This is a great book. One hell of an entertaining yarn. But that's all it is. If you like these historic religious quest books, you will eat it this up. However, Baigent and Leigh (I will leave Lincoln out of this critcism) have proven themselves, to knowledgible scholars, unwilling to back up their statements with historical facts. Even a layman can easily poke holes in most of their conclusions, provided one is willing to try. To back up this statement one need go no further than Baigent and Leigh's "The Dead Sea Scroll Deception". The thesis of this work is familar to readers of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", namely conspiracy and cover up, However as another reviewer has stated, method is explaned, but not motive. This is a fun book to read, but it should never be considered as revisionist history. What it is , is a well written, fanciful yarn. I give it 5 stars for entertainment and 1 for its accuracy. Still if you like historical detective stories you will love this book. I couldn't put it down. Just don't believe all you read.