Is Your Pastor or Priest a Man of Action? Check Out Pastor Stephen Grant in, for example, WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL and THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating

Pastor Stephen Grant?

Stephen Grant is the pastor at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on eastern Long Island. Grant is one of the more unique second-career clergy around, as he once worked for the CIA. Besides theology, his interests include archery, golf, writing, classic films, the beach, poker, baseball, and history. Grant also knows his wines, champagnes and brews. Oh yes, he generally dislikes politicians, and happens to be an expert marksman with a handgun and a rifle, while being pretty handy with a combat knife as well.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Offers Stellar Review of LIONHEARTS

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL received a big thumbs-up review from Kirkus Reviews:

“In this seventh entry of a series, terrorists attacking Christians in the United States must contend with the proficient recurring protagonist armed with Scripture and a Glock… By now, fans of Keating’s (Wine Into Water, 2016, etc.) thriller series will anticipate skillfully drawn characters. [Stephen] Grant, for one, is a considerate husband and unquestionably capable in action… The narrative’s swift momentum is retained even during profound moments, like a scene in which terrorists debate their cause after murdering two men that’s intercut with clergymen reciting biblical passages. Though sequences of Grant or [Paige] Caldwell and her team engaged in combat are exhilarating, the story’s brimming with everyday heroes. One political figure, for example, is rescued by a neighbor whose courage is measured by the hefty Desert Eagle gun he brandishes. First-rate supporting characters complement the sprightly pastor, who remains impeccable in this thriller.”

Read the entire review at https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/ray-keating/lionhearts2/


Friday, September 15, 2017

Anniversary Sale on WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL

Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant series – featuring a onetime Navy SEAL, former CIA operative and now a Lutheran pastor – began with WARRIOR MONK. September 16th marks the anniversary for publishing this thriller. So, we’re running a sale: Get a signed edition of WARRIOR MONK at www.raykeatingonline.com at a special sale price, or the Kindle edition at Amazon for a big discount (cut from $6.99 to $3.99) at https://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Monk-Pastor-Stephen-Grant-ebook/dp/B0043M4NRC/ref=pd_sim_351_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=E0S2YTTJ6YK7FJ2EV38W 



David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, observed: “Thriller and mystery writers have concocted all manner of main characters, from fly fishing lawyers to orchid aficionados and former ballplayers, but none has come up with anyone like Stephen Grant, the former Navy Seal and CIA assassin, and current Lutheran pastor. Grant mixes battling America's enemies and sparring with enemies of traditional Christian values, while ministering to his Long Island flock. The amazing thing is that the character works. The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL Has Arrived!

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating is here! It’s the seventh thriller featuring the onetime Navy SEAL, former CIA operative, and current Lutheran pastor.



In LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating, war has arrived on American soil, with Islamic terrorists using new tactics. Few are safe, including Christians, politicians, and the media. Pastor Stephen Grant taps into his past with the Navy SEALS and the CIA to help wage a war of flesh and blood, ideas, history, and beliefs. This is about defending both the U.S. and Christianity.

Lutheran Book Review says: “I miss Tom Clancy. Keating fills that void for me.” Keating also has been called “a great novelist” by the host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” radio, and MURDERER’S ROW won the 2015 Book of the Year award from KFUO radio.

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is available in trade paperback from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548964182/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1504126067&sr=8-2&keywords=lionhearts+by+keating

Signed copies can be ordered at www.raykeatingonline.com.


This thriller also can be purchased and downloaded for the Kindle at Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074RZN1V6?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

Monday, August 28, 2017

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL publication date moved up to this Thursday, August 31st!

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL publication date moved up to this Thursday, August 31st! Pre-orders for signed copies are being taken now at www.raykeatingonline.com. Also, Kindle edition can be pre-ordered at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074RZN1V6….
And the paperback will be available at Amazon on August 31st.



