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Inspired by a real manuscript in the rare book library at Yale University—and centering on the insights of an autistic child—this fast-moving mystery brings together the fields of cryptology, church history, and clinical psychology. As the tale begins, Father Ronald McCallum is a Vatican guard secretly placed to watch over a 400-year-old document written in a code that hasInspired by a real manuscript in the rare book library at Yale University—and centering on the insights of an autistic child—this fast-moving mystery brings together the fields of cryptology, church history, and clinical psychology. As the tale begins, Father Ronald McCallum is a Vatican guard secretly placed to watch over a 400-year-old document written in a code that has never been deciphered. He is startled one day when a boy visiting the library appears to read from the manuscript’s pages. After some consultation, the Vatican decides to send in an expert—Father Benicio Valori, a priest and clinical psychologist—to verify the boy’s surprising skills. These efforts are thwarted, however, when the manuscript is stolen by mysterious agents hoping to prevent its secrets from being exposed. Fearing for the child’s life, Father Valori takes young Matthew and flees to Canada to consult his trusted friend, Dr. Jake Tunnel, a fellow psychologist; and soon the two men begin to unveil the biblical origins of the stolen manuscript—and to develop a theory of their own about why this autistic child can decode it so successfully....

Title : In Tongues of the Dead
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ISBN : 9781550228304
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 251 Pages
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In Tongues of the Dead Reviews

  • George K.
    2019-02-08 03:18

    Με λίγες αξιολογήσεις το βιβλίο έχει μια αρκετά μέτρια βαθμολογία στο Goodreads και αυτό είναι λογικό, μιας και συνάντησα πολλά προβληματάκια σε πλοκή, χαρακτήρες και γραφή. Η ιστορία έχει ως εξής: Η πανίσχυρη Σύνοδος για το Δόγμα της Πίστης του Βατικανού έχει αναθέσει στον πάτερ Ρόναλντ Μακάλουμ την στενή παρακολούθηση ενός κρυπτογραφημένου κειμένου που κανείς δεν έχει καταφέρει να ερμηνεύσει, του χειρόγραφου Βόινιτς, που βρίσκεται στην βιβλιοθήκη Μπέινεκε του Γέιλ. Μια μέρα, ένα αυτιστικό παιδί επισκέπτεται την βιβλιοθήκη με το σχολείο του και όταν βρίσκεται μπροστά στο χειρόγραφο, αρχίζει να το διαβάζει! Ο πάτερ ταράσσεται και ενημερώνει το Βατικανό. Το τελευταίο δεν θα διστάσει να κάνει τα πάντα για να προστατεύσει τα σκοτεινά μυστικά του Θεού...Βόινιτς, Νεφιλίμ, Άγγελοι, αδίστακτοι Καρδινάλιοι, γενικά μέσα στο βιβλίο γίνεται ένας κακός χαμός. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι η κεντρική ιδέα μου τράβηξε το ενδιαφέρον και πλοκή εξελίχτηκε με γρήγορους ρυθμούς, έτσι γεμάτη με δράση, στοιχεία του Φανταστικού και υπερβολές όπως ήταν. Όμως δεν μπορώ να παραλείψω τις σεναριακές τρύπες και ευκολίες, τους μονοδιάστατους χαρακτήρες και την μάλλον αδιάφορη γραφή. Με λίγα λόγια πρόκειται για ένα ευκολοδιάβαστο και αρκετά ψυχαγωγικό θρίλερ, το οποίο μπορεί να διαβαστεί μονορούφι έτσι όπως είναι γραμμένο, όμως μάλλον θα απογοητεύσει τον αναγνώστη που ψάχνει ένα θρησκευτικό/συνωμοσιολογικό θρίλερ με στιβαρή πλοκή και ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες. Καλά πέρασα, δεν λέω, αλλά μέχρι εκεί.

