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The Last Gospel - David Gibbins It would seem as if David Gibbins tries to imitate both Dan Browns's writing style and his choice of controversial topics, only where I actually rather enjoyed "The Da Vinci Code" and wasn't at all offended by it, neither of those things can be said about "The Last Gospel".The main premise of "The Last Gospel" is that Jesus wasn't really the son of God, but that was just a twist his disciples (Paul especially) put on his teachings. Okay, obviously not something I can get behind, but I'm willing to withhold my judgment and see if David Gibbins can put a spin on this to make it good reading anyway - after all, Dan Brown managed that quite nicely in TDVC.Thankfully very little time was actually spent on that part of it, so it could have been okay, but... ooooh boy!The writing was atrocious! If ever there was an author who told rather than showed, David Gibbins is it! Pretty much every or every second chapter had page upon page of the main character explaining this or that aspect of archaeology to his trusty side-kick, who seemed to have no other purpose than to stand there and gaze adoringly at Jack while he spouted off his latest theory.The story was unbelievable. I don't mean in a "this could never happen" kind of way, because I'm perfectly happy to suspend my disbelief for the sake of a good story, but a book has to be believable in the universe it creates for itself, and this just.... wasn't. In about a week Jack and his companions had found no less than four ancient archeaologic sites that either they were the first to discover, or they were the first to explore because of... what? Nobody ever thought to do so before? "Oh, here's an ancient site that might go back to 70 AD. Yeah... let's not explore it - nobody's interested anyway." Suuuure...Finally, for somebody "finding a secret people would go to great lengths to see remain secret" Jack & co. had surprisingly few run-ins with thugs.Most of all, it seemed as if David Gibbins wanted to write an elaborate treasure hunt and had to think up a plot that would allow him to do so. I had expected that more focus would have been on what happened after they solved the puzzle, but apparently that was of less importance than solving it in the first place.So why did I end up giving this two stars after all? Well, first of all, cryptography and treasure hunts have always fascinated me, so despite the writing, David Gibbins did manage to keep me intrigued there. Secondly, even if I didn't agree with some of his artistic liberties with historical figures, I rather enjoyed others and was amused by the flights of fancy about how it could have been. Finally, he did actually end up making me care enough about the story that I wanted to see how it all turned out. I wasn't exactly satisfied by the conclusion, but at least it kept me reading through all 542 pages.... But it's still time that could have been better spent reading other books, so do yourself a favour and give this one a miss.