The Lost Prophet

The Lost Prophet

by James B. McPike

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ISBN-13: 9781508420729
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2015
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 325,777
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

McPike's debut novel FINAL OUTCOME won a SILVER MEDAL from READERS' FAVORITE for the Christian/Fantasy genre. It was also nominated with 5% (50 of a 1,000) books from the publisher for the 17th EVVY Awards. He won the Ponderosa Lion's Club Spelling Bee Championship in 1997. A year later he was an Honorable Mention for the William Saroyan San Joaquin Valley writing contest. He currently resides in central California and is at work on the next book in the series. Readers can visit his website at jamesmcpike.webs.com for the latest info.

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The Lost Prophet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Author James B. McPike's latest Christian fiction book is packed with action from start to finish. I love books based on biblical facts and/or biblical prophesy. Find a relaxing seat and get ready for a roller coaster ride. STORY LINE: Religious prophet's tombs are destroyed in Jerusalem; tombs dating back to biblical times are gone forever. Soldiers and innocent victims are murdered in an inhuman and inconceivable manner. Vince Ramsey and girlfriend, April, are back in action again. Vacationing in Tahiti, Vince is contacted by Daniel Kopinsky of the counterintelligence division. Kopinsky enlists his help in stopping the destruction and apprehending "the bandit" as the villain's dubbed. Vince's skill-set is greatly needed by The Ministry and his country to solve the mystery and stop the villains. What follows is an action packed roller coaster ride as we follow Vince and April through the Holy Lands in search of the evil genius and the reasons behind these heinous crimes. Come along on the adventure. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: Author Francis McPike has crafted a nonstop Christian action thriller that is a top-notch read. Mr. McPike begins the action in the first pages and follows through with precision and skill. His skill in hooking the reader and his writing skill are apparent immediately. His descriptions are so vivid I could see the scenes in the book. Inclusion of biblical and historical facts added an extra dimension to the story; I found them informative and interesting. This is a well researched book. Mr. McPike infused Vince's character with courage, talent, and smarts; Vince's character is believable and likeable. He is the man you want standing at your back in a time of trouble. Author Francis McPike's inclusion of help from "on high" was skillfully crafted. Francis McPike continues the romantic element between April and Vince. April's character is strong, determined, and independent. She is not just a beautiful face; she's the perfect romantic interest for Vince and the perfect partner in righting wrongs and fighting evil. She is tenacious and smart. The secondary characters, good and evil, were well-developed and added depth to the story-line. His creation of the villains in this book were well-developed and skillfully depicted. They were the perfect foil for Vince. You will "love to hate" the villain and his evil cohorts. They are truly evil with mysterious assistance with their devious plans; is it magic, supernatural, or just expert planning? The villains are intriguing, mysterious and willing to kill and destroy to gain their end result; they are without conscience or moral compass. Well done, Mr. McPike, well done. The plot was first-rate as Mr. McPike wove the many threads in this novel together and created a novel that will hold your interest and attention; the pace never slows or lags and the story-line is well-developed. You will not guess the true reasons for the destruction and mayhem. Mr. McPike kept the suspense level at high pitch. This was an exciting book with colorful characters, an inside look at the élite Israel Military, wonderful descriptions, and a plot that will keep you reading into the night. RECOMMENDATION: 4 STAR I highly recommend this book. It is a clean Christian book, but does contain violence. Though this book is
ApexRev More than 1 year ago
James B McPike’s novel The Lost Prophet follows Israeli investigator Vince Ramsey as he takes on a new evil, Dmitri Markovich. The cast of characters are so well written that they feel like old friends. Though descriptions of the characters were a bit lacking, their actions and thoughts were so well portrayed that the mental picture of each character was vivid enough without heavy descriptions. While McPike’s heroes are undoubtedly written to perfection, the villains are the most impressive. Markovich comes off as terrifying and devious, yet surprisingly eloquent, and his female assistant Natalya is evil to the core and makes your skin crawl whenever she appears on a page. Although The Lost Prophet isn’t McPike’s first Ramsey novel, it never felt like a sequel, in which it is necessary to read the other books in the series first. Any background information necessary for the story was thoroughly explained, and there were only two or three occasions where the story from a different novel was mentioned. In these few cases it did not feel like knowing the whole story was necessary to understand what was happening better. If anything, they only made me want to read any other Vince Ramsey novels I can get my hands on. The Lost Prophet was an exciting novel in a fairly new setting, and Vince Ramsey is a new take on the protagonist in detective fiction that we all know and love. Mariah Smitala Apex Reviews
