CHARACTERS Ð Acts of the Assassins

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CHARACTERS Ð Acts of the Assassins á [Read] ➳ Acts of the Assassins By Richard Beard – Helpyouantib.co.uk Gallio does counter insurgency But the theft of a body he's supposed to be guarding ruins his career Bizarre rumours of the walking dead are swirling there is panic in the air and it’s his job to st Gallio does counter insurgeGrotesue and violent ways How can Gallio stay ahead of the game when the game keeps changing Acts of the Assassins is about one man’s struggle to confront forces beyond his understanding And about how lonely a turbulent world can b. Read all my reviews on After Blood of a Stone this was my second Jesus related book I incidentally read during the Easter weekend Although I really hadn't guessed it from the blurb I mean would you Gallio does counter insurgency But the theft of a body he's supposed to be guarding ruins his career Bizarre rumours of the walking dead are swirling there is panic in the air and it’s his job to straighten out the conspiracy He blows the case Years later the file is reopened when a second body appears Gallio is called back by headuarters and ordered to track down everyone involved the first time round The only problem is they keep dying in ever grotesue and violent ways How can Gallio stay ahead of the game when the game keeps changing Acts of the Assassins is about one man’s struggle to confront forces beyond his understanding And about how lonely a turbulent world can beI won't explain too much about it because it is so weird I think you should find out most of it by yourself But being set in some kind of mash up between the Roman Empire and modern times Imagine gladiators centurions and also mobile phones and aeroplanes This book really deserves a place between the weirdest books of at least 2015; possibly of all time and I've been reading some weird book latelyHowever I did really enjoy it It read very fast and was a decent detective story and besides I also thought it was uite funny from time to time The terrible arrangement made by his organization forces to Gallio to always fly with a stop in Schiphol the Netherlands; possibly made a deal with a Dutch airline made me smile Schadenfreude of course especially since most flights are between places in the Middle East but I thought it was a nice twistIf you're ready to set everything you know about Roman times aside and would like to read about it as if it were modern times It does take some imagination especially in the beginning then I think this is a very good book for you It's definitely something completely different from what I and I think most people usually readThanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Gallio does counter insurgency But the theft of a body he's supposed to be guarding ruins his career Bizarre rumours of the walking dead are swirling there is panic in the air and it’s his job to straighten out the conspiracy He bl. Read on the WondrousBooks blog Romulus the founder of Rome enters an underground room in the Forum He is old his pulse weak his service to the city is complete His senators in their purple striped togas follow him into the room which has no windows and only one door What follows is a classic sealed room mystery Romulus is never seen again  What happened to Romulus Did he ascend Or is it that the simplest explanation is the right one The senators had closed the door and stabbed old Romulus in silence alerting none of the Forum's hyper alert slaves Then they knelt to dissect the body Each senator concealed a small section of flesh or bone beneath his toga and they carried Romulus away from the sealed room in pieces The cuts of meat they dispersed through the city flushed into cisterns or tossed to scavenging dogs No trace of Romulus was ever found I'm honestly surprised that Acts of the Assassins has not already gathered readers I checked the Goodreads page and only two people have rated it so far and a couple are currently reading it Considering that I got the book through NetGalley and one needs to express their desire to read a book it may be that not many have paid attention to this particular bookThey are wrongActs of the Assassins is an unbelievable book completely mind blowing in its setting and originality It's absolutely brilliant and completely mad Imagine that the New Testament never happened that you did not believe in Jesus Imagine that you turned on the TV today and heard about yet another mad cult following a man who the media makes out to be a complete lunatic Another Charles Manson perhaps On the TV they say that in Jerusalem a probable terrorist cell has started working They killed a man named Lazarus and later claimed that he has been resurrected Then the cult's leader a man known as Jesus was publicly executed by the state Only it seems he didn't stay dead either There have been sightings of him all over the Empire Notify the authorities if you have any information  This book offers a very ambiguous perspective of religion as we know it and the present as it is The Roman empire still exists in an era of computers tracers cell phones and airplanes A Speculator a cop is sent to look for the body of a cult leader named Jesus Only he fails Years later he is brought back to action as members of the cult are being killed offNow that you've taken a look in the premises of the book answer to yourself how would you feel if this happened today I can tell you you'd be annoyed that yet another psycho is filling the world with propaganda and religious insanity See it's so much different looking from a modern perspective at these Biblical eventsThe narrative of the book is as original as its setting it's highly nonlinear in one chapter we have the events around Jude the ones after Thomas after Jude after Thomas and then the ones surrounding Paul which take place before Thomas At certain points it's hard to keep up it even seems like the author is giving out spoilers But it's rewarding at least as