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The Last Apostle: A Novel (John the Immortal Series) Paperback – February 1, 2016
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I read The Last Apostle by Dennis Brooke and loved it. My only regret is I finished it in one day and I want more! A fantastic story with an even better message.
~Tom Ziglar, Speaker and author of Best-Selling book Born to Win
Emotionally compelling and extremely well written, The Last Apostle is a wonderful fable of hope, faith, and love that left me inspired and renewed in my faith.
~Rob “Waldo” Waldman, author of the national bestseller Never Fly Solo
Skillfully plotted, paced and written, The Last Apostle is an engaging read that sets the hook hard and reels one in quickly. In truth, I cannot wait to read the sequel -- and wish I would have conceived of the concept myself!
~Brannon Hollingsworth, co-author of H20, Skein of Shadows, and The Guestbook; author of The Truth Is Out There, Ambush, Nod, Robot Dad, and Sundered.
When Dennis Brooke first told me the idea for his novel, The Last Apostle I was intrigued. After reading it, I'm captivated. By weaving history with modern day allure, Brooke has created a fascinating, fresh perspective on the apostle Jesus loved. Can't wait to see where he takes the story from here.
~James L. Rubart, bestselling author of The Five Times I Met Myself.
With a weaving of current events and history, Brooke's novel provides a narrative drive that has plot surprises, moral challenges, and thought-provoking character dilemmas.
~Dennis E. Hensley, Ph.D., author of Jesus in All Four Seasons
In The Last Apostle, Dennis Brooke effortlessly blends past and present as he creates a world where Jesus’ beloved disciple is still alive. Brooke gives readers a glimpse of daily life in the ancient Mediterranean and how the Gospel spread across the Roman Empire. He explores the burden of living a prolonged life, including the challenges of staying hidden in our shrinking modern world. Drama, romance, and humor all come together in a story that’s both entertaining and edifying. The Last Apostle is a must-read for anyone who’s wondered about the rumor mentioned in the book of John. It’s for anyone who’s ever thought What if the last living apostle was still alive?
~Kim Vandel, author of Into the Fire
A compelling premise, engaging characters, and a well-crafted plot make The Last Apostle a stunning speculative fiction debut. Dennis Brooke is a novelist to watch.
~Janalyn Voigt, author of DawnSinger (Tales of Faeraven)
I dare you to set this book down after the first chapter. The compelling premise that the apostle John could still be alive hooked me, but it was the well-crafted plot and strong characters that kept me reading. Put The Last Apostle at the top of your reading list!
~Lesley Ann McDaniel, author of Saving Grace
I didn’t have to read far in Brooke’s debut novel to realize this was going to be a captivating read. Strong characters, who are easy to relate to, and a compelling plot propel this story in a way that simply carries the reader from one page to the next. One for the keeper shelf!
~Lynnette Bonner, author of Shepherd’s Heart Series, Islands of Intrigue series and The Hearts of Hollywood series
Every so often a novel comes along that blurs the lines of fact and fiction to such an extent that it draws the reader into a world where one questions if what they are reading is true. The Last Apostle does just that by setting an elaborate story of the Apostle John’s never ending life as eluded to by Jesus in the Gospel of John. Dennis Brooke leads us on a mesmerizing journey filled with action, mystery, intrigue, and suspense. I just couldn’t put it down. Like the main character, John Amato, you will want this book to keep going and never stop. This is truly one of the great adventure novels of the 21st Century.
~Buzz Leonard, Missionary
Dennis Brooke draws readers in and keeps them entertained with fast-paced action. Whether describing John’s adventures in the first century or the twenty-first century in this work of speculative fiction, the author includes realistic descriptions accented by gentle humor. I found some scenes reminiscent of the Jesus in the 9 to 5 series by master storyteller Dr. Dennis E. Hensley. The Last Apostle is a page-turner for sure.
~Diana Savage, author of 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times, Director, Northwest Christian Writers Renewal
About the Author
Dennis Brooke, a former US Air Force officer, counts standing on the Berlin Wall in its final days as one of the highlights of his life. His work and travel have taken him all over the world, including Sydney, Australia, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Strasbourg, France. His home base is in Seattle, the heart of the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife, Laurie, believe that you make your own adventures. They are avid hikers, kayakers, bikers, and world travelers.
Dennis teaches at writing conferences and has been published in over two dozen international and local publications.
Connect with Dennis at www.DennisBrooke.com.
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As expected, I enjoyed reading this story very much, even though I don't entirely accept its premise that Jesus is keeping John alive until everyone on Earth has been reached with his message, but if anyone else ever finds out for sure who he is that triggers the Apocalypse. (Theologically, such a warning would put in John's hands a decision Jesus previously said is known only to God.) This also leads to John having to shade the truth a lot to keep those closest to him from figuring it out. Lazarus Long was able to be honest with a few friends and loved ones, and I hope that will become true also for John as this series continues, as his worrying constantly lest someone learn his identity gets old after a while.
I particularly liked the idea that John had fighting skills, and girl friends, both in the early years and today. It was also neat to see him hanging out with the same sorts of folks you'd expect of a true Apostle, and (avoiding a spoiler here) eventually learning why he befriended some of those around him.
There's also an interestingly different take on spiritual warfare, with an unexpected representative of evil whose name is an interesting anagram with at least two additional relevant meanings. Fortunately, this isn't one of those novels where Deus Ex Machina miracles happen every few pages. At one point, John notes he's had no word from the Lord in a long time, and in another John takes off without direct guidance and no clear direction of travel. I liked that, as it makes him more like most Christian believers.
Highly recommended, and I'll be eagerly looking forward to the sequel.
He becomes involved in trying to bring clean water to those who do not have it and in the process becomes close to a young lady. There also, in the plot is a TV series being produced regarding the idea that John might still be alive which brings suspense and suspicion on him.
Chapters, for the most part alternate between today and the time John is made young again. Some even jump back to years like 1952 in the middle. Somehow it is not confusing, but for some it would be better if there was some labeling of the time/era changes.
It’s an interesting concept; some might find it slightly unsettling. It is meant to be the first book in a series, but does not leave one in a ‘to be continued state’.
It's a great concept, and I found myself wishing I had come up with the idea. But I felt like the author didn't take advantage of the story possibilities enough. I wasn't convinced that John Amato was living the life that a modern-day apostle would live, called to be a witness to the world. There was no sense of urgency in him about saving people's souls, and even though he was a nice guy and well liked, there never seemed to be a spiritual connection between him and God. He is told at one point that his task is to "raise a great deal of money, which which they would save the world." If that's all it took, then it seems like the Second Coming should have happened a long time before now.
I was concerned early on that there wasn't enough conflict in the story; it was to be a story of good versus evil, or at least that's the way I would have seen it. There is one mysterious, presumably evil, figure that appears sporadically early on, then becomes a central figure for a brief time, then disappears, but I felt it was underplayed.