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My uncle's thriller The Kairos launches today

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My Uncle Paul's novel The Kairos is now available from Amazon!

From the book description:

After 40 years' extreme secrecy, Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Dr. Lute Jonson [plans to reveal] seven fragments that tell where the teenage Jesus lived, and who His life partner was. [...] Fr. Sean O'Derry, the only other secret-sharer, vehemently disagrees, warning Lute that the second revelation will explode the faith of a billion Christians worldwide. Lute steals the 2000-year-old parchments and flees Jerusalem for America [...]. Sean's security agents, close behind, are soon replaced by Vatican officials and finally CIA agents.

I haven't yet read the book, but I've now bought it (Kindle edition is $3, paper edition $12.50). My brother has read it; in his review, he wrote:

As a heterosexual and not very religious person, I orginally didn't think this book would be my cup of tea. But as a person who devours thrillers and especially likes thought-provoking and original thrillers, I realized quickly what an extraordinary debut novel this is. It was a page-turner in the most literal sense; I was on an airplane when I should have been sleeping but I simply could not stop turning the pages and barely noticed when we landed.

For more about the book, see Paul's website.

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Interesting; have you ever read Gospel, by Wilton Barnhardt? "The story of a search for a gospel written by Matthias, a previously unknown disciple, is set in locations all over the world, from Chicago to Oxford, Dublin, Northern Ireland, Tuscany and Rome, Athens and Mount Athos, Jerusalem, the Nile and finally Sudan and Ethiopia, returning to a fundamentalist ministry in Louisiana. The searchers are former Jesuit Patrick O'Hanrahan, a biblical scholar living on past glories, who drinks too much and hopes the discovery and translation of the gospel will rescue his name from oblivion; Lucy Dantan, a naive young graduate student sent by their university to check on Patrick's progress; and Mordechai Hersch, a rabbinical scholar from Hebrew University who aims to reclaim the gospel for Israel. Various villains and near-villains are pursuing it for their own reasons: some bumbling CIA characters trying to hasten the End Times; a wealthy German collector; an obscure crypto-Catholic sect; and a vastly popular and wealthy TV preacher." Sounds dissimilar otherwise, but I guess this is not an uncommon launching point. :^)


Interesting! Nope, hadn't heard of that.

Looking at the reviews, it sounds like some of the surface similarities aren't really very similar, but also like some of the thematic approaches might be interestingly related.

...But having not read either book yet, I'll now stop attempting to compare and contrast them.


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