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.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Real Pastors Giving Thumbs Up to a Fictional Pastor!

Ray Keating’s PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – feature a Lutheran pastor who used to be a Navy SEAL and a CIA operative. Keating’s mix of mystery, action, faith, real characters and dialogue, intrigue, humor, romance, and some big issues has received some big thumbs up from reviewers.

For example, on MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Reviews says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.” And Kirkus Reviews also gives a big thumbs up to THE RIVER: “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.”

But there’s more. It turns out that many real-life pastors are enjoying the adventures of a fictional colleague…

• “Ray Keating is a great novelist.”

• “Good novel, holds your attention, and the good guy is a minister!”

• “I miss Tom Clancy. Keating fills that void for me.”

• “Mr. Keating's storytelling is so lifelike that I almost thought I had worked with him when I was at Langley. Like the fictitious pastor, I actually spent 20 years working for the U.S. intelligence community, and once I started reading THE RIVER, I had to keep reading because it was so well-crafted and easy to follow and because it depicted a personal struggle that I knew all too well. I simply could not put it down.”

• “This Presbyterian pastor thoroughly enjoyed all of them! Anxiously awaiting the next…”

• “ROOT OF ALL EVIL? is an extraordinarily good read.”

• “I loved every second of it.”

• “Keating has created in WARRIOR MONK a cleric who for pastors, in the midst of what often seems a routine life, could become a part of an exciting and pleasurable fantasy.”

• “This is a great book - very akin to the David Morrell style with some suspense, and I love the great honesty seen in the portrayal of the pastor and the people.”

• “Ray Keating has crafted a wonderful story. I love the writing style and the little details about life as a Lutheran pastor (LCMS) that have made it into the story.”

Order all five of Keating’s thrillers – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – at Amazon in paperback or for the Kindle.

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