The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years - except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in this divinely hilarious, yet heartfelt work 'reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams' (Philadelphia Inquirer). Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes, Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Saviour's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more - except maybe 'Maggie,' Mary of Magdala - and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.
The most poignant of all De Vries's novels, The Blood of the Lamb is also the most autobiographical. It follows the life of Don Wanderhop from his childhood in an immigrant Calvinist family living in Chicago in the 1950s through the loss of a brother, his faith, his wife, and finally his daughter-a tragedy drawn directly from De Vries's own life. Despite its foundation in misfortune, The Blood of the Lamb offers glimpses of the comic sensibility for which De Vries was famous. Engaging directly with the reader in a manner that buttresses the personal intimacy of the story, De Vries writes with a powerful blend of grief, love, wit, and fury.
Uri and Katzman are Israeli soldiers occupying a Palestinian village in the West Bank. Uri is idealistic and full of hope, feels the injustice of the occupation keenly, and becomes close to Khilmi, the village storyteller. Katzman on the other hand is 'a contracted muscle' - he has taught himself not to feel. And Shosh, Uri's wife, daughter of liberal immigrant parents and juvenile psychiastrist, is succumbing to her own struggles with power and truth. When Khilmi's adopted son is killed in a 'security operation' and when Uri discovers how far deception and injustice have penetrated into his own life, their reactions are drastic and unforseen.
Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God. As she watches her world collapsing, Jessie Lamb decides she wants to make her life count. Would you let your daughter die if it would save the human race? The Testament of Jessie Lamb is the story of one daughter's heroism and one father's love.
From the author of the internationally acclaimed The African Safari Papers comes a story of a man caught between civic responsibility and sweet revenge. Meet Fred Pickle. He has a severe brain injury. For the past seven years Fred has lived under the loving guardianship of his uncle Jack on his sheep farm. Fred’s annual creation of a perfect neighbourhood rink is a joyous quasi-religious ritual for him. And his local NHL team means more to him than it would to the average fan; it renews hope and happiness. So when the team’s owner announces he is moving the team, Fred’s world begins to fall apart. Torn between the law-abiding influence of Uncle Jack and the radical urgings of Badger, an 81-year-old anarchist, Fred must decide whether a plot of vengeance against the owner is a path to independence or oblivion. The Horn of a Lamb charts an unforgettable year in the life of the incomparable Fred Pickle, a year that begins with the promise of another hockey season, and ends in a way few could have foreseen -- especially the lambs. From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Lamb" traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle-aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. But when he decides to abduct a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her to the beauty of the mountain wilderness, they are both shaken in ways neither of them expects"--Jacket.
Father Thomas Kelly has been called to the Vatican. A Cardinal’s desperate plea: find a missing document that contains a secret so shocking it could shatter the Church. Livia Pietro, in Rome, has been called before the Noantri Conclave. Her mission: join the Jesuit priest on his search—because one misstep could destroy her people as well. As Thomas and Livia are thrown into a treacherous whirlwind of art, religion, and age-old secrets, they find themselves pursued by enemies who will do anything to stop them. Only the Conclave knows the true gravity of the document’s revelations. The Noantri—Livia and her people—are vampires. And the unimaginable secrets of their past are far too dangerous for man to ever know.
Sacrificial Lamb—a Legal Thriller is likely the most fast paced novel to be found anywhere. Two murders, two trials, conspiracies, twists and turns, a struggling defense lawyer and his lawyer son committed to saving their clients make this a fast page-turner, a novel you won’t want to put down. Vince DiMarco and his son defend two murders. One defendant is Vince’s best friend and doctor, Billy Andrews, M.D. The second, Sterling Pierce, is the senior vice president of a local bank involved in international internet banking. The book begins with the trial of a young boy charged with statutory rape. Vince and Mike get him acquitted, much to the rage of the girl’s father, Sterling Pierce. The boy is murdered, and Pierce is charged. The second murder takes place when Billy Andrews reveals to his wife he’s having an affair. She takes an overdose of prescription drugs, and Andrews is charged with illegally providing her with narcotics leading to her death—murder. Real trial proceedings, and a look behind the scenes of action packed criminal defense make this novel a must. Aging trial lawyer Vince Di Marco would like to sit back and let his son run the firm, but his friends won't let him. They keep getting involved in things like divorce, bank fraud, and murder. How can Vince refuse someone he once was an altar boy with? So turn off your Law and Order reruns. Nino Lama's second book, Sacrificial Lambs is full of surprises, and will keep you entertained and guessing until the final pages. Stephen Poleskie, author of The Balloonist -- The Story of T. S. C. Lowe, Inventor, Scientist, Magician, and Father of the U. S. Air Force Nino Lama writes with a hard-boiled, ironic voice that you would expect from a fedora-wearing gat-packing hotshot of the 1930's -- only his hero Vince DiMarco isn't that at all: lawyer, family man, lonely hearted lover man, Vince lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York and has a distinctly 21st Century sense of humor. In this quick paced legal thriller, he's trying to do the right things for the right people and figure the angles on the bad guys, too -- and wow, how tricky that can be! Peter Fortunato, author of Letters to Tiohero. A rape and a divorce turn into a double murder, and his banker is suspected of fraud. Lawyer Vince di Marco thinks he has it all under control - but when the bad guys looking to hit him mistakenly shoot his son and law partner, Mike, Vince loses it. Another fast-paced and engaging mystery from Nino Lama, featuring the funny and endearing father and son team of two lawyers fighting crime and corruption while trying to hold their own lives together. Anna Maclean, author of Louisa and the Crystal Gazer and the other Louisa May Alcott mysteries.