WHAT'S NEW IN JUNE, 2010

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY IN JUNE, 2010

  

The latest edition of THE WAVE - A John Decker Thriller is finally available as an eBook and trade paperback.  Look for it at Amazon.com.

THE WAVE - A John Decker Thriller

Kirkus said, "Sandom's strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle . . . (and) brains . . . Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead . . . A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."

  

And, for the first time ever, THE UNRESOLVED is available as a paperback and in eBook form. If you held off buying that expensive hardback, now's your chance to read the "author's cut."  Click here to purchase your copy today.

THE UNRESOLVED

 

In the meantime, THE GOD MACHINE continues to climb up the charts . . . especially as an eBook.

THE GOD MACHINE Cover Art

 

The novel will also soon appear in Spanish (for distribution in Spain and all of Latin America), in Polish, and even in Turkish.  So  Gracias, Dziękuję and Çok Sagolun!  (Goodness . . . what's next?)

Spread the good news.  If you liked THE GOD MACHINE, please pen a review at Amazon, BarnesAndNoble.com or Goodreads.  (If you do, I'll feature you on this website!)  Then, email your friends and tell them about it.  Click here for THE GOD MACHINE postcards.

Or, if you already own the book and you want your own GOD MACHINE Bookmark, click here.

  

The Church insisted it didn't exist.

They lied.

They said it was just a Masonic legend.

It wasn't.

A two thousand year old secret...

Revealed.

 

 The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.

Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the Church's most deeply buried secrets, and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of Franklin's puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling, and infinitely more deadly.

Now, along with beautiful Indian high-tech mogul Savita Sajan, Koster must race to decode Franklin's journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing . . . staying alive, another.

For as Koster and Sajan are about the learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven . . . could open the portals of Hell.

Check out my recent author interview at the official International Thriller Writers official website, and see what prompted me to write THE GOD MACHINE and GOSPEL TRUTHS.

For this month's excerpt from THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

 

MOST RECENT REVIEWS

  THE GOD MACHINE -- Latest Editorial Reviews

Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) @ Small & Creepy Films
"Move over, Dan Brown . . . All hail J.G. Sandom . . . (The God Machine) is a thrilling and breathless, rapturously-written and mind-blowing read. It’ll keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as your little fingers can manage."

bookpage.com
"Sandom has a knack for combining legendary gospels, ancient secrets, star-crossed lovers and Masonic puzzles to create a simmering stew of conspiracy, intrigue and danger that keeps the plot pot boiling until the very end."

Historical Novels Review
"History galore, violence, and intrigue fill the pages of this tightly plotted, twisting and turning adventure story, reminding one of a multilayered Russian matryoshka doll. The reader will also learn a great deal about da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and many more historical geniuses . . . Those who love numbers, physics, and a truly unpredictable, suspenseful mystery will relish the facts and ponderings replete in this well-written, mysterious spin-off of The Da Vinci Code. The God Machine is a very impressive historical thriller!"

R&B
"A fast-paced thriller of a ride which kept this reader on her toes. Side by side search and chase more than two centuries apart, the pace and mystery do not waver. A tremendous amount of research must have gone into this book, and into the hands of an author who knew what to do with it . . . Exhilarating, penetrating, even while switching between centuries as far back as A.D.33, does not lose its focus . . . I recommend this book to readers of action, historical fiction, historical religion, and fans of thrillers."

bookideas.com
"The author of Gospel Truths, J.G. Sandom has already shown he intends to give Dan Brown some competition. Fortunately, he has the talent to make this a serious challenge. Brown would be well advised to check his rear view mirror because there's someone closing fast and about to overtake the famous author of The Da Vinci Code!"

Armchair Interviews
"J.G. Sandom creates a thriller that compares in suspense to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code."

Book Passage
"A thrilling tale of secret societies, ancient cover-ups, intellectual puzzles, and nonstop action . . . Original."

Books By Mail (BBM)
"I learned a valuable lesson this weekend.  Don't start a J.G. Sandom book at 11:00 at night with the intention of reading a few chapters before bed.  When I finally finished the book, it was 2:34 in the morning, and I had to get up in 4 hours.  It was definitely worth the loss of sleep.  The book is a non-stop suspense ride that takes the reader from past to present . . . a journey that is filled with excitement, love, danger, and murder. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for thrilling read and a thought-provoking story."

 

 GOSPEL TRUTHS -- Latest Editorial Reviews 

Crystal Reviews
"J. G. Sandom, like Dan Brown and other writers covering similar conflicts, offers each reader a thrilling adventure ride but also some fascinating knowledge about Masons, the Founding Fathers of America, architecture, cathedrals, and so much more . . . Gospel Truths is a dynamic, exciting, intelligent read that will thrill every reader and, for true seekers, may even send you searching for the real 'gospel truth.' A notable novel that will gain fresh attention and interest of new readers! Move over, Dan Brown!"

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

 

 THE GOD MACHINE -- Latest Reader Reviews 

Dave Dafilou @ Amazon.com
"The God Machine is a fast reading fun book. The plot unfolds rapidly and there is constant action. I like the characters in the book. The main character has appeared in previous Sandom books, and although I have not yet read these books, it was easy to follow the references and keep on track with the plot. I also thought Sandom did a good job of setting the scene for the book regardless if it was pre-revolutionary Philadelphia or modern day California. With a few well chosen sentences, the author made you understand the key features of where the scene takes place. That is important for a story that moves across the US and Europe and through differnt time periods. This was my first Sandom novel and I have already bought my next."

Matt @ goodreads.com
"Great read. Fast paced and exciting. Really interesting concept; very thought provoking. Joseph Koster is a great main character, smart and deductive. A thriller you'll have a hard time putting down."

B. Moore @ Amazon.com
"I love to read, read a great deal, but will drop a book I don't find interesting anywhere from the first page to well into the book. I want to be engaged by the plot, the characters, or both. The God Machine has a complicated, engaging plot, and is intelligently written, with vast amounts of historical detail. It moves right along and certainly kept me enthralled. It is a book that is far, far better than many of those on the best-seller lists. And J.G. Sandom is a far better writer than many of those best-selling authors who churn out books like widgets on an assembly line. He deserves a wide audience."

James T. Glover @ Amazon.com
"I bought this book and actually quit reading the book that I was presently reading at the time. Once I started I couldn't put it down. Excellent job keeping you interested and it never lets up. I don't remember a slow part in the whole book. Characters were great and the story was great. Kind of reminded me of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. Not that the plot was the same just there was a lot of stuff that was in both books. However, I found this book much better and better written. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves a historical thriller."

Moni @ Amazon.com
"J.G. Sandom's first novel, Gospel Truths, was called "the thinking man's Da Vinci Code." Now, with the publication of The God Machine, Sandom has secured his position as the premier writer of theo-thrillers, outdoing even Dan Brown . . . I LOVED this book! It doesn't pander to readers, and, like with Gospel Truths, I learned all kinds of interesting things about the Gnostics, an early Christian sect labeled heretics by the Church, plus a host of real historical characters: from Da Vinci and Ben Franklin, to electrical geniuses Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison . . . I also loved the fact that the book features a smart and beautiful woman of color, Savita Sajan, Koster's partner. It's rare to read books where such characters are truly 3-dimensional, and not just thrown in as exotic love interests. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys religious thrillers and mysteries. It's fast-paced, well-written and fun. Plus, as with all of Sandom's books, you'll not only be entertained, but learn something new and interesting too."

Thriller Crazy @ Amazon.com
"While checking out a new novel by Steve Berry, I came across this new religious thriller by J.G. Sandom called The God Machine. A quick scan revealed that the book features a heroine named Savita Sajan. As a woman of Indian descent, it's rare to see such characters in popular fiction, and so I snapped it up.

"I am so glad I did. I LOVED this book. It's a roller-coaster of a ride that flits back and forth in time, from the days of Benjamin Franklin (a central character in the book), to today. Without giving away too much of the plot, the book involves the quest for a lost Gnostic gospel (the Gospel of Judas) once owned by Ben Franklin, and thought heretical by the organized Church. If uncovered, the presence of the gospel might completely undermine the Church because it features a version of Christ's teachings that are contrary to what we have come to believe today.

"But the book is so much more. This particular version of the gospel features a strange drawing, a part of which was first rendered soon after the time of Christ by one of his followers, and then expanded over the centuries by Leonardo Da Vinci, Franklin himself, and later by other electrical inventors, from Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, to Savita herself. (Savita actually attended Edison High School!)

"Too often in novels when Indian women are depicted, they're either subservient bystanders or exotic sex kittens. But in The God Machine, Savita Sajan is actually the head of a very successful high-tech company in Silicon Valley. (I couldn't help thinking of Padmasree Warrior, the CTO of Cisco Systems.) Brilliant, often funny, deeply religious, passionate, and, yes, beautiful, Savita Sajan is someone all girls (Indian or not) can look up to. I also liked her male counterpart, the hero of the novel, Joseph Koster, who suffers from a mild form of Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism.

"The book is set primarily in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC, but Savita and Koster also travel to England and France in their quest, places where Franklin lived and worked during his career as a statesman. And wherever they go, they're trailed by a Columbian killer nun who assassinates the enemies of the Church by strangling them with her rosary beads. Really creepy!

"While the book succeeds brilliantly as a thriller (I couldn't put it down), it's also chockfull of interesting tidbits about Biblical history, chip technology, the Knights of Malta, Freemasonry and, of course, the life of Ben Franklin. It also explores the connection between religion and science, things based on faith versus things based on reason. I loved that about it because it really made me think in new ways about science.

"I recommend this book to anyone who likes religious thrillers, historical thrillers (for the parts that take place in the 18th century) and for those readers who actually like to learn something while they're being entertained. It's kind of like Dan Brown meets Michael Crichton. Buy it. You won't be disappointed."

Ed Lute @ Reading Experiences
"A very good thriller . . . (with a) very well developed plot . . . (and) a strong Gnostic message . . . The book has made me curious again about Ben Franklin.  Recommended!"

D.T. @ Amazon.com
"I picked up this book when it was recommended by Amazon. I am so glad they did. It was really a fun read. I love religious thrillers and this was one of the best I've read. Just as good as any Dan Brown's written. In fact I liked it a lot more than The Lost Symbol. The story caught me right from the beginning. I thought the main character, Joseph Koster, was really interesting. He suffers from a mild form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome that makes him socially inept but also really good at certain mathematical problems, which is why he's a good code breaker. I also liked the heroine in the story, an Indian woman named Savita Sajan. She's smart and successful and beautiful, all at once! Plus, one of the villains is a nun who kills people (get this) with her rosary! As a former Catholic school girl, I could really identify. The pace of the book is like a roller coaster. And while you learn a lot about things like the freemasons and the founding fathers (Franklin plays a role in the book) the story is so interesting that it never gets in the way of the plot. I finished the book in two sittings! I've never read anything else by this author but I plan to now. It was that good."

David Hall @ Amazon.com
"For those of us that need to view American history from a different point, this reader was not disappointed. The writer's research and description of Ben Franklin and his time is more than commendable. It must be applauded. The locations of early America are accurate. For a reader who has not visited historical London or Paris, this is for you. For those of us who are familiar with present-day New York City, you will find comfort. I suggest that a reader read GOSPEL TRUTHS first. That novel will give a good foundation for THE GOD MACHINE . . . How the author keeps his history, location, personalities, and science in order is almost incomprehensible. The science alone will make a science buff scream with joy . . . Please give this well-written work a try. You will not have wasted your money."

Traveler @ Amazon.com
"I have loved Sandom's books in the past but, with this novel, he really hit it out of the ballpark. The history is rich, the characters real, and the clip irrestible. You won't want the story to end. Perhaps most memorable for me was Sandom's portrayal of Ben Franklin. I have long been fascinated with Franklin and I feel like Sandom personalized him for me in an unforgettable way. You will savor this book long after you finish. Enjoy!"

abdoggett @ Up in the Air and BN.com
"I really enjoyed this book! It is a cross between The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure. It really should be made into a movie. I am looking forward to reading Gospel Truths. If you are a fan of historical thrillers such as The Lost Symbol, you should definitely read The God Machine. It is a fast-paced, page-turner that keeps you hooked right up until the last page. A GREAT read!"

