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The Last Messenger: Action, Historical Conspiracy Thriller. (Book 1 ) (The Barnabas Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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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
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