Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of this amazing blog tour for; The Lies of Our Fathers by Jonathan Mark, which is the second book in The Barnabas Trilogy. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this fantastic book with your all. Firstly, I want to say thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for the invite to this tour, now let’s have a look at this book.
About the Book
The Lies of Our Fathers by Jonathan Mark
Series: The Barnabas Trilogy
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Spy Fiction
Format: ebook, paperback
Release Date: 20th August, 2020
Antioch 1098. A Crusader knight saves the lives of a Muslim family.
A city under siege by the army of the First Crusade. Sickened by the slaughter of Muslims, an English knight rescues a family and helps them escape. In the midst of battle he discovers a holy secret. When the tide is turned and the Crusaders find themselves besieged within the walls of Antioch, the same Muslim family must risk their lives to save the English knight.
Ankara 2000. An ancient bible is discovered.
An original version of the Gospel of Barnabas, supporting the Islamic view of Jesus and suppressed by the Christian church for centuries, is discovered by Turkish police in an anti- smuggling operation.
Iran 2005. A son hunts his terrorist father.
Richard Helford, MI6 agent, is searching for his father, a wanted terrorist. A search for the truth will take him from the Greek islands to the deserts of Iran, via Turkish occupied Cyprus. Embroiled in the bloody rivalries of Iranian politics, could his father be guilty of a murder that hurts Richard to the core of who he is? Richard must find the secret of the Crusader knight and the proof that the Gospel of Barnabas is not a forgery. Or will the assassination squads from the CIA and Mossad get there first?
What are The Lies of Our Fathers?
The second novel in the Barnabas trilogy.
Lies of our Fathers is a fast and furious, its a compelling and gripping mix of history, spies and adventure. There are dangers, twists and turns which will lead you along a thrilling path of discovery.
This is the second book in the Barnabas trilogy, even though you could read this as a stand-alone or before the first book; The Last Messenger, I would highly recommend you do read them in order as your overall reading experience would benefit from reading them in sync. This is a gripping series, one which will hook you like a fish on the line and unlike the fish, you won’t be released back into the wild to be caught again, you will be forever obsessed with these stories,
I am a big fan of thrillers which have a bit of adventure mixed in, especially those which incorporate a historical element, and this is easily right up there with some of my favourites. I loved how this started we have a glimpse into where the entirety of the story started in Antioch, 1098, where an English Knight saves the lives of a Muslim family during the Crusades. I love stores set during this era, and it did at times make me think of the film; Kingdom of Heaven.
Fast forward to the year 2000, where the lost Gospel of Barnabas is found, now if you have read The da Vinci Code (the book I may add is far, far better than the film) or any book which features hidden Gospels of religious secrets coming to light, then you will have an inkling of the trouble and danger it can cause if those wanting to hide the truth find out about the appearance in the world. But, also it makes for a damn great subplot which will keep you guessing.
Now, finally, we end up in 2005, where our hero Richard is on the hunt for the truth, he sets out on a journey which will have a huge impact on not just him but those around him and it will test him to the limit’s, I really liked seeing how the fractured relationship between Richard and his father; David develops, it’s very complicated and emotional.
I loved this book, there writing is flawless, it flows from one scene to the next like a rampant river, the pacing is perfect for the plot. I really like the faster-paced thrillers and this one is just the right amount of danger and history, it really kept my attention throughout, it has its complexities which will trip you up if you don’t pay attention.
I have to mention the cover, it’s super eye-catching at first glance and it was the first thing that intrigued about this book, but what I really like about it is how perfectly the cover corresponds with the overall story, I have mentioned this before in other reviews that I do really like it when the cover is really thought about and goes along with the book, instead of just slapping a random picture on the front that means nothing to the story. This one is done so brilliantly it really is in sync.
If you love the likes of Kris Kuzneski, Steve Berry and Raymond Khoury then this is the book you need to read, in fact just read it anyway it’s a thrilling, high-octane, rollercoaster ride which once strapped in you will be hanging on to every page for dear life never wanting it to end and when it does you want to do it all over again.
Overall, Lies of Our Fathers is an action-packed, double-edged sword which has everything you would ever want from an adventure/thriller. Jonathan Mark is an amazing author and personally, I think is standing shoulder to shoulder with the finest thriller authors around.
I can’t recommend it enough!
About the Author
Jonathan Mark worked for nearly forty years in the City of London financial district, he retired early to pursue his long held ambition to write novels. He shares his time between Essex and Cornwall and travels around the world to research material for his books.
To kick start his writing career he completed an MA in Crime and Thriller writing at City University London. At the time, this course was the only creative writing MA in the country which focused on commercial crime fiction. The Last Messenger was the novel submitted to complete the MA.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jonathan-Mark/e/B072HCBT1F/