Thursday, January 22, 2015

History Corner / Book Review: Judas the Apostle by Van R. Mayhall Jr.


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from iUniversePress via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


And now for a book that tackles Biblical history, from a new voice from Louisiana, and that makes a great Valentine's present!


Synopsis:

Ancient language expert Dr. Clotile Lejeune is happily living a quiet life in Seattle when her world is profoundly shaken. After she learns that her estranged father has been murdered, Cloe must travel with her soldier son, J. E., back to her Louisiana hometown to unlock the mysteries of a two-thousand-year-old oil jar her father has left her----a jar inscribed with the name Judas Iscariot. Anxious to find her father's killer and dispel her own personal demons, Cloe has no idea that what she is about to uncover has the potential to set the international religious community on fire.


Review:

After the many lost scrolls/gospels were discovered and translated, questions began to arise if Judas has not been as evil as the bible shown, but actually a willing pawn in what was to come. Was he acting to fulfill the prophesy, knowing his part would bear him ill? What if there was more to the story?

Mayhall takes this concept and adds in historical known facts, and then sets his story on the North Shore of Lake Ponchartrain in Louisiana (aka HOME), and brings the reader a story worthy of any Da Vinci Code fan! For LSU fans, there is also a big shout out to their anthropology department and their super computer! Louisiana readers will delight in picturing all the local sites and delighting in their accurate portrayal. Mayhall does an excellent job in taking the reader from small town Louisiana to Europe and back, in an exciting search for the truth behind a jar that sat on a mantle, hiding it's amazing secrets for decades. 

It is a VERY modern tale that reads like it came from the day's headlines. If you're like me, you'll be racing through the book in one sitting, and then hitting the internet to search out the historical basis for the book, and further documentation for the proposed theories! I'll be reviewing the follow up book in this series, The Last Sicarius,  next week! I highly recommend both! And I'm thrilled to mention that the author is working on book 3! Woo hoo!

If you, or someone you know, loves mystery thrillers based on historical facts, they will love this new series!


About the Author:

Van R. Mayhall Jr. is the senior partner in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana law firm where he practices corporate and business law and handles selected litigation. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, he was educated at Louisiana State University and Georgetown University. He and his wife, Lorri, have three grown children and enjoy boating on Lake Pontchartrain. Check out his website for more info!

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