Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"The Linen God" by Jim O'Shea (JustRead blog tour)

the linen god blog and review tour

Welcome to The Linen God blog & review tour and GIVEAWAY, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


the linen god Title: The Linen God  
Author: Jim O’Shea  
Publisher: Ambassador International  
Release Date: March 31, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Suspense/Thriller  

The Shroud of Turin is the most studied and controversial religious relic in human history.

The ancient linen cloth bears the image of a man, alleged to be that of Jesus of Nazareth. What if it were real? What if it contained a secret powerful enough to alter the course of human history? And what if it fell into the wrong hands?

Manny Lusum is convinced the Shroud is the genuine article and obsessed with proving it scientifically. Grace Barden is not only Manny’s best friend, but also secretly in love with the physics student and soon-to-be Catholic priest. Across the globe, three grisly murders and the theft of a secret manuscript thrust Grace and Manny into a generations-old conspiracy of biblical proportions. From New York to Rome to the inner sanctum of the Vatican, they struggle to untangle a bizarre mystery surrounding the controversial artifact.

In a dramatic confrontation between faith and the ultimate evil on the world stage, Grace and Manny are pushed to the edge of an abyss, balanced on the brink between heaven and hell.

This suspenseful and captivating thriller is perfect for fans of Dan Brown, John Grisham, Robert Ludlum, and David Baldacci. Order your copy today and experience a unique blend of history, science, conscience, religion and a battle of good versus evil that will keep you reading into the early morning hours!

“ . . . a wonderfully engaging, page-turning thriller.” —Doug Peterson, Award Winning Author of The Vanishing Woman and The Puzzle People

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My review...

If you enjoy books like The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, then you may want to check out O’Shea’s book. It’s a nice blend of mystery, drama, and suspense. There are three murders, the mystery surrounding the Shroud of Turin, and prophecies that keep the reader engaged and guessing, trying to sleuth things out with the characters.

Manny Lusum is fascinated with the Shroud of Turin, to the point that his thesis is about proving that the Shroud is genuine. He jumps at the chance to see it in person. He is surprised by what he discovers, and he soon finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy, along with his friend Grace and her mother. Everything seems to be linked to murders in Rome.

For the most part, the pace is active throughout, though it did stall on occasion. Grace and Manny are likeable, so it is easy to stay engaged. There are some unexpected twists along the way … for the characters and reader. It felt like there were some scenes or details missing, or just not explained as well as they could have been. However, things balance out in the end, and the end may leave the reader pondering the mysteries referenced in the story.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the JustRead blogger program. I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.


Jim is a long-time resident of Chesterfield, Missouri…“The City of Sculptures”. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia and now spends his time crafting novels of suspense that tackle the complex relationship between science and religion, stories designed to take the reader places he or she may not have previously considered.  

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The Linen God blog tour giveaway


Ambassador International is giving away:

5 winners will receive an ebook copy of The Linen God (open internationally, except where prohibited by law)

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