The Linen God

The Linen God

by Jim O'Shea

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ISBN-13: 9781620208182
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/31/2018
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jim is a long-time resident of Chesterfield, Missouri..."The City of Sculptures." He is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia and now spends his time crafting novels of suspense that tackle the complex relationship between science and religion, stories designed to take the reader places he or she may not have previously considered.
His debut novel, "The Linen God," has been called "a wonderfully engaging, page-turning thriller" by Doug Peterson (Award Winning Author of The Puzzle People, The Lincoln League, and The Vanishing Woman).

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The Linen God 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LJShuck 11 months ago
The Linen God Jim O’Shea Having heard about the Shroud of Turin, along with controversies surrounding the legitimacy of the shroud truly belonging to Jesus Christ, I was rather unsure of what I would find in this debut novel by Jim O’Shea. Pleasantly engaged with the storyline, but yet skimming through and even skipping small passages of the story due to my own squeamishness regarding demons and the like, I found I enjoyed the book. Despite the definite Catholic influence within the novel, and my lack thereof, I was able to follow along with the premise without much difficulty due to the writer’s skills. In the past, I have read novels set in the world of the Catholic Church; art; and historic artifacts which did provide some background as to the vast amount of these items the church maintains. One such author is James Rollins; I was much reminded of Rollin’s books with same theme as Mr. O’Shea’s The Linen God. Perhaps it is not nice to compare one author to another in this way, but the fast paced thriller that is The Linen God brought this to mind. Disregarding my own squeamishness with an aforementioned topic, the novel kept me engaged and invested in the characters in such a way as to assure my need to find out how the book ended. Due to a my vivid imagination, plus the writer’s skill at conveying thoughts and ideas, I was able to clearly visualize the plot settings, to the point that my desire to someday visit Europe, especially the Vatican to see, well just to see, has been freshly renewed. Normally, I would include a bit of more specific thoughts on the storyline itself, however, I do not see how I could do so without unwittingly revealing too much. Suffice it to say that I recommend The Linen God and look forward to reading more by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher via Just Read Publicity Tours, and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed, therein, are solely my own.
LJShuck 11 months ago
The Linen God Jim O’Shea Having heard about the Shroud of Turin, along with controversies surrounding the legitimacy of the shroud truly belonging to Jesus Christ, I was rather unsure of what I would find in this debut novel by Jim O’Shea. Pleasantly engaged with the storyline, but yet skimming through and even skipping small passages of the story due to my own squeamishness regarding demons and the like, I found I enjoyed the book. Despite the definite Catholic influence within the novel, and my lack thereof, I was able to follow along with the premise without much difficulty due to the writer’s skills. In the past, I have read novels set in the world of the Catholic Church; art; and historic artifacts which did provide some background as to the vast amount of these items the church maintains. One such author is James Rollins; I was much reminded of Rollin’s books with same theme as Mr. O’Shea’s The Linen God. Perhaps it is not nice to compare one author to another in this way, but the fast paced thriller that is The Linen God brought this to mind. Disregarding my own squeamishness with an aforementioned topic, the novel kept me engaged and invested in the characters in such a way as to assure my need to find out how the book ended. Due to a my vivid imagination, plus the writer’s skill at conveying thoughts and ideas, I was able to clearly visualize the plot settings, to the point that my desire to someday visit Europe, especially the Vatican to see, well just to see, has been freshly renewed. Normally, I would include a bit of more specific thoughts on the storyline itself, however, I do not see how I could do so without unwittingly revealing too much. Suffice it to say that I recommend The Linen God and look forward to reading more by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher via Just Read Publicity Tours, and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed, therein, are solely my own.
Laundry_Whispers 12 months ago
I'll be honest. I wasn't sure where this book was going to take me. I was intrigued by the idea of this book and I enjoy faith-based suspense stories that take nuggets of real truth and real artifacts (like the Shroud of Turin) and weave them into something that could be, might be true. My concern lay in the idea that this book may focus so completely on the Catholic thread that I would quickly be lost in the sauce. I'm not Catholic, I have an aunt that is, and I don't really have Catholic friends so this branch of Christianity is so very foreign to me. I just know they do things differently than I've encountered in my faith path. However, despite my concerns I had to give it a go. And let me tell ya, yes it's very very very Catholic but it takes you places that you never anticipated coming to. Things, sadly, I won't share with you due to spoilers but let's just say. . .left field people. Left field. Here's the nitty gritty of this book for me. I never really connected with the characters, I mean there was a rather large cast that I never really got straight. I never really connected with the storyline either. I spent a chunk of this book just confused. I was dangled just enough information to keep going but then not enough information to keep me engaged. The science game here was strong and the weaving of it with faith was strong as well. I do believe that in the right hands science and faith go hand in hand. The problem there is that many science minded folks turn away from the faith that goes with it. You don't have to prove everything to know it's true, but as we prove things it just goes back to solidifying faith. It's a