  • Laura de Leon
    2019-01-27 07:12

    I enjoyed the story of In Tongues of the Dead, but the writing style didn’t entirely work for me.As an aside, I found it odd to read this book after reading Hush Hush and Fallen, two recent YA books featuring fallen angels, which appears to be a trendy topic in the genre. In Tongues of the Dead is a very different style of book, but I did keep flashing back to the other two simply due to the shared mythology they pulled from.In Tongues of the Dead has much more in common with The Da Vinci Code, with action and chases and puzzles and high ranking officials in the Catholic Church that will do absolutely anything to protect their secrets. The adventure was well executed, and both the action and the puzzles kept me involved in the story.I liked the characters, and wished they’d been a little more fully realized, so that I could have gotten to know them better. I found the pieces I did have of them (past and present) to be teasers, making me want more.The down side of this book for me was the writing. As I frequently state on this blog, what I want from writing is for it to deliver the story and stay out of my way. I kept being distracted by the words themselves, which seemed a little stilted, and kept the story from flowing cleanly.Overall, I still enjoyed In Tongues of the Dead, even while recognizing potential areas of improvement.

  • Todd Stockslager
    2019-02-03 09:21

    Relentlessly amateurish apocrypha-fiction in the vein of The Da Vinci Code, which seemed bound to dominate the best seller list until the apocalypse. Kelln is not a novelist by trade, however, and it shows in the writing. Not that Dan Brown's uber-seller was very well written either (I rated it 3 stars), but writing fictional action and dialogue is not as easy as nonprofessionals seem to think.Tongues of the Dead starts from a fascinating premise: The Voynich Manuscript, a real bibliographic mystery which was written sometime in the Middle Ages and rediscovered in the early 20th century but remains undeciphered or translated, has been stolen from its heavily guarded library. By whom and for what purpose is the core of the mystery Kelln fictionalizes about. Kelln is a Canadian clinical and forensic psychologist and consultant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, so some of his action revolves around Canadian settings and psychological analysis of Matthew, an autistic seven-year-old boy who is central to the plot.I have read The Friar and the Cipher: Roger Bacon and the Unsolved Mystery of the Most Unusual Manuscript in the World, which tells the true story of what is known about the manuscript, attributing its writing to Roget Bacon, which some scholars accept and others dispute. Kelln posits the manuscript to be the ancient book of the dead written by the Nephilim, angels briefly mentioned in the book of Genesis as angels who married and raised families with human women. Along the way to the resolving the story, he throws in a kitchen-sink's worth of characters (none of them well-developed or very believable), settings (none of them well-described and few essential to the story), action and dialogue--all of which is even less so. Good writers who make a living at it write action and dialogue seems to flow naturally, but achieving that level of naturalism paradoxically takes hard work and skill to construct. I recently read The Bambino Secret, another historical novel written by an amateur which was similarly afflicted with amateurish writing, so this review is not to imply that Kelln is a bad writer. He has decent skills, and is no doubt very accomplished in his profession, but he is not a novelist.Bottom line, much of Tongues of the Dead is laughably bad. The good news is it is short and reads quickly. If you are a huge fan of the DaVinci-Code genre, pack it for a light vacation reading. If not, skip it.

