Aug. 20, 2012
-- Rochester, NY Month Date, 2012—Besides being at the foundation of the Christian faith, the original manuscripts of the Gospels and Epistles would be of incalculable value to criminals on the black market. Dr. Jonathan Munro is about to find out just how valuable they are when his best friend, archeologist Stephen Kaufman, is knifed in the streets of Ankara, resulting in a whirlwind quest in Michael J. Scott’s “The Lost Scrolls” (ISBN 9781937844905, Ellechor Publishing, 2012).
Archeologist Stephen Kaufman has unearthed a priceless artifact—a scroll revealing the location of the New Testament’s original manuscripts. But before he can share his discovery with the world, he is knifed down in the streets of Ankara. When the news reaches Kaufman’s university department in the U.S., his best friend and colleague, Dr. Jonathan Munro, is sent to Turkey to see his ailing friend and determine the validity of his discovery.
Dr. Munro soon finds himself reunited with his ex-girlfriend, Kaufman’s sister, Izzy. Together, they realize that many nefarious criminals seek the information Izzy’s brother has discovered, including a billionaire with his own mercenaries, a former assassin turned monk, and a group of politicians and terrorists from Turkey. Izzy and Munro will have to stay ahead of all these dangerous individuals as they search for clues to the scrolls’ location among some of Christianity’
s most historic and sacred sites, including Greece’s Mount Athos and the Vatican.
In a recent interview, author Michael J. Scott explained his reasons for writing a Christian adventure novel: “Recently, there’s been a spate of Gnostic literature making the rounds, rife with speculation about the Knights Templar and the meaning of the Holy Grail and other Middle Age myths...in an attempt to deny the historicity of Jesus. I wanted to counter this trend in fiction by writing an archaeological suspense story that supports Christianity, rather than undermining it.” Beyond the novel’s adventure, Scott believes readers will find “The Lost Scrolls” fascinating because, “People want to know whether or not something that old that tells such a fantastic tale could possibly be true.”
Readers and reviewers are praising “The Lost Scrolls” for both its adventure story and its message of faith. Various Amazon reviewers have called “The Lost Scrolls,” “A Great Christian Adventure Novel,” “like a speeding roller coaster,” and said, “The plot was interesting and made you want to go searching for the truth behind the book.” Richard Blake of Reader Views concludes, “Scott’s character development is superb....I found myself identifying with his protagonist Jonathan when Izzy implied he was a hypocrite. This gave him cause to stop and reflect on his faith. Jonathan’s personal reflection, questions, and challenge carry with them a subtle message for the reader to pursue these same steps—an excellent presentation.”
About the Author
Michael J. Scott specializes in action/adventure thrillers and suspense. His novels include “Jefferson’
s Road: The Spirit of Resistance” and “Jefferson’
s Road: Patriots and Tyrants” about an attempt to spark a second American Revolution by assassinating the President on Inauguration Day; “The Coppersmith,”
in which a serial killer stalks pastors in Upstate New York; “Spilled Milk,” about a man who becomes a terrorist to rescue his children from a corrupt foster care system; and the sword-and-sorcery fantasy “Eye of Darkness.” Michael lives outside Rochester, New York with his wife and three children.
“The Lost Scrolls” (ISBN 9781937844905, Ellechor Publishing, 2012) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit www.michaeljscott.wordpress.com. Publicity contact: www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.