West Hills Press / Hundreds
of Heads Books, LLC
March 1, 2011/ ISBN 978-1-933512-86-0
by Linda Young
Grant Matthews is trying to finish the research for his unfinished
dissertation so he can complete his PhD. He spent the last of his
savings on a trip to Bhutan looking for the lost texts of Issa.
After a tragic kayak accident, Grant finds himself in a monastery
being cared for by a monk named Kinley. They become close friends
and also become student and teacher during the six weeks waiting
for Grant’s broken leg to heal. Grant discovers that the very
texts that he is looking for are right there at the monastery where
he is staying. Now he must find a way to convince the Bhutan government
to allow him to take the ancient text to Emory University so that
they can be studied and analyzed to confirm that they are authentic.
That is, if he can get them out of the monastery. However, once
word leaks out about his find, Grant must deal with the Christian
zealots, a secret in his past, an unknown stalker, and murder.
Jeffrey Small has a winner right out of the gate. I wasn’t
quite sure what to expect when I picked this book for review. I
do like suspense stories. But, what I liked about this book was
that it’s not only a great story but also stimulates the mind.
You come away with a clearer understanding of the different beliefs
and religious practices of the four largest religions in our world.
And to top it off, there is quite a surprise at the end.
Small’s background in religious studies really shows in his
work. His research, travels, and personal experiences definitely
enhance the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves
a good suspense/mystery novel. I couldn’t put it down till
I finished it. It won’t disappoint you. I can’t wait
to see what he writes next.