The Tree of Jesse by J. R. Mattison

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The Tree of Jesse by J. R. Mattison
Publisher: Rochester Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Paranormal
Length: Full (284 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

Two star crossed lovers, one ancient prophecy, and a secret society that will stop at nothing to keep them from fulfilling their destiny. Critically acclaimed screenwriter Mattison delivers a nail-biting thriller that blends edge of your seat excitement, religious prophecy and romance seamlessly.

Messiah…he’s here…

According to Judean prophecy he could be anyone. Anywhere. But what if he was someone you’d never expect…and the truth makes you question all that you know.

On a lonely strip of Death Valley a failing musician awakens to an intriguing new life; one filled with ancient languages, a hidden identity and the woman who holds the key to unlocking his destiny…his connection to the lost pages of the Dead Sea Scrolls. But there are those who want to keep the secrets buried, and will stop at nothing to keep the prophecy from unfolding…

The Tree of Jesse is a thrilling book about a Messianic prophecy beginning to unfold, about the people who want to see it stopped and those who are excited to see it coming to pass. It was exactly like, and yet nothing like what I expected based on the blurb.

Unusually created, with numerous and incredibly short chapters that give you bites into nearly a dozen different points-of-view, it was occasionally disjointed, sometimes confusing and frustrating (I’d just be really getting into one POV when it would end and jump to another). Still, the authors writing skill and the interesting plot kept me turning pages.

Jesse is an unlikely hero–a guy in a band who’s hooked on drugs and actually overdoses. He’s saved by Mara, a woman who isn’t sure why she feels the need to help him, but does so anyway. There’s also the birth of a red calf which signals the rebuilding of Solomon’s temple and so much more. The author has clearly done her research into … well, just about everything! We have rabbis and CIA agents and music producers and Catholic bishops and … it’s amazing, convoluted, complex and fascinating. Sometimes it doesn’t move as quickly as I’d like, and I’m not sure the author couldn’t have shortened the book a bit to create more excitement and suspense, but even so it made me breathless in places.

Perhaps not a book for everyone, and not really a romance in the true sense, this book would appeal to the fans of stories of stories about folks trying to piece together a mystery, and the people who don’t want the solution to occur and are willing to use any means to accomplish their goal. Intriguing, to be sure.


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