What's the deal with this latest thriller from Ray Keating? Here's the rundown...
War and Terrorism on American Soil in Award-Winning Novelist Ray Keating’s New Thriller “Lionhearts: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel”
Stephen Grant, Former Navy SEAL, Onetime CIA Operative and Current Pastor, is Back in the Fight
In LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating, war has arrived on American soil, with Islamic terrorists using new tactics. Few are safe, including Christians, politicians, and the media. Pastor Stephen Grant taps into his past with the Navy SEALS and the CIA to help wage a war of flesh and blood, ideas, history, and beliefs. This is about defending both the U.S. and Christianity.
With action on the churches, home, media and political fronts, LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL ranks as a breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Tragedy, justice, faith, love, friendship, violence, death and loss, hatred, courage, commitment and patriotism are brought to life for the reader. As with his earlier novels, Keating also serves up fascinating characters and relationships, humor, and crisp dialogue.
Keating’s previous thrillers/mysteries – WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL and WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL – have received widespread praise. For example, Kirkus Reviews has said the following:
On WINE INTO WATER: “A first-rate mystery makes this a series standout…”
On MURDERER’S ROW: “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”
On THE RIVER: “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.” 
Keating also has been called “a great novelist” by the host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” radio, and MURDERER’S ROW won the 2015 Book of the Year award from KFUO radio. Lutheran Book Review declared, “I miss Tom Clancy. Keating fills that void for me.” Amazon.com reviewers compare his thrillers to the works of Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum, John Grisham, Clive Cussler, W.E.B. Griffin and David Morrell.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kindle Sale: Anniversary Celebration Sale on ROOT OF ALL EVIL?

Anniversary Celebration Sale on ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL – Save BIG on Kindle Edition: Get It for Only $2.99



Enjoy a riveting thriller starring a former Navy SEAL, onetime CIA operative, and now a Lutheran pastor.

August 17th marks the publication anniversary of Ray Keating’s ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. The book has been widely praised. For example, best-selling author Paul L. Maier, who penned “A Skeleton in God's Closet,” “More Than A Skeleton,” and “The Constantine Codex,” said: “‘Root of All Evil?’ is an extraordinarily good read.  Only Ray Keating could come up with a character like Pastor Stephen Grant... As trouble mounts in this page-turner, Grant will need both skills - martial and theological - to punish evil and save the good.”

To celebrate, the Kindle price has been slashed to $2.99. This anniversary sale celebration will only last until August 24th, so take advantage right now!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

“Batman and Harley Quinn” – Stunningly Bad

by Ray Keating

0 Stars out of 5

Batman: The Animated Series, which ran from 1992 to 1995, was a marvelous achievement in animated television. It was a fascinating blend of cutting-edge Batman in a 1940s-style visual setting. For good measure, the creators found the perfect voice for Batman, provided by Kevin Conroy.



So, when I heard that Warner Brothers would be returning to this universe in a new animated movie called Batman and Harley Quinn, I was on board. The movie had a one-night theatrical release, so, along with my two sons, it was off to the movies on Monday night, August 14, looking forward to a triumphant return of this Batman on the big screen.

Make no mistake, I wanted Batman and Harley Quinn to be good … very good. Unfortunately, it turned out to be stunningly bad. And I don’t make such judgments lightly. As a storyteller myself, even when I dislike a book, television show or movie, I work to find something that I can point to that I enjoyed or appreciated. Batman and Harley Quinn offers nothing to appreciate.

The story was weak, uneven, and in the end, full of holes. Batman and Nightwing were underwhelming, to say the least, as characters and heroes. The animation during action scenes came up woefully short. And thanks to Harley Quinn, viewers must suffer through fart jokes, and over-the-line sexual innuendo. Quite frankly, this entire movie came across as being made by teenage boys.



And of course, what makes Batman and Harley Quinn so much worse is the fact that Batman: The Animated Series was so darn good. Alas, even the voice of Kevin Conroy – who many of us consider the “real Batman” – could not save Batman, Nightwing and assorted villains in this movie. So, let’s just forget this film. Don't bother with the DVD/Blue Ray. Let’s pretend it never happened. And instead, grab the DVDs of the 1990’s television series, and enjoy some great Batman storytelling.

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Ray Keating is the author of the PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS. The latest in the series is WINE INTO WATER.