R.S. Beck @ BN.com
"The God Machine is perfect for night-time reading. The characters are accessible and the thrilling plot moves fluidly. Even if you think you know what is going to happen at the end, you keep reading to find out the conclusion. What Dan Brown has on Mr. Sandom, I do not understand. This book should be made into a movie."

George Smith @ Amazon.com
"
This is the best religious thriller I've ever read...Part historical fiction, I loved the way it brought Benjamin Franklin to life . . . The God Machine is perfect summer reading, a beach book that will shake you like a rag doll while you sizzle . . . the book is also a keen exploration of the relationship between science and religion, proof and faith, and how our culture has turned technology into a kind of 21st century deity . . . As well-researched and historically fascinating as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, as relentless and fast-paced as James Rollins's Doomsday Key, and as well-written as Paul Sussman's The Last Secret of the Temple, The God Machine has it all!"

David Lincoln Ross @ Amazon.com
"Sandom is a born story-teller . . . (THE GOD MACHINE) is a well-oiled and humming mystery, whose pages fly by in a flurry of action and suspense."

James Wynbrandt @ Amazon.com
"An illuminating, intelligent and gripping thriller . . . as relentless in its pace as it is rigorous in its plotting and satisfying in its payoff . . . Propelled by a gallery of unforgettable supporting characters drawn not so much from imagination as from a twisted parallel universe . . . Sandom has managed to make both the machine and his story as real, palpable, and alternately beautiful and terrifying as what we expect to find at the heart of the eternal battle between good and evil."

Mandi @ Entertainment Weekly (under The Lost Symbol review)
"Just finished reading another book The God Machine by J.G. Sandom that also has the masons. That one was good too."

E.M.S. Cohen @ jgsandom.com
"Just read you for the first time.  Thrilled!  Enjoyed it."

A.G. (Gavin) Williams @ Amazon.co.uk
"The cross that anyone writing a book such as The God Machine must bear is the horrendous oversaturation of the thriller genre at the moment with Da Vinci Code similarities. (Note:  Da Vinci Code was not the first of this type of book, but was the one most easily recognised.)  So, it was with a lot of caution I started reading this book, and was fully prepared to go into "airport-lounge-rapid-page-flick" mode.  I surprised myself by actually enjoying this. Good job by J.G. Sandom to keep elements fresh.  If you like this type of genre, it's a good book to buy."

Bonnie Brooks @ Amazon.com
"This gripping historic adventure mystery weaves through the past to the present and will keep you turning the pages."

Ted Gramkow @ Amazon.com
"The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons were made possible by Mr Sandom's genre-breaking novel Gospel Truths, published in 1992. Now with The God Machine, he has set the bar even higher for future religious thrillers . . . In The God Machine the reader gets it all:  crafty intrigue, implausable situations, historical references all tightly woven and masterfully written . . . Before you head to the movies this summer and spend $12 for a ticket to see another lackluster Hollywood summer bummer like Angels and Demons, order The God Machine, pull out the beach chair, pop open the umbrella, dig your toes in the sand and have fun with this well-crafted thriller. It's well worth the time."

Douglas W. Randall @ Amazon.com
"One thing I liked about The God Machine is its historical detail. I spent hours looking up enlightening things from the book. It's a good read and a great story."

Ladybug @ Amazon.com
"I loved this book! It's not a difficult read, (and) you don't have to get too bogged down in any special knowledge; the author gives you what you need. The characters are likeable and believable . . . A fun read for vacation, when you don't want to overinvest!"

Karen Elley @ The Book Case
Re Nikola Tesla's recent 115th Birthday, Karen writes:  "Tesla is in good company—Edison, da Vinci, and Ben Franklin — in J.G. Sandom’s page-turning thriller, The God Machine."

Marcia Zand @ jgsandom.com
"The perfect balance of history, intrigue and action to leave the veteran reader sated."

Jeff Einstein @ Amazon.com
"Sandom just keeps getting better. Who else can write in such delicious detail about religion, microchip architecture, Ben Franklin, the Freemasons and the Enlightenment — all under one cover? And who else can dress it all up in the habit of a disarmingly gorgeous but sociopathic killer nun? The God Machine is terrific fun, and a great read. Buy it."

gracie412 @ Amazon.com
"I loved this book . . . fast-paced, easy to read, and kept me on my toes until the last page . . . If you like books with action, adventure and really smart plots, this is the novel for you!"

seagull49 @ BN.com
"One of the best books I have ever read. Right there with the great Dan Brown . . . Do your shelf a favor and buy it."

Muriel Falvey @ jgsandom.com
"I love history, I love religious thrillers, and 'The God Machine' is one of the best I've read . . . Who needs Dan Brown when you have J. G. Sandom?"

Adam Bierman @ jgsandom.com
"Highly entertaining, and yet you don't leave your brain at the front cover!"

John Moore @ jgsandom.com
"As good as any Dan Brown has written . . . I could not put it down."

Travis Deputy @ Amazon.com
"This novel can definitely stand on its own two feet amongst the crowded religious thriller genre; and not only does it stand, it shines among some of the best in the field. This one's got wheels, not feet!  Definitely the best religious thriller I've read in a while . . . Better than The Da Vinci Code . . . I give it 5 stars out of 5, or 10 out of 10!  It's a rarity in the world of fiction, especially amongst those of this ilk.  Buy it now and prepare to be up for an allnighter!!!"

Amos Lassen Amazon.com
"This is quite a book — so much so that I read this in one sitting. It is full of adventure and paced so that, for me, it was impossible to put down . . . The God Machine pulled me in and kept me hooked."

To purchase your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

 

GOSPEL TRUTHS -- Latest Reader Reviews 

Etienne @ Etienne's Blog
"I chose this book and this author because I read an article comparing the author to Dan Brown and the book to The Da Vinci Code. Well, now that I finished it I can say that (it's)...a very good story...The ending is slightly different than that of other books which deal with the same subject...Usually, in other books, the characters decide to do nothing with the discovery (of a hertical gospel) -- as this would upset society. But, in this case, the author chooses a more open ending."

David Hall @ jgsandom.com
"Michner and Rutherford wrote complex historical novels. I am so amazed when an author combines technical, historical and complex writing in a single work, as you have. We readers of novels depend on the accuracy of the presentations . . . I look forward to any future writings."

Dan @ Square Dancing Dan in Denmark
"The atmosphere in Gospel Truths is dark and moody. Sandom is a creative wordsmith and his characters are compelling and likeable . . . (GOSPEL TRUTHS) delivers a well crafted story with surprising twists . . . l am looking forward to reading the sequel."

Tom Bradley @ chapters.indigo.ca
"Gospel Truths is a moody, literate thriller that preceded The Da Vinci Code by more than a decade. It's a great mystery, intricate and complex. A great read."

Ben @ www.goodreads.com
"Fascinating and well-written, it's what the genre should be — an intellectual, as well as a visceral thrill."

Lee Titus @ jgsandom.com
"May God truly guide your wonderfully magnificent work!  Thank you from Lee!  P.S. I really look forward to reading The God Machine.
"

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

 

THE WAVE -- Latest Reader Reviews 

Harvey @ amazon.com
"A riveting look at the shadowy war on terrorism . . . An action-packed, non-stop thriller. John Decker, a Cryptanalyst working with the FBI assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force in New York, finds himself working on a deadly plot of eco-terrorism. The plot is masterminded by Jihadist El Aqrab, who has recently been arrested for slaughtering a family in Tel Aviv. John Decker is determined to discover why. This gripping book takes you along on John Decker's assigment involving the theft of 8 kilos of Highly Enriched Uranium, murder and romance. This book would be an incredible movie!"

To purchase your copy of THE WAVE, click here.

 

 READERS' POLL

Here are the results of the May 2010 Readers' Poll, derived from Chapter 13 of THE GOD MACHINE. The question was, "What was etched on Ben Franklin's concave mirror after his house had been robbed?"  Only one third of you got this one right.  The correct answer was, "A Maltese Cross."

 For the results of previous polls, click here.

 

 PUZZLES & e-POSTCARDS

For those of you who like puzzles and games, click here...just for fun!  Challenge yourself to THE GOD MACHINE crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

Click here to view and download some e-Postcards/Wallpapers based on THE GOD MACHINE.

 

 READINGS & SIGNINGS 

Do you have ten members in your Reader's Circle or Book Club?  Want to have a Skype Reading and Book Conference about THE GOD MACHINE, THE WAVE, THE UNRESOLVED or any of my other books?  Click here to learn how you can bring me into your home via a free Skype online video call.  All you need is broadband Web access and a PC.

I appreciate your feedback.  If you'd like to say something about a reading, please click here.

 

IN OTHER NEWS

 

Did you enjoy THE GOD MACHINE?  Read the prequel:  GOSPEL TRUTHS . . . now available as an eBook!

Before The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol . . . before The Last Templar . . . before The Secret . . . and before THE GOD MACHINE — there was GOSPEL TRUTHS!  Re-released after almost two decades, it's time to read the book that started it all.

J.G. Sandom is featured under One to Watch at BookReporter.com. Check out the in-depth author interview.

Booklist called GOSPEL TRUTHS, "a splendid, tautly woven thriller . . . (and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth." Library Journal said, "A masterful first novel, based on a true incident, which spins a complicated web of corruption, greed and deception." And Mostly Murder characterized it, "A fascinating mystery . . . captivating and engrossing."

When City of London Police Inspector Nigel Lyman is assigned to investigate the death of a notorious Italian Banker found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London, the inquiry leads him to the Amiens and Chartres cathedrals in France in pursuit of a shadowy arch criminal leader of a corrupt Masonic lodge, the I Four intent on acquiring an ancient Gnostic Gospel whose discovery would undermine the very foundations of Christianity.

For an excerpt from GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

To challenge yourself with a GOSPEL TRUTHS puzzle, click here.

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

  

THE WAVE - A John Decker Thriller continues to climb up the charts, especially in eBook form.

If you liked GOSPEL TRUTHS or THE HUNTING CLUB, if you enjoyed THE UNRESOLVED or RESURRECTION MEN, if you're loving THE GOD MACHINE, check out THE WAVE — A John Decker Thriller.

Kirkus said, "Sandom’s strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle . . . (and) brains . . . Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead . . . A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."

When Cryptanalyst John Decker of the FBI is assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force in New York, he has no idea he is about to be thrust into a deadly plot of eco-terrorism masterminded by El Aqrab, a diabolical killer recently arrested in Tel Aviv whose calling card is to wrap his victims up with incendiary devices designed to produce flames in the shape of Koranic verses.  Some call it aesthetic destruction.

Following the theft of 8 kilos of Highly Enriched Uranium, an ultimatum is issued to the West:  Release El Aqrab or a nuclear bomb will be detonated. But, at the last moment, El Aqrab escapes . . . and the authorities never get the bomb.

While Homeland Security is convinced it's headed for New York, only Agent Decker — assisted by brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Emily Swenson — believes the bomb’s true destination is La Palma, in the remote Canary Island chain.

Now, Decker and Swenson have less than six hours to prove their theory, defuse the bomb, and prevent a mega-tsunami from annihilating the Eastern Seaboard.

See some recent TV interviews on "Breezin' with Bierman" — available at YouTube. Watch me read from THE WAVE, and chat about my other recent publications.

[NOTE:  I am currently working on a sequel to THE WAVE called THE PLAGUE.  More announcements about this new John Decker thriller soon!]

For an excerpt from THE WAVE, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE WAVE, click here. 

 

 RESURRECTION MEN is my third Young Adult (YA) novel, published under the pen name T.K. WelshIf you're planning to buy a copy, hold tight:  It will be available in paperback and eBook form in only a few weeks.

RESURRECTION MEN was recently featured in Curriculum Connections ("Murder and Mayhem Under Grey skies" by Joyce Adams Burner), a joint venture publication between School Library Journal and TeachingBooks.net that reaches more than 60,000 educators and librarians around the country every month. Click here to hear me speak about the pen name T.K. Welsh through the TeachingBooks.net "Name Pronounciation Guide".

Check out the latest in-depth author interview at Wordswimmer. See what inspires me to write my YA novels, and learn something about my writing process.

RESURRECTION MEN was previously named a Junior Library Guild selection.

