THE COVERT MESSIAH -- To Russia with Love
ISBN 0971869456. 3rd sequel to The Jesus Thief -- "This is great stuff" starred review, Booklist
Prophet in Other Countries
BELLAIRE, TX (AUGUST 30, 2013) --
Russia's publishing giant, EKSMO, snapped up J R Lankford's forthcoming thriller, THE COVERT MESSIAH, book 4 in The Jesus Thief series, the day after final text was received. For a glimpse of why, see the exciting book trailer.
Due out from Great Reads Books on September 9, The Covert Messiah is a stunner on the subject of faith. Ten years ago, the first novel in the series predicted the historic breakthrough in cloning technology reported in the June 5 issue of the journal, Cell--a 50% success rate in producing cloned human embryos. Dr. Robert H. Foote of Cornell, a pioneer in cloning science, called The Jesus Thief a "spellbinder" and Booklist gave it a starred review. A finalist for indy awards, it was twice optioned for film.
What began in THE JESUS THIEF (2003/2012) as an exciting cloning plot, a la Michael Crichton and Dan Brown, has evolved into a complex and compelling study of cultures, philosophies and religions. The cast of characters is both diverse and deeply human--Jew, Christian, and Muslim; believers and non-believers; sinners and saints. They live and die, daring and loving and hating from the penthouses of New York, to Italy's northern lakes (THE SECRET MADONNA, 2008), to Mexico's impoverished basureros (THE SACRED IMPOSTOR, 2012), and now to the African bush.
At one of Italy's typical Saturday markets, Maggie Johnson faints when she sees her dead son, now eighteen. Is he Jesus resurrected? If so, what startling message has he come to deliver? Does earth's survival really depend on Biblical passages--echoed in all religions--that no logical modern person can believe? What secret did humanity leave behind in Tanzania 60,000 years ago?
Lankford, who represents herself via THE NOVELPRO AGENCY, says Eksmo and Turkey's Maya Kitap have acquired the entire series and Portugal's Saida de Emergencia plans to publish The Jesus Thief in Brazil and has republished it in Portugal. She founded NovelPro, an advanced workshop for novelists, in 1997 and isn't the only one of its authors grabbing at literary brass rings.
Bank Street included Susan Coventry's THE QUEEN'S DAUGHTER from HENRY HOLT FOR YOUNG READERS on its 2011 list of the Best Children's Books of the Year. The Queen's Daughter showcases the turbulent 12th century through the life of Princess Joan of England who reigns under the precepts of her mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Vanitha Sankaran's WATERMARK, about papermaking during the Inquisition in 14th century France, was a Historical Novels Review EDITOR'S CHOICE selection.
Others in NovelPro have received literary accolades, including Lynn Hoffman's starred Booklist review for bANG bANG! and a starred Kirkus review for Paula Jolin's IN THE NAME OF GOD.
To browse NovelPro books, visit: http://www.novelpro.com/NovelPro/Bragging_Rights.html.
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