The sec­ond Com­ing: a Thriller

John Heubusch (Howard Books, $26)

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This fan­tas­tic tale of mys­tery and con­spir­acy will have you flip­ping pages at a break­neck pace to find out what hap­pens next, with your heart rac­ing as if you were run­ning the 400me­ter race at the Olympics.

The novel is a se­quel to last year’s spec­tac­u­lar best­seller The Shroud Con­spir­acy. In this sec­ond in­stall­ment Heubusch con­tin­ues the story of Jon Bon­durant, who, de­spite be­ing a skep­tic of the leg­end, found him­self in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Shroud of Turin, a relic many be­liev­ers take to be the burial cloth of Christ.

Bon­durant quickly re­al­izes that the shroud is not only au­then­tic but also the nexus of a global con­spir­acy. A clone has been cre­ated from DNA con­tained within the shroud that car­ries a plague aptly named “the Devil’s Sweat.” The aim of the con­spir­acy is the ul­ti­mate cat­a­clysm: to wipe out hu­man­ity via this un­holy lab­o­ra­tory ex­per­i­ment. The race is on to save the hu­man race. Does this apoc­a­lyp­tic plot sound too out­landish? It’s a trib­ute to Heubusch’s con­sid­er­able gifts as a com­pelling sto­ry­teller that the char­ac­ters and events feel all too real.

I have only one ques­tion for the au­thor: When does the next book come out?

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