Publishers Weekly called RESURRECTION MEN, “A haunting tour of London's underclass during the 1830s . . . Teens will likely be both captivated by Victor's harrowing story as well as his ability to prevail in the face of harsh injustices." BIG A, little a called the novel, “A moody, evocative tale . . . T.K. Welsh is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. His work transcends genre and audience classification.” VOYA said, "Teen readers will thoroughly enjoy the hair-raising suspense in this historical thriller." Kirkus Reviews called RESURRECTION MEN perfect for, “audiences that relish historical fiction." TeensReadToo termed it, “an intense, dark work of historical fiction . . . I highly recommend this book.KLIATT said, "Like M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, this look at sinister events in history makes the era come alive and lingers in the memory." Jen Robinson's Book Page called the novel, “Gripping and fast-paced, filled with intriguing historical details . . . The ending is utterly satisfying and consistent. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction." The Miss Rumphius Effect said, “T.K. Welsh, where have you been? I loved this book . . . Pick it up and you'll find it hard to put down.” And School Library Journal said, “Part historical fiction and part adventure story, the novel brings excitement to Victorian England . . . Readers will be on the edge of their seats.”

Inspired by the 1831 "Italian Boy trial" of body snatchers in London, England, RESURRECTION MEN is a spine-tingling murder mystery that pits a beggar boy named Victor against a nefarious group of Resurrection Men. In this tumultuous dark underworld, where a fresh subject can fetch as much as nine guineas — the yearly salary of a working man — Victor must risk his life to uncover the identity of the murderer who is at the heart of London's furtive trade in human corpses.

For a sample chapter of RESURRECTION MEN, click here.

If you already own a copy, click here to access a secret section of the site...just for you. [NOTE: Make sure to enter the name Secret (S-e-c-r-e-t) and the correct Password, printed at the rear of the book.]

To purchase your copy of RESURRECTION MEN, click here!

 

The UNRESOLVED is my second Young Adult (YA) novel, published under the pen name T.K. Welsh . . . and, of all my work, one of my personal favorites.  It is now — finally — available in paperback and in eBook form.  Click here to get your copy of the "author's cut" version of what the Washington Post called a "subtle gem."

 THE UNRESOLVED was ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books by the Washington Post, and nominated for a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teens' Top Ten, the only book award recommended and awarded solely by teens. The novel was previously named an Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Teens by the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, which recognized only six works in Jewish teen literature that year. THE UNRESOLVED was also nominated for the Cybils literary awards, named one of only a handful of Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association (ALA), and recently added to Horn Book's list of Recommended American Historical Fiction.

The Washington Post said, "Welsh writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction." School Library Journal said, "THE UNRESOLVED tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way." Horn Book Magazine called THE UNRESOLVED, "A decidedly unconventional ghost story . . . (and) a tightly wound novel." Kirkus Reviews termed it, "A remarkable account." Romantic Times said, "THE UNRESOLVED is a book you shouldn't pass up." Midwest Book Review called THE UNRESOLVED, "a wonderfully different kind of ghost story." And Bookslut.com said, "THE UNRESOLVED scores on several levels, most notably as a drama that blows apart all preconceived notions of how history can be retold."

Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, THE UNRESOLVED reaches back into history to explore what was, until recently, the greatest disaster in New York City history.

Mallory Meer had just turned fifteen when, thanks to the only boy she ever loved, she would be dead, a victim of the General Slocum steamship disaster.  Bound by love to her grieving family, and outraged by the multitude of senseless deaths, Mallory haunts those responsible for the tragedy, determined to see that justice is served.

Based on the real-life sinking of the General Slocum steamship — which caught fire in the East River, New York, in 1904, resulting in the death of over 1,000 mostly German immigrants on a Lutheran church outing — THE UNRESOLVED is at once a ghost story, a courtroom drama, an examination of immigrant life, and a tale of love, redemption and revenge.  The novel dramatizes how a single life — and death — can have a powerful influence on history.

For a sample chapter of THE UNRESOLVED, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE UNRESOLVED, click here!

Ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books by the Washington Post, which called the novel a "subtle gem," THE UNRESOLVED was named an Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Teens, nominated for a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teen's Top Ten, a Cybils literary award, and a Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association (ALA).

  

RESURRECTION MEN is also going to paperback and eBook soon.  Keep an eye out!

What's New in March, 2010

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY 

Calling all Spanish-speaking readers.  Worldwide Spanish rights to THE GOD MACHINE have been sold to La Factoria de Ideas of Madrid.  Gracias!

My theo-thrillers continue to climb up the charts, popping up on a number of Amazon listmanias, such as Excellent Conspiracy ThrillersIf You Like the Eden Series, Pulse-Pounding New Thrillers, and Kindle Thrills to Get Your Heart Pumping, plus a number of personal wish lists.

Back for a 3rd printing, THE GOD MACHINE is now available at your local Costco (in NJ), Duane Reade (in NYC) or RiteAid (in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware), as well as through all major book chains and online retailers.  Go into Costco and pick up a signed copy with a complimentary GOD MACHINE bookmark.

Spread the good news.  If you liked THE GOD MACHINE, please pen a quick review at Amazon, BarnesAndNoble.com or Goodreads.  (If you do, I'll feature you on this website!)  Then, email your friends and tell them about it.  Click here for THE GOD MACHINE postcards.

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THE GOD MACHINE Cover Art

The Church insisted it didn't exist.

They lied.

They said it was just a Masonic legend.

It wasn't.

A two thousand year old secret...

Revealed.

 

The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.

Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the Church's most deeply buried secrets, and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of Franklin's puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling, and infinitely more deadly.

Now, along with beautiful Indian high-tech mogul Savita Sajan, Koster must race to decode Franklin's journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing...staying alive, another.

For as Koster and Sajan are about the learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven...could open the portals of Hell.

  

Check out my recent author interview at the official International Thriller Writers official website, and see what prompted me to write THE GOD MACHINE and GOSPEL TRUTHS.

For this month's excerpt from THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

  

MOST RECENT REVIEWS

THE GOD MACHINE -- Latest Editorial Reviews

Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) @ Small & Creepy Films
"Move over, Dan Brown...All hail J.G. Sandom...(The God Machine) is a thrilling and breathless, rapturously-written and mind-blowing read. It’ll keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as your little fingers can manage."

bookpage.com
"Sandom has a knack for combining legendary gospels, ancient secrets, star-crossed lovers and Masonic puzzles to create a simmering stew of conspiracy, intrigue and danger that keeps the plot pot boiling until the very end."

Historical Novels Review
"History galore, violence, and intrigue fill the pages of this tightly plotted, twisting and turning adventure story, reminding one of a multilayered Russian matryoshka doll. The reader will also learn a great deal about da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and many more historical geniuses...Those who love numbers, physics, and a truly unpredictable, suspenseful mystery will relish the facts and ponderings replete in this well-written, mysterious spin-off of The Da Vinci Code. The God Machine is a very impressive historical thriller!"

R&B
"A fast-paced thriller of a ride which kept this reader on her toes. Side by side search and chase more than two centuries apart, the pace and mystery do not waver. A tremendous amount of research must have gone into this book, and into the hands of an author who knew what to do with it...Exhilarating, penetrating, even while switching between centuries as far back as A.D.33, does not lose its focus...I recommend this book to readers of action, historical fiction, historical religion, and fans of thrillers."

bookideas.com
"The author of Gospel Truths, J.G. Sandom has already shown he intends to give Dan Brown some competition. Fortunately, he has the talent to make this a serious challenge. Brown would be well advised to check his rear view mirror because there's someone closing fast and about to overtake the famous author of The Da Vinci Code!"

Armchair Interviews
"J.G. Sandom creates a thriller that compares in suspense to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code."

Book Passage
"A thrilling tale of secret societies, ancient cover-ups, intellectual puzzles, and nonstop action...Original."

Books By Mail (BBM)
"I learned a valuable lesson this weekend.  Don't start a J.G. Sandom book at 11:00 at night with the intention of reading a few chapters before bed.  When I finally finished the book, it was 2:34 in the morning, and I had to get up in 4 hours.  It was definitely worth the loss of sleep.  The book is a non-stop suspense ride that takes the reader from past to present...a journey that is filled with excitement, love, danger, and murder. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for thrilling read and a thought-provoking story."

 

GOSPEL TRUTHS -- Latest Editorial Reviews 

Crystal Reviews
"J. G. Sandom, like Dan Brown and other writers covering similar conflicts, offers each reader a thrilling adventure ride but also some fascinating knowledge about Masons, the Founding Fathers of America, architecture, cathedrals, and so much more...Gospel Truths is a dynamic, exciting, intelligent read that will thrill every reader and, for true seekers, may even send you searching for the real 'gospel truth.' A notable novel that will gain fresh attention and interest of new readers! Move over, Dan Brown!"

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

 

THE GOD MACHINE -- Latest Reader Reviews 

Thriller Crazy @ Amazon.com
"While checking out a new novel by Steve Berry, I came across this new religious thriller by J.G. Sandom called The God Machine. A quick scan revealed that the book features a heroine named Savita Sajan. As a woman of Indian descent, it's rare to see such characters in popular fiction, and so I snapped it up.

"I am so glad I did. I LOVED this book. It's a roller-coaster of a ride that flits back and forth in time, from the days of Benjamin Franklin (a central character in the book), to today. Without giving away too much of the plot, the book involves the quest for a lost Gnostic gospel (the Gospel of Judas) once owned by Ben Franklin, and thought heretical by the organized Church. If uncovered, the presence of the gospel might completely undermine the Church because it features a version of Christ's teachings that are contrary to what we have come to believe today.

"But the book is so much more. This particular version of the gospel features a strange drawing, a part of which was first rendered soon after the time of Christ by one of his followers, and then expanded over the centuries by Leonardo Da Vinci, Franklin himself, and later by other electrical inventors, from Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, to Savita herself. (Savita actually attended Edison High School!)

"Too often in novels when Indian women are depicted, they're either subservient bystanders or exotic sex kittens. But in The God Machine, Savita Sajan is actually the head of a very successful high-tech company in Silicon Valley. (I couldn't help thinking of Padmasree Warrior, the CTO of Cisco Systems.) Brilliant, often funny, deeply religious, passionate, and, yes, beautiful, Savita Sajan is someone all girls (Indian or not) can look up to. I also liked her male counterpart, the hero of the novel, Joseph Koster, who suffers from a mild form of Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism.

"The book is set primarily in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC, but Savita and Koster also travel to England and France in their quest, places where Franklin lived and worked during his career as a statesman. And wherever they go, they're trailed by a Columbian killer nun who assassinates the enemies of the Church by strangling them with her rosary beads. Really creepy!

"While the book succeeds brilliantly as a thriller (I couldn't put it down), it's also chockfull of interesting tidbits about Biblical history, chip technology, the Knights of Malta, Freemasonry and, of course, the life of Ben Franklin. It also explores the connection between religion and science, things based on faith versus things based on reason. I loved that about it because it really made me think in new ways about science.

"I recommend this book to anyone who likes religious thrillers, historical thrillers (for the parts that take place in the 18th century) and for those readers who actually like to learn something while they're being entertained. It's kind of like Dan Brown meets Michael Crichton. Buy it. You won't be disappointed."

Ed Lute @ Reading Experiences
"A very good thriller...(with a) very well developed plot...(and) a strong Gnostic message...The book has made me curious again about Ben Franklin.  Recommended!"

D.T. @ Amazon.com
"I picked up this book when it was recommended by Amazon. I am so glad they did. It was really a fun read. I love religious thrillers and this was one of the best I've read. Just as good as any Dan Brown's written. In fact I liked it a lot more than The Lost Symbol. The story caught me right from the beginning. I thought the main character, Joseph Koster, was really interesting. He suffers from a mild form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome that makes him socially inept but also really good at certain mathematical problems, which is why he's a good code breaker. I also liked the heroine in the story, an Indian woman named Savita Sajan. She's smart and successful and beautiful, all at once! Plus, one of the villains is a nun who kills people (get this) with her rosary! As a former Catholic school girl, I could really identify. The pace of the book is like a roller coaster. And while you learn a lot about things like the freemasons and the founding fathers (Franklin plays a role in the book) the story is so interesting that it never gets in the way of the plot. I finished the book in two sittings! I've never read anything else by this author but I plan to now. It was that good."

