Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Review-Judas the Apostle by Van R. Mayhall, Jr.

A Biblical Suspense Thriller

Judas, the Apostle
By: Van R. Mayhall, Jr.
IUverse
Biblical Thriller

Dr. Clotile Lejeune, an ancient Language expert, living in Seattle, has been estranged from her father, Thibodeaux Lejeune for the last 25 years.  She suddenly receives a phone call from her Uncle Sonny in Louisiana with the news her father has been killed.  She and her soldier son, J. E. fly to Louisiana to attend the funeral and find themselves embroiled in a dangerous mystery that will lead them halfway around the world, where they will meet and be held captive by the Kolector, a man of pure evil, all because he desires the two-thousand year old oil jar Clotile’s father acquired during the war, with Judas Iscariot inscribed on it.  The Kolector is so consumed with hatred for the Catholic Church, he will stop at nothing to find a way to discredit and destroy the church.  He feels this jar will help him do just that.

Is Judas a traitor, as lead to believe in the Bible?  Did he and Jesus talk about the role he was to play before hand?  Did Judas really have a repentant heart?  Was Judas really part of the Sarcarii as his name indicates?  These are some of the questions that will come up as you read this fast-paced suspense-filled novel.  Although the accounting of Judas is scriptural based, it is sure to intrigue the secular audience as well.  The telling of Judas by Mr. Mayhall is thought-provoking and will introduce many facets to the character of Judas through history, the Bible and fiction you may not have known.   At times I felt the historical dialogue of the church did drag and was often repeated to some degree in the next chapter.  However the plot will hold you spell-bound with an ending you may not see coming.  I know I didn’t.  I for one will never view Judas as I did before reading this book.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, IUverse, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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