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Three initiates, bare from the waist up, lay facedown on the marble floor. At the head of each stood a disciple wielding a flagellum bearing nine cords embedded with bits of sharpened bone.
"Renounce your own will for the salvation of your soul," the Grand Master intoned from his place in the outer circle of two dozen followers. Emblazoned in blood-red on the breasts of their brown hooded cassocks was the symbol of the Sacred Order of Via Dei: a T-shaped cross topped by a circle, within which a blazing sun shot two beams downward to form a pyramid superimposed
“An exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit.”
—The Mississippi Press on The Masada Scroll
“This is a book that delivers in every way: a great concept, a fascinating journey, and high-class storytelling. The Masada Scroll will take you to new places and open your mind to new ways to look at the world. It is the right book at the right time for those of us who seek the ultimate answers to the world’s many troubles. I enjoyed The Masada Scroll as I have enjoyed few other contemporary novels.”
—Greg Tobin, author of Conclave and Selecting the Pope
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