David Hall @ Amazon.com
"For those of us that need to view American history from a different point, this reader was not disappointed. The writer's research and description of Ben Franklin and his time is more than commendable. It must be applauded. The locations of early America are accurate. For a reader who has not visited historical London or Paris, this is for you. For those of us who are familiar with present-day New York City, you will find comfort. I suggest that a reader read GOSPEL TRUTHS first. That novel will give a good foundation for the GOD MACHINE...How the author keeps his history, location, personalities, and science in order is almost incomprehensible. The science alone will make a science buff scream with joy...Please give this well-written work a try. You will not have wasted your money."

Traveler @ Amazon.com
"I have loved Sandom's books in the past but, with this novel, he really hit it out of the ballpark. The history is rich, the characters real, and the clip irrestible. You won't want the story to end. Perhaps most memorable for me was Sandom's portrayal of Ben Franklin. I have long been fascinated with Franklin and I feel like Sandom personalized him for me in an unforgettable way. You will savor this book long after you finish. Enjoy!"

abdoggett @ Up in the Air and BN.com
"I really enjoyed this book! It is a cross between the DaVinci Code and National Treasure. It really should be made into a movie. I am looking forward to reading THE GOSPEL TRUTHS. If you are a fan of historical thrillers such as The Lost Symbol, you should definitely read The God Machine. It is a fast-paced, page-turner that keeps you hooked right up until the last page. A GREAT read!"

R.S. Beck @ BN.com
"The God Machine is perfect for night-time reading. The characters are accessible and the thrilling plot moves fluidly. Even if you think you know what is going to happen at the end, you keep reading to find out the conclusion. What Dan Brown has on Mr. Sandom, I do not understand. This book should be made into a movie."

George Smith @ Amazon.com
"
This is the best religious thriller I've ever read...Part historical fiction, I loved the way it brought Benjamin Franklin to life...The God Machine is perfect summer reading, a beach book that will shake you like a rag doll while you sizzle...The book is also a keen exploration of the relationship between science and religion, proof and faith, and how our culture has turned technology into a kind of 21st century deity...As well-researched and historically fascinating as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, as relentless and fast-paced as James Rollins's Doomsday Key, and as well-written as Paul Sussman's The Last Secret of the Temple, The God Machine has it all!"

David Lincoln Ross @ Amazon.com
"Sandom is a born story-teller...(THE GOD MACHINE) is a well-oiled and humming mystery, whose pages fly by in a flurry of action and suspense."

James Wynbrandt @ Amazon.com
"An illuminating, intelligent and gripping thriller...as relentless in its pace as it is rigorous in its plotting and satisfying in its payoff...Propelled by a gallery of unforgettable supporting characters drawn not so much from imagination as from a twisted parallel universe...Sandom has managed to make both the machine and his story as real, palpable, and alternately beautiful and terrifying as what we expect to find at the heart of the eternal battle between good and evil."

Mandi @ Entertainment Weekly (under The Lost Symbol review)
"Just finished reading another book The God Machine by JG Sandom that also has the masons. That one was good too."

E.M.S. Cohen @ jgsandom.com
"Just read you for the first time.  Thrilled!  Enjoyed it."

A.G. (Gavin) Williams @ Amazon.co.uk
"The cross that anyone writing a book such as The God Machine must bear is the horrendous oversaturation of the thriller genre at the moment with Da Vinci Code similarities. (Note:  Da Vinci Code was not the first of this type of book, but was the one most easily recognised.)  So, it was with a lot of caution I started reading this book, and was fully prepared to go into "airport-lounge-rapid-page-flick" mode.  I surprised myself by actually enjoying this. Good job by J.G. Sandom to keep some elements fresh.  If you like that type of genre, it's a good book to buy."

Bonnie Brooks @ Amazon.com
"This gripping historic adventure mystery weaves through the past to the present and will keep you turning the pages."

Ted Gramkow @ Amazon.com
"The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons were made possible by Mr Sandom's genre-breaking novel Gospel Truths published in 1992. Now with The God Machine, he has set the bar even higher for future religious thrillers...In The God Machine the reader gets it all:  crafty intrigue, implausable situations, historical references all tightly woven and masterfully written...Before you head to the movies this summer and spend $12 for a ticket to see another lackluster Hollywood summer bummer like Angels and Demons, order The God Machine, pull out the beach chair, pop open the umbrella, dig your toes in the sand and have fun with this well-crafted thriller. It's well worth the time."

Douglas W. Randall @ Amazon.com
"One thing I liked about The God Machine is its historical detail. I spent hours looking up enlightening things from the book. It's a good read and a great story."

Ladybug @ Amazon.com
"I loved this book! It's not a difficult read, (and) you don't have to get too bogged down in any special knowledge; the author gives you what you need. The characters are likeable and believable...A fun read for vacation, when you don't want to overinvest!"

Karen Elley @ The Book Case
Re Nikola Tesla's recent 115th Birthday, Karen writes:  "Tesla is in good company—Edison, da Vinci, and Ben Franklin—in J.G. Sandom’s page-turning thriller, The God Machine, released in paperback in May 2009."

Marcia Zand @ jgsandom.com
"The perfect balance of history, intrigue and action to leave the veteran reader sated."

Jeff Einstein @ Amazon.com
"J. Sandom just keeps getting better. Who else can write in such delicious detail about religion, microchip architecture, Ben Franklin, the Freemasons and the Enlightenment -- all under one cover? And who else can dress it all up in the habit of a disarmingly gorgeous but sociopathic killer nun? The God Machine is terrific fun, and a great read. Buy it."

gracie412 @ Amazon.com
"I loved this book...fast-paced, easy to read, and kept me on my toes until the last page...If you like books with action, adventure and really smart plots, this is the novel for you!"

seagull49 @ BN.com
"One of the best books I have ever read. Right there with the great Dan Brown...Do your shelf a favor and buy it."

Muriel Falvey @ jgsandom.com
"I love history, I love religious thrillers, and 'The God Machine' is one of the best I've read...Who needs Dan Brown when you have J. G. Sandom?"

Adam Bierman @ jgsandom.com
"Highly entertaining, and yet you don't leave your brain at the front cover!"

John Moore @ jgsandom.com
"As good as any Dan Brown has written...I could not put it down."

Travis Deputy @ Amazon.com
"This novel can definitely stand on its own two feet amongst the crowded religious thriller genre; and not only does it stand, it shines among some of the best in the field. This one's got wheels, not feet!  Definitely the best religious thriller I've read in a while...Better than The Da Vinci Code...I give it 5 stars out of 5, or 10 out of 10!  It's a rarity in the world of fiction, especially amongst those of this ilk.  Buy it now and prepare to be up for an allnighter!!!"

Amos Lassen Amazon.com
"This is quite a book--so much so that I read this in one sitting. It is full of adventure and paced so that, for me, it was impossible to put down...The God Machine pulled me in and kept me hooked."

To purchase your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

 

GOSPEL TRUTHS -- Latest Reader Reviews 

David Hall @ jgsandom.com
"Michner and Rutherford wrote complex historical novels. I am so amazed when an author combines technical, historical and complex writing in a single work, as you have. We readers of novels depend on the accuracy of the presentations...I look forward to any future writings."

Dan @ Square Dancing Dan in Denmark
"The atmosphere in Gospel Truths is dark and moody. Sandom is a creative wordsmith and his characters are compelling and likeable...(GOSPEL TRUTHS) delivers a well crafted story with surprising twists...l am looking forward to reading the sequel."

Tom Bradley @ chapters.indigo.ca
"Gospel Truths is a moody, literate thriller that preceded The Da Vinci Code by more than a decade. It's a great mystery, intricate and complex. A great read."

Ben @ www.goodreads.com
"Fascinating and well-written, it's what the genre should be -- an intellectual, as well as a visceral thrill."

Lee Titus @ jgsandom.com
"May God truly guide your wonderfully magnificent work!  Thank you from Lee!  P.S. I really look forward to reading The God Machine.
"

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

 

READERS' POLL

Check out the latest Readers' Poll, in the left margin, and test your knowledge of THE GOD MACHINE (HINT:  For excerpts from THE GOD MACHINE, click here.)

For those of you who took last month's Readers' Poll, the question was, "Who was Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua of Philadelphia compared to in the news?"  Everyone who entered got this one right.  Too easy...once again!  (Must make them harder!)  The correct answer was, "Darth Vader." 

For the results of previous polls, click here.

 

PUZZLES & e-POSTCARDS

For those of you who like puzzles and games, click here...just for fun!  Challenge yourself to THE GOD MACHINE crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

Click here to view and download some e-Postcards/Wallpapers based on THE GOD MACHINE.

 

READINGS & SIGNINGS 

Do you have ten members in your Reader's Circle or Book Club?  Want to have a Skype Reading and Book Conference about THE GOD MACHINE?  Click here to learn how you can bring me into your home via a free Skype online video call.  All you need is broadband Web access and a PC.

I appreciate your feedback.  If you'd like to say something about a reading, please click here.

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Did you enjoy THE GOD MACHINE?  Read the prequel:  GOSPEL TRUTHS!

Before The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol...before The Last Templar...before The Secret...and before THE GOD MACHINE -- there was GOSPEL TRUTHS!  Re-released after more than a decade, it's time to read the book that started it all.

J.G. Sandom is featured under One to Watch at BookReporter.com. Check out the in-depth author interview.

Booklist called GOSPEL TRUTHS, "a splendid, tautly woven thriller...(and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth." Library Journal said, "A masterful first novel, based on a true incident, which spins a complicated web of corruption, greed and deception." And Mostly Murder characterized it, "A fascinating mystery ... captivating and engrossing."

When City of London Police Inspector Nigel Lyman is assigned to investigate the death of a notorious Italian Banker found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London, the inquiry leads him to the Amiens and Chartres cathedrals in France in pursuit of a shadowy arch criminal -- leader of a corrupt Masonic lodge, the I Four -- intent on acquiring an ancient Gnostic Gospel whose discovery would undermine the very foundations of Christianity.

For an excerpt from GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

To challenge yourself with a GOSPEL TRUTHS puzzle, click here.

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

 

THE WAVE continues to climb up the charts @ lulu.com and through most online bookstores.  If you want to buy this John Decker thriller, please do so at lulu.com since other online retailers keep practically all of the profits!

If you liked GOSPEL TRUTHS or THE HUNTING CLUB, if you enjoyed THE UNRESOLVED or RESURRECTION MEN, if you're loving THE GOD MACHINE, check out THE WAVE - A JOHN DECKER THRILLER.

Kirkus said, "Sandom’s strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle ... (and) brains ... Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead ... A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."

When Cryptanalyst John Decker of the FBI is assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force in New York, he has no idea he is about to be thrust into a deadly plot of eco-terrorism masterminded by El Aqrab, the Scorpion, a diabolical killer recently arrested in Tel Aviv.

Following the theft of 8 kilos of Highly Enriched Uranium, an ultimatum is issued to the West: Release El Aqrab or a nuclear bomb will be detonated. But, at the last moment, El Aqrab escapes...and the authorities never get the bomb.

While Homeland Security is convinced it's headed for New York, only Agent Decker -- assisted by brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Emily Swenson -- believes the bomb’s true destination is La Palma, in the remote Canary Island chain.

Now, Decker and Swenson have less than six hours to prove their theory, defuse the bomb, and prevent a mega-tsunami from annihilating the Eastern Seaboard.

See some recent TV interviews on "Breezin' with Bierman" -- available at YouTube. Watch me read from THE WAVE, and chat about my other recent publications.

For an excerpt from THE WAVE, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE WAVE, click here.

 

 
RESURRECTION MEN
is my third Young Adult (YA) novel, published under the pen name T.K. Welsh.

YA Librarian Anna R. wrote a 4-star review of RESURRECTION MEN at Shelfari last month:

"This book was nothing like what I expected. I honestly thought that it was going to be a ghoulish horror novel about a boy working with the bodysnatchers. Instead, it was rather like reading Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (or almost any other of Dickens' works). The author's style was all his own--he didn't write like Dickens (or try to). Like Dickens, he dealt with the grim and gritty reality of the London underground. The story was dark, sad, and grisly, but ended in a satisfyingly positive light."

