Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wilderness Rising by A. L. Shields

From A. L. Shields-pseudonym for New York Times best-selling author Stephen L. Carter-comes the thrilling sequel to 
The Church Builder.

An age-old struggle between the enemies of God and the champions of faith.
A rumored relic that could prove Christ performed miracles-or declare him a fraud.

A woman on the run from international authorities.
Bethany Barclay is fighting to outwit the Wilderness, an ancient and powerful cabal bent on destroying Christianity. Its members murdered her best friend, framed her for acts of terrorism, and captured the brilliant teen hacker she vowed to protect. To ransom the girl, Bethany must find the Pilate Stone-a mysterious first-century artifact that might not even exist.

But she's not the only one looking for the stone. In an international landscape of double agents, Bethany finds it impossible to tell friend from foe. The Garden, a secret group of powerful intellectuals sworn to save the Church and help Bethany, is collapsing under the rising power of the Wilderness. And an ocean separates her from her only proven ally-the lone wolf Ray Fuentes, who has battles of his own to fight.

A sparse trail of breadcrumbs takes Bethany across Europe into a labyrinth of academics, art historians, and followers of a reclusive monastic order. As her quest transforms into an ever more complex and dangerous game, unlikely actors in the drama emerge. Some are ruthlessly devoted to preserving a world where faith is possible. Others aim to brutally, and finally, undermine belief.

Including her own.

I was provided a complimentary copy by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Wilderness Rising is the second book in this series, book one is The Church Builder.
In book two we are following Bethany, a woman who has been framed for acts of terrorism as she is searching for an artifact called the Pilate Stone, which might not even be real. On the way, Bethany requires the help of The Garden- a secret group dedicated to saving the Church.
I was somewhat at a disadvantage, as I had not read book one when I started book two. It is possible to follow along, it does however take some time to get acclimated to the story. Wilderness Rising starts right after book one.
Being behind already, and not being a HUGE fan of suspense books- made it a little harder for me to really get into the book. I will say this however, in the end none of that mattered! The book is fast paced, full of surprises, and so many twists and turns that your head is jumping all around with images... all in a good way!
If you are a fan of espionage or conspiracy theories then you HAVE to read this book! 
About the Author:
A. L. Shields is a pseudonym for Stephen L. Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he has taught for thirty years. He is also the author of seven acclaimed works of nonfiction and five best-selling novels. His first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002), spent eleven weeks on the New York Times best seller list.

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