circle. However, I digress here for a moment. Back to the story and lack of bonding. I also didn't really bond with the overall storyline either. It was jumpy in fragments and I just didn't get enough to buy in so to speak. That all being said, however, I was still drawn to where it all lead. I was still drawn to the history and even the science. And we all know how unscience-y I am. But it drew me in. This book also took a turn to the supernatural aspect of faith. Good vs Evil. Angels and Demons. That part of the story drew me in. I didn't have a grip on the characters but I knew now where we were headed. I still didn't have a grip on the storyline itself but I knew where it was taking me. Or, rephrase that, I thought I did. This book took a back alley toward something so unimaginable there at the end that I was snapped back into this story. Yup, I still didn't have a connection to anything but I had a need to know that superseded everything else. This book did exactly what I was meant to do. It took a bumpy path to get there but wow, yup an amazing journey. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Just Read. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
SBMC 12 months ago
This is the first book by Jim O’Shea that I have read and it was riveting. I enjoy mysteries and suspense and this book had plenty of both, along with good doses of plot twists, memorable and lovable characters, and lessons on how faith can be lived out. Anyone who enjoys a well-written contemporary suspense novel with an element of the supernatural would love this book. The characters Grace and Manny are relatable and lovable. Their dialogue is down-to-earth and refreshing, even in the midst of strange and unbelievable things that happen around them. Cardinal Lombardi is an incredible man of faith whom I found admiring more and more as the story unfolded. The plot is intricately woven with many layers of details that slowly unwind to show the full picture at the end. The action is fast-paced; though the plot doesn’t necessarily involve fighting sequences or heroes on the run, the action in the plot moves the story along at a pace that sets the anticipation high. The twists and turns in the plot are gasp-worthy. Though I don’t know much about the Catholic Church, I learned a lot by reading this book and my ignorance didn’t hinder me from enjoying the book or following the plot. I also learned a little about the Catholic Church’s history, which is always fascinating. I received a copy of the book from author/publisher through JustRead Publicity Tour and was under no obligation to publish a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Suzie_W 12 months ago
4.5 stars A Biblical relic, the inner workings of the Vatican, a battle between good and evil, and a touch of romance combined to make The Linen God a page-turner I could not put down. Jim O’Shea has written a captivating story with memorable characters and a fast-moving plot that grows more intense as it proceeds. Other reviews mention comparisons to other authors (and I do see traces of Dan Brown and even Frank Peretti) in this book but with O’Shea’s ability to make all the details coalesce into a storyline that doesn’t get bogged down with any of the different happenings, this author needs no comparisons. I love it when a new-to-me author takes me for this kind of delightfully surprising, highly entertaining, and intense read. If you’re a fan of action, adventure, science, church history, or a good story that pulls you in, don’t miss The Linen God. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
cularien 12 months ago
This was an incredibly thought-provoking, engaging read. Fast-paced with plenty of twists and turns. Be sure to start reading it when you have a good chunk of time available, because it’s hard to put down! I felt like The Linen God was what DaVinci Code wanted to be. It’s well-researched, historically accurate to my knowledge, and makes me want to learn all I can about the Shroud of Turin! The Linen God was also an interesting read for me as a Protestant. I learned so much about Catholicism while reading it, and appreciated the weaving of Scripture throughout—as well as characters’ sincere pursuit of a deeper relationship with Christ. I received a free copy of the book from the publisher and was not required to write a review, positive or negative. All opinions are my own.
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DaphSelf More than 1 year ago
Along the lines of Robert Ludlum, Jim O'Shea delves into the world of the Vatican, The Shroud of Turin, intrigue, and faith. Definitely a page-turner, definitely a heart-pounding read, The Linen God explores the deepest part of humanity. Not even the most faithful of servants are truly faithful. What if prophecies foretold came true? What if those prophecies were lies, the manipulation of men and evil forces? Could Christ be cloned? Would that be the Anti-Christ and the fall of the Church and the rise to Evil? Taking into account The Book of Revelations, the history of the Catholic Church, the spiritual warfare between Heaven and Hell, this books explores the depth of faith. Is your faith strong enough? Each character was well developed. The twists and turns kept me reading well into the night. Just when I thought I had it figured out, a new twist threw me head long into a vortex of deceit, murder,love and hope. The ending was most surprising of all, something I truly did not see coming, but was thrilled and satisfied that it did. It was what made a definite 3 star into a 5 star. O'Shea does not mince his words. He does not shy away from the inconsistencies of faith that is prevalent in many organized churches. The mysteries of God, Christ, and The Shroud are examined and explained in a way that truly makes the reader think about the awesomeness of God. Science and religion are the forefront of faith at times in this book, showing a marriage of both and the reactions of characters to the thought. Although not the main part of the story, it heightens the action and climax of the story. Thought provoking, adrenaline producing, and soul wrenching, The Linen God is a definite read for thriller fans. Forget Dan Brown and his elementary style writing that causes a lot of the faithful to spurn his books. Forget Robert Ludlum or Vince Flynn who uses foul language. Jim O'Shea far surpasses these writers with his story. Action and Religion tied into one, The Linen God is more than a story, it is an experience.