I’ve stated before that I wholeheartedly commend the writing of Christian fiction. In fact, I’m among those who consider Christian fiction authors as being amongst the most worthy followers of Christ, for our Lord Himself often told the Truth through stories.

Good versus evil. These three words have fascinated me for a lifetime. It is in them that I see the ultimate story, the most timeless and timely of all tales worth telling. And the novel that I’m about to discuss is a masterful example of how Christian fiction can be used as a guide toward the life-affirming Truth of Christ.

I’m talking about I, JETEBAIS, written by Mr. Robert Martin Bishop(whom I’m super-grateful for the copy of his work that he provided me with).  I think this might very well be among the most groundbreaking works of its kind that I have ever read.

Who is Jetebais? Well, he is a fallen angel. A fallen angel with a chip on his shoulder and one purpose in mind: forgiveness. To achieve it, he confesses to God about the part he played in the rebellion of Satan, key events in Biblical and modern times, and about the plans that the Devil has for mankind.  He does so by dictating his thoughts to a priest, and these thoughts are compellingly written and very, very intriguing: “I am the Rebellion. The murderous agony humankind has at once caused and endured is mine”, says Jetebais early on in the book.  His connection to the priest, Thaddeus Tarsus, AKA Paul(nothing is a coincidence in this book), puts them both in danger, along with mankind itself.  The description of Satan, provided by Jetebais, shows why Satan is such a considerable adversary: “He is everything you have read about him, everything you have seen in your entertainment[…] He is colossal and microscopic. He is spirit and body, ethereal and tangible. He is whatever serves his immediate purpose.”

I once read some wise words stating that a good book should make you laugh, cry and think.  Well, this one has all the stuff that’s needed to do all of that and more. There’s plenty to enjoy and to take to heart in this masterfully written pageturner that sounds like something that could’ve happened if Dan Brown got some sense into his head and accepted the invitation of C.S. Lewis to join him for a cup of tea and a nice, long talk about God and faith. This is a book that will challenge some of your long-held assumptions, but also one that will strengthen your faith. I will never look at religious fanaticism the same way after reading what Jetebais has to say about it. And that’s such a well-thought-of way of putting things that I’ll leave it to readers to discover it.  This worthwhile addition to the shelf of any Christian who likes their Truth told via a gripping, sprawling story deserves all the stars in the sky! Can’t recommend it high enough! The views expressed herein are my own, and I’m blessed to say so. Thank you, Mr. Bishop! One for the ages!


One does not have to be a genius to figure out the pattern of „religious mysteries” nowadays. There  is always the wise-cracking professor, the feisty woman, the creepy secret organization and the mystery that threatens to crumble the foundations of Christianity as we know it.  Add some intricate historical puzzles and as many plot twists as there are spots on a Dalmatian and you have got a guaranteed bestseller.

What if, though, just what if things were to be different? What if there is a novel that responds to this sort of formula by turning it on its head?

Wanna know the truth? There is one such novel.  Called THE GOSPEL OF PILATE and written by Mr. Paul Creasy, the book tells the story of avowed atheist archaeologist Thomas Lampton, who finds something extaordinary during a dig at Nero’s palace in Rome. In an amphora dating back to his time, there’s an almost perfectly preserved copy of the report that Pontius Pilate wrote for Emperor Tiberius, concerning the events leading up to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the Resurrection itself.

I loved the manner in which the book is structured. It actually follows two storylines. One is set in the present, and deals with the efforts of Thomas Lampton to keep the Gospel of Pilate safe, and make heads and tails of it, and another follows Pilate on his path to one of the most iconic utterances in the Bible: “What is truth?”

What could very well be a strictly by-the-numbers religious thriller with a slightly different angle, thus turns into an excellent read, filled with witty discussions  about faith between Lampton and Domenico Alberghetti, a Catholic priest and the brother of his sassy Italian girlfriend Victoria. The path towards faith that Lampton embarks upon is not sudden or miraculous, as tempting as it might have been for the author to make it as such. I also liked the twist in regard to the villain. Whereas other religious thrillers use the leader of some arcane cult for this position, here, we have dr. Anton Hawkins, staunch atheist and media mogul, who is hell-bent on destroying any sort of influence that religion has on mankind.  There’s plenty to love in this top-class historical thriller. Which is why I’m honored, and spiritually richer to have read it. Though Mr. Creasy was gracious enough to provide me with a copy of the novel, the views herein are entirely my own. Ten out of five for a faith-filled pageturner! Thank you, Mr. Creasy! Fantastic job.

When writing religious fiction, one of the traps that one has to know how to avoid is preachiness. Fiction can, of course, be deeply enrooted in Truth, but it doesn’t have to become an excuse for blind dogmatism. Tolkien understood it. Lewis understood it.  And, thankfully, the young and enthusiastic author Daniel A. Reyes understood it loud and clear as well.  His epic novel, THE ESSENCES(the copy of which I’m super-grateful to him for), is one of the most gripping Christian fiction works I have ever read.

