The Christos Mosaic by Vincent Czyz
A Novel

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The Christos Mosaic is exciting, exceptionally well-written, with an intricate plot, but Drew’s, and one suspects, the author’s conclusion that one should follow Emerson’s exhortation to “Let us demand our own works and laws and worship,” and to seek divinity in oneself is not one that will bring comfort to those of strong faith...
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Ancient scrolls hold the key to the origins of Christianity—but some will stop at nothing to hide the truth


A suspicious death in Istanbul leaves one ancient scroll and clues to finding another in the hands of Drew Korchula, a thirty-two-year-old American expat, a Turkish dwarf named Kadir, and Zafer, a Special Forces washout. Drew is desperate to turn everything over to the academic community, and in the process redeem himself in the eyes of his estranged wife, but Kadir and Zafer are only interested in what they can get for the scrolls on the black market. 


Not everyone wants to see the scrolls go public, however, and some will stop at nothing to protect the Church and believers around the world from the revelations embodied in the priceless manuscripts.


An action-packed intellectual thriller unraveling the mystery of a theological cold case more than two thousand years old, The Christos Mosaic is a monumental work of biblical research wrapped in a story of love, faith, human frailty, friendship, and forgiveness. Author Vincent Czyz takes the reader through the backstreets of Istanbul, Antakya (ancient Antioch), and Cairo, to clandestine negotiations with wealthy antiquities smugglers and ruthless soldiers of fortune, to dusty Egyptian monasteries, on a nautical skirmish off the coast of Alexandria, and  finally to the ruins of Constantine's palace buried deep beneath the streets of present-day Istanbul. 

 

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Vincent Czyz received an MA in comparative literature from Columbia University, and an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University. He is the author of the collection Adrift in a Vanishing City, and is the recipient of the 1994 Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction and two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts. The 2011 Truman Capote Fellow at Rutgers University, his short stories and essays have appeared in Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Tampa Review, Quiddity, Louisiana Literature, Logos Journal, New England Review, Boston Review, Sports Illustrated, Poets & Writers, and many other publications. Although he has traveled the world and spent some ten years in Istanbul, Turkey, he now lives and works in New Jersey, where he was born. nbsp;
 
Published October 27, 2015 by Blank Slate Press. 559 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Reviewed by D. R. Meredith on Dec 27 2015

The Christos Mosaic is exciting, exceptionally well-written, with an intricate plot, but Drew’s, and one suspects, the author’s conclusion that one should follow Emerson’s exhortation to “Let us demand our own works and laws and worship,” and to seek divinity in oneself is not one that will bring comfort to those of strong faith...

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