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The Last Messenger: Action, Historical Conspiracy Thriller.  (Book 1 ) (The Barnabas Trilogy) by [Mark, Jonathan]
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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.
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This book had been highly recommended to me as one I would not be able to put down and how right this was. Without providing any spoilers there are two story lines running in parrell, one set in Crete during the Second World War invasion by the Germans and the other in 2005 with the lead character working for MI6 as an analyst, who then finds himself having to to stop Al Qaeda terrorists from releasing a hidden secret. The two stories interlock excellently and at moments when you think you know what's going to happen next the author cleverly throws in some surprises which keeps you turning those pages. I finished the book last night and I honestly can't wait for the release of the second book. If, like myself you loved the Da Vinci Code and enjoy a conspiracy thriller this book is a must.
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This was recommended by a friend. I initially bought a sample eBook version and enjoyed it enough to buy the kindle eBook. Am particularly enjoying both storyline and writing style a lot. Any Dan Brown fans would also enjoy I feel. Try it for free like I did!! The sample was a stunning taster.......
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This book was recommended to me by a golfing chum and I'm very glad it was. Despite it being a fairly long book I read it in 3 sittings. 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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘He saw the blinding flash before he heard the explosion.’ 21 May 2017
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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British author Jonathan Mark (the nom de plume for Mark Stephenson) worked in finance in the City of London and now has turned to writing, having completed an MA in Crime and Thriller writing at City University London. He lives in Essex.

Jonathan opens his debut novel – Book 1 of The Barnabas Trilogy – with a harsh prologue – the first part in Kandahar, Afghanistan. August 20th 1998 ‘No one saw the bright light pierce the sky. He remembered his daughter’s smiling face looking back, her veil floating on the evening breeze; the same pink veil her mother had worn on their wedding day. A vision of happiness as she disappeared into the house to prepare for the first night with her husband. He would never forget that last second before his life changed. The last moment before the missile disintegrated his home and destroyed the people he loved. It took less than five seconds. The blast threw him off his feet and when the smoke cleared there was nothing left but devastation. His love had turned to hate. He was on his knees clawing at the rubble with his bare hands. Voices around him were shouting but he could not hear. All he could find was a small piece of the wedding veil, embroidered with flowers by his grandmother. A veil to be passed down the generations. Not anymore. No longer a symbol of love. In the man’s mind, the veil represented his reason to hate America. It had been a good day. A day of celebration. A proud moment when a father sees his daughter marry. The ceremony had been held late because of the heat, stopping for evening prayer before food was served – lamb with rice and tomatoes. His guests sat at tables laid out in the open, with covers for shade. There was no music because the Taliban forbade it, but nothing would dampen the high spirits of his guests. They fired Kalashnikovs into the sky and peeled oranges for the young groom, making jokes about his prowess in the bedroom. They hoisted him high and fired their guns again. Collateral damage, the Americans called it, but this man called it murder.’ The Prologue continues in Vienna in 2004 where more of the nidus of the story is planted. As is often the case with new authors, the writing style can be judged by such openings and in Jonathan’s case, both sections of the Prologue light the fire for what is to follow.

Where Jonathan ‘s conspiracy differs from others is his incorporation of ancient events with contemporary action. The synopsis shares the plot well – ‘Crete 1941 - During the German invasion of Crete, an air raid destroys a church revealing an ancient Christian scroll buried under its foundations. It is discovered by Callidora, a young Cretan shepherdess. She meets Hans, a German paratrooper who helps her understand the significance of the scroll. Callidora’s family accuse her of collaboration with the enemy and disown her. While Hans’ commanding officer, Captain Wolfgang Kohlenz, will stop at nothing to force Callidora to reveal the scroll’s secret. London 2005 - Richard Helford, an MI6 analyst caught up in the London bombings, helps Masood, a Muslim dying from injuries sustained by the bomb on the Piccadilly line. Masood appears to recognise Richard, who wonders whether they’d met in Iraq when he’d worked there during the occupation by Allied forces. Richard had returned to London, traumatised after his SAS bodyguard was killed by a suicide attack. The London bomb begins to trigger his recollection of the incident in Iraq which had previously been lost in his memory. As Richard searches for answers he discovers a family secret which draws him into a conspiracy of global significance. What is the connection? If its secret is revealed, it will invoke the terrifying predictions of the Book of Revelations. The book that predicts the end of the world. Arab terrorists want the prophecy revealed but the CIA, Mossad and MI6 want it destroyed. What is the conspiracy of The Last Messenger?’

Strong, tough, credible and intense suspense is sustained throughout this lengthy novel and the promise of a successful trilogy is assured. Jonathan Mark writes with a razor sharp pen – his debut is remarkable. Grady Harp, May 17
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 22 May 2017
By V.E. - Published on Amazon.com
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The Last Messenger: Action, Historical Conspiracy Thriller. (Book 1 ) (The Barnabas Trilogy) by Jonathan Mark is rather a lofty undertaking. Centered on the discovery of an ancient scroll and working within two time frames: 1941 and 2005, you can tell that the author knows his history. A powerful prologue opens the book with a bombing that begins this tautly written emotional journey. With a global conspiracy in the works, the author convincingly engages the reader by tying together different times, different cultures, all with compelling writing. Intense, driven, fast paced, and with plenty of credibility, Mark writes well and invites the reader to join in with this the first book in a promising, powerfully composed trilogy. Allow yourself plenty of time to delve into this long and involved book, you will not regret the time invested. Highly recommend for an educational, enlightening story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully crafted, thrilling tale 16 May 2017
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The Last Messenger is a masterfully crafted piece centered on the discovery of an ancient scroll. The story repeatedly shifts perspectives between 1941 and 2005; the author did a beautiful job of weaving in between the two time periods, allowing the reader to slowly discover certain answers while still leaving guesses as to how everything connects in the present time. While the book is longer than what I would normally read, it has an excellent flow and I was eager in between each reading session to get back to it. A huge thumbs up to the author for this exciting and mysterious piece. I look forward to continuing the adventure.
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