Holy Shroud

Order of Thaddeus

Book 1
EmmausWay Press
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An ancient threat. A sacred relic. A religious belief under siege.

Silas Grey—ex-Army Ranger, professor of religious studies, and leading relics expert—is on the verge of rocking the religious and nonreligious alike with scientific proof of the Church’s central belief: Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Proof he believes has been hidden all along within the Shroud of Turin, the Christian relic purported to be the burial cloth of Jesus.

But a series of suspicious deaths and devastating attacks not only threaten Silas’s shocking announcement and those close to him. They are a sign of an even greater threat reemerging from the shadows of history.

Coming to his aid is the Order of Thaddeus, a religious order that has been battling for the very survival of the Church since its birth. Soon it becomes clear that an ancient cultic enemy has risen to once again wage war against the Church and destroy the Christian faith—beginning with its most sacred relic and teaching. Spanning the globe from Washington to Paris to Jerusalem, Silas and the Order combine forces to plunge into a desperate mission for the very survival of the Church and all it holds dear.

Can they preserve the memory of its central belief before its archenemy erases it forever?

Holy Shroud is the first book in the inventive bestselling Order of Thaddeus action-adventure thriller series leveraging the familiar conspiracy suspense of Dan Brown with the special-ops thrill of James Rollins, wrapped in the historical insight of Steve Berry and inspiration of Ted Dekker.

Embark on this new action-packed adventure by emerging author J. A. Bouma that combines faith, fact, and fiction like few religious writers—delivering a “highly entertaining” and “compelling” page-turner people have all agreed “you won't want to put it down!”

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J. A. Bouma believes nobody should have to read bad religious fiction—whether its cheesy plots with pat answers or misrepresentations of the Christian faith and the Bible. So he wants to do something about it by telling compelling, propulsive stories that thrill as much as inspire, while offering a dose of insight along the way.

When not putting fingers to keyboard, he loves vintage jazz vinyl, a glass of Malbec, and an epic read — preferably together. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, two kiddos, and rambunctious boxer-pug-terrier.

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EmmausWay Press
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Jun 17, 2018
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377
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9781948545037
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English
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Christian / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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What if the story of Jesus isn’t the one that happened?

After terrorists attack a cathedral in Chicago and steal an ancient relic belonging to one of Jesus’ apostles, ex-Army Ranger and professor of religious studies Silas Grey chances upon someone from his past who appears with a remarkable offer. Eli Denton invites Silas to help him verify one of early Christianity’s most recent—and most controversial—archaeological finds: The Gospel of Judas. Containing “the secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke with Judas Iscariot,” it tells a remarkably different story than the one contained in the Church’s recognized Gospels. But the motives of this long-lost friend are mysterious, and the consequences for Silas’s faith are ominous.

Meanwhile, the Order of Thaddeus, ancient defender of the Christian faith, discovers the stolen apostle relic is part of a larger conspiracy that grows in significance and severity with each passing day. With this grave threat against the apostolic memory deepening, Silas’s mission to uncover the mysteries of the Gospel of Judas and motives of his friend is made more urgent—but there are doubts, and his efforts are thwarted at every turn.

Can he preserve the eyewitness memory of Jesus’ earliest apostles before Jesus’ story is altered forever?

The Thirteenth Apostle is the second book in the bestselling Order of Thaddeus action-adventure thriller series that leverages the familiar conspiracy suspense of Dan Brown and special-ops thrill of James Rollins, wrapped in the historical insight of Steve Berry and inspiration of Ted Dekker.

Join this explosively inventive, action-packed adventure by emerging author J. A. Bouma, straddling thrill and thought, faith and doubt—a ride people are saying “will not only excite and thrill you but give you something to think about and inspire you.”

The Lost Ark is more than a Hollywood blockbuster.

FACT: the Ark of the Covenant was a real religious object, a wooden box overlaid with gold and crowned with two golden cherubim. FACT: the Ark served as the central religious artifact of the ancient Israelites for worship and sacrifice. FACT: around 586 BC the Ark vanished from Israel’s temple, never to be seen again. What happened to it and where did it go?

The world is about to find out.

Silas Grey—ex-Army Ranger and leading relics professor—is drawn back into the fray with an urgent mission from the ancient religious Order of Thaddeus after a former professor makes headlines for unveiling the location of the Lost Ark. But soon it is clear things are not as they seem—and the struggle has never been greater for the Church.

Because not only is there a startling discovery that changes the mission entirely. Matt Gapinski and a new SEPIO recruit track a high-value operative of the Order’s ancient nemesis that reveals the stakes are even higher for both the ancient Jewish relic and the Christian faith.