  • Billy
    2019-02-06 06:14

    A great concept ruined by horrible writing,As with most church-secret thrillers, this is based on a centuries old item that could damage the church's reputation, or something along those lines. So, that being said, there may be reviews by people who down this because it "bashes" the Catholic Church. This is NOT the reason that I gave the book 2 stars; I am a believer (but, I'm not Catholic, so maybe that plays in to this?), yet I still enjoy these types of books despite religious-right bashing of such. This book did not offend me in any way (and in fairness, nor do the many other "religious thrillers" a la the Da Vinci Code).The concept surrounds an ancient manuscript known as the Voynich (Google it, you'll find plenty), an ancient tome that can't be deciphered but which is believed to be a religious document, & the implications it would have on the Church were it translated. The story is pretty much fantasy as it involves Angels in human form, children of Angels & human possession by Angels or Demons (I don't doubt demon possession but in this case the book is fanciful). Scripture is referenced, but the Scriptures are, to some, metaphorical, to others, misunderstood or misinterpreted; my humble opinion offered on this.Where this book fails is in the writing. The author's style is just bad. He writes short chapters with short descriptions of place or person, short summations of "action", & excessively short attempts at conversation which leaves the author explaining what the characters could have better said. The story is fairly predictable, maybe not from the outset but as you read you'll know what's coming. The good guys are too good & the bad guys, too bad. There was so much potential and it is wasted by the 2nd or 3rd chapter. I might suggest it would be better to publish this as young adult fiction (choice words would need to be removed) due to the concise nature of the writing, but young adults shouldn't be subjected to this either.I was very disappointed in this book. I give the book 2 stars because the concept is very good & I will acknowledge that but, beyond the concept, this is trite, cliched telling of what could have been a great story. My suggestion, move on to another title...

  • Jessica
    2019-02-01 07:27

    In Tongues of the Dead concerns the ancient Voynich manuscript at the Yale Library, which no one has been able to decipher. The Vatican has been guarding it for years waiting for the moment when someone would come along who could read it - and so along comes Matthew, a 6-year-old autistic boy, who sets off the action. The manuscript is stolen, a chase ensues, mysterious characters pop in and out of the action.The story moves quickly and the writing style is brisk, even clipped at times. Unfortunately, the writing is also a bit flat - some scenes that should be dramatic or moving are instead somewhat trite because there isn't much in the way of character development. The characters all speak in the same voice as the narrator, which deflates a great deal of the impact that could have been achieved in some scenes (notably, one that takes place in a hospital towards the end of the book). I saw the end coming about a mile away but it didn't bother me - I still wanted to know how it was going to turn out and kept reading to the end. Brad Kelln is an excellent plotter, which carries you through In Tongues of the Dead in spite of the limitations of writing style and character development.

  • Dorothyanne Brown
    2019-01-24 06:15

    I've met Brad Kelln and so was really looking forward to his special insight in this book - he has a fascinating career that could well be mined for all sorts of interesting tidbits and at the conference where I met him - Bloody Words - he was well spoken and intriguing.So I was a little disappointed at the character development or lack thereof in this story. It IS a ripping yarn, and I found myself eagerly picking it up to see where the story was going to go to from where I'd left it, but there were all these interesting characters that could have been delved into so much more.The two "rotting people" were the most well-defined in the book, and all I really know about them is that they need a lot of lotion. It would have added greatly to the book to prowl a bit more around their thoughts, especially once their secret is revealed. I liked the plot idea, I liked the weird creepiness of the Vatican involvement, but I want more from a book in terms of characterization. As a learning writer myself, I've learned a lot from this book - both about how to move plots along at a ferocious pace, and about what I need to work on to make the story more satisfying than a brief mouthful.Looking forward very much to more from this author.

  • Weavre
    2019-02-22 03:59

    This is a fun bit of fantasy set in the almost-here-and-now. Brad Kelln takes as the first stone of his foundation the Biblical mention of the Nephilim, the offspring of human women and wayward angels mentioned in Genesis 6:4, among other places. Beside this, Kelln sets the Medieval Roman Catholic "Mass of Separation," in which lepers were declared dead, sometimes forced to stand in open graves during the ritual, as a result of a belief that leprosy was a sign of Nephilim descent. The third foundation stone is the mystery of the Voynich manuscript, a genuine undeciphered text that may or may not have religious secrets to offer its eventual reader.Building on this tripod of reality, Kelln spins a modern-day story in which angels and Nephilim are real, an autistic boy can read ancient manuscripts instinctively because he's more than he appears to be, and the Church's staunchest defenders engage in self-serving machinations that may also make them the greatest actual threat to the tenets of their faith.The premise is great, and building the fantasy on so much readily confirmed truth adds to the fun. I'd have liked to have seen stronger character development, although tht might admittedly have slowed the action in what is intended as a fast-paced adventure.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-07 01:17