And, here's a post at School Librarian 2.0 about my recent Skype reading of RESURRECTION MEN:

"Video chat, such as Skype, is very useful in education because it is usually free, easy to use, and done in real time. In J.G. Sandom's article (actually, a letter to the Editor of School Library Journal), "Skype Hype," I learned how librarians, and teachers for that matter, can use video chat for conferences and collaboration, as well as to show students different people and places they cannot meet or travel to themselves. For example, a teacher had her students read a book by a particular author, and then they were able to hold an interview/conference session with him! The students were so excited to interview the author and actually put a face with a name. In addition, the author was pleased to get closer with his readers.

"Considering what I have learned in Chapter 4 of Hendron's book and in Sandom's article, if a classroom has internet connection and a webcam, educators can create meaningful learning opportunities for their students and for themselves!"

 

CALLING ALL TEACHERS and SCHOOL LIBRARIANS!

Have your students read one of my YA historical novels and then bring me directly into your media or music lab to talk about the book.  Using Skype and a webcam, a PC video call is easy and free, and it makes a real difference to the students when they can pose their questions directly to the author.  Contact me at tkwelsh@gmail.com or jgsandom@gmail.com to set up a similar FREE Skype Book Reading & Conference.

RESURRECTION MEN was recently featured in Curriculum Connections ("Murder and Mayhem Under Grey skies" by Joyce Adams Burner), a joint venture publication between School Library Journal and TeachingBooks.net that reaches more than 60,000 educators and librarians around the country every month. Click here to hear me speak about the pen name T.K. Welsh through the TeachingBooks.net "Name Pronounciation Guide".

Check out the latest in-depth author interview at Wordswimmer. See what inspires me to write my YA novels, and learn something about my writing process.

RESURRECTION MEN was previously named a Junior Library Guild selection.

Publishers Weekly called RESURRECTION MEN, “A haunting tour of London's underclass during the 1830s...Teens will likely be both captivated by Victor's harrowing story as well as his ability to prevail in the face of harsh injustices." BIG A, little a called the novel, “A moody, evocative tale...T.K. Welsh is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. His work transcends genre and audience classification.” VOYA said, "Teen readers will thoroughly enjoy the hair-raising suspense in this historical thriller." Kirkus Reviews called RESURRECTION MEN perfect for, “audiences that relish historical fiction." TeensReadToo termed it, “an intense, dark work of historical fiction...I highly recommend this book.KLIATT said, "Like M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, this look at sinister events in history makes the era come alive and lingers in the memory." Jen Robinson's Book Page called the novel, “Gripping and fast-paced, filled with intriguing historical details...The ending is utterly satisfying and consistent. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction." The Miss Rumphius Effect said, “T.K. Welsh, where have you been? I loved this book...Pick it up and you'll find it hard to put down.” And School Library Journal said, “Part historical fiction and part adventure story, the novel brings excitement to Victorian England...Readers will be on the edge of their seats.”

Inspired by the 1831 "Italian Boy trial" of body snatchers in London, England, RESURRECTION MEN is a spine-tingling murder mystery that pits a beggar boy named Victor against a nefarious group of Resurrection Men. In this tumultuous dark underworld, where a fresh subject can fetch as much as nine guineas -- the yearly salary of a working man -- Victor must risk his life to uncover the identity of the murderer who is at the heart of London's furtive trade in human corpses.

For a sample chapter of RESURRECTION MEN, click here.

If you already own a copy, click here to access a secret section of the site...just for you. [NOTE: Make sure to enter the name Secret (S-e-c-r-e-t) and the correct Password, printed at the rear of the book.]

To purchase your copy of RESURRECTION MEN, click here!

 

Here is a wonderful new review of THE UNRESOLVED by the Canadian information services librarian from LibrisNotes:

"The Unresolved is a fascinating blend of ghost story and historical fiction. The historical event that forms the basis of the plot is the sinking of the paddle steamer ferry, General Slocum, June 15, 1904. The steamer was ferrying members of the St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church when fire broke out in the forward Lamp Room. It was thought that a careless discarding of a lighted cigarette onto straw ignited the blaze, which rapidly spread throughout the steamer. Contributing to the terrible loss of life (over 1000 persons perished) was the lack of working fire hoses and life jackets which caused women and children to sink like stones. It was considered the worst disaster in New York city until the events of 9/11.

"The author, T.K. Welsh, takes many of the facts known about the disaster and the subsequent inquest and incorporates them into her story. She tells the story of the disaster from the viewpoint of 15 year old Mallory Meer who is on the General Slocum with her mother, her younger sister Nixie, her older sister Louisa and her brother Helmuth. Also on the excursion is Dustin Brauer, the boy Mallory is falling in love with. Unfortunately, Mallory does not survive the disaster - she is a ghost relating the events to us, the reader.

"The book opens with Mallory who lingers as a ghost recounting the tragedy and who cannot find peace until she helps bring to justice those responsible for the fire and the loss of life. From the character of Mallory, we trace the events that happened just prior to the fire, the disaster itself and on through to the inquest. It is through Mallory, as a ghost, that we learn what people think and feel. We learn about Dustin's past and the history of Mallory's family too. We are told about the German community in New York city, Kleinduetschland and about the Knickerbocker Steamship Company who owned the steamer.

"As happened in real life, in The Unresolved, those truly responsible are not held accountable and punished. Or are they?

"This gripping historical novel held my interest to the gripping and shocking end.

"For those who would like to do further reading on the General Slocum disaster please see the following website:  General Slocum."

THE UNRESOLVED is my second Young Adult (YA) novel, published under the pen name T.K. Welsh. The novel was recently added to Horn Book's list of Recommended American Historical Fiction.

Ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books of 2006 by the Washington Post. THE UNRESOLVED was nominated for a Young Adult Library Services Association -- YALSA 2007 Teens' Top Ten, the only book award recommended and awarded solely by teens. The novel was previously named a 2007 Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Teens by the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, which recognized only six works in Jewish teen literature that year. THE UNRESOLVED was also nominated for the 2006 Cybils literary awards, and for the 2007 Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association.

The Washington Post said, "Welsh writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction...a subtle gem (of a book)." School Library Journal said, "THE UNRESOLVED tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way." Horn Book Magazine called THE UNRESOLVED, "A decidedly unconventional ghost story ... (and) a tightly wound novel." Kirkus Reviews termed it, "A remarkable account." Romantic Times said, "THE UNRESOLVED is a book you shouldn't pass up." All About the Book said, "THE UNRESOLVED is a great one. Mallory is the most well-developed ghostly character I've seen in a long, long time." Midwest Book Review called THE UNRESOLVED, "a wonderfully different kind of ghost story." And Bookslut.com said, "THE UNRESOLVED scores on several levels, most notably as a drama that blows apart all preconceived notions of how history can be retold."

Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, THE UNRESOLVED reaches back into history to explore what was, until recently, the greatest disaster in New York City history. Based on the sinking of the General Slocum steamship -- which caught fire in the East River, New York, in 1904, resulting in the death of over 1,000 mostly German immigrants on a church outing -- THE UNRESOLVED is at once a ghost story, a courtroom drama, an examination of immigrant life, and a tale of love, redemption and revenge. The novel dramatizes how a single life -- and death -- can have a powerful influence on history.

For a sample chapter of THE UNRESOLVED, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE UNRESOLVED, click here!

Happy New Year!

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

This month, THE GOD MACHINE is featured at thrillerwriters.org, which gets over 850,000 visits per month, and whose newsletter reaches 12,000 subscribers.  Check out the Author Interview, and see what prompted me to write THE GOD MACHINE and GOSPEL TRUTHS.

Happy New Year!

 

Looking for something to read while you're sitting down with that turkey sandwich?  Daunted by the new decade?  Run down to your local Costco (in NJ), Duane Reade (in NYC) or RiteAid (in Philly).

Back for a 3rd printing, THE GOD MACHINE has arrived!

I am now, officially, a drugstore novelist, one aisle over from Convenience Foods!

 

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 If THE GOD MACHINE sells well in these regions, these non-traditional retailers will roll the book out nationally . . . so, what are you waiting for?  Buy a pal a copy of THE GOD MACHINE as a late holiday gift!

Spread the good news.  Forward this email on to your friends and family in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.  Or, click here for THE GOD MACHINE e-cards.

Have you written a review of THE GOD MACHINE?  See if your name is on the list of Reader Reviews, below.

 

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The Church insisted it didn't exist.

They lied.

They said it was just a Masonic legend.

It wasn't.

A two thousand year old secret...

Revealed.

 

The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.

Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the Church's most deeply buried secrets, and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of Franklin's puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling, and infinitely more deadly.

Now, along with beautiful Indian electrical engineer Savita Sajan, Koster must race to decode Franklin's journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing...staying alive, another.

For as Koster and Sajan are about the learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven...could open the portals of Hell.

 

For this month's excerpt from THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

 

MOST RECENT REVIEWS

Links to Amazon where you can purchase THE GOD MACHINE THE GOD MACHINE -- Latest Editorial Reviews

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Historical Novels Review
"History galore, violence, and intrigue fill the pages of this tightly plotted, twisting and turning adventure story, reminding one of a multilayered Russian matryoshka doll. The reader will also learn a great deal about da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and many more historical geniuses...Those who love numbers, physics, and a truly unpredictable, suspenseful mystery will relish the facts and ponderings replete in this well-written, mysterious spin-off of The Da Vinci Code. The God Machine is a very impressive historical thriller!"

R&B
"A fast-paced thriller of a ride which kept this reader on her toes. Side by side search and chase more than two centuries apart, the pace and mystery do not waver. A tremendous amount of research must have gone into this book, and into the hands of an author who knew what to do with it...Exhilarating, penetrating, even while switching between centuries as far back as A.D.33, does not lose its focus...I recommend this book to readers of action, historical fiction, historical religion, and fans of thrillers."

Books By Mail (BBM)
"I learned a valuable lesson this weekend. Don't start a J.G. Sandom book at 11:00 at night with the intention of reading a few chapters before bed. When I finally finished the book it was 2:34 in the morning and I had to get up in 4 hours. It was definitely worth the loss of sleep. The book is a non-stop suspense ride that takes the reader from past to present...on a journey that is filled with excitement, love, danger, and murder. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for thrilling read and a thought-provoking story."

bookpage.com
"Sandom has a knack for combining legendary gospels, ancient secrets, star-crossed lovers and Masonic puzzles to create a simmering stew of conspiracy, intrigue and danger that keeps the plot pot boiling until the very end."

bookideas.com
"The author of Gospel Truths, J.G. Sandom has already shown he intends to give Dan Brown some competition. Fortunately, he has the talent to make this a serious challenge. Brown would be well advised to check his rear view mirror because there's someone closing fast and about to overtake the famous author of The Da Vinci Code!"

ArmchairInterviews
Armchair Interviews says: A 5-star thriller
"
J.G. Sandom creates a thriller that compares in suspense to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code."

Book Passage
"A thrilling tale of secret societies, ancient cover-ups, intellectual puzzles, and nonstop action...Original."

 

Links to Amazon where you can purchase GOSPEL TRUTHSGOSPEL TRUTHS -- Latest Editorial Reviews

Crystal Reviews
"J. G. Sandom, like Dan Brown and other writers covering similar conflicts, offers each reader a thrilling adventure ride but also some fascinating knowledge about Masons, the Founding Fathers of America, architecture, cathedrals, and so much more...Gospel Truths is a dynamic, exciting, intelligent read that will thrill every reader and, for true seekers, may even send you searching for the real 'gospel truth.' A notable novel that will gain fresh attention and interest of new readers! Move over, Dan Brown!"

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

 

THE GOD MACHINE -- Latest Reader ReviewsLinks to Amazon where you can purchase THE GOD MACHINE

Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) @ Small & Creepy Films
"Move over, Dan Brown...All hail J.G. Sandom...(The God Machine) is a thrilling and breathless, rapturously-written and mind-blowing read. It’ll keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as your little fingers can manage."

Traveler @ Amazon.com
"I have loved Sandom's books in the past but, with this novel, he really hit it out of the ballpark. The history is rich, the characters real, and the clip irrestible. You won't want the story to end. Perhaps most memorable for me was Sandom's portrayal of Ben Franklin. I have long been fascinated with Franklin and I feel like Sandom personalized him for me in an unforgettable way. You will savor this book long after you finish. Enjoy!"

abdoggett @ Up in the Air and BN.com
"I really enjoyed this book! It is a cross between the DaVinci Code and National Treasure. It really should be made into a movie. I am looking forward to reading THE GOSPEL TRUTHS. If you are a fan of historical thrillers such as The Lost Symbol, you should definitely read The God Machine. It is a fast-paced, page-turner that keeps you hooked right up until the last page. A GREAT read!"

R.S. Beck @ bn.com
"The God Machine is perfect for night-time reading. The characters are accessible and the thrilling plot moves fluidly. Even if you think you know what is going to happen at the end, you keep reading to find out the conclusion. What Dan Brown has on Mr. Sandom, I do not understand. This book should be made into a movie."

George Smith @ Amazon.com
"This is the best religious thriller I've ever read...Part historical fiction, I loved the way it brought Benjamin Franklin to life...The God Machine is perfect summer reading, a beach book that will shake you like a rag doll while you sizzle...The book is also a keen exploration of the relationship between science and religion, proof and faith, and how our culture has turned technology into a kind of 21st century deity...As well-researched and historically fascinating as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, as relentless and fast-paced as James Rollins's Doomsday Key, and as well-written as Paul Sussman's The Last Secret of the Temple, The God Machine has it all!"

David Lincoln Ross @ Amazon.com
"Sandom is a born story-teller...(THE GOD MACHINE) is a well-oiled and humming mystery, whose pages fly by in a flurry of action and suspense."

James Wynbrandt @ Amazon.com
"An illuminating, intelligent and gripping thriller...as relentless in its pace as it is rigorous in its plotting and satisfying in its payoff...Propelled by a gallery of unforgettable supporting characters drawn not so much from imagination as from a twisted parallel universe...Sandom has managed to make both the machine and his story as real, palpable, and alternately beautiful and terrifying as what we expect to find at the heart of the eternal battle between good and evil."

Mandi @ Entertainment Weekly (under The Lost Symbol review)
"Just finished reading another book The God Machine by JG Sandom that also has the masons. That one was good too."

E.M.S. Cohen @ jgsandom.com
"Just read you for the first time.  Thrilled!  Enjoyed it."

A.G. (Gavin) Williams @ Amazon.co.uk
"The cross that anyone writing a book such as The God Machine must bear is the horrendous oversaturation of the thriller genre at the moment with Da Vinci Code similarities. (Note:  Da Vinci Code was not the first of this type of book, but was the one most easily recognised.)  So, it was with a lot of caution I started reading this book, and was fully prepared to go into "airport-lounge-rapid-page-flick" mode.  I surprised myself by actually enjoying this. Good job by J.G. Sandom to keep some elements fresh.  If you like that type of genre, it's a good book to buy."

Bonnie Brooks @ Amazon.com
"This gripping historic adventure mystery weaves through the past to the present and will keep you turning the pages."

Ted Gramkow @ Amazon.com
"The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons were made possible by Mr Sandom's genre-breaking novel Gospel Truths published in 1992. Now with The God Machine, he has set the bar even higher for future religious thrillers...In The God Machine the reader gets it all:  crafty intrigue, implausable situations, historical references all tightly woven and masterfully written...Before you head to the movies this summer and spend $12 for a ticket to see another lackluster Hollywood summer bummer like Angels and Demons, order The God Machine, pull out the beach chair, pop open the umbrella, dig your toes in the sand and have fun with this well-crafted thriller. It's well worth the time."

Douglas W. Randall @ Amazon.com
"One thing I liked about The God Machine is its historical detail. I spent hours looking up enlightening things from the book. It's a good read and a great story."

Ladybug @ Amazon.com
"I loved this book! It's not a difficult read, (and) you don't have to get too bogged down in any special knowledge; the author gives you what you need. The characters are likeable and believable...A fun read for vacation, when you don't want to overinvest!"

Karen Elley @ The Book Case
Re Nikola Tesla's recent 115th Birthday, Karen writes:  "Tesla is in good company—Edison, da Vinci, and Ben Franklin—in J.G. Sandom’s page-turning thriller, The God Machine, released in paperback in May 2009."

Marcia Zand @ jgsandom.com
"The perfect balance of history, intrigue and action to leave the veteran reader sated."

Jeff Einstein @ Amazon.com
"J. Sandom just keeps getting better. Who else can write in such delicious detail about religion, microchip architecture, Ben Franklin, the Freemasons and the Enlightenment -- all under one cover? And who else can dress it all up in the habit of a disarmingly gorgeous but sociopathic killer nun? The God Machine is terrific fun, and a great read. Buy it."

gracie412 @ Amazon.com
"I loved this book...fast-paced, easy to read, and kept me on my toes until the last page...If you like books with action, adventure and really smart plots, this is the novel for you!"

seagull49 @ BN.com
"One of the best books I have ever read. Right there with the great Dan Brown...Do your shelf a favor and buy it."

Muriel Falvey @ jgsandom.com
"I love history, I love religious thrillers, and 'The God Machine' is one of the best I've read...Who needs Dan Brown when you have J. G. Sandom?"

Adam Bierman @ jgsandom.com
"Highly entertaining, and yet you don't leave your brain at the front cover!"

John Moore @ jgsandom.com
"As good as any Dan Brown has written...I could not put it down."

Travis Deputy @ Amazon.com
"This novel can definitely stand on its own two feet amongst the crowded religious thriller genre; and not only does it stand, it shines among some of the best in the field. This one's got wheels, not feet!  Definitely the best religious thriller I've read in a while...Better than The Da Vinci Code...I give it 5 stars out of 5, or 10 out of 10!  It's a rarity in the world of fiction, especially amongst those of this ilk.  Buy it now and prepare to be up for an allnighter!!!"

Amos Lassen Amazon.com
"This is quite a book--so much so that I read this in one sitting. It is full of adventure and paced so that, for me, it was
impossible to put down...The God Machine pulled me in and kept me hooked."

To purchase your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

 

PUZZLES & e-POSTCARDS

For those of you who like puzzles and games, click here...just for fun!  Challenge yourself to THE GOD MACHINE crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

Click here to view and download some e-Postcards/Wallpapers based on THE GOD MACHINE.

 

READINGS & SIGNINGS 

Do you have ten members in your Reader's Circle or Book Club?  Want to have a Skype Reading and Book Conference about THE GOD MACHINE?  Click here to learn how you can bring J.G. Sandom into your home via a free Skype online video call.  All you need is broadband Web access and a PC.

The author appreciates your feedback.  If you'd like to say something about a reading, click here.

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Links to Amazon where you can purchase GOSPEL TRUTHS

Did you enjoy THE GOD MACHINE?  Read the prequel:  GOSPEL TRUTHS
Before
The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol...before The Last Templar...before The Secret...and before THE GOD MACHINE -- there was GOSPEL TRUTHS!  Re-released after more than a decade, it's time to read the book that started it all.

J.G. Sandom is featured under One to Watch at BookReporter.com. Check out the in-depth author interview.

Booklist called GOSPEL TRUTHS, "a splendid, tautly woven thriller...(and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth." Library Journal said, "A masterful first novel, based on a true incident, which spins a complicated web of corruption, greed and deception." And Mostly Murder characterized it, "A fascinating mystery ... captivating and engrossing."

When City of London Police Inspector Nigel Lyman is assigned to investigate the death of a notorious Italian Banker found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London, the inquiry leads him to the Amiens and Chartres cathedrals in France in pursuit of a shadowy arch criminal -- leader of a corrupt Masonic lodge, the I Four -- intent on acquiring an ancient Gnostic Gospel whose discovery would undermine the very foundations of Christianity.

For an excerpt from GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

To challenge yourself with a GOSPEL TRUTHS puzzle, click here.

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

Links to Lulu.com where you can purchase THE WAVE

 

THE WAVE
THE WAVE is still selling briskly @ lulu.com and through most major booksellers and online bookstores.

If you liked GOSPEL TRUTHS or THE HUNTING CLUB, if you enjoyed THE UNRESOLVED or RESURRECTION MEN, if you're loving THE GOD MACHINE, check out THE WAVE - A JOHN DECKER THRILLER.

Kirkus said, "Sandom’s strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle ... (and) brains ... Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead ... A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."

When Cryptanalyst John Decker of the FBI is assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force in New York, he has no idea he is about to be thrust into a deadly plot of eco-terrorism masterminded by El Aqrab, the Scorpion, a diabolical killer recently arrested in Tel Aviv.

Following the theft of 8 kilos of Highly Enriched Uranium, an ultimatum is issued to the West: Release El Aqrab or a nuclear bomb will be detonated. But, at the last moment, El Aqrab escapes...and the authorities never get the bomb.

While Homeland Security is convinced it's headed for New York, only Agent Decker -- assisted by brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Emily Swenson -- believes the bomb’s true destination is La Palma, in the remote Canary Island chain.

Now, Decker and Swenson have less than six hours to prove their theory, defuse the bomb, and prevent a mega-tsunami from annihilating the Eastern Seaboard.

J.G. Sandom's most recent TV interview on "Breezin' with Bierman" is available at YouTube. See the author read from THE WAVE, and chat about his other recent publications.

For an excerpt from THE WAVE, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE WAVE, click here.

 

Meantime, my work as a young adult novelist is not going unnoticed.  Here is a post at School Librarian 2.0 about my recent Skype reading of RESURRECTION MEN:

"Video chat, such as Skype, is very useful in education because it is usually free, easy to use, and done in real time. In J.G. Sandom's article (actually, a letter to the Editor of School Library Journal), "Skype Hype," I learned how librarians, and teachers for that matter, can use video chat for conferences and collaboration, as well as to show students different people and places they cannot meet or travel to themselves. For example, a teacher had her students read a book by a particular author, and then they were able to hold an interview/conference session with him! The students were so excited to interview the author and actually put a face with a name. In addition, the author was pleased to get closer with his readers.

Considering what I have learned in Chapter 4 of Hendron's book and in Sandom's article, if a classroom has internet connection and a webcam, educators can create meaningful learning opportunities for their students and for themselves!"

RESURRECTION MENLink to Amazon where you can purchase RESURRECTION MEN
RESURRECTION MEN is J.G. Sandom's third Young Adult (YA) novel, published under the pen name T.K. Welsh.

RESURRECTION MEN was recently featured in Curriculum Connections ("Murder and Mayhem Under Grey skies" by Joyce Adams Burner), a joint venture publication between School Library Journal and TeachingBooks.net that reaches more than 60,000 educators and librarians around the country every month. Click here to hear the author speak about the name T.K. Welsh through the TeachingBooks.net "Name Pronounciation Guide".

Check out the latest in-depth author interview at Wordswimmer. See what inspires T.K. Welsh to write, and learn about the author's writing process.

RESURRECTION MEN was previously named a Junior Library Guild selection.

Publishers Weekly called RESURRECTION MEN, “A haunting tour of London's underclass during the 1830s...Teens will likely be both captivated by Victor's harrowing story as well as his ability to prevail in the face of harsh injustices." BIG A, little a called the novel, “A moody, evocative tale...T.K. Welsh is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. His work transcends genre and audience classification.” VOYA said, "Teen readers will thoroughly enjoy the hair-raising suspense in this historical thriller." Kirkus Reviews called RESURRECTION MEN perfect for, “audiences that relish historical fiction." TeensReadToo termed it, “an intense, dark work of historical fiction...I highly recommend this book.KLIATT said, "Like M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, this look at sinister events in history makes the era come alive and lingers in the memory." Jen Robinson's Book Page called the novel, “Gripping and fast-paced, filled with intriguing historical details...The ending is utterly satisfying and consistent. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction." The Miss Rumphius Effect said, “T.K. Welsh, where have you been? I loved this book...Pick it up and you'll find it hard to put down.” And School Library Journal said, “Part historical fiction and part adventure story, the novel brings excitement to Victorian England...Readers will be on the edge of their seats.”

