To divert attention from its priesthood pedophilia scandals, the Vatican allows Doctor Marcus Leon to extract DNA from blood trapped in the Shroud of Turin. Dr. Leon then ignites a firestorm of controversy by announcing his plan to clone the image upon the Shroud - that of the man known by history as Jesus of Nazareth. The experiment is a success and the masses turn to embrace the clone as the encapsulation of Christ, failing to recognize that science can replicate the body but cannot touch the soul. Devoid of this essential spirit, the clone is nothing more than a directionless vessel in need of a captain - a position quickly assumed by the Anti-Christ, whose strength grows as the geographically fragmented gatherings of "non-believers" are killed. Can Dr. Leon marshal the forces in time to save the world? Can the Anti-Christ be stopped?
Used availability for Jacqueline Druga's The Shroud
July 2002 : USA Paperback