“The Secret of Heaven” by Felix Alexander
Published by ForeverPoetic on April 2, 2016
Genre: Historical, Religious Mystery
Length: 311 pages
Book Description: When investment banker Lazzaro de Medici is found dead, Professor of Biblical Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago Aiden Leonardo is the prime suspect. In possession of an encrypted letter given to him by Lazzaro, Aiden utilizes his extensive knowledge of Scripture to piece together clues that lead to a Lost Bible dating back to the time of Christ. As Aiden embarks on his quest to unravel the mystery of redemption and faith, a secret organization known only as The Group hunts him down to destroy the Lost Bible and tie up loose ends. Things are further complicated when a mysterious stranger warns Aiden that possessing the secret of heaven could cost him his life. Pursued by the F.B.I. for the ancient Black market relic and the Chicago PD in connection to the murder of Lazzaro de Medici, Aiden races against the clock to prove his innocence and fulfill his mentor’s dying wish.
If you loved “The DaVinci Code” by Dan Brown, then “The Secret of Heaven” by Felix Alexander is a must-read. Along similar lines, Aiden Leonardo, a scholar of biblical studies, is implicated in a murder and thrust into an underworld of deep-rooted religious cults. I was a big fan of “The DaVinci Code,” and the similarities in plot line are what initially attracted me to “The Secret of Heaven.” While the story is entirely separate and different, I also appreciated that Alexander referred to Professor Langdon, the protagonist from “The DaVinci Code,” a couple of times throughout the book.
There was a lot of history and religion involved in this story, which at times seemed a little forced into the dialogue, but overall, Felix Alexander does a great job of capturing religious history and tying it into a modern-day thriller set in Chicago.
Aiden’s adventure was so enthralling, I found myself wondering if some of the underground tunnels and historical settings depicted in the book are real-life places in Chicago that I could visit! The main characters, particularly Aiden and Lorenzo, were well-developed so that I understood what drove each of them even as the big picture was unveiled. Even though the end is slightly predictable, Alexander threw in some interesting twists that not only surprised, but also moved the narrative along.
“The Secret of Heaven” by Felix Alexander is a fast-paced, murder mystery. I was impressed by the lack of a lull or dull moment throughout the adventure. Once I got past all of the religious minutiae and back stories, the book itself is a fairly easy read and the thrilling mystery kept me captivated until the end.