The Hart of John: A New Apocalypse by Lawrence R. Deering

The Hart of John: A New Apocalypse

Email this review


In Deering’s (Youth Group, 2012, etc.) sequel to The Brotherhood (2013), the discovery of a hidden manuscript gives rise to a dangerous demagogue, and only the nephew of another demagogue can stop him.

This installment brings readers back into the world of Aaron Davis, the megalomaniacal founder of a mega-religion he called “The Brotherhood of Man,” an organization that united the militant wings of all the world’s faiths. In the previous book, Davis’ family members thwarted his bid for world domination, and in this new book, years have passed. William J. Hart, Aaron’s nephew and the son of documentarian Tom Hart, is a professor of ancient languages at Duke University. He’s handsome, charismatic, and initially mild-mannered, despite the shadow of his family heritage. At Duke, he meets an alumnus, Maggie Sheffield, who’s curious to know what it’s like to be related to the infamous Aaron Davis (“You mean the Messenger,” William asks sarcastically, “the Prince of Peace, the man who persecuted thousands of innocent people and sent countless others to concentration camps?”). They soon begin a romantic relationship that’s put on hold when William jets off to Turkey to investigate the possibility that his uncle, a Harvard-trained divinity student, discovered a potentially explosive alternate version of the Book of Revelation. When someone steals his uncle’s papers in Turkey, Deering’s narrative jumps into high gear, Dan Brown–style, as William, Maggie, and the author’s well-drawn cast of international characters strive to thwart the rise of another would-be dictator who’s taken dark inspiration from the new Revelation: “The Holy Scripture has confirmed what I always knew,” he says. “Satan is the master of this world.” Deering handles both the secular and the spiritual sides of his narrative with a great deal of dramatic skill and good pacing. As a result, he produces a book that is that rarest of rarities: a well-done religious thriller that will appeal to Bible-quoting Christians as well as nondenominational readers who are simply looking for a thrilling story.

A tense, thought-provoking thriller about the power of revealed Scripture.

Publisher: Dog Ear
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online:


FictionTHE SOUL OF THE MATTER by Bruce Buff
by Bruce Buff