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A cardboard box is found on a shelf of a London library where a copy of Mahabharata should have been. When the mystified librarian opens it, she screams before she falls unconscious to the floor. An elite group calling itself the Lashkar-e-Talatashar has scattered around the globe, the fate of its members curiously resembling that of Christ and his Apostles. Their agenda is Armageddon. In the labyrinthine recesses of the Vatican, a beautiful assassin swears she will eliminate all who do not believe in her twisted credo. In Tibet, Buddhist monks search for a reincarnation while in strife-torn Kashmir, a tomb called Rozabal holds the key to an ancient riddle. Father Vincent Sinclair, has disturbing visions of himself and of people familiar to him, except that they seem located in other ages. He goes to India to piece together the violent images burnt onto his mind. Shadowing his every move is a clandestine society, which would rather wipe out creation than allow an ancient secret to be disclosed.
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The notion that Jesus may have indeed spawned a bloodline came to my attention in late 1999 when I read "Holy Blood Holy Grail" by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. A few years later, I read Holger Kersten's "Jesus Lived in India" and was fascinated with the idea that Jesus could have been inspired by Buddhism and that he may have drawn much of his spiritual learning from India. The research was meticulous, and I was soon hooked! I followed it up by reading Margaret Starbird's "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail" and was convinced that the persona of Mary Magdalene closely resembled the trinity of the Indian sacred feminine. The release of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" was what eventually prompted me to write "The Rozabal Line".
I realized that it was much more interesting to learn history through the format of a fiction thriller than to read a non-fiction hypothesis/theory about Jesus having lived in India. "The Rozabal Line" is a work of fiction and should be read as such. Religion, history and factual narrative have been liberally interspersed with the fictional narrative in order to give context and color to the plot.
Unlike most novels, wherever possible, notes have been provided at the end of the book to explain, justify, attribute or acknowledge although it is unnecessary to read these as part of the overall plot.From the Inside Flap:
~~~'Sanghi dishes out a heady mixture of terrorist attacks, secret societies, murdered professors, hallucinating priests and seductive femmes fatales.' ~~~~The Telegraph
'The Rozabal Line asks that really fun question: what if ?' ~~~~The Hindu
'Ashwin Sanghi takes us into a world of intrigue and conspiracy, almost having us believe that all religions in the world are linked.' ~~~~Mid-Day
'Ashwin Sanghi's book is a pot-boiler, despite the somewhat incredible claims... A thrilling read for all fans of the genre!' ~~~~Hindustan Times
'... a well-researched theological thriller that fictionalises the myth that Jesus travelled to Kashmir...' ~~~~Sakaal Times
'I found The Rozabal Line quite gripping ... it unfurls a possible life of Jesus the Christ in India, and traces this life all the way to twenty-first-century descendants...' ~~~~Metro Plus
'With a religio-historical sweep, it explores the reason to believe that Christ did not die on the cross and went on to live in India...' ~~~~Mumbai Mirror
'... and the end result is a book that will have you biting your nails ever so often...' ~~~~The Hindu
'Cut from the same cloth as Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code, and with shades of Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games--The Rozabal Line is a thriller.' ~~~~Mint WSJ ~~~
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Book Description Northhill Publishing, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0615384501