The story of the fall of Satan has known its fair share of retellings over the years. At some point, one could probably have wondered: “Do we really need another one?”

Well, my friends, let me tell you, if it’s this one, the answer is a loud, resounding YES.

The book is narrated from the point of view of Uriel, a lesser angel, disciple of Archangel Michael, a noble, valiant warrior who speaks in Shakespearean tones.  The four Archangels (Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Satan, later called Lucifer for the reason of time having a different nature in Heaven have four weapons, known as Essences, items of great power which must be kept together at all costs in order to maintain a balance in Heaven…a balance which is threatened when Satan becomes lustful for ultimate power. And we all know how that ends, don’t we?

This is the reason why I believe this book is to be cherished. It takes a story that we all think we have at least a measure of knowledge about and manages to tell it in a completely fresh and exciting manner.  The relationships between the Archangels and their Essences, the connections they have with the elements of nature, the very distinct personalities they have(while Michael speaks in the aforementioned tones that would’ve been spot on in the time of Shakespeare, Raphael thunders in Latin, and there’s a Bookkeeping angel who speaks in rhymes as well), this all makes for exciting reading. I could see this as a blockbuster movie, and it would be a much needed one for our times, where a declaration of faith is more often than not scoffed upon.  I have to say that this is the first book set long, long ago where the use of anachronistic language did not jar me at all. Oh, and the descent into evil that Satan experiences is so, so, so well done. The reader gets a sense of graduality that reaches a very, very intense boiling point. You’ll never look at the fall of Satan the same way again after reading this one.  It’s an epic adventure, filled with warmth, courage, sacrifice, humor, like a big, throbbing heart that overflows with life. It’s a powerful meditation about the unpredictable nature of time, a cautionary tale of what power can do, but also a beautiful and timely reminder of the existence of an ever-loving God. And it will enrich you spiritually while also providing wholesome entertainment.  I’m a richer human being for having experienced this book. A solid five-star read which puts a new, rich spin on tradition while keeping the core intact.

Though the author was graceful and kind enough to provide me with a copy of his work, the views herein are my own, and I’m proud to state so. Thank you, Mr Reyes. Fantastic job.


The point of Hollywood remakes has often been brought into discussion, and, most of the times, controversy ensued.  Such was the case with BEN-HUR.  The 1959 movie by William Wyler is one of the cornerstones of American filmmaking, and the 1880 novel that inspired it grew into a classic(I would dare to say THE classic) of English-language Biblical fiction, so the point of a remake was bound to become a bone of contention to many(even though the film was not essentially a remake, and it’s not nearly as bad as some people make it out to be). But the movie remake is hardly the point here, because the movie is not the only BEN-HUR-related product of creativity to have recently emerged.

The great-great-granddaughter of Lew Wallace, Ms. Carol Wallace, took it upon herself to revitalize the classic novel for a new generation. And, if you ask me(as someone for whom the original novel is one of the most influential books ever), she did a fine job.

Before being quick to wonder why a classic of Biblical fiction that became a best-seller and inspired multiple stage and screen productions in its own right had to go through a face-lift, consider how much the world has changed in the period of time between the original novel and its “next-gen” version, so to speak. Images of the Middle East, as the author said, are now a couple of clicks away. And yes, Lew Wallace had a way with words. Such a way that when I first read the book, I became engrossed in all the details. But some pople might feel that all the landscape descriptions going on take away from the central theme of the novel, which is, in fact, the journey of Ben-Hur.

And this is where Ms. Wallace succeeds the most. By trimming the “fat” of her illustrious ancestor’s weighty classic, she offers the readers a chance to focus on Ben-Hur, to see  what makes him tick, to relate to him. I loved revisiting the world created by Wallace, which is still described in detail by his great-great-granddaughter, down to the language. While the language is more relatable than that used in its 19th-century predecessor, as I always do, I highly appreciated the attention that the author devoted to not making it sound anachronistic whatsoever.  The pace is also considerably faster, and the emphasis that the book places on its central character(as well as the most important women in his life), and his quest for truth and justice, makes Judah Ben-Hur take the spotlight again, only to humbly step out of the way and put it on Jesus, whose presence is discreet, but firm, in this crisp, reverent retelling of one of my favorite novels of all time. This book deserves all the attention it can get, because, in its essence, it is concrete evidence of the power of a story to endure. And I think the reason for which the story of Ben-Hur has endured for so long: the themes and values which it brings forth are themes and values everyone relates to.

Though I extend my gratitude to Ms. Wallace for  providing me with a copy of her work, a tremendous honor to a genre enthusiast like myself, the views presented herein are my own, and I am proud to say so. Ten out of five, for a “refurbished” classic.

Like any historical fiction, Medieval historical fiction can easily fall into a series of tropes, and those tropes are most commonly as such: stereotypes of the Crusades and the Inquisition, with its subsequent witch hunts, among others.
However, TAPESTRY, the big, bold, beautiful behemoth of a book that I am about to review , being set much earlier than any of the two aforementioned periods, successfully avoids all of the tropes and stereotypes common to the fictional depiction of those eras. What is this novel about, then?

