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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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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.
The author’s central conjecture, that the Apostle John is still alive and well, and living in Seattle of all places, seems somewhat incredulous at first. But as I delved into the fast paced storyline replete with dizzying flashbacks between what clearly seem to be a well-researched and oh so richly detailed mix of historical fiction intertwined with contemporary locales (you know the cliché – it feels like you are there? Well, in this case it really does), it turned out to be an intriguingly crafted religious conspiracy thriller; a suspenseful telling that also reads easy and is rather believable at that.
It is this unexpected premise of course that draws you in and keeps you gripped, page after page. What if John is still alive? What if Jesus’ last words about the apostle in the eponymous book of John (Jn 21:22) are taken at face value? What if there is indeed a 2,000 year old man, still miraculously young and virile, walking in our midst on a mysterious quest, evading a murky enemy in the shadows, as he travels from city to city and country to country across the millennia? How would our protagonist have borne witness to the course of history and recounted it to a modern audience?
In the book, the apostle turns out to be quite a complex character, à la a combo of deft action hero Jack Ryan in a Tom Clancy spy noir and Christopher Lambert’s (he of ‘There can be only one’ fame) ancient warrior in the 80’s Highlander screen epic with just enough of a small Bruce Wayne type fortune that he has accumulated along the journey towards some purposeful end. Oh and throw in a ‘Romancing the Stone’ unfolding love interest to keep it spicy. That said; the author’s authentic characterization keeps the Apostle of Love very real with all too human foibles and poignant struggles that we can all relate to. Certainly there is a faith based slant, yet the theology is kept refreshingly lucid and not at all overbearing; in fact it’s quite artfully woven into the narrative and grace filled, insightfully so.
Clearly a sequel is called for, which you will discover to your dismay at the end…that frustrated pause when you want more but have to patiently wait…but also delight as you look forward to the next installment. I hope Dennis Brooke, wherever in the world he is now like his character, is busy writing away. This reader demands it.
Although the book is from an apostle it is not a religious book and the way he writes the ancient part looks very real. The modern part in the lovely Seattle made me enjoy the book even more!!
The narrative style of the book is very captivating and pleasant to read, the jumps back and forth between the two storylines makes the book very easy to read. It is not an usual theme for me to read as a Brazilian, but I can feel that there is a lot more to explore on this theme and I can’t wait to read Dennis Brooke’s next book!!
THE LAST APOSTLE does not disappoint, but steadily intrigues as the reader follows Johanan on journeys throughout his time on this earth. Historical characters, ways of life, and possible scenarios with Johanan are woven throughout, adding a richness to the storyline. A wonderful read and now I'm looking forward to the next in this series!