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: