What if John, the last living apostle of Jesus Christ, was still alive and well… and living in Seattle?
For two thousand years, John has wandered the earth while hiding his true identity. But now, both friends and foes are on the verge of discovering who he truly is―an event that will trigger the end times.
Can John divert those who would discover his secret, or will curious friends and suspicious enemies spark the apocalypse?
In his spec novel THE LAST APOSTLE, Dennis Brooke shows us what John the Apostle’s life might be like if he were indeed still living today, having walked the earth for two thousand years as a young man with the wisdom of the ages. He will never age or die until the return of Jesus. The trick is that no one can know who he is.
When a Bible scholar comes out with a theory about the survival of the last apostle along with a book and potential new TV series on the subject, John wonders if this marks the beginning the the end. Given the media frenzy surrounding this controversial topic, his mask of anonymity begins to melt.
Brooke skillfully weaves the story of young-again John in the year A.D 100, with the still youthful John in the present day. In both plot lines, John faces similar challenges. He is to spread the gospel to a hurting world, living for Jesus and not for himself. This requires him to be warm and personable while remaining evasive about his own past to protect his identity. And since he can’t be upfront about his situation, falling in love is out of the question in spite of some clear opportunities.
I particularly enjoyed the development of the main character, and seeing this most unusual situation through his eyes. In the present day, John is prone to making references to events or well-known people of the past decades, recalling these things as if they were current. In the big picture of his existence, and given the advantage of his ever youthful memory, keeping track of trendy cultural references would be no easy task.
While the majority of the story’s suspense and romance take place in the present day scenes, the book’s historical story line provides an enjoyable contrast. Dennis gives just enough detail of life during that time to paint what feels like an incredibly accurate picture. He’s clearly done his research, and intersperses bits of detail in an engaging way.
I really enjoyed reading THE LAST APOSTLE, and I’m happy to report that there will be more books in the series. Hey, if the character has been alive for over two thousand years and is still going strong, that’s a lot of story to tell!
Be sure to catch my interview with the author, and enter to win a copy of THE LAST APOSTLE. Interview with Dennis Brooke.