As the cover and title suggest, it’s a story of how the events depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry, crucial for the future of England, and not only that, came to be. The whole epic saga unfolds across decades, starting in 1035, when the protagonist, Lod, a Norman physically impaired boy who will go through several names(Cuin, Brother Augustine, Brother Ambrose, and so on), is nine years old, and is the advisor of young William, who will become The Conqueror of great fame.
Do not let the size of this book put you off. And do not worry that you’ll have to read through a lot of repetitive details about battles, with gore galore and characters who maim just for the sake of it(no offense to those who enjoy that sort of fiction, I occasionally do as well). This is not just a novel of medieval warfare. This is an epic saga of Medieval peacekeeping. The hero of the story is a very intelligent young man who grows into a highly-skilled diplomat, and believe me, there’s much to be fascinated about in the manner in which diplomacy was understood back then. There is, though, plenty of action as well. Assassinations, failed and successful, the intricacy of politics, travels to the end of the world, mesmerizing details about different religions and healing techniques, friendships being forged, tested and broken. This is an impressive work, a true labor of love, which rings with authenticity, and the research is impeccable. It’s safe to call it the best novel of early Medieval times that I have ever read, and I feel factually, culturally and spiritually richer for having done so.
Though I am greatly indebted to Mr. Largent for having provided me with a copy of his work, the views expressed herein, I claim to be my own entirely. Thank you, Mr. Largent. Solid, well-earned, 10 out of 5!

The fear of death is the most prevalent fear that mankind has. Paradoxically, though,  most of us believe or want to believe that there is something beyond this entanglement of feelings and emotions that we call life.  What is death? Is there a God? A Heaven? A Hell? What happens to the soul once it leaves the body.

One guy knows the answers to all these questions. And his name is Corwin Grimm. So, who is this Corwin Grimm dude?

Well, the answer to that is known by a delightful lady by the name of Linda Cowden, and the endearing nickname of Auntie Maim. Ms. Cowden has written an awesome epic dark fantasy novel, which has Corwin Grimm as a central character.  Who’s Corwin Grimm, you might ask? Well, he’s a soulful saxophone player with a thing for cats. And the occasional stint as a vigilante, sending bad guys to hell while giving the last moment of comfort to  those in need of it.  Because….he’s also  The Grim Reaper! Escorting people to either realm of the afterlife does come with its heft, and this heft will haunt Corwin from the moment in which he touches the soul of a human being in a very special situation.  Throughout this sprawling novel, Grimmie, as he’s known to those who befriend him, muses on all that being human encompasses: faith, fear, love, longing, passion, pain and all the confusion inbetween, moving back and forth between goths, Japanese mobsters, Catholic priests and other such colorful characters. This is a book that’s written with a great deal of wit, a book with a big, pulsing heart that deserves a lot of attention, and a Netflix TV series! Think Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman writing a book together, and you’ve got GRIMMIE. Solid, solid read! Loved it!  Ten outta five for what may be my all-time favorite dark fantasy novel! Huge debt of gratitude to Auntie Maim for providing me with a copy of her enchanting work. However, the views herein are all my own!


The role of horror fiction in our world has been widely debated. Fans(myself included) and writers of the genre defend it as a necessary cautionary look at the darker side of human nature, while detractors see nothing in it but “penny dreadfuls.”

Recently, I’ve had the honour of reading one of the smartest horror novels ever written, in my view. Penned by celebrated tie-in author for such franchises as Doctor Who and Friday the 13th, THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS is his first foray into original fiction. Now, if I could throw my two cents about it from the get-go, I’d say it bloody well shouldn’t be his last, because it’s a definite page-turner.

Meet Jack Sparks. Celebrity blogger, celebrated author and all-around typical cocky famous asshole known for his biting sarcasm and staunch atheism, Jack has mysteriously kicked the bucket while researching his latest book, “Jack Sparks on the Supernatural”, in which he calls bullshit on exorcisms, haunted houses, and so forth. And it all starts when Jack laughs during a Roman Catholic exorcism on a 13-year-old girl.

Now, some of you might think that the topic of exorcisms has been done on so many different levels, that there’s hardly anything new to be said in regard to it. Let me assure you, you’ve not read anything like this before.  The character of Jack Sparks is so, so well done, and I love the whole meta-concept of the novel(it’s basically Jack Sparks on the Supernatural” with all sorts of added material by his brother Allistair.  There’s so much in this apparent exorcism-gone-south tale that’s relevant for our society, whether it is our obsession with the online environment and celebrity culture, or our eternal fascination towards the paranormal. Jack is a great character to read(I loved how his previous books, on drugs and gangs, as well as his wacky research methods, are referenced), and his arrogance will paradoxically endear him to readers.  This solid novel gets all the stars in the sky for the much-needed lesson it teaches about the toxicity of arrogance and self-worship. A huge debt of gratitude to Mr. Arnopp and Orbit books for providing me with a copy of the novel! Nevertheless, the views presented herein are my own.