Thursday, January 29, 2015

History Corner / Book Review: the Last Sicarius 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 the follow up book to Judas the Apostle, that we reviewed last week, as part of History Corner!

the Last Sicarius  cover


Dr. Clotile Lejeune, an ancient languages expert, barely survived her encounter with the Kolektor, a billionaire arms merchant desperate to possess the ancient oil jar bequeathed to Cloe by her father. Now that the Kolektor has met his fate at the hands of the Sicarii-the shadowy successors to Judean revolutionaries and now guardians of the cave of jars-Cloe is busy translating the newly discovered and potentially earth-shaking journal of Christ's public ministry. But when she is called to a personal audience with the pope, Cloe soon realizes her past has caught up with her once again.


In the exciting sequel to Judas the Apostle, Cloe and her friends race against time to find the ancient jars before Christianity is destroyed forever. This book picks up months later, where both Cloe and her son have returned to lives in the US, Cloe has returned home to Louisiana, and is now undertaking to decipher the document they found in the oil jar, in the last book, when the Vatican comes calling, asking for her help yet again. After more drama, Cloe finds herself with new partners, and her son, undertaking a new adventure to solve the rest of the riddle of Judas, and his true role in Jesus' death.

I read this book in one sitting, as it was such a roller coaster read! All the characters were still fresh in my mind, and it was like falling back into their lives once again. There are so many twists and turns, the reader will be unsure of who is really pulling the strings of the successor to the Kolektor and Cloe as she searches for the rest of the clay jars from Judas' collection. Mayhall gives the reader some great history lessons in a fun and thriller way, so you don't realize what you are learning!

This was a great follow up and while you could read it alone, I really recommend reading the books back to back, for better continuity and reference. This is a great series and it will be interesting to see what the third book, Suppose, will bring to Cloe's life!

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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