Presently I am reading The Magic Circle, by Katherine Neville. I am a lover of books about secret/lost manuscripts and relics relating to Biblical history and prophecy. Katherine Neville’s ‘The Magic Circle’ has, 300 pages in, failed to disappoint thus far. Hidden family secrets and plots, mistaken identities, fabricated bloodlines – this is no Da Vinci Code knock-off. Full of historical fact, and even some historical figures – the author weaves back and forth in time to tell a tale of a family long in possession of documents that date back to (and before) Jesus Christ himself.
Per Amazon.com: Snake River, Idaho, 1989–Ariel Behn, a toxic materials expert at a remote nuclear site, finds her well-ordered life shattered when her cousin is slain by an unknown assassin. His shocking death leaves Ariel sole heir to a family legacy: a sinister cache of manuscripts that sweeps her into the deadly center of international intrigue–and a mystery that spans the centuries. . . .
Jerusalem, 32 AD–During the last week in the life of Christ, as the world stands on the brink of a new two-thousand-year cycle, Emperor Tiberius works desperately to decipher the tantalizing clues to an age-old enigma. He will not be the only one. For whoever assembles and interprets these cryptic clues will possess the power to control the fate of the world. . . .
Now, At the center of this circle of ancient riddles stands the one woman who can pull the strands together: Ariel Behn. What strange powers lie hidden within the manuscripts? As Ariel races across continents to reveal the dark secrets buried in her family’s past, she begins to unlock the chilling truth of the coming millennium.
Boldly incorporating contemporary characters and real-life historical figures–including the Apostles, Caligula, the Romanovs, and Genghis Khan–Katherine Neville takes us on a fascinating journey from the rise of the Roman Empire to the fall of the Berlin Wall.