In this explosive third adventure in the bestselling Order of Thaddeus religious conspiracy thriller series, twists and turns spanning three continents will leave you wondering where the Ark of the Covenant has been hidden for two and a half millennia—and what would happen to the world religious scene if it were found.

Will Silas and the SEPIO operatives stop the threat against the Church and the Ark before it’s too late?

Once again, emerging author J. A. Bouma leverages the familiar elements of Dan Brown’s religious conspiracy and James Rollin’s special-ops suspense, informed by Steve Berry’s historical insights and Joel Rosenberg’s thrilling inspiration—delivering “a passionate historical fiction that draws you into the story from the very beginning.”

Engage this propulsive new archaeological thriller adventure straddling thrill and thought, faith and doubt—combining fact, faith, and fiction like few contemporary religious writers.

 

The separation of Church and State. The authentic Christian faith. Never more at risk.

Ex-Ranger-turned-professor Silas Grey is at an all-time low. His career is in jeopardy, the woman he cares about is in the hospital, and there’s a presidential election upending the status quo—a three-way race between a Catholic Democrat, a Mormon Republican, and an Evangelical Independent. So when a former classmate shows up with a mysterious medallion with ancient markings of conflicting origin, he knows trouble is on the horizon.

He also knows exactly whom to call: the ancient religious Order of Thaddeus, protector of the Christian faith stretching back two millennia. But when the election takes a remarkably dramatic turn, it becomes apparent that a conspiracy threatens not only America, but also the Church. And the mystery medallion is revealed to be rooted in a more explosive origin stretching back to the early decades of America’s founding and the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Silas and the Order’s SEPIO operatives embark on a timely mission ripped from the headlines to protect the integrity of the authentic Church. Not only that, whether they succeed or fail will have national stakes as the country straddles the knife-edge separation of Church and State.

In a race against the election clock, will they succeed before that separation is breached and religious confusion floods the nation?

Once again, emerging author J. A. Bouma weaves a tale that leverages the familiar elements of Dan Brown’s religious conspiracy and James Rollin’s special-ops suspense, informed by Steve Berry’s historical insights—delivering an explosively gripping political thriller with a religious edge that is thoroughly rooted in historical and religious fact.

Join the action-packed fourth book in the inventive bestselling archaeological thriller series that will leave you holding your breath at every turn.

A mythic grail. A legendary quest. Blood with the power to save.

Silas Grey is taking a much-needed vacation after the year has turned his life on end. But when fellow SEPIO agent Matt Gapinski shows up on his beach with a secret mission straight from the Vatican, he knows trouble has found him once again. Which means Day One of his new job with the Order of Thaddeus—ancient defender of the Christian faith—has begun ten days early. And soon it becomes clear an ancient cultic threat is seeking a mythic religious relic:

the Holy Grail that held the blood of Jesus Christ.

But is it so mythical? And why is the Church’s archenemy so desperate to find it?

Those two haunting questions launch the SEPIO agents on their most harrowing mission yet with a clock ticking to find answers just before Christmas. Spanning historic Europe and Medieval Church history, the agents race to solve this threatening puzzle until the final pieces are brought together in a final showdown that will leave readers all at once breathless and inspired.

Grail of Power leverages the familiar conspiracy suspense of Dan Brown, the special-ops muscle of James Rollins’s Sigma Force novels, and the historical insight of Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series to deliver an explosive religious conspiracy thriller with a technothriller edge— plumbing the depths and significance of the most recognizable religious figure in history: Jesus of Nazareth.

Combining fact, faith, and fiction like few contemporary religious writers, J. A. Bouma weaves an adventurous, action-packed page-turner new readers will devour—while offering several explosive reveals that will leave fans of the inventive series satisfied with long-awaited answers.

Grab the 5th book in the bestselling series readers have exclaimed: “Indiana Jones, step aside, I have a new hero - Silas Grey!”

A legend 900 years in the making rises again to protect the Church

The day before Easter 1119, 700 unarmed Jerusalem Christian pilgrims were savagely attacked by Muslims from two nearby cities. Three hundred were slaughtered, sixty more were taken as slaves—and nine men rose to avenge their deaths and pledge their lives to "the defense of Jerusalem and the protection of pilgrims."

The Knights Templar, robed in white with crimson crosses and armed to protect Christians from threatening persecution.

Nine hundred years later, a series of similar devastating, coordinated attacks leaves the Church reeling during Holy Week—and bewildered by the possibility that the legendary Knights of Christ have risen from the shadows of legend into the light of activation.

