Author: Tom Egeland
When I set out to write “Relic“, I wanted to write a mystery novel without a crime. This may sound odd. I wanted to write a story as one would a traditional suspense novel – but without any murders and violence. The core of the mystery is a quest – the quest for knowledge, for understanding.
“Relic“ starts out with an international archaeological dig in Norway – under the supervision of the albino and rather quirky archaeologist Bjorn Belto. A medieval Norwegian monastery conceals an archaeological sensation – a gold reliquary containing a 2000-year-old manuscript that might well change the course of world history.
When the internationally renowned archaeologist Graham Llyleworth disappears with the reliquary, Bjorn Belto reluctantly wants to set things straight.
Deeply skeptical to all the rumors surrounding the reliquary, Belto sets out to trace the reliquary’s origins. His quest takes him from the monastery via a scientific ‘intelligence organization’ in London and a research establishment in the Middle East to a Crusaders’ castle in a French village.
Here he meets a man with a revelation that has to be kept a secret for mankind.
A couple of years after the publication of “Relic“, Dan Brown published his immensely successful “The Da Vinci Code“. Mr. Brown’s success laid the ground for my own worldwide breakthrough. Although the two novels are very different in style and approach, they both deal with the same basic question: What really happened to Jesus Christ? Why do the gospels have different accounts of the same Biblical people and events?
I don’t claim to have the answers to these fundamental questions. However, literature is made for exploring “impossible” ideas and question. The two magical words in literature are: “What if …”
“Relic” is a “what if” novel. What if world history has to be changed? What if the Bible does not account what really happened?
I hope my readers view “Relic” as a different kind of thriller, in which myth, mystery, history and theology are inextricably intertwined.