Padre: The Narrowing Path

BRP Publishing Group
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Russell Capshaw is a successful New York advertising executive who tries to stave off his mid-life crisis with an extended drug binge in the Far East. After treatment in a detox facility in Dublin, Ireland, he pays a visit to his estranged uncle, who has recently experienced a spiritual reversion to Catholicism—a faith that Russell himself left behind in childhood. Caught up in the spell of his uncle’s quiet devotion and the lush Irish landscape, Russell finds himself drawn to a new and very different life.

After joining the priesthood and taking the name Father John, he is sent to serve the parish of the Raramuri tribe in the canyons of the Sierra Madre in Mexico. There he learns that the tribesmen are being kidnapped by the local narcotrafficantes as forced labor for their drug fields.

As the Raramuri leaders carry out raids on the drug camps to rescue their enslaved people, Father John strives to keep from getting involved by focusing on restoring the parish church and ministering to the people. But as the violence escalates, the lines between spiritual and worldly matters are stretched to the breaking point in a final, bloody showdown between the villagers and the narcotrafficantes.

“A perfect blend of fast-paced action and thoughtful introspection. From the very beginning, Leeper’s voice captivated me. This is a tale that spans the cultures of the globe and the intricacies of the human heart. — Val Muller, author, The Scarred Letter

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About the author

Jennifer Leeper is the author of the novella Padre, which was reworked into a new edition, Padre: The Narrowing Path with Barking Rain Press. Ms. Leeper has also had short works of ­fiction published in Independent Ink Magazine, Notes Magazine and The Stone Hobo. Her short story Murder Brokers appears in the anthology Fiction Noir: Thirteen Stories, published in 2011, and her short story Tatau was published in 2013 in the Poiesis journal. Jennifer currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Find out more about her at her website,, or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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BRP Publishing Group
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Aug 31, 2014
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Fiction / Christian / Suspense
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Fiction / Religious
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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