When the Order of Thaddeus, ancient defender of the Christian faith, is embroiled in the mayhem without any answers, SEPIO launches its most harrowing operation yet—to not only protect the Church and bring the perpetrators to justice, but to confront the mysterious men in white avenging Christian persecution once again.

Templars Rising is a story of faith and persecution, vengeance and martyrdom that leverages the familiar conspiracy suspense of Dan Brown, the special-ops muscle of James Rollins's Sigma Force novels, and the historical insight of Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series—delivering an explosive religious thriller that abandons Hollywood-style Templar conspiracies for the remarkable historical truth behind the ancient religious order.

In a truly original story ripped from the unreported headlines chronicling the horrifying persecution of the worldwide Church, J. A. Bouma combines fact, faith, and fiction like few contemporary religious storytellers—weaving an adventurous, action-packed page-turner with a compelling, inspiring message for believers and non-believers alike about the nature of faith and ones unashamed commitment to it—even unto death.

Grab the 6th book in the bestselling religious suspense series readers say offers a "highly entertaining" and "compelling read"!

Just below the surface among the family of God lives another family tree--one traced in spirit, invisible and ageless, known as the Watchers. For two thousand years they've seen beyond the veil separating this world from the next, passing on their gift through a lineage mostly overlooked. Throughout history they've scouted the borders of the supernatural frontier, but now their survival hangs by a thread. And their fate lies in the hands of a young woman, her would-be killer, and a mystery they must solve. . . .

"Congratulations. You just reached my own little corner of cyberspace.
Who am I?
Abby Sherman, that's who.
Who are you? And why are you checking me out?
Drop me a few pixels, and let's find out!"

With that innocent invitation, Abby Sherman unwittingly steps in the crosshairs of history, and thus begins her harrowing tale--taking her from ocean-front Malibu to the streets of London, the jungles in West Africa, the Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and to the very gates of heaven itself!

A sneak preview of eternity becomes her one-way ticket to danger--and discovery. . . .

Two lives collide in a globe-circling adventure involving both peril and discovery: Abby, a young woman whose visions of heaven turn her into a Web-celebrity; and Dylan, a troubled young man sent by an ancient foe to silence her. From California beachfronts to Nigerian rain forests to Jerusalem and back again, The Watchers is high-octane blends of action, mystery, and spiritual battle spanning centuries.

A woman's awe-inspiring vision launches her on a quest through distant lands and ancient history, face-to-face with eternity and into the arms of a family line on the brink of annihilation . . .

A man who is hired to exterminate her discovers the folly of blind loyalty, then learns how to wage war in a realm he never believed had existed . . .

An extraordinary saga of the unseen war against evil, the reality of the supernatural, and the transforming power of forgiveness.
What if the story of Jesus isn’t the one that happened?

After terrorists attack a cathedral in Chicago and steal an ancient relic belonging to one of Jesus’ apostles, ex-Army Ranger and professor of religious studies Silas Grey chances upon someone from his past who appears with a remarkable offer. Eli Denton invites Silas to help him verify one of early Christianity’s most recent—and most controversial—archaeological finds: The Gospel of Judas. Containing “the secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke with Judas Iscariot,” it tells a remarkably different story than the one contained in the Church’s recognized Gospels. But the motives of this long-lost friend are mysterious, and the consequences for Silas’s faith are ominous.

Meanwhile, the Order of Thaddeus, ancient defender of the Christian faith, discovers the stolen apostle relic is part of a larger conspiracy that grows in significance and severity with each passing day. With this grave threat against the apostolic memory deepening, Silas’s mission to uncover the mysteries of the Gospel of Judas and motives of his friend is made more urgent—but there are doubts, and his efforts are thwarted at every turn.

Can he preserve the eyewitness memory of Jesus’ earliest apostles before Jesus’ story is altered forever?

The Thirteenth Apostle is the second book in the bestselling Order of Thaddeus action-adventure thriller series that leverages the familiar conspiracy suspense of Dan Brown and special-ops thrill of James Rollins, wrapped in the historical insight of Steve Berry and inspiration of Ted Dekker.

Join this explosively inventive, action-packed adventure by emerging author J. A. Bouma, straddling thrill and thought, faith and doubt—a ride people are saying “will not only excite and thrill you but give you something to think about and inspire you.”

A legend 900 years in the making rises again to protect the Church

The day before Easter 1119, 700 unarmed Jerusalem Christian pilgrims were savagely attacked by Muslims from two nearby cities. Three hundred were slaughtered, sixty more were taken as slaves—and nine men rose to avenge their deaths and pledge their lives to "the defense of Jerusalem and the protection of pilgrims."

