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Review of THE BROTHERS’ KEEPERS by Matthew Peters

Today Anne and I are very happy to welcome author Matthew Peters to our blog. 14159103_1944404719119993_1827823521_n

Matthew is a very interesting guy who writes very interesting books. This is from his bio.

Dual diagnosed* from an early age, Matthew Peters dropped out of high school at sixteen. He went on to obtain an A.A., a B.A. from Vassar College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. He has taught various courses in a variety of disciplines throughout North Carolina. He is committed to increasing the awareness and understanding of the dual diagnosed. (The term ‘dual diagnosed’ refers to someone suffering from a mood disorder, e.g., depression, and chemical dependency).

His first novel was Conversations Among Ruins (All Things That Matter Press, 2014)  in which he wrote powerfully about the very difficult topic of the dual diagnosed individual. I read Conversations well over a year ago and still think about it from time to time.

But this is a column about THE BROTHERS’ KEEPERS, his new release through Melange Books.  THE BROTHERS’ KEEPERS is a political-religious thriller that capitalizes on Matthew’s love for history and research.

Here is The Brothers’ Keepers blurb.

Most of us are familiar with Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph, and Jesus’ purported spouse, Mary Magdalene. But what about Jesus’ siblings? What role did they play in early Christianity?

Contemporary Jesuit and renowned religious historian Nicholas Branson is about to find out…and the answer will shake the foundations of the Judeo-Christian world.

It all starts with the murder of a United States Senator in a confessional, and the discovery of a strange religious document among his possessions. At the urging of his FBI friend, Branson joins the investigation. His effort to uncover the truth behind the murder draws him into the search for an eight-hundred-year-old treasure and into a web of ecclesiastical and political intrigue.

Accompanied by a beautiful, sharp-tongued research librarian, Jessica Jones, Branson follows a trail of clues, from the peaks of the awe inspiring French Pyrenees to the caves of war-torn Afghanistan. Along the way, shadowy powerful forces trail the pair, determined to keep safe a secret buried for centuries.

Here is our review.

THE BROTHERS’ KEEPERS — This conspiracy thriller by Matthew Peters opens with a grisly murder that is intended as much to silence a person who knew too much as to send a message to others. Nicholas Branson, a Biblical scholar, almost-Jesuit and master of many languages, is soon being torn between two competing organizations that want him to use his extensive knowledge to solve that murder and discover the motive for it. But this is one conspiracy that has connections to the very top of very powerful organizations, and before many pages are turned, Nick’s life is also in extreme danger and he is forced to become involved in order to save his own skin and that of the pretty and quick-witted librarian who assists him on his trek. At the core of the mystery is an object that has the power to bring down the Roman Catholic Church and shake Christianity to its roots. The author weaves in verses from the Bible with tidbits from other ancient sources that may have you re-reading some Biblical passages yourself. The action covers many colorful parts of the world and is non-stop toward a conclusion that will have you hoping there will be a sequel for Mr. Branson. And, last but certainly not least, there is some beautiful writing along the way. You are in good hands with Matthew Peters.

Matthew’s says that he is working on a sequel. We will be among the first to read it.


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