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The Cathedral of Truth

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Roland Hellmantle, freelance computer writer based in Hong Kong, finds himself drawn into a journey to find a Dutch minister living in the Philippines who has information concerning a buried map at a French prison in North Vietnam. Hellmantle’s grandfather, a French Legionnaire and researcher in family history and the legends of the Blonde Acquitaine, buried a map said to shown the whereabouts of buried scrolls written by Jesus and Thomas in Kashmir Valley, India. Hellmantle, suffering from a trauma involving the death of his identical twin brother and his father, has gone further into the depths of extremism, spending days and weeks in his home on Lamma Island in Hong Kong reading history books and others research papers, letting the daily needs of living fall by the wayside, including his freelance magazine work until he takes action and explores on a motorcycle into the churches across Luzon Island in the Philippines and old French colonial roads in north Vietnam very determined to find the truth. Even from a houseboat in Srinagar, Hellmantle finds a way to pursue his research in answering the questions that the letter started.

In this highly unusual story, it offers the reader finally a new way of seeing the events in the New Testament, the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Genesis and how it is entirely possible Jesus survived the crucifixion and joined his twin brother in northern India where they both lived out their final days.

Written in the post-Holy Blood, Holy Grail world where The Da Vinci Code has established a new genre, The Cathedral of Truth goes deeper into other aspects of the Jesus’ offspring, His primary thrust of his ministry to gather his the lost flocks of the Ten Lost Tribes of the House of Israel and then finally the Gospel of Thomas. Here is the first 20 pages of a Da Vinci Code on steroids, with a Paul Theroux gravy. Or a Da Vinci Code two-point-oh. But the primary source at the end makes it somehow different. Special. From fiction to historical realism and true adventure.

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