Dan Brown Read-Alikes!
Haven't gotten your hands on The Last Symbol? Or, have you already finished it and want more?
Check out one of these religious/historical thrillers which are also filled with secret societies, codes, ciphers, rewritten history, intelligent heroes and heroines, and exotic settings.
In Kathleen McGowan's The Expected One, investigative journalist Maureen Paschal has been researching Mary Magdalene for over 20 years when she receives a mysterious ring from a stranger. This ring is identical to one worn by Mary Magdalene in an ancient portrait. Maureen's search for the Magdalene scrolls takes her from Jerusalem to Paris, as she follows clues that ultimately lead her to the lost gospels of Mary Magdalene. McGowan's sequel, The Book of Love, continues Maureen's investigations.
Kate Mosse burst onto the scene with Labyrinth in 2007. Her protagonist, Alice Tanner, is spending a few weeks as a volunteer at an archaeological dig in the Pyrenees. In the novel's opening pages, Alice discovers a cave with mysterious wall markings in which she finds two skeletons, one of whom is wearing a ring with labyrinth markings identical to those on the wall. Juxtaposing a modern story with one set in 1209, Mosse sets us on another variation of the Grail quest, but this time with women as the major players.
Richard and Rachael Heller are best known for their best-selling “Carbohydrate Addict” health books, so it was a surprise when they wrote The 13th Apostle. Gil Pearson, a cybersleuth who specializes in catching hackers, has been working via the Internet with Sabbie Karaim, an Israeli biblical translator. They've never met in person until they're brought together to decipher a mysterious 12th-century diary. A treasure map takes them on a global quest to find a scroll that could change history.
Have you read The Last Symbol or any of these novels? What did you think of them?