The Last Cato: A Novel by Matilde AsensiThe Last Cato: A Novel by Matilde Asensi

The Last Cato: A Novel

byMatilde Asensi

Paperback | April 21, 2016

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A masterful blend of Christian scholarship and thrilling adventure, The Last Cato is a novel about the race to find the secret location of the Vera Cruz, the True Cross on which Christ was crucified, and the ancient brotherhood sworn to protect it.

Holy relics are disappearing from sacred spots around the world—and the Vatican will do whatever it takes to stop the thieves from stealing what is left of the scattered splinters of the True Cross.

Brilliant paleographer Dr. Ottavia Salina is called upon by the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church to decipher the scars found on an Ethiopian man's corpse: seven crosses and seven Greek letters.

The markings, symbolizing the Seven Deadly Sins, are part of an elaborate initiation ritual for the Staurofilakes, the clandestine brotherhood hiding the True Cross for centuries, headed by a secretive figure called Cato.

With the help of a member of the Swiss Guard and a renowned archaeologist, Dr. Salina uncovers the connection between the brotherhood and Dante's Divine Comedy, and races across the globe to Christianity's ancient capitals. Together, they will face challenges that will put their faith—and their very lives—to the ultimate test.

Matilde Asensi was born in Spain, studied journalism at the University of Barcelona, and is the author of many historical thrillers, including The Lost Origin and The Amber Room. The Last Cato is Asensi’s first book to be published in English.Matilde Asensi, periodista y escritora española, hapublicado varios libros bestsellers, inclu...
Title:The Last Cato: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:April 21, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060828587

ISBN - 13:9780060828585

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but repetitive, I won't go into the details of the story but I will just say this: Dr. Ottavia Salina is not someone I would take a trip with. It's always negative: I can't anymore, I'm too tired, I'm hungry, I wish I was back home. The story could use some editing or rewrite because it gets too repetitive. 456 pages is way too long.
Date published: 2017-03-28

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“What fans will like [about The Last Cato]: international travel, puzzles, secret societies and historical treasures.”