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Louisiana author examines role of Judas in new thriller

Louisiana author examines role of Judas in new thriller
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POSTED: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 11:04pm

The notorious betrayer of Jesus Christ, Judas Iscariot is one of history’s most reviled characters. Is there more to this despised villain than meets the eye?

Van Mayhall Jr., a Louisiana native, explores inconsistencies about the story of Judas Iscariot in his Louisiana-based thriller, “Judas the Apostle.” The book weaves Mayhall’s extensive research on Judas into the excitement of a fast paced international adventure.

The book is currently featured in the Barnes & Noble Rising Star Special Collection, which highlights handpicked selections from publisher iUniverse.

“This book examines controversial claims involving Judas Iscariot. But more than that, I wanted people to think about the Bible, its meaning and the battle between good and evil,” says Mayhall.

“Judas the Apostle” follows the story of ancient language expert Cloe Lejeune, whose life is shaken after learning that her estranged father has been murdered. She returns home to Louisiana and discovers an ancient clay jar her father left behind with the name Judas Iscariot inscribed on it.

As Lejeune tracks down her father’s killer and unravels the jar’s mysteries, she and fellow adventurers search for a piece of history that has the potential to set the international religious community on fire.

The reader is transported to exotic locales throughout time, including ancient Masada, North Africa during World War II and modern day Jerusalem and Lyon, France. South Louisiana readers will enjoy iconic venues in the book that include numerous scenes at LSU in Baton Rouge, Madisonville, Lake Pontchartrain and the Tchefuncte River.

In writing “Judas the Apostle,” Mayhall says his goal was to offer a thriller while celebrating Louisiana’s unique culture. “The book is about the main character’s rediscovery of family roots and the importance of her Louisiana upbringing and faith,” says Mayhall.

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