The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small
The lovely ladies at FSB sent me this title to review, and I thought it sounded like an intriguing "Da Vinci Code-esque" title!
This novel takes place primarily in the Himalayan country of Bhutan, with a bit of the Taj Mahal and the southern United States thrown in for good measure. Grad student Grant Matthews is injured while in Bhutan searching for documents necessary for his thesis, and just happens to run to just the right people to continue his quest - a helpful monk (who speaks English), a plucky female sidekick, and lots of well-connected people who seem to materialize out of nowhere to help him.
Meanwhile, a dastardly plot is forming to prevent Matthews from releasing his findings to the world - though I don't want to give spoilers, naturally it relates to the life of Jesus.
I really enjoyed the settings of this novel and Small keeps the story moving at a pretty good clip and his "religious reveal" is thought-provoking, but I found the plot a little formulaic. Matthews finding the *perfect* contact everywhere he goes, everyone going to bat for him, the stereotypical "bad guy"...it just felt a little wooden at times. Don't get me wrong, the story moved along, but there was a LOT of suspended disbelief at times from me...
Overall, though, I thought this was a good addition to the "Dan Brown" style of books!
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