The Knights Templar, robed in white with crimson crosses and armed to protect Christians from threatening persecution.

Nine hundred years later, a series of similar devastating, coordinated attacks leaves the Church reeling during Holy Week—and bewildered by the possibility that the legendary Knights of Christ have risen from the shadows of legend into the light of activation.

When the Order of Thaddeus, ancient defender of the Christian faith, is embroiled in the mayhem without any answers, SEPIO launches its most harrowing operation yet—to not only protect the Church and bring the perpetrators to justice, but to confront the mysterious men in white avenging Christian persecution once again.

Templars Rising is a story of faith and persecution, vengeance and martyrdom that leverages the familiar conspiracy suspense of Dan Brown, the special-ops muscle of James Rollins's Sigma Force novels, and the historical insight of Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series—delivering an explosive religious thriller that abandons Hollywood-style Templar conspiracies for the remarkable historical truth behind the ancient religious order.

In a truly original story ripped from the unreported headlines chronicling the horrifying persecution of the worldwide Church, J. A. Bouma combines fact, faith, and fiction like few contemporary religious storytellers—weaving an adventurous, action-packed page-turner with a compelling, inspiring message for believers and non-believers alike about the nature of faith and ones unashamed commitment to it—even unto death.

Grab the 6th book in the bestselling religious suspense series readers say offers a "highly entertaining" and "compelling read"!

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Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
 
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
The Lost Ark is more than a Hollywood blockbuster.

FACT: the Ark of the Covenant was a real religious object, a wooden box overlaid with gold and crowned with two golden cherubim. FACT: the Ark served as the central religious artifact of the ancient Israelites for worship and sacrifice. FACT: around 586 BC the Ark vanished from Israel’s temple, never to be seen again. What happened to it and where did it go?

The world is about to find out.

Silas Grey—ex-Army Ranger and leading relics professor—is drawn back into the fray with an urgent mission from the ancient religious Order of Thaddeus after a former professor makes headlines for unveiling the location of the Lost Ark. But soon it is clear things are not as they seem—and the struggle has never been greater for the Church.

Because not only is there a startling discovery that changes the mission entirely. Matt Gapinski and a new SEPIO recruit track a high-value operative of the Order’s ancient nemesis that reveals the stakes are even higher for both the ancient Jewish relic and the Christian faith.

In this explosive third adventure in the bestselling Order of Thaddeus religious conspiracy thriller series, twists and turns spanning three continents will leave you wondering where the Ark of the Covenant has been hidden for two and a half millennia—and what would happen to the world religious scene if it were found.

Will Silas and the SEPIO operatives stop the threat against the Church and the Ark before it’s too late?

Once again, emerging author J. A. Bouma leverages the familiar elements of Dan Brown’s religious conspiracy and James Rollin’s special-ops suspense, informed by Steve Berry’s historical insights and Joel Rosenberg’s thrilling inspiration—delivering “a passionate historical fiction that draws you into the story from the very beginning.”

Engage this propulsive new archaeological thriller adventure straddling thrill and thought, faith and doubt—combining fact, faith, and fiction like few contemporary religious writers.

 

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HOLY SHROUD

An ancient threat. A sacred relic. A religious belief under siege.

Silas Grey is on the verge of proving the Church’s central belief: Jesus Christ’s resurrection. But an ancient cultic enemy has risen to destroy the Christian faith. Can he preserve the memory of its central belief before its archenemy erases it forever?

THE THIRTEENTH APOSTLE

What if the story of Jesus isn’t the one that happened?

Silas Grey chances upon someone from his past who appears with a remarkable offer. Soon it is clear that it is part of a larger conspiracy that grows more urgent. Can he help preserve the eyewitness memory of Jesus’ earliest apostles before Jesus’ story is altered forever?

HIDDEN COVENANT

The Lost Ark is more than a Hollywood blockbuster.

After news breaks the Ark of the Covenant is about to be unearthed, soon it is clear things are not as they seem—and an explosive conspiracy threatens the essence of the Christian faith. Will Silas Grey be able to stop the threat against the Church and the Ark before it’s too late?

Enter the first three explosively inventive adventures of the bestselling. Order of Thaddeus action-adventure, religious conspiracy series by emerging author J. A. Bouma—who combines the familiar elements of Dan Brown’s religious conspiracy with James Rollin’s special-ops suspense, informed by Steve Berry’s historical insights.

As one reader says: "If you like the sigma force novels by James Rollins or Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series you might like this series. It provides plenty of rollicking action adventure while also giving insights into the Christian faith."

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