VicG More than 1 year ago
James B. McPike in his new book, "The Lost Prophet" Book Two in the Vince Ramsey series published by the author gives us another adventure with Vince Ramsey. From the back cover: After one of the Holy Land’s most sacred monuments is destroyed, the Ministry has to turn to their most prolific investigator to solve the case: Vince Ramsey. He soon discovers that they are facing a graver threat than any of them could’ve imagined. It seems the enemy’s primary objective is to abolish the remains of biblical prophets, and wipe out their very existence from history. With all-out war on the brink in the Middle East, Ramsey must stop the person responsible before he strikes again. Following clues through an ancient landscape rich with peril and religious undertones, he eventually is led to a remote desert inside Jordan where Deuteronomy 34:6 states: “God buried Moses...but no man knows of his sepulcher unto this day.” Backed by a foreign superpower—the enemy has every intention of uncovering the elusive burial place. But can Ramsey prevent another horrific travesty with worldwide repercussions from happening...or will the villain accomplish his final blasphemous act? There is only one thing wrong with this book. It ends. Mr. McPike did as I requested and has brought Vince Ramsey back with another nail biter. Vince Ramsey, April Fulton and quite a superb cast of characters join forces against the villain that wishes to change history. "The Lost Prophet" is a wonderful thriller as the tension mounts as Vince and April are trying to stay alive and ahead of a group looking to destroy every last trace of the ancient prophets of old. The action has us racing all around the Middle East. "The Lost Prophet" is loaded with twists and turns that will, literally, take your breath away. Don't start this book late at night because you will give up sleep while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. It is great to have Vince Ramsey and April Fulton back in action again and, as I mentioned, the only problem with this book is that it finishes. I am so looking forward to more stories featuring Ramsey and April soon. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Bekah_M More than 1 year ago
Starting The Lost Prophet, I was aware of the fact that it was the second in a series but decided to go ahead and read it first anyways since I was told that it was fine as a standalone novel. I totally agree – you definitely can read this book alone, though now I think it’d be really fun to read Ramsey’s previous adventures! Before I go in depth, let me tell you a little about the book. Vince Ramsey is a top-notch investigator with the Ministry of Jerusalem. While taking a much deserved Tahitian vacation with love interest April after saving the world, Vince is reluctantly pulled back into action when the Ministry finds them to ask for help. Sacred monuments have been destroyed and countless lives lost and it’s up to Vince and April to find out who’s behind the horrific acts and stop them for good. But the enemy is always one step ahead and somehow has dark powers on his side. Biblical history and perilous action collide in this war to fight evil and save the world once more. With this book the author clearly shows his talent and love of history. The almost-poetic storytelling has an indie vibe to it, with richly described scenes and settings. It had such an intriguing topic too — the whole storyline involving Israel and counter-terrorism was both interesting and exciting. I love how the story took a realistic outlook and mixed it with colorful characters, nail-biting suspense, and a dash of romance. It would make such an epic action movie! Bringing to mind classic characters like Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan, or Ethan Hunt — Vince Ramsey is a dauntless hero with all the desirable traits of a solid leading man. Though my first thought was that his character seemed a bit contrived at times, he grew more and more likable as the story went on. And April was such a fun and tenacious supporting character! With such dark forces against them, it was nice that their characters still held a note of levity in an otherwise very serious-natured plot. For those who will appreciate a powerful, intelligent thriller with a biblical twist and hold-your-breath moments, I was delightfully surprised by how much I enjoyed The Lost Prophet and am very happy to add it to my ever-growing ebook collection. :) {Content Warning: Contains violence and mild language. Would probably be rated PG-13 if it were a movie.} *I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
What if there were actual places located in the depths of the Middle East that corresponded to the Bible? What if all those ancient tombs where the prophets of old were buried in caves along with their ancestors was real? What if someone was out to ensure that they were destroyed no matter how significant their contribution was to ancient history? In an amazing novel that rivals that of such notable authors like Don Brown and Davis Bunn, comes James McPike, a name you won't want to forget. In The Lost Prophet, a group of people looking to destroy every last trace of the ancient prophets of old such as Abraham's entire line, Zechariah and on the verge of locating the missing grave of Moses before they can be stopped. Led by the notorious evil Dimitri Markovich who is being aided by a supernatural presence from ancient history to set about a diabolical plot that is virtually unstoppable. The Israeli Defense is looking at stopping these men who will kill any witnesses to their crime and is being headed up by Vince