If you were disturbed by The Da Vinci Code, I strongly advise that you skip 30 Pieces of Silver by Carolyn McCray. The story begins with an explosion at the Eiffel Tower that uncovers a group of strange skeletons, which gets archeologist Dr. Rebecca Monroe involved in a search for the body of Jesus, and leads to a deadly chase and more discoveries that have the potential to shake the very foundations of Christianity.
McCray writes this alternative version of religious history, the relationship between Jesus and Judas with skill and authority, switching back and forth between the present day and biblical times as Monroe becomes immersed in a search for truth—truth that powerful figures will do anything to circumvent. A word of caution to anyone who has made it past the first two chapters, it is a work of fiction, and does not insult any religion; but, it does call into question many cherished beliefs that will disturb many.
Powerful characters and vivid descriptions of modern and historical scenes bring the story to life and the authoritative writing makes it possible for anyone with an open mind to suspend disbelief and acknowledge that this is at least a possible interpretation of historical events, no matter how improbable.
It had a few typos, but they didn’t detract from a good story. I give it four stars.