Village policeman, Jake Sullivan’s world just got a lot darker with the discovery of two bodies hanging upside-down from the top of a church tower, and the revelation that they had been crucified.
Jake and his girlfriend Rachel Hammond are reunited with MI5 agent, Tony O’Brien (Legitimate Targets) in an investigation that awakens a cruel and violent monastic order called “The Knights of the Crucifixion.”
Aided by Ennio Giacopelli, a professor of antiquities from Rome, they find themselves pitted against the order as they search for six holy relics dating from the time of Christ’s death, and which have lain undiscovered on Jake’s quiet beat for over 700 years.
As the investigation picks up speed, they encounter death and torture in the name of the Church, causing Jake to question his beliefs and when Rachel suddenly disappears, apparently taken by the Order, he doubts there is any God at all.
At every turn, the Knights of the Crucifixion seem to be one step ahead, and it quickly becomes obvious that they will stop at nothing to find the relics first.
I actually won a signed proof copy of this book in a give away competition that The Book Club ran, so many thanks to them and the author for giving away a fabulous prize.
On winning the book I soon realised that this is the second in a series so I bought the first book, Legitimate Targets which I read first before reading Ascension Day.
I would probably recommend reading Legitimate Targets first as you get to know the back ground of a few of the main characters and its a brilliant book also.
Even though the copy I read was a proof copy so had a few errors it did not detract from the story at all. After reading the first book I didn’t think that the author could come up with another book as good as the first one but he did and it is just as good.
Ascension Day is still full of action but what I loved about this book is the fabulous storyline. Involving churches, priests and holy relics, it had me gripped from the start.
It’s great to catch up with policeman Jake and his girlfriend Rachel. You would not believe that Jake is a village policeman as you can’t help but instantly think of Midsummer Murders but you would be way off the mark. The author has created a gripping and intense series that is packed full of action and has you at the edge of your seat all the way through.
There are a few surprises in the story which some are nice and some not so nice.
I particularly liked after the end of the book, the author has included pictures and a brief description of the churches he found whilst doing research for this book, which made the story feel even more real.
Another great book and I am very much hoping that there will be many more in the series.
Ascension Day is available to purchase from Amazon