The Painted Messiah combines a blistering action thriller set in the streets of Zurich and on the lakes and wooded slopes of Switzerland with a compulsive and convincing account of first century Romano-Judean politics and the real reason for Pontius Pilate´s condemnation and execution of Christ. A legend persists that, after the ´´scourging´´, Pilate commanded that his victim be painted from life. Somewhere, the painting survives, the only true image of Christ, granting the gift of everlasting life to whoever possesses it. Kate Kenyon, the wealthy young widow of an English aristocrat killed on a Swiss mountain, has an addiction to mortal risk. She feeds it by engaging in the armed robbery of priceless artifacts with her accomplice and lover, Ethan Brand, a Tennessean who owns a bookshop in Zurich. Their latest target is a priceless ´´Byzantine´´ icon hidden in the tower of a chateau by Lake Lucerne. So far, they have never had to shoot anyone. This time will be different. Thomas Malloy is a retired CIA man looking for his first lucrative freelance assignment. His chance comes with a presidential favor to a rich but ailing televangelist. Malloy´s task seems simple enough: pick up the preacher´s newly acquired painting from a Zurich bank and get it to the airport. But once in Switzerland, Malloy´s old friend, the enigmatic Contessa Claudia de Medici tries to warn him off his mission. Sir Julian Corbeau is an international criminal holed up in Switzerland to avoid US extradition proceedings. He is also the sadistic head of the modern Knights Templar. He had the painting, and now he desperately wants it back as well as to wreak a bloody revenge upon those who stole it. As the contenders vie for possession, the bullets fly, the body count rises, and the secrets of the portrait gradually unfold. We learn how and why it came to be painted and how an object depicting the Light of the World could exert such a baleful and malignan 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clive Catterall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/iamb/000052/bk_iamb_000052_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Against today´s copyrighted-to-the-gills Hollywood movie industry, the wacky world of Ghanian movie posters comes as a joyous relief, with its absolute lack of respect for not only the directors and even stars of Hollywood, but especially the official iconography that accompanies such films. With the arrival of the video cassette in West Africa in the 1980s, a type of mobile movie house was born, typically consisting of a TV, a VCR, an electrical generator and a car, sometimes presenting blockbusters, sometimes underrated and nearly-forgotten movies, most of them Hollywood-produced. To promote these screenings, artists were commissioned to handpaint posters, often with only a few stills to guide them as to the movie´s subject, and with a completely free hand as to the posters´ content--they were at liberty to add or change scenes, toss in a few mutant monsters, anything to catch the prospective customer´s eye. By applying this basic rule of packaging, artists created bizarre images in which monsters mixed with naked women and superheroes, pitched against naively painted and weirdly proportioned African landscapes. Sadly, this window of copyright-free anarchy lasted only a short time, and by the end of the 1990s the mobile cinema business had declined as television became more widely available in Ghana. Proof that naked mutant superhero monsters are always where it´s at, this wonderfully illustrated volume commemorates a glorious moment in popular art.
This volume offers new calendrical models and methodologies for reading, dating, and interpreting the general significance of the Madrid Codex. The longest of the surviving Maya codices, the Madrid Codex includes texts and images painted by scribes conversant in Maya hieroglyphic writing, a written means of communication practiced by Maya elites from the second to the fifteenth centuries A.D. Some scholars have recently argued that the Madrid Codex originated in the PetA(c)n region of Guatemala and post-dates European contact. The contributors to this volume challenge that view by demonstrating convincingly that it originated in northern YucatAn and was painted in the Pre-Columbian era. In addition, several contributors reveal provocative connections among the Madrid and Borgia group of codices from Central Mexico.
Patricia Lawrence is exploring archeology and nature with Touch the Earth Adventures, in the Coconino National Forest near Sedona, Arizona. Thousands of years ago, in the foothills of the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, highly organized cultures lived. Among the artifacts these early Americans left behind are petroglyphs and pictographs, images painted on or picked into the red rock canyon walls we are exploring. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mr J. D. Streeter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000677/bk_bigh_000677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Skin in the Game: The Stories My Tattoos Tell is Kelly Mendenhall's autobiographical debut as an author. In the book, Kelly tells of the significant events and pivotal moments of her life by way of recounting the stories behind her eclectic collection of tattoos. Those moments include the death of her father as a young girl, surviving the physical and sexual abuse she endured as an adolescent, the gut-wrenching loss of friends who died too young, and so much more. The reader witnesses the author surviving, growing, and thriving throughout each chapter, until her legs fall out from under her, literally and figuratively, at the age of 35. Suddenly, everything changes all over again and she must reinvent herself and overcome once more. Each chapter is accompanied by photographs of the tattoos described therein, bringing to life the images painted in the reader's imagination through carefully crafted storytelling. Skin in the Game is a must-read ? a narrative of honesty and authenticity rarely observed in a world in which so many of us merely share the highlight reels of our lives. This book is written for anyone who has ever thought of giving up, anyone needing inspiration to keep on fighting, and anyone who fears that they are too far gone for redemption. This book is Kelly's way of turning her mess into a message that inspires others to survive and thrive.