Inspired by the 1831 "Italian Boy trial" of body snatchers in London, England, RESURRECTION MEN is a spine-tingling murder mystery that pits a beggar boy named Victor against a nefarious group of Resurrection Men. In this tumultuous dark underworld, where a fresh subject can fetch as much as nine guineas -- the yearly salary of a working man -- Victor must risk his life to uncover the identity of the murderer who is at the heart of London's furtive trade in human corpses.

For a sample chapter of RESURRECTION MEN, click here.

If you already own a copy, click here to access a secret section of the site...just for you. [NOTE: Make sure to enter the name Secret (S-e-c-r-e-t) and the correct Password, printed at the rear of the book.]

To purchase your copy of RESURRECTION MEN, click here!

 

Links to Amazon where you can purchase THE UNRESOLVED

THE UNRESOLVED
THE UNRESOLVED is J.G. Sandom's second Young Adult (YA) novel, published under the pen name T.K. WelshThe novel was recently added to Horn Book's list of Recommended American Historical Fiction.

Ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books of 2006 by the Washington Post, THE UNRESOLVED was nominated for a Young Adult Library Services Association -- YALSA 2007 Teens' Top Ten, the only book award recommended and awarded solely by teens. The novel was previously named a 2007 Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Teens by the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, which recognized only six works in Jewish teen literature that year. THE UNRESOLVED was also nominated for the 2006 Cybils literary awards, and for the 2007 Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association. The novel was featured as one of the Best Teen Books of the Year 2006 at BarnesAndNoble.com.

The Washington Post said, "Welsh writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction." School Library Journal said, "THE UNRESOLVED tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way." Horn Book Magazine called THE UNRESOLVED, "A decidedly unconventional ghost story ... (and) a tightly wound novel." Kirkus Reviews termed it, "A remarkable account." Romantic Times said, "THE UNRESOLVED is a book you shouldn't pass up." All About the Book said, "THE UNRESOLVED is a great one. Mallory is the most well-developed ghostly character I've seen in a long, long time." Midwest Book Review called THE UNRESOLVED, "a wonderfully different kind of ghost story." And Bookslut.com said, "THE UNRESOLVED scores on several levels, most notably as a drama that blows apart all preconceived notions of how history can be retold."

Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, THE UNRESOLVED reaches back into history to explore what was, until recently, the greatest disaster in New York City history. Based on the sinking of the General Slocum steamship -- which caught fire in the East River, New York, in 1904, resulting in the death of over 1,000 mostly German immigrants on a church outing -- THE UNRESOLVED is at once a ghost story, a courtroom drama, an examination of immigrant life, and a tale of love, redemption and revenge. The novel dramatizes how a single life -- and death -- can have a powerful influence on history.

For a sample chapter of THE UNRESOLVED, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE UNRESOLVED, click here!

What's New in November, 2009

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

Thanks to you, THE GOD MACHINE has gone back for a third printing!  That's right -- a 3rdprinting.

And, soon it will be in RiteAid, Duane Reade and Costco outlets, plus in US Army PXs, all along the East Coast!

If you live in Philly (home of the National League Championship Series winners!), go to your nearest RiteAid and buy a book!

If you live in New York (home of the American League Championship Series winners!), go to your nearest Duane Reade and...yes, that's right...buy a book!

(If they don't have them yet, ask them when they're coming in.)

Books will be in a dozen Costcos in New Jersey starting in January.

Meanwhile, the theo-thriller continues to climb up the charts, this month ranking in the top 0.04 percentile at Amazon!

 

Thanks for your support!

 

Spread the good news.  Email a friend.  Click here for THE GOD MACHINE postcards. 

 

Links to Amazon where you can purchase THE GOD MACHINE

 


The Church insisted it didn't exist.

They lied.

They said it was just a Masonic legend.

It wasn't.

A two thousand year old secret...

Revealed.

 

The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.

Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the Church's most deeply buried secrets, and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of Franklin's puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling, and infinitely more deadly.

Now, along with beautiful Indian electrical engineer Savita Sajan, Koster must race to decode Franklin's journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing...staying alive, another.

For as Koster and Sajan are about the learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven...could open the portals of Hell.

 

For this month's excerpt from THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

 

MOST RECENT REVIEWS

Links to Amazon where you can purchase THE GOD MACHINE THE GOD MACHINE -- Editorial Reviews

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Historical Novels Review
"History galore, violence, and intrigue fill the pages of this tightly plotted, twisting and turning adventure story, reminding one of a multilayered Russian matryoshka doll. The reader will also learn a great deal about da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and many more historical geniuses...Those who love numbers, physics, and a truly unpredictable, suspenseful mystery will relish the facts and ponderings replete in this well-written, mysterious spin-off of The Da Vinci Code. The God Machine is a very impressive historical thriller!"

Books By Mail (BBM)
"I learned a valuable lesson this weekend. Don't start a J.G. Sandom book at 11:00 at night with the intention of reading a few chapters before bed. When I finally finished the book it was 2:34 in the morning and I had to get up in 4 hours. It was definitely worth the loss of sleep. The book is a non-stop suspense ride that takes the reader from past to present...on a journey that is filled with excitement, love, danger, and murder. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for thrilling read and a thought-provoking story."

bookpage.com
"Sandom has a knack for combining legendary gospels, ancient secrets, star-crossed lovers and Masonic puzzles to create a simmering stew of conspiracy, intrigue and danger that keeps the plot pot boiling until the very end."

bookideas.com
"The author of Gospel Truths, J.G. Sandom has already shown he intends to give Dan Brown some competition. Fortunately, he has the talent to make this a serious challenge. Brown would be well advised to check his rear view mirror because there's someone closing fast and about to overtake the famous author of The Da Vinci Code!"

ArmchairInterviews
Armchair Interviews says: A 5-star thriller
"
J.G. Sandom creates a thriller that compares in suspense to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code."

Book Passage
"A thrilling tale of secret societies, ancient cover-ups, intellectual puzzles, and nonstop action...Original."

 

Links to Amazon where you can purchase GOSPEL TRUTHSGOSPEL TRUTHS -- Editorial Reviews

Crystal Reviews
"J. G. Sandom, like Dan Brown and other writers covering similar conflicts, offers each reader a thrilling adventure ride but also some fascinating knowledge about Masons, the Founding Fathers of America, architecture, cathedrals, and so much more...Gospel Truths is a dynamic, exciting, intelligent read that will thrill every reader and, for true seekers, may even send you searching for the real 'gospel truth.' A notable novel that will gain fresh attention and interest of new readers! Move over, Dan Brown!"

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

 

THE GOD MACHINE -- Reader ReviewsLinks to Amazon where you can purchase THE GOD MACHINE

Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) @ Small & Creepy Films
"Move over, Dan Brown...All hail J.G. Sandom...(The God Machine) is a thrilling and breathless, rapturously-written and mind-blowing read. It’ll keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as your little fingers can manage."

George Smith @ Amazon.com
"This is the best religious thriller I've ever read...Part historical fiction, I loved the way it brought Benjamin Franklin to life...The God Machine is perfect summer reading, a beach book that will shake you like a rag doll while you sizzle...The book is also a keen exploration of the relationship between science and religion, proof and faith, and how our culture has turned technology into a kind of 21st century deity...As well-researched and historically fascinating as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, as relentless and fast-paced as James Rollins's Doomsday Key, and as well-written as Paul Sussman's The Last Secret of the Temple, The God Machine has it all!"

E.M.S. Cohen @ jgsandom.com
"Just read you for the first time.  Thrilled!  Enjoyed it."

David Lincoln Ross @ Amazon.com
"Sandom is a born story-teller...(THE GOD MACHINE) is a well-oiled and humming mystery, whose pages fly by in a flurry of action and suspense."

James Wynbrandt @ Amazon.com
"An illuminating, intelligent and gripping thriller...as relentless in its pace as it is rigorous in its plotting and satisfying in its payoff...Propelled by a gallery of unforgettable supporting characters drawn not so much from imagination as from a twisted parallel universe...Sandom has managed to make both the machine and his story as real, palpable, and alternately beautiful and terrifying as what we expect to find at the heart of the eternal battle between good and evil."

Mandi @ Entertainment Weekly (under The Lost Symbol review)
"Just finished reading another book The God Machine by JG Sandom that also has the masons. That one was good too."

A.G. (Gavin) Williams @ Amazon.co.uk
"The cross that anyone writing a book such as The God Machine must bear is the horrendous oversaturation of the thriller genre at the moment with Da Vinci Code similarities. (Note:  Da Vinci Code was not the first of this type of book, but was the one most easily recognised.)  So, it was with a lot of caution I started reading this book, and was fully prepared to go into "airport-lounge-rapid-page-flick" mode.  I surprised myself by actually enjoying this. Good job by J.G. Sandom to keep some elements fresh.  If you like that type of genre, it's a good book to buy."

Bonnie Brooks @ Amazon.com
"This gripping historic adventure mystery weaves through the past to the present and will keep you turning the pages."

Ted Gramkow @ Amazon.com
"The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons were made possible by Mr Sandom's genre-breaking novel Gospel Truths published in 1992. Now with The God Machine, he has set the bar even higher for future religious thrillers...In The God Machine the reader gets it all:  crafty intrigue, implausable situations, historical references all tightly woven and masterfully written...Before you head to the movies this summer and spend $12 for a ticket to see another lackluster Hollywood summer bummer like Angels and Demons, order The God Machine, pull out the beach chair, pop open the umbrella, dig your toes in the sand and have fun with this well-crafted thriller. It's well worth the time."

Douglas W. Randall @ Amazon.com
"One thing I liked about The God Machine is its historical detail. I spent hours looking up enlightening things from the book. It's a good read and a great story."

Ladybug @ Amazon.com
"I loved this book! It's not a difficult read, (and) you don't have to get too bogged down in any special knowledge; the author gives you what you need. The characters are likeable and believable...A fun read for vacation, when you don't want to overinvest!"

Karen Elley @ The Book Case
Re Nikola Tesla's recent 115th Birthday, Karen writes:  "Tesla is in good company—Edison, da Vinci, and Ben Franklin—in J.G. Sandom’s page-turning thriller, The God Machine, released in paperback in May 2009."

Marcia Zand @ jgsandom.com
"The perfect balance of history, intrigue and action to leave the veteran reader sated."

Jeff Einstein @ Amazon.com
"J. Sandom just keeps getting better. Who else can write in such delicious detail about religion, microchip architecture, Ben Franklin, the Freemasons and the Enlightenment -- all under one cover? And who else can dress it all up in the habit of a disarmingly gorgeous but sociopathic killer nun? The God Machine is terrific fun, and a great read. Buy it."

gracie412 @ Amazon.com
"I loved this book...fast-paced, easy to read, and kept me on my toes until the last page...If you like books with action, adventure and really smart plots, this is the novel for you!"

seagull49 @ BN.com
"One of the best books I have ever read. Right there with the great Dan Brown...Do your shelf a favor and buy it."

abdoggett @ BN.com
"I really enjoyed this book! It's a cross between The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure. It really should be made into a movie."

Muriel Falvey @ jgsandom.com
"I love history, I love religious thrillers, and 'The God Machine' is one of the best I've read...Who needs Dan Brown when you have J. G. Sandom?"

Adam Bierman @ jgsandom.com
"Highly entertaining, and yet you don't leave your brain at the front cover!"

John Moore @ jgsandom.com
"As good as any Dan Brown has written...I could not put it down."

Travis Deputy @ Amazon.com
"This novel can definitely stand on its own two feet amongst the crowded religious thriller genre; and not only does it stand, it shines among some of the best in the field. This one's got wheels, not feet!  Definitely the best religious thriller I've read in a while...Better than The Da Vinci Code...I give it 5 stars out of 5, or 10 out of 10!  It's a rarity in the world of fiction, especially amongst those of this ilk.  Buy it now and prepare to be up for an allnighter!!!"

Amos Lassen Amazon.com
"This is quite a book--so much so that I read this in one sitting. It is full of adventure and paced so that, for me, it was
impossible to put down...The God Machine pulled me in and kept me hooked."

