The second Coming: a Thriller
John Heubusch (Howard Books, $26)
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?