Friday, July 22, 2011


What a read! The latest book I have pulled off my shelf is, "The Dead Saint", by Marilyn Brown Oden. The cover of this book says it all. You throw in a New Orleans Saint, cross hairs, and the White House and you have yourself a story that keeps you captivated all the way to the last page.

Here is how Abingdon Press describes, "The Dead Saint."

It begins with a single gunshot, and Bishop Lynn Peterson watches in horror as a good friend, who is a member of the New Orleans Saints, collapses on the street.

When a medal the player wore—a medal Lynn had promised to return to the man's family—disappears, Lynn is thrust into a suspenseful and fast-moving journey through four assassinations, an attempt on her life, conflicts with a mysterious and ancient society, and a behind-the-scenes conspiracy that reaches all the way to the White House.

The turbulent, unstoppable intrigue challenges Lynn mentally, physically, and spiritually as she engages in a desperate battle with an opponent who is just as determined to kill as Lynn is to stop him even though she has no idea where—or who—he will strike next.

What are my thoughts? I enjoyed this book. You begin to wonder, "How much can one person take?" Well, we see that the Lord not only will carry you through, but will give you the strength to stand against the evils of this world. The main character, Bishop Lynn Peterson, is a world traveler. It seems her life is filled with adventure. She is one of those women willing to take risks and step out of her comfort zone. I admire that. She now has a mission to carry out, but someone is trying to stop her. The truth always prevails. This book is a combination of many things. Suspense, intrigue, and conspiracy all wound up in this thriller that keeps you captivated until the last page.

This book was a gift from Abingdon Press for it's review.

Marilyn Brown Oden is the award-winning author of ten previous books, including Crested Butte: A Novel. She enjoys good times with family and friends, walks to the Santa Fe Plaza, and cross-country skiing in the moonlight. Her life is enriched through experiences on five continents with diverse people—refugees, Gypsies, the physically challenged, women in prison, prime ministers, royalty, and presidents. Two encounters reshaped her worldview: visiting refugee centers in the war zones of Bosnia-Herzegovina during the NATO bombing and participating in an ecumenical fact-finding delegation to Israel/Palestine. Writing continues to bring her meaning and a sense of wholeness. She is a United Methodist and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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