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.
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Wine Into Water by Ray Keating finds Pastor Stephen Grant navigating the treacherous world of counterfeit winemaking. A student of wine himself back in his CIA days, Grant is tasked with uncovering a counterfeit ring, which also involves dead restaurateurs, as well as members of his investigative team. Part thriller and part mystery, Wine into Water is full of action, suspense and an electric cast of characters – both villainous and heroic – that will satisfy fans of crime thrillers.
Though Wine into Water and the Stephen Grant series could most certainly be classified as Christian fiction, the book can also be enjoyed by those looking for a pure crime thriller...
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Monday, December 19, 2016
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
From a December 13 Aleteia.org article offering recommended reads for a snowy day, the reviewer, Russ Saltzman, wrote the following about WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating:
"The first time we meet the intrepid Lutheran Pastor Stephan Grant, a former CIA agent with notches on his gun, he has saved Pope Augustine from a knife-wielding monk. The pastor of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on Long Island (yes, there are Lutheran congregations named for St. Mary), Grant seems to be one of those pastors who ends up everywhere at once, and St. Mary’s seems to be one of those parishes that takes pastoral absences calmly. In this adventure, sixth in the series, wine counterfeiters (no, I haven’t heard of that either) infest the vineyards. When Grant’s around, nobody messes with the communion wine."
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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Monday, December 5, 2016
It was declared in the review:
"The recurring protagonist shares the spotlight with many characters who appeared in preceding novels. This narrative approach, however, proves beneficial. To begin with, the story, though boasting the series' now-prerequisite action sequences, shifts most of its attention to the mystery. Keating establishes genuine suspects: seems all winemakers, from the respected to the dubious, are under attack, so those culpable aren't easily detectable. Grant undoubtedly shines in confrontations with baddies as well as lighter subplots: scenes behind the pulpit and his visible awkwardness whenever Caldwell and his wife, Jennifer, are together. But it's the search for killers that makes the biggest impact, and the pastor can't take full credit; it's a team effort, with characters (i.e., Grant's old CIA pals) that are just as essential.
"A first-rate mystery makes this a series standout, even if the titular protagonist splits his hero status with others." - Kirkus Reviews
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Thursday, December 1, 2016
That's interesting, and raises the question: Who is the real warrior monk - Mattis or Stephen Grant?
Time to check out WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL.
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
Author Tyrel Bramwell wrote:
Ray Keating’s third Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, An Advent for Religious Liberty, continues to bring to life this heroic pastor. What pastor doesn’t want to be like Pr. Grant? What parishioner doesn’t want him as his shepherd?!...
I don’t know if it was originally released during Advent, but I wish I would’ve read it during Advent. As a novella it packs an intriguing story into a quick read, perfect for the busy-ness that comes with December!
Mayor-elect Adam Pritchett’s over the top personality is Trumpian (for lack of a better word), which enabled me to buy into the rapid and overt attack on religious freedom in the story. How it’s stopped, well, that’s on par with how I’ve come to expect Pr. Stephen Grant to handle things – like a boss.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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“A very good read. Ray Keating does a wonderful job at a good mystery. This book kept my attention and on the edge of my chair, I couldn't put the book down…”
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Saturday, November 19, 2016
"Another success from Keating! Keating is a refreshing relief of the cheesy and predictable Christian novels! I've said it before and will say it again, he is the Vince Flynn and Brad Thor of Christian novels. Mr Keating, keep them coming!"
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
About AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, Tyrel Bramwell, a pastor and novelist, declares, “I don’t know if it was originally released during Advent, but I wish I would’ve read it during Advent… [I]t packs an intriguing story into a quick read, perfect for the busy-ness that comes with December!”
Stephen Grant is a pastor, a past CIA operative, and a former Navy SEAL.
Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of KFUO’s BookTalk, and his novels have received widespread praise from reviewers at, for example, The Washington Times, FirstThings.com, Kirkus Reviews, SeriousReading.com, Touchstone magazine, WORLD magazine, Lutheran Book Review, and LutheranForum.org. Also, reviewers at Amazon compare Keating to Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, and Morrell.
Check out AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, along with Keating’s latest thriller, WINE INTO WATER, and the other gripping Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
"Yowsers. That about says it all. Every kind of kook is represented from the far right and far left. Delightful friends and collared brothers make up most of the scene chewing. Oh, and let's not forget a potential love interest. Good guys, bad guys, looks. They're all here with action to boot. Did I forget to mention that God and his Son, Jesus run throughout the book in a most delightful way!"
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Monday, November 7, 2016
Keating does it again! He provides another solid volume of the Pastor Stephen Grant Novel series. This time it involves wine tasting and counterfeit wines. Although it follows a familiar PSG Novel format (starting with an episode from Grant's former CIA days with relevance to this novel as well as weaving of previous well developed characters), it turns subtly and skillfully to the ending crescendo.
Relationships abound in Keating's writing, from former CIA/FBI times to Christian relationships to bonds among the criminal elite. These all intertwine with new characters and relationships emerging in this novel. A critical one here is Grant's training under wine/poker expert Larry Banner who is sold very expensive counterfeit wine. Grant's finely acquired wine tasting skills come into play here as he takes notice of distinct hint of vanilla in a Merlot. Intrigued? You should be as this novel again grabs hold of the reader and accelerates to a unexpected ending.
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