A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world's great religious faiths. In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His ...Read MoreA murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world's great religious faiths. In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly thereafter. Now, graduate student Grant Matthews journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient mystery. But Matthews couldn't have anticipated the conspiracy of zealots who would go to any lengths to prevent him from bringing this secret public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that will change the world's understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues believe is mere myth. A truth that will change his life forever--if he survives.Read Less
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This riveting suspense thriller by Jeffrey Small is reminiscent of "The DaVinci Code". In it, Grant Matthews, the protagonist, explores the true historical mystery uncovered by Russian journalist, Nicholas Notovich's ; a discovery made in a remote monastery in 1887. This discovery, an ancient text that explores the compatibility of the world's great religions and their possible direct link is discredited shortly after Notovich publishes his findings in 1894.
The fictional novel follows Grant Matthews in his race against a conspiracy of extremists in search of the Russian's forgotten secret. His pursuit for the truth takes him on a journey to the world's greatest Islamic landmark, the most sacred Hindu city, and the birthplace of Buddhism, At every step, he is challenged and chased by murderous characters and vengeful adversaries while supported by wise spirits cloaked in monks' garb and an intriguing love interest.
The book is complete with emotional tension and in depth character development.
"The Breath of God" will take you on a complete journey--transcending the spiritual and physical worlds.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-01-24 In his first novel, Small (God as the Ground of Being: Tillich and Buddhism in Dialogue) puts an interesting spin on the age-old secret that could undermine Christianity theme, but he relies too much on stock characters and plot devices familiar from countless Dan Brown clones. Grant Matthews, a religious studies grad student at Atlanta's Emory University "interested in the early development of Christianity during the first century"-in particular, "how contact with other cultures might have influenced this development"-hopes to find answers in Bhutan. In the Himalayas, he looks into the legend of Issa, a boy who made a spiritual journey through India some 2,000 years ago, and meets an attractive American woman who's part Asian. After discovering ancient texts chronicling Issa's travels, Matthews becomes the target of right-wing fundamentalists. Back in the U.S., a fanatical assassin with skin problems destroys the only photographic evidence of his find. The usual abductions, murders, and betrayals follow. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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