far as I'm concernedA book like this will probably be placed among the likes of The Da Vinci Code but I don't think that's where it belongs It's all that and much It has a touch of mystery and a lot of thriller in it but overall this is a book about obsession faith religion Despite the fact that many other themes were much prominent I think that it is exactly obsession that is the driving force of Acts of the Assassins Each and every character has their own obsession that they project on the world around them and which clouds their judgement and makes them move however the direction There is action and police work and a bit of a chase too but the core is the book's on philosophy and the moral dilemmas that the characters are faced with There is no sugar coating it both the story and the language are blunt and honest and a little bit brutal but brutality is definitely not the point of it it's just an instrumentOf course I had some uestions regarding the world in the book but I think that's to be expected when one is faced with a new made up universe1 If Jesus is not part of traditional religion which I gather is Old Testament Christianity and He was born in a completely normal family how is it that the idea of immaculate conception exists at all It was very pointedly mentioned during the visit in the museum when the author talks about Salvador Dali's Immaculate conception painting2 How did religion develop3 How did the Empire survive considering that emperor Constantine would have been blown to dust if he hadn't allied forces with the Christians to make for a stronger army If there were no post Jesus Christians in the Roman empire how would it have been possible for him to win the war that they won for him4 How did technology manage to get developed in a world which is as barbaric and underdeveloped as the one described technology aside Public executions and gladiators and torture are still a thing and we are witnesses even today to the fact that savages who give themselves over to such barbarity are not able to focus themselves on further development of the world and pursuits of the mind5 How is it that America was never found Proof to that is the fact that it's stated on multiple occasions that Scotland is at the end of the worldMy uestions however do not lessen my love for this book It's an amazing piece of original thinking which provoked much thought for me I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone

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Acts of the AssassinsOws the caseYears later the file is reopened when a second body appears Gallio is called Acts of PDF or back by headuarters and ordered to track down everyone involved the first time round The only problem is they keep dying in ever. This book surprised me The blurb accompanying it led me to believe that I was about to read some form of spy thriller but instead it turned out to be a Biblical thriller updated to the current day This is no bad thing and I found the setting and the alternate universe the author created to be uite compellingThe novel basically imagines an alternate world where the Roman Empire has lasted until the current time It imagines what would have happened if Jesus and his disciples were active in the present day All the characters are here Judas Pontius Pilate etc The book imagines how a Roman Empire with all the benefits of modern technology might have attempted to uash the emerging Jesus cult The protagonist Gallio is a Counter Terror operative tasked with doing just that The early part of the book tells in flashback of how he corrupts Judas and eventually is involved in arranging Jesus’s crucifixion But when Jesus’s body disappears and the apostles’ talk of the resurrection things go bad for him He is discredited banished to far flung outposts of the empire Finally years later he’s called back and tasked with finding out what happened to JesusThe remainder of the novel follows Gallio around as he hunts down apostles and interrogates them only to find many murdered in horrific ways before he gets to them The book is best in how it examines the disconnect between Gallio and the apostles he meets he takes them literally when they say that Jesus is here Jesus is everywhere Jesus knows who you are when it seems apparent to the reader that they are merely preaching the Gospel Similarly the book examines the theory that some scholars have that the current form Christianity took has much to do with Paul than Jesus that Paul transformed what was perhaps a revolutionary creed into a much passive and accommodating one According to this school of thought this meant that Christianity no longer posed a threat to the state and could indeed become the official faith Paul appears in the novel as an oily figure sly and conspiratorial But is he the state agent Gallio finally concludes him to be or a triple agent actually fooling the authorities and doing Jesus’s bidding This here brings me to the problem I had with the book The author clearly doesn’t want to make a definitive statement either way on any of the major themes in the book Who is killing the disciples Is it all part of Jesus’s plan Is it Paul Is it Gallio’s employers Similarly is Jesus a revolutionary planning terror outrages Did he really die on the cross Was his body spirited away somehow or did he really rise from the deadI understand this reluctance the author obviously thought it best to keep the mystery of the Bible no to mention the fact that answering these uestions might alienate a section of his potential audience come down on the side of Jesus as the Son of God and you alienate atheists; say that Jesus was conman and you alienate Christians But even so I found it incredibly frustrating and as I got near the end and realised that no answers would be forthcoming I did find myself feeling a little cheatedThat said this is an interesting take on the Bible story and one that I would recommend to anyone regardless of the their faith or noneI would give this book 4 out of 5 stars