    "In the Tongues of the Dead" takes an Old Testament legend (the Nephilim) and combines it with an actual manuscript in Yale's Rare Books library to create an interesting tale of intrigue. The idea here is that this rare manuscript, in an alphabet no one has yet been able to decipher, is the Nephilite Book of the Dead, and if anyone should read aloud from it all kinds of calamities will occur.An autistic child on a field trip begins to read aloud from the book, which attracts the attention of the Vatican envoy stationed at Yale to watch over the manuscript. As you might imagine, all kinds of problems occur as a result.This book is well-paced and keeps the reader interested throughout. Each o the subplots and characters are well-drawn and interesting, if not entirely believable in a "reality-based" landscape.(Review based on promotional reading copy.)

  • Tina Hayes
    2019-02-06 02:25

    'Tongues of the Dead' by Brad Kelln is a mystery/thriller that centers around an autistic boy with the abilty to read an anciet manuscript. Broken into short chapters, the prose and lively characters make this a novel that's fun to read and hard to put down. Father Benicio Valori takes charge of an autistic boy after Father McCallum discovers Matthew can read the ancient script, a book the Vatican hired McCallum to watch over. What follows is a struggle between a corrupt Cardinal, Fathers Valori and McCallum, two misguided brothers, and a couple of fallen angels, all seeking control of Matthew and the Voynich manuscript. Though 'Tongues of the Dead' is fiction, the Voynich manuscript actually does exist. The novel also contains true references to the Bible and the Nephilim. I enjoyed this read and think other readers of mystery and thrillers will as well.

  • Emily
    2019-02-03 08:09

    Another author seems to have jumped on the Da Vinci Code wagon, complete with incorrect Biblical interpretations for the gullible readers and predictable plot sequence. I have to say when I first picked up the book, it captured my attention. However, I was soon to experience the dreaded disappointment when another author has once again encouraged the ignorant public to learn false Biblical "facts."

  • jess
    2019-01-24 07:00

    this book had hilarious potential in the first 20 pages. by the end (*************spoiler************) all I had learned was that autistic children are probably descended from half angels and can interpret the Necromonicon. you'd think I'd have more laughter, or eyerolls, on my way there.I don't even know if the hot Italian priest really regretted not being with Jenna!

  • Samuel
    2019-01-25 05:16

    very easy book to read. I finished it in one day which is quite a feat considering I am not a fast reader. Nephilim as mentioned in the bible is something that used to fascinate me but unfortunately very little is explained about it.... This book just resurrected my curiosity again. In that sense, its a good book for me as it gets one thinking beyond finishing the book itself

  • Danette
    2019-01-27 07:22

    This book had the potential to be a great book. It was simple and a fast read. At the end, I though "huh?" Not that I expected closure but I expected answers. It was a good story that I felt should have been told by another author who may have done it justice.

  • Simon
    2019-02-16 03:26

    In my opinion not well written, reminds me of a free first ebook attempt, shallow plot that bimbles along, some good ideas but falls flat. The book cover is so 1980's.

  • Brett's Books
    2019-02-08 06:15

    I hate books that feature the tired ploy of the-priest-gone-bad plot element... I didn't even finish it.

  • Britt, Book Habitue
    2019-02-15 07:12

  • Diane
    2019-02-09 06:17

    I enjoyed this book. It is fast moving and easy to read. Sort of a DaVinci Code type of read.

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  • Pam
    2019-02-16 09:21

    Quick read... I liked the way it was written, but the ending was predictable and seems like a set up for a sequel.

  • Lorraine
    2019-02-14 07:25

    Wow! Very good book. Interesting subject matter.