To purchase your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

 


GOSPEL TRUTHS -- Reader Reviews

Links to Amazon where you can purchase GOSPEL TRUTHSDan @ Square Dancing Dan in Denmark
"The atmosphere in Gospel Truths is dark and moody. Sandom is a creative wordsmith and his characters are compelling and likeable...(GOSPEL TRUTHS) delivers a well crafted story with surprising twists...l am looking forward to reading the sequel."

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

 

READERS' POLL

Check out the latest Readers' Poll, in the left margin, and test your knowledge of THE GOD MACHINE (HINT:  For excerpts from THE GOD MACHINE, click here.)

For those of you who took last month's Readers' Poll, the question was, "How did Nick Robinson characterize the enigmatic illustration found in Ben Franklin's version of the Gospel of Judas?"  Only one third of you got this one right.  The correct answer was, "A Masonic curiosity."  (Yes, I know this one was tricky.  The "phi" was the most popular answers, and it's also featured throughout the novel.)

For the results of previous polls, click here.

 

PUZZLES & e-POSTCARDS

For those of you who like puzzles and games, click here...just for fun!  Challenge yourself to THE GOD MACHINE crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

Click here to view and download some e-Postcards/Wallpapers based on THE GOD MACHINE.

 

READINGS & SIGNINGS 

Do you have ten members in your Reader's Circle or Book Club?  Want to have a Skype Reading and Book Conference about THE GOD MACHINE?  Click here to learn how you can bring J.G. Sandom into your home via a free Skype online video call.  All you need is broadband Web access and a PC.

The author appreciates your feedback.  If you'd like to say something about a reading, click here.

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Links to Amazon where you can purchase GOSPEL TRUTHS

Did you enjoy THE GOD MACHINE?  Read the prequel:  GOSPEL TRUTHS
Before
The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol...before The Last Templar...before The Secret...and before THE GOD MACHINE -- there was GOSPEL TRUTHS!  Re-released after more than a decade, it's time to read the book that started it all.

J.G. Sandom is featured under One to Watch at BookReporter.com. Check out the in-depth author interview.

Booklist called GOSPEL TRUTHS, "a splendid, tautly woven thriller...(and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth." Library Journal said, "A masterful first novel, based on a true incident, which spins a complicated web of corruption, greed and deception." And Mostly Murder characterized it, "A fascinating mystery ... captivating and engrossing."

When City of London Police Inspector Nigel Lyman is assigned to investigate the death of a notorious Italian Banker found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London, the inquiry leads him to the Amiens and Chartres cathedrals in France in pursuit of a shadowy arch criminal -- leader of a corrupt Masonic lodge, the I Four -- intent on acquiring an ancient Gnostic Gospel whose discovery would undermine the very foundations of Christianity.

For an excerpt from GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

To challenge yourself with a GOSPEL TRUTHS puzzle, click here.

To purchase your copy of GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

Links to Lulu.com where you can purchase THE WAVE

 

THE WAVE
THE WAVE is still selling briskly @ lulu.com and through most major booksellers and online bookstores.

If you liked GOSPEL TRUTHS or THE HUNTING CLUB, if you enjoyed THE UNRESOLVED or RESURRECTION MEN, if you're loving THE GOD MACHINE, check out THE WAVE - A JOHN DECKER THRILLER.

Kirkus said, "Sandom’s strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle ... (and) brains ... Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead ... A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."

When Cryptanalyst John Decker of the FBI is assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force in New York, he has no idea he is about to be thrust into a deadly plot of eco-terrorism masterminded by El Aqrab, the Scorpion, a diabolical killer recently arrested in Tel Aviv.

Following the theft of 8 kilos of Highly Enriched Uranium, an ultimatum is issued to the West: Release El Aqrab or a nuclear bomb will be detonated. But, at the last moment, El Aqrab escapes...and the authorities never get the bomb.

While Homeland Security is convinced it's headed for New York, only Agent Decker -- assisted by brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Emily Swenson -- believes the bomb’s true destination is La Palma, in the remote Canary Island chain.

Now, Decker and Swenson have less than six hours to prove their theory, defuse the bomb, and prevent a mega-tsunami from annihilating the Eastern Seaboard.

J.G. Sandom's most recent TV interview on "Breezin' with Bierman" is available at YouTube. See the author read from THE WAVE, and chat about his other recent publications.

For an excerpt from THE WAVE, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE WAVE, click here.

 

Links to Amazon where you can purchase RESURRECTION MEN

RESURRECTION MEN
RESURRECTION MEN is J.G. Sandom's third Young Adult (YA) novel, published under the pen name T.K. Welsh.

RESURRECTION MEN was recently featured in Curriculum Connections ("Murder and Mayhem Under Grey skies" by Joyce Adams Burner), a joint venture publication between School Library Journal and TeachingBooks.net that reaches more than 60,000 educators and librarians around the country every month. Click here to hear the author speak about the name T.K. Welsh through the TeachingBooks.net "Name Pronounciation Guide".

Check out the latest in-depth author interview at Wordswimmer. See what inspires T.K. Welsh to write, and learn about the author's writing process.

RESURRECTION MEN was previously named a Junior Library Guild selection.

Publishers Weekly called RESURRECTION MEN, “A haunting tour of London's underclass during the 1830s...Teens will likely be both captivated by Victor's harrowing story as well as his ability to prevail in the face of harsh injustices." BIG A, little a called the novel, “A moody, evocative tale...T.K. Welsh is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. His work transcends genre and audience classification.” VOYA said, "Teen readers will thoroughly enjoy the hair-raising suspense in this historical thriller." Kirkus Reviews called RESURRECTION MEN perfect for, “audiences that relish historical fiction." TeensReadToo termed it, “an intense, dark work of historical fiction...I highly recommend this book.KLIATT said, "Like M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, this look at sinister events in history makes the era come alive and lingers in the memory." Jen Robinson's Book Page called the novel, “Gripping and fast-paced, filled with intriguing historical details...The ending is utterly satisfying and consistent. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction." The Miss Rumphius Effect said, “T.K. Welsh, where have you been? I loved this book...Pick it up and you'll find it hard to put down.” And School Library Journal said, “Part historical fiction and part adventure story, the novel brings excitement to Victorian England...Readers will be on the edge of their seats.”

Inspired by the 1831 "Italian Boy trial" of body snatchers in London, England, RESURRECTION MEN is a spine-tingling murder mystery that pits a beggar boy named Victor against a nefarious group of Resurrection Men. In this tumultuous dark underworld, where a fresh subject can fetch as much as nine guineas -- the yearly salary of a working man -- Victor must risk his life to uncover the identity of the murderer who is at the heart of London's furtive trade in human corpses.

For a sample chapter of RESURRECTION MEN, click here.

If you already own a copy, click here to access a secret section of the site...just for you. [NOTE: Make sure to enter the name Secret (S-e-c-r-e-t) and the correct Password, printed at the rear of the book.]

To purchase your copy of RESURRECTION MEN, click here!

 

Links to Amazon where you can purchase THE UNRESOLVED

THE UNRESOLVED
THE UNRESOLVED is J.G. Sandom's second Young Adult (YA) novel, published under the pen name T.K. Welsh.

This month, someone posted a question about the book's ending at YAHOO!Answers.

Nicole asked:  "OK.  So I was a bit confused.  Did she (Mallory) take over that guy's (Barnaby's) wife at the end?  Because she said she came home to him every night, and she was comforting him when he was mumbling about seeing the ghost girl.  Or, did she mean that she was just haunting him every day?  And why was she not allowed into judgment (Heaven/Hell)?  Any ideas?"

And DumbKat responded:  "I believe the author meant that she just haunted him. I don't think it has anything to do with his wife. But by haunting him, she became intimate with him. And he came home to Mallory every night...just as he came home to his wife.  I believe her desire to see that justice was done in the case of the Slocum meant that she would be haunting him until his death. In the Epilogue, Welsh says, 'It took Barnaby seventeen winters to die.' But now that he, and all the rest who were guilty, are gone, she can finally move on. As she says, 'It's done...Will you lead me? Will you open the door, please?' This is Mallory saying it's over and it's time for her to move on to the next world. It's her cry to God to finally open the door. And, I believe, He did."

What do you think?  Post your answer here.

THE UNRESOLVED was recently added to Horn Book's list of Recommended American Historical Fiction.

Ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books of 2006 by the Washington Post, THE UNRESOLVED was nominated for a Young Adult Library Services Association -- YALSA 2007 Teens' Top Ten, the only book award recommended and awarded solely by teens. The novel was previously named a 2007 Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Teens by the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, which recognized only six works in Jewish teen literature that year. THE UNRESOLVED was also nominated for the 2006 Cybils literary awards, and for the 2007 Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association. It's currently featured as one of the Best Teen Books of the Year 2006 at BarnesAndNoble.com.

The Washington Post said, "Welsh writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction." School Library Journal said, "THE UNRESOLVED tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way." Horn Book Magazine called THE UNRESOLVED, "A decidedly unconventional ghost story ... (and) a tightly wound novel." Kirkus Reviews termed it, "A remarkable account." Romantic Times said, "THE UNRESOLVED is a book you shouldn't pass up." The Edge of the Forest said, "It may be the most beautifully written novel I've read this year." All About the Book said, "THE UNRESOLVED is a great one. Mallory is the most well-developed ghostly character I've seen in a long, long time." Midwest Book Review called THE UNRESOLVED, "a wonderfully different kind of ghost story." And Bookslut.com said, "THE UNRESOLVED scores on several levels, most notably as a drama that blows apart all preconceived notions of how history can be retold."

Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, THE UNRESOLVED reaches back into history to explore what was, until recently, the greatest disaster in New York City history. Based on the sinking of the General Slocum steamship -- which caught fire in the East River, New York, in 1904, resulting in the death of over 1,000 mostly German immigrants on a church outing -- THE UNRESOLVED is at once a ghost story, a courtroom drama, an examination of immigrant life, and a tale of love, redemption and revenge. The novel dramatizes how a single life -- and death -- can have a powerful influence on history.

For a sample chapter of THE UNRESOLVED, click here.

To purchase your copy of THE UNRESOLVED, click here!

THE GOD MACHINE

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

 

THE GOD MACHINE, the long-awaited sequel to GOSPEL TRUTHS, is finally available!

 

Enter THE GOD MACHINE READERS' CONTEST and you could...


WIN $500
...plus a free autographed copy of THE GODMACHINE. (See below for details.)



Tired of waiting for Dan Brown's sequel to The Da Vinci Code? Enter THE GOD MACHINE.


The Church insisted it didn't exist.

They lied.

They said it was just a Masonic legend.

It wasn't.

A two thousand year old secret...

Revealed.



The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.


Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the Church's most deeply buried secrets, and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of Franklin's puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling...and infinitely more deadly.


Now, along with beautiful Indian electrical engineer Savita Sajan, Koster must race to decode Franklin's journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing...staying alive, another.


For as Koster and Sajan are about the learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven...could open the portals of Hell.



For an excerpt from THE GOD MACHINE, click here.


See below for information on FORTHCOMING READINGS & SIGNINGS.


To order your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.



THE GOD MACHINE READERS' CONTEST

The book business, like so many others, is in trouble these days. So, I'm turning to you--my loyal readers--to help me get the word out about THE GOD MACHINE. By participating in this Readers' Contest, you'll become part of the book launch, part of the book experience, and authors--in a very real sense--of the book's success.


How do you enter to win? It's easy!


  • Every time you blog about THE GOD MACHINE, Tweet about the book to your "followers" on Twitter, or write a review on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or Borders.com, you'll be entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize.
  • Post one of the GOD MACHINE e-Postcards (like the one of Ben Franklin, above) on your blog, Facebook or MySpace pageand you'll be entered twice. Create a new e-Postcard based on the book and you'll be entered 5 times!
  • If you read THE GOD MACHINE in your book group and have me speak to your group via Skype online video, in person orby phone, you--and everyone else in your group--will be entered into the drawing.
  • If you attend one of my readings, you'll be entered into the drawing.
  • And, if you put together a book trailer for THE GOD MACHINE suitable for posting on YouTube, you'll receive10 entries into the drawing! (If you're unfamiliar with book trailers, click here foran example.)

The Grand Prize is $500, plus a live, personal Skype video (or phone) reading from THE GOD MACHINE for you and your friends, and a free autographed copy of THE GOD MACHINE. Think about how many books you could buy at your favