Guest Blogger: Bob Mayer
What if Judas is still alive and it appears the Second Coming is upon us?
That’s the basic premise of my latest release, I, Judas: The Fifth Gospel. The story takes place in the present and the inciting incident is the sudden appearance of an object on a collision course with Earth. Two very powerful groups take this event two very different ways: The Brotherhood views the object as Wormwood, one of the signs the Rapture is near. The Illuminati view is as a threatening object that needs to be destroying.
Further muddying up the issue is the rumor that Judas Iscariot, cursed by Jesus to wander the world until the Second Coming, is hiding somewhere in the Amazon and he’s written a Fifth book to Bible, one that tells a very different story.
As nations scramble to try to stop the Intruder, as they call it, the Brotherhood seeks to implement the Great Commission: sending the word of God to every person on the planet; and their mode of doing that could a threat by itself.
I use two timelines in the novel, which is always difficult to pull off. I spend time on the last day with Judas and the survivors of the team sent to assassinate him as he educates them about what the Second Coming really is; and then I move back three days to when the object is first sights and how the world reacts to it. Both timelines merge at the end.
To me the key to the book is the danger of believing one has absolute knowledge about something. I think there is a balancing act between knowledge and faith. However, other people believe faith has to be absolute and not questioned.
What do you think? Should one question their faith and does the very act of doing that, destroy that faith? Should one question what they think they know and open their minds up to the infinite possibilities of the universe?
Bob Mayer is the NY TIMES Bestselling author of factual thrillers. He steeps his stories in military, historical and scientific facts, then weaves those facts through fiction creating an exciting ride for the reader. He’s a West Point graduate, former Green Beret, and author of more than 50 books that have sold over 5 million copies in print, digitally and in audio. He’s been on bestseller lists in thriller, science fiction, suspense, action, war, historical fiction and is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll. He is one of the top grossing indie authors in the world. He is the CEO of Cool Gus Publishing, which has earned over a million dollars in just eighteen months after selling only three eBooks the first month in business. He is a leading expert on digital publishing and the eBook market. He will have a new major release from 47North of Amazon on 11 December 2012: AREA 51: NIGHTSTALKERS.
First off loved the book. What a premise! This was probably a ballsier book to pen than Dan Browns work IMHO. I figure if ANY belief system can’t stand to a lil healthy scrutiny it’s not much of a system. Though I realize the fundamentalist camp will be aghast at some of the things Bob “dares” to question, as for myself I figure God in whatever form you care to imagine him/her/it has broad enough shoulders if you will to stand up to some healthy Whys?