Ramsey, a man who has a record of bringing in those responsible for crimes against Israel's historical landmarks in the past. Now he is once again being called upon by the Ministry to help find whoever is responsible before they locate another target. They have already destroyed the Tomb of the Prophets and killed innocent civilians who were part of a group touring the ancient site. With war and terrorists groups racing all around the Middle East with Hezbollah, ISIS and Hamas, Vince will have his work cut out for him. Now he will need to follow the ancient clues from the Bible in hopes of catching this man before he secures not on the lost Ark of the Covenant by locates the body of Moses which has never been found. I received The Lost Prophet by James McPike compliments of CreateSpace and the author himself for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review outside the complimentary copy of the novel. This is the 2nd novel in the Ramsey Series, and I am truly sorry I didn't read the first one as there are some references to previous missions that Vince had tackled but hope to resolve that very soon. This is such a nail biter, with almost non stop action from the very first page. It's like Indiana Jones meets Jason Bourne or Ethan Hunt. You get a sense of urgency that time is running out and there is a sinister sense of evil at hand when Dimitri keeps walking away without being captured leaving behind more victims to his rising body count. What really works well in this for me, is the authenticity of the locations. Whenever I am reading something like this, I use the Internet to see if these are made up locations or are based on real places. The author did an exceptional job at truly keeping this real and honestly believable. I inhaled it in one sitting simply because I could NOT put it down. It is that amazing. An adrenaline junkie's perfect novel because it is a roller coaster ride to the very end. Well worth all 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion!
Red_City_Review More than 1 year ago
After almost losing his life trying to save the world, Vince Ramsey is taking a well deserved Tahitian vacation. Unfortunately his trip is cut short when the Ministry of Jerusalem sends someone to find him and put him back to work. The Tomb of the Prophets has been destroyed and many people have been killed in the attack. Now Ramsey must find the culprits before they attack again and deliver the best justice he can…while once again trying to cheat death. The Lost Prophet is riveting book from James B. McPike, and another case for his protagonist Vince Ramsey. With great writing, good characters, action and suspense, this book will keep you on your toes until the end. McPike once again takes us to Israel and puts us in the middle of the fight. The Ministry is desperate to find out who is behind the attacks on the religious monuments and put a stop to them as fast as possible, and there is only one man they feel is right for the job. As much as Ramsey wants to say no and give someone else a chance to save the world, he knows he has no choice. He has to do this, and you are there with him every step of the way feeling like part of the action. You get to know Ramsey a little better in this book. You see how his relationship with April is evolving, and you see him struggle a little with his sense of duty. April is also coming to terms with recent events and reevaluating her path. McPike peels back a few more of Ramsey’s layers here,  and also shows the reader how a well-to-do Swedish woman crosses paths with a fedora wearing man named Dimitri. He explains what causes this woman with no criminal history to join him in destroying religious landmarks. You can see that he has taken the time to make sure he has well rounded characters to take his already great story to the next level. The reader is immersed into a world of holy relics, olive trees, city streets, the combinations of the new and the old, and the tension between religions. We hope that McPike continues this series, as there seems to be many more stories to tell!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Exciting and captivating, The Lost Prophet by James B. McPike takes you through the Middle East on an adventure of biblical proportions. When a madman destroys the Tomb of the Prophets, Vince Ramsey is called back from a well-deserved vacation to perform his duties as an investigator for the Ministry of Jerusalem. Highly skilled, with a secret advantage, Ramsey and his girlfriend April return to Jerusalem to begin the hunt for the man responsible for destroying ancient tombs in his effort to gain supernatural power from a fallen angel. With no regard for human life or the importance of these historic sites, Markovich devotes himself to defying the Bible by eliminating the remains of the most significant biblical figures. Ramsey and April will stop at nothing to find and remove the threat Markovich poses. With the backing of the Israeli army and international troops, do they have enough to find and fight Markovich without becoming victims of his insatiable quest for power? A wonderful combination of creativity and biblical history, The Lost Prophet by James B. McPike is a great read. Vivid descriptions, intense action and an amazing glimpse at life in the Middle East, past and present, hold your attention and keep the pages turning. Vince Ramsey is a true action hero but with a background in biblical studies as well as archaeology, psychology and criminal justice, not to mention complete dedication to preserving history. A cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond, Ramsey is a character who really brings the story to life.