THE BOOK: Forbidden Chronicles of a Roman Centurion
PUBLISHED IN: 2015
THE AUTHOR: John Chaplick
THE EDITOR: Paula Stahel
THE PUBLISHER: Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
SUMMARY: An archaeological dig under the streets of London unearths a Roman Centurion’s 2,000-year-old letter which threatens the foundations of Christian doctrine and implicates the New Testament as a forgery promulgated by the Roman Catholic Church.
In a desperate effort to assess the validity of the letter’s contents, a team of scholars, including Dr. Peter Clemens, a devout Christian, and Professor Sam Wykoff, an avowed atheist, tracks the first century itinerary of Roman Legion XX, and the journey of the apostle Paul upon whose writings the centurion’s letter was based.
In the process, the team encounters danger and subterfuge at every turn. An anti-Christ group anxious to discredit the Bible, and religious zealots eager to protect the status quo by attempting to stop and kill members of the team are just a few of the obstacles that must be overcome.
THE BACK STORY: The book was inspired by Dr. William Lane Craig’s publication entitled God: a Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist. I liked the theme and decided to build an engaging novel from it, the research for which was considerable, and the novel took twenty-two months to write.
WHY THIS TITLE?: My publisher and I went back and forth for a month to come up with a title that would not throw the book into the relatively narrow genre of religious texts, but would allow it to represent the broader category of a challenging historical mystery in order to appeal to a wider market.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? The book focuses on a subject that has haunted our western civilization for hundreds of years: How much can the Bible be trusted as the word of God? Chronicles builds a well documented story about this, designed to capture the interests of believers and non-believers alike…including anyone who simply wants to be mesmerized by a thrilling struggle to find the truth.
REVIEW COMMENTS: My website doesn’t show any for this title, although it does for my other books. Because Chronicles addresses such a controversial topic, I decided not to solicit formal review comments…although the book has been a good seller with plenty of very positive verbal comments. I’ve attached a critic’s review to the email to which this write-up is attached.
AUTHOR PROFILE: As an Elder in the Presbyterian Church I have spent considerable time assessing the validity of the New Testament and listening to the plethora of arguments pro and con relative to its relevance in a modern internet society. Given a little nudge by Dr. Craig’s publication, I couldn’t wait to create an engaging drama that would bring all the biblical pros and cons into focus. Like my other books, Chronicles can be reviewed and purchased on my website @ EngagingBooksBlog.com. My bio is shown @ the end of the book along with my photo.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: My first novel, The Rivergrass Legacy, which appears on your list of books already reviewed by you, has won a literary award from the Florida Writers Association, and I learned last week that Chronicles has also won an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: I’m not that competent at cutting and pasting, but a good, full scale review can be found on my website. I will also attach a critic’s review to the email I’m sending you.
LOCAL OUTLETS: Chronicles is now available through Barnes & Noble bookstores in Tampa, and in all the Hillsborough County public libraries.
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: The book is, of course, available directly from the publisher via my website @ EngagingBooksBlog.com, but also via amazon.com. It’s also available on Nook, Kindle, and Smashwords.
PRICE: Current price is $14.95 but some discounts are offered by the publisher if purchased there.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: I can be contacted by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also on Facebook and Linkedin.