“30 Pieces of Silver” by Carolyn McCray

30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller (The Betrayed Series Book 1) by [McCray, Carolyn]This is a really interesting novel. It is definitely in Dan Brown’s wheelhouse. If you like esoteric mysteries you will enjoy this.

Its controversial aspect is presumably that it revisits and recasts the Crucifixion story, to good effect, and gives Judas a different motivation. I have re-examined Judas’s supposed betrayal myself in fiction, so am glad to see him getting a better press.

I have to tell you, the novel is too long at 535 pp, which makes it flabby in places. As a consequence there are a number of unfocused bits that, frankly, make no sense. Do not bother puzzling over them, they’re not important. Do not, either, pause to engage more than once with the beauties of Buda and Pest which are described in detail, then described again, and then some more. You don’t need to linger over any of this stuff – just keep going, because this is a page turner of a novel for more than one reason. The ideas in it are fascinating.

The whole thing pretty much hangs together, and it is a wild ride. Although I did have a laugh out loud moment which I’m pretty sure the author didn’t intend, and some difficulty with people getting up and carrying on as if nothing had happened after being seriously wounded. The almost-sex is good too. Enjoy.


If anyone is interested in my own take on Judas, ‘Judas the Iscariot’ can be found in my volume of short stories, Ice Cold Passion, on Amazon, paperback or Kindle:

AmazonUK –https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ice-Cold-Passion-other-stories-ebook/dp/B0190IKL0G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1551018592&sr=1-1&keywords=ice+cold+passion%23

AmazonUS – https://www.amazon.com/Ice-Cold-Passion-other-stories-ebook/dp/B0190IKL0G/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=Judi+Moore&qid=1551018839&s=gateway&sr=8-9



Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed. BTW - it says the link to Facebook is broken. I dispute that. Click it and see, why not?

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