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Forgotten Word [Kindle Edition]

Sam Jane Brown
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Book Description

Zena McGrath is a detective working for an International Police Organisation at their Dublin Office. A routine day is turned upside down when she receives a call from her boss in the New York office.

A number of Catholic Priests have died in mysterious circumstances, the latest being an Irish Priest based at the Vatican. The Vatican authorities claim the deaths are due to natural causes. Brian Evens; Zena’s Superior officer based in New York tells Zena she must fly to Rome and meet a high-ranking Vatican Priest to discuss the case.

When Zena arrives at the Vatican she is greeted by Cardinal Donatello, a mysterious figure who has responsibility for training priests in the secretive and highly dangerous art of Exorcism. He reveals to Zena that the Priests who have died were all Exorcists and takes her on a shocking visit to see a Priest who is possessed by evil spirits.

Cardinal Donatello reluctantly reveals the seriousness of the problems the Vatican is facing in the eternal battle between good and evil and Zena herself has a chilling encounter with a demonic presence. Although shocked and disturbed by what she has seen at the Vatican, Zena is persuaded by Cardinal Donatello to allow the Vatican Authorities to fight the evil in their own way and not pursue her investigation.

Zena convinces Brian Evens that there is nothing to investigate at the Vatican and prepares to return to Dublin, only to be summoned to New York when another Catholic Priest is discovered brutally murdered. Zena flies to New York with a Bible given to her by cardinal Donatello and an evil presence following her every move.

During the course of the murder investigation in New York Zena is persuaded to take part in a Satanic Ritual in order to let her see into the past and reveal the murderer of the Priest. Whilst in a trance she sees the people responsible for the crime and the shocking truth leads her back to Rome and the culprit.

Cardinal Donatello is deported to New York to stand trial for his part in the crime and during the course of the trial the whole shocking truth of the Catholic Church’s battle against evil and the extent of satanic worship is revealed to the incredulous world. Cardinal Donatello is found guilty of his crimes and the revelations spark worldwide revulsion against all forms of religion, something that Zena with her insights into the world of Satan had warned of.

Zena returns to Ireland as the overthrow of world religions gathers pace to find peace and to try and rid herself of the evil spirits that are haunting her. Her quest leads her to the Holy Land in an attempt to find God and inner peace.

The events in the Holy Land lead to a climactic and shocking finale to this tale of good against evil; the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Editorial Reviews


The Examiner

Author Sam Jane Brown's debut novel examines religion's role in society. Brown's debut book, "Forgotten Word," takes readers on a fast-paced journey that touches upon an array of thought-provoking points, including the role of religion and the potential impact of a new world order whereby religion is banned.

Product Details

  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Sam Jane Brown; First Edition edition (March 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IWE54K
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I forgot it alright. June 7, 2014
By Hyouten
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I wasn’t sure what to make of this book when I read the description. The first part made me imagine a book about a cop investigating Vatican officials who somehow involved themselves with criminal activities. That would have made for something interesting. And then this line followed:

“This leads to the overthrow of world religions, a shocking finale and the second coming of Jesus Christ.”

I was like, “Excuse me?!”

I should have just stopped right there and passed, but my curiosity got the best of me. Curse my curiosity because this book turned out to be quite… bad.

Forgotten Word follows Zena McGrath, an Irish lady working for the Interpol. She gets assigned to the case regarding priests dying mysteriously and is sent to the Vatican to investigate. Cardinal Donatello chalks it up to exorcism and convinces her to stay out of it. Another priest dies inexplicably in New York, Zena gets called on to the case again, and everything goes downhill from there.

Very early into the book I realized that this wasn’t going to be the crime mystery I hoped it was going to be. The moment it started mentioning the appearance of a demon, I knew it was going to be something else. The book had a supernatural edge to it, an aspect that is kept throughout the entire book and was cranked up to crazy levels of maximum towards the end. The investigation about the deaths is really just an instrument to move the events over; the real goal of the book is to convince you to stay religious.

To make matters worse, the writing in the book is atrocious. Never mind the fact that it’s written in present tense (this actually doesn’t bother me at all). The whole book is very robotic, making it boring very quickly.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing plot March 18, 2014
By Possum
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This was a good, interesting plot. It was let down by the writing. It is difficult to write in the present tense and I find it unnatural to read it. There were many grammar errors and sometimes the tenses were very confused. I think this could be a really good book with some editing. Having said that I did persevere to the end, which I don't usually do , because I found the plot intriguing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Word January 10, 2013
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Similar to Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, and just as good. A real page-turner. Sam Jane Brown is a natural.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced suspenseful read March 26, 2014
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With the Catholic Church as the background, this book opens in a very chilling manner.

I was glued to this book from page one.

If you like white knuckle suspenseful reads, you do not want to miss this book.

I saw that a few people commented that this book is written in the present tense. It is but I don’t think it in any ways detracts from the meat of this story.

Eerie, suspenseful and fast paced the author takes us down a twisting and turning road.

There’s a lot of action and a plot that will have you reflecting long after you are done reading.

Definitely recommend this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Compelling debut novel February 20, 2013
By mariey
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After reading Sam Jane Brown's debut novel 'Forgotten Word', I believe there are two different ways to view her work. First, you can look at this as a complete work of fiction and realize that Sam is quite a talented author and has created an intriguing and compelling story about the battle between Jesus and Satan. The second viewpoint would be from someone that believes in Jesus and knows that unseen battles happen between good and evil everyday and most people do not ever see or even know about them. For those that align with the latter, this is an extreme case in point but an excellent reminder that Jesus is real and that the Bible is quite often forgotten. Regardless of the viewpoint you take, this is quite an exceptional book and I am looking forward to Sam Jane Brown's second novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling mystery May 1, 2014
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Forgotten Word is an enthralling mystery whose beginning surrounds the topic of demonic possession, exorcism, and the presence of Satan, and whose plot takes an interesting turn when the total ban of religion is proposed. The unspoken message is, what consequences would that cause us - and is a lack of faith really a solution to our problems?

Aside from this theoretical question, the book's plot is full of excitement, easy to follow, and interestingly thrilling. Pick it up if you enjoy religious themes and classic good-versus-evil battles.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking Read March 14, 2012
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I was skeptical given the subject matter, but when I read this book I thought there were a lot of things in it that made me think. It's a timely book given the world we live in, and while there isn't a lot of action, I really liked the main character Zena. I could see more books with her in them and even a movie series based on her investigations. All-in-all a good quick read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking sophistication and talent August 4, 2014
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As one star is the least we can give just know it's a gift.
What could be a decent plot line is ruined by lack of writing talent and little knowledge of theology or scripture.
Sam Jane Brown is no Dan Brown.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
Was this author beaten with the Baltimore Catechism as a child? Oh boy……..I am so very thankful I downloaded this book when it was free. Read more
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Whatever your view of religion a higher Power within us is all that is needed. Faith in that will allow us heaven on earth.
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OK, but not Dan Brown.
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A different point of view on how things may happen at the end. Nicely writing and well defined characters. Good work.....
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1.0 out of 5 stars Falsehood after falsehood
There is so much misconception about spiritual matters that the book doesn't even deserve any kind of consideration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
At first I was not sure I could get into this, but I kept reading, then I couldn't put it down. Great writing.
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