30 Pieces of Silver by Carolyn McCray is a blasphemous historical thriller. The Da Vinci Code made this genre mainstream. 30 Pieces of Silver might go a few steps ahead in shocking you, so a word of caution before you pick this up.
A suicide bombing near the Eiffel tower unearths ancient skeletons thousands of years old. A Special Forces team is sent to the Amazon jungles to evacuate Dr. Monroe, a paleo-archaeologist whose life work involves finding a gene that links several ancient civilizations. But her life is marked already. She has some history with her prolific ex professor who went underground a decade ago. Get set for a thrilling, violent and explosive ride through Europe as Dr. Monroe tries to solve an ancient puzzle while holding on to her life.
This book is highly controversial to say the least. Some of the claims made here will surely shock you. But some might find it entertaining if they are able to detach themselves from the subject matter and treat it as just a story or piece of fiction. Comparisons with The Da Vinci Code are inevitable. The ‘code’ was definitely more complex with many more characters and maybe more foundation. At the end, it actually made me wonder ‘what if’. With this book, I was never engrossed enough to think ‘what if’. Maybe it is just because a precedent existed. The multiple typos and errors were distracting and seem to increase toward the end.
Will I read more work from the author again? Yes. Overall, 30 Pieces of Silver is a fast and thrilling read and I promise you will not be bored. You might wonder if people ate dessert in the first century and if the Vatican is built with dry wall, however!