Synopsis & Book Info:
A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world's great religious faiths.
In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly thereafter.
Now, graduate student Grant Matthews journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient mystery. But Matthews couldn't have anticipated the conspiracy of zealots who would go to any lengths to prevent him from bringing this secret public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that will change the world's understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues believe is mere myth. A truth that will change his life forever—if he survives.
Paperback: 414 pages
Publisher: West Hills Press
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Jeffrey Small, Jr. is the author of the mystical thriller, The Breath of God, the writer of the spirituality blog, OneReality, and a speaker on religious and spirituality topics.
Jeffrey graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While at Yale, he served as Publisher and Senior Editor of the Yale Herald. He then graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where he was elected to the Board of Student Advisors and taught speech, legal writing, and research. More recently, Jeffrey earned a Masters in the Study of Religions from Oxford University in England where he was a member of Oriel College.
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I loved this book at times and others hated it.
I loved the suspenseful parts, and hated how the story flipped back and forth so fast. I really wanted to stick with what I was reading. I know it is a style of writing, and most times I like it, but with the various backdrops I sometimes felt lost. Maybe if it was a little longer between settings I would have been more keen about it.
It had great ideas, and I think they did somehow shine through. Though for a suspense fiction novel I felt sometimes it was very evangelical and preachy. I love God and believe, but I have a distaste for preachy.
So I'm a half and half kinda girl on this one. Sorry. I have read great reviews, so maybe it just was me.
Recommend? To Christian Fiction fans, yes.
~I received a copy from FSB Associates. I was not compensated for my opinion.~