THE BREATH OF GOD
This meticulously researched, thought-provoking masterpiece is filled with high adventure and intrigue. Based on an actual document from 1887 claiming to have seen controversial religious texts, Small’s stunning debut reveals the impact of such a find.
Grant Matthews has only a few weeks to finish his doctoral thesis. He believes he has proof of texts that chronicle the missing years in the life of Jesus of Nazareth that could link the world’s great religions. Searching monasteries in the Himalayas for the Issa texts and running out of time and money, he joins forces with a young journalist, Kristin Misaka. After they find the texts and e-mail photos to his mentor, Grant is discredited in a debate with a televangelist. They must return to Bhutan and bring back the actual texts. Unfortunately, a religious zealot has been dispatched on the same mission but with deadly intent, and he’s always one step ahead. (WEST HILLS, Mar., 418 pp., $15.95)