The Covert Messiah (the Jesus Thief Series, Book 4)

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"Extremely well-orchestrated plot ...engaging, tense" - Kirkus Reviews. "A thrilling ride across continents and cultures in a book that sings to readers" - Vanitha Sankaran, author of Watermark

Sitting in meditation, J R Lankford---globe-trotting electrical engineer turned novelist, admitted by MENSA and TOPS---entered an altered state of consciousness and experienced the seemingly impossible. Those moments became the principal inspiration for The Covert Messiah in which the cloned Jesus of her series returns to earth. His mission? To help us rediscover a secret we left behind in Tanzania 60,000 years ago. In the novels of her internationally acclaimed thriller series, J R Lankford has turned an exciting cloning plot into a complex and compelling study of cultures, philosophies and religions. Her 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, to Mexico's impoverished basureros, 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?

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The latest book in Lankford’s (The Sacred Impostor, 2012, etc.) series about the adventures of a clone of Jesus of Nazareth.

At the beginning of this latest installment, Maggie Duffy Morelli is in Switzerland’s crowded Lugano marketplace when she encounters her 18-year-old son, Jess, who greets her with a glowing smile. She faints, and for a very good reason: Eight years before, she’d watched him die in her arms. When he revives her and they start talking, she’s not entirely surprised, because in this series, Jess is a biological clone of Jesus, grown from cell samples taken from the Shroud of Turin by a scientist named Felix Rossi. Like the Jesus of the Gospels, Jess has returned from the dead—albeit less promptly, taking eight years instead of three days. He surprises Maggie by quoting not only the New Testament but also the holy books of Hinduism, Islam and other creeds, telling her that “Truth is written everywhere.” Like his historical counterpart, he has a mission to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the world’s potential believers, and that quest, in a complicated but extremely well-orchestrated plot, brings him to the small East African village of Udugu. As Lankford weaves her various subplots together, many other characters converge on Udugu for their own different and often mercenary reasons, including Wall Street hotshot Zach Dunlop and his abrasive wife, Zenia (who steals many scenes), conflicted pastor Paul Joseph, and Rossi and his family. At the heart of the book’s climax is Jess himself, exuding compassion (“All life’s troubles lay in their fears and they did not see”) while trying to save a very corrupt world. Readers unfamiliar with the series’ previous books will find a great many things unexplained here, but the action and sexual tension—often centering on Zenia—will nonetheless keep them entertained.

An engaging, tense installment in this ongoing series.

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"A thrilling ride across continents and cultures in a book that sings to readers." -Vanitha Sankaran, author Watermark

"The Covert Messiah is an excellent book, the only one in the series to really rival book one, The Jesus Thief. It takes the time to make the connections between spirituality and religion and the various philosophies that embody each . . . J R Lankford told a great story, weaving together the lives of several people, from different walks of life and locations, to illustrate the point being subtly made in the narrative -- what we believe, though different on the surface, is intimately connected on the level of right and wrong/good and evil. If we focus on the spiritual level instead of the religious one, we can create a better world because we can then see more clearly that we are all working towards the same goal. Take the time to read this book. You'll be glad you did." - TLC Librarian's Look at Books

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