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Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi

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Some say Demiel ben Yusef is the world’s most dangerous terrorist, personally responsible for bombings and riots that have claimed the lives of thousands. Others insist he is a man of peace, a miracle worker, and possibly even the Son of God. His trial in New York City for crimes against humanity attracts scores of protestors, as well as media and religious leaders from around the world.

Cynical reporter Alessandra Russo heads to the UN hoping for a piece of the action, but soon becomes entangled in controversy and suspicion when ben Yusef singles her out for attention among all other reporters. As Alessandra begins digging into ben Yusef’s past, she is already in more danger than she knows—and when she is falsely accused of murder during her investigation, she is forced to flee New York.

On the run from unknown enemies, Alessandra finds herself on the trail of a global conspiracy and a story that could shake the world to its foundations. Is Demiel ben Yusef the Second Coming or the Antichrist? The truth may lie in the secret history of the Holy Family, a group of Templars who defied the church, and a mysterious relic stained with the sacred blood of Christ Himself.
Linda Stasi gives readers food for thought in her chilling mystery. The Sixth Station follows intrepid reporter, Alessandra Russo, as she traverses the world looking for proof that might not exist. Proof that alleged terrorist Demiel ben Yusef is the 'Son of the Son'.

ben Yusef's many followers believe that he is a second Jesus. When Russo is singled out by him on the opening day of his United Nations Tribunal, she becomes a part of his story. She must find proof that he truly is the man of peace he claims to be. The central idea that Jesus was cloned is pretty out there, and still quite unbelievable by the end of the story. But, Stasi's writing style is impressive and engaging. She doesn't cross the line between embellishing a 'what if' situation and pushing on readers that Jesus could ever be cloned.

I really loved that The Sixth Station put me right back in European History! The religious conflicts, like between the Templars, Cathars, and the church, that Stasi ties into the story are extremely interesting. Alessandra, with a skeptical nature that forced her to deny every piece of information handed to her, traveled through Turkey, France, and Italy to find the little pieces of the big picture. Each stop brought more insight to readers and Alessandra alike and made getting to the end a lot easier.

While the story isn't riddled with shocking twists and turns, I found that certain scenes threw chills down my spine. The thrill of the mystery will suck readers in despite the unusual topic. The Sixth Station undeniably shows Statsi's ability to completely captivate her readers!
*Book provided in exchange for an honest review*

Pub Date: January 2013
Publisher: Forge Books
Pages/Format: 368; Hardcover, ebook
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