The Master of Secrets: A Novel

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Continuing his unparalleled literary quest to explore the immediate human fallout surrounding the crucifixion, D. S. Llliteras's latest novel follows Addan, a young boy searching for his father, a disciple of Jesus. Along the way, Addan encounters bandits, lepers, and con men before teaming up with Jeshua, an entertainer and opportunist, who protects the boy while at the same time using him to help swindle unsuspecting strangers. Like all of the best fiction characters, Addan's story mirrors our own search for a ...

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Overview

Continuing his unparalleled literary quest to explore the immediate human fallout surrounding the crucifixion, D. S. Llliteras's latest novel follows Addan, a young boy searching for his father, a disciple of Jesus. Along the way, Addan encounters bandits, lepers, and con men before teaming up with Jeshua, an entertainer and opportunist, who protects the boy while at the same time using him to help swindle unsuspecting strangers. Like all of the best fiction characters, Addan's story mirrors our own search for a faith to help us understand and see us through our turbulent and troubled times. D.S. Lliteras is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels.

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Publishers Weekly

Acclaimed for his religiously themed novels Judas the Gentileand The Silence of John, Lliteras again delivers an imaginatively gripping story of faith, doubt and ultimate redemption. In the frenetic opening chapters, the young boy Addan is sent stumbling into the chaos of postcrucifixion Golgatha to find his father, a disciple of the recently slain Rabbi Jesus. Wending his way through a maze of danger and deceit, he finds comfort, shelter and some very good wine in the company of the wily Jeshua. A showman not unlike the Wizard of Oz's Professor Marvel, Jeshua has an almost endearing moral paucity, and using his considerable wit and charm, he alternately spars with, encourages, corrupts and protects his young companion. Addan's character shows an admirable balance of naïveté with bravado, blind faith with common sense and even a bit of unexpected wisdom. Together the two wreak, flee and try to survive a particular kind of havoc before coming face to face with their own mortality and issues of faith. Lliteras's brand of biblical fiction is heart-racing; it's messy, bloody and honest. Deftly crafted, the rich layers of darkness —emotional, physical and political—give this tale an unusual depth. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

Easily one of the best authors of biblical fiction today, Lliteras here takes the reader back to the birth of Christianity and the events surrounding the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As he did in previous novels (Jerusalem's Rain; The Thieves of Golgotha), Lliteras enters the mind of one character and tells the story from his point of view. A young boy named Addan has just witnessed Jesus's death and is confused by what is happening. He sets off to find his father, a disciple of Jesus, and, along the way, falls prey to bandits. A mesmerizing charlatan named Jeshua rescues him and lures him into working together to fleece the crowds during magic shows. Addan is charmed by Jeshua's influence even though he knows it goes against everything Jesus taught. Lliteras has woven an equally mesmerizing story about faith and purpose in an enchanting tale that readers will not want to put down. This tight, suspenseful story moves quickly toward a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended for all collections. The author lives in Virginia. [See the Q&A with Lliteras on p. 58.—Ed.]


—Tamara Butler Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571745385
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A strong insightful character driven tale

    Rabbi Jesus is dead having been crucified. His followers are stunned, grieving, and fleeing. In that troubled Golgotha environs, a frightened Boy who watched the great Rabbi die seeks solace from his mother, but she instead tells him to find his father, a devout disciple of the late Rabbi Jesus.-------------- Frightened but young enough to hide his fear with bluster, the lad finds only distraught and angry people. That is until he meets devious conman Jeshua, who persuades Addan to come with him as the rambunctious charmer takes the youngster under his wings. They team up trying to survive the post-crucifixion danger from authorities, true believers, and others while Addan is mesmerized by the charlatan who keeps him physically safe, but morally breaks Jesus¿ ethical and religious code.------------------ As with his powerful biblical tales, JUDAS THE GENTILE and THE SILENCE OF JOHN, D.S. Lliteras provides a strong insightful character driven thriller that occurs immediately following the crucifixion. The story line is told from the perspective of young Addan who is confused by what he saw and sees, but finds comfort with the pretender Jeshua rather than in the teachings of Rabbi Jesus. Interestingly, Jeshua in his own way is a moral ¿swindler¿, but this deep poignant novel is all about Addan¿s faith as he initially clings to the bird in the hand rather tan believe there might be two in the bush. This is great work by one of the best early Christian authors.--------------------- Harriet Klausner

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