, the killings , the heresy were blown out of proportion. But then, in my own experience, I can see how mole hills are made into mountains.

There's a lot to learn and to enjoy in this read.
Weiehan
Although this does not approach the fabulous GOSPEL by Wilton Barnhardt (in which a fifth Gospel is uncovered and searched for by a priest and a woman) it is still a good read. It certainly does not merit the a * meted out by some reviewers - considering the praise for such mixed-up runarounds as The DaVinci Code. It dragged at times and some is outlandish but that's true of Clancy and (especially) Dale Brown. One problem was that it tried to be a religious mystery, spy tale and biography rolled in one. As a restul, each of the three suffered a bit.

Pearce, an American priest-to-be works in Bosnia during the war. His closest companions are a Croat man (Mendravic) and woman (Petra). He and the woman fall in love and before he returns make love in old church. They then narrowly escape a murder attempt. Fast Forward 8 years and the priest is in Rome as a Pope nears death. The reader learns that a crafty Manichaean is scheduled to be the next Pope. Pearce learns of a plot to replace Catholicism with Manichaeanism, historically Christianity's greatest rival. These believers have infiltrated all areas of the Church.

He obtains an ancient scroll that is actually a map with puzzles, a speciality of his. It leads to the Balkans - this time Kosovo - where he meets the Croats again. He discovers that he sired a son, Ivo, and the rest of the tale is a long search for the mythical "Hodoporia", the document that will usher in a religion for all. What it turns out to be, though, is the alleged "Q", a saying of the words of Jesus roughly used by the Gospel writers.

The new Manichean Pope carries out a grand scheme that unites Christendom against Islamic terrorists . In an avalanche of events all is finally reconciled. There is a satisfying personal ending - Pearce, Petra and Ivo unite and move to Boston. The story ending is less satisfactory. The Church uses the Q document but omits parts revealing that there was no Resurrection. So the Church endures but yet it is based on a lie.
Moswyn
This book is a thriller/adventure book. Of course, that is my opinion. It is not a historical mystery or historical thriller. It is not a revelation on the true word of Christ; however, it is a small diatribe on the institution of the Catholic Church. Again, this is only my opinion.
My point being, if you like the thriller or adventure genres, then you might find this book to your liking. If you are considering this book because you find the history of the church or scriptures interesting, or you are looking to find a new, different view of the Bible, look elsewhere.
The story centers on a young priest, Ian Pearse, who gets caught up in a quest to find an ancient scroll. The Manicheans, a secret society of a Faith long thought destroyed by the Catholic Church, desperately want to find the scroll so that they may, in turn, destroy the Catholic Church with its revelations on the true word of Christ.
'The Book of Q' is, at points, far-fetched and contrived. But, hey, this IS fiction. My biggest complaint is the unnecessary detail Rabb uses in his descriptions of the various locales used in the book. Without providing maps to reference, his use of exact street names, as well as exact landmarks, often ends up being frustrating, and distracts from the story. Unless, of course, you have actually been to Vatican City and the other places described in the book.
Read this book for the adventure and suspense, not for theological extrapolations.
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