When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project discovers a heretical message contained in one of the Scrolls he hides it. Decades later, a prominent archeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll … or die trying.

"Amazonian Atmospheres "Reader's Review of The Returned


The atmosphere of this book is downright amazing. Right from the start you'll find yourself drawn into the world portrayed by Nathan. The pacing and description of this book is exquisite, ensuring that you'll immediately be drawn into the deep Amazon like Nathan and stuck in a prospecting expedition from hell. Still on the pacing, there's neither anything rushed nor ever is it plodding along at a crawl. In fact, it's reached that perfect pace that keeps the reader constantly hooked and unwilling to ever put down the book even for short periods of time. Each of the members of the expedition are interesting in their own way, and written well enough to make you care even if they're not the nicest people to be stuck with.

This book is definitely different in a good way: all the elements of horror, suspense, and mystery are tightly worked together to form the central plot without simply attempting to shoe horn in random gimmicks to keep the reader's attention. And boy does it work. Once you pick up and start reading this, you're not going to want to even get up and grab a snack without dragging the story with you.

Anyway, after grabbing this book on a whim this story turned out surprisingly entertaining and wholly engaging. If this is a sign that the rest of his stories are anything like this one, I will definitely be perusing his other stories, and looking forward to future stories from Mr. Brown.

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