The Last Messenger
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Set in a contemporary time and WWII era in Crete, The author, captured every human emotions and interaction in detail. The fiction stories are interwoven with historical facts; this action thriller was one of the exceptional work can rival Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. I thought the stories were unique and the writing solid. I am very looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Fast moving, alternating between 2005 to WW 2, london Greece and Crete in the search for a missing scroll that could alter Christianity completely
If you like a page turner, with a fast developing plot - try this! The story is set in two times, the locations are beautifully described and we see characters both young and in old age as the strands of the stories come closer together. Mark writes with pace and verve and passes easily from wartime to almost present day. He paints a vivid picture of life, particularly in Crete in 1941. We want to know more of the characters he introduces us to - what drives them and past relationships not resolved. While the book stands alone as a satisfying whole, there are questions unresolved for the next instalment.
The action flows from the first page and does not let up. I see a few of the other reviews make references to Dan Brown which is a bit unfair on this new author. The subject matter certainly conjures up the spirit of Dan Brown but it is much better written: I'd say it was as if Dan Brown had a brilliant plot idea but got Gerald Seymour to write it for him. Although the book is a stand alone novel in its own right there is one outstanding question at the end that makes you want to go straight to Kindle store to buy the second in the series - a bit like the missing wife of Roy Grace in the Peter James books - a very clever technique for keeping the reader hooked. Bring on volume 2 please Mr Mark!
This is the rare novel that seamlessly weaves together strands of a conspiracy thriller, drama, with biblical themes of Armageddon. Jonathan Marks hits the nail on the head with this one. I was surprised to read in the notes that this is Mark’s first novel, actually a revised version of his MA thesis for creative writing. It’s a work of tremendous detail, research, and imagination.
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This website has been set up to promote my writing. I published The Last Messenger in 2017 and am about to publish the second novel in the Barnabas Trilogy called The Lies of Our Fathers. The majority of the action takes place in Iran which I visited last year. You will find a blog on this website, with photographs , on my trip to Iran - a fascinating country which is much misunderstood. Although The Lies of Our Fathers is a standalone story, I recommend that you read The Last Messenger to fully appreciate the story so far. For those of you who are only just discovering my work , I would be very pleased to supply you with a FREE Kindle download of The Last Messenger. All you have to do is drop me a line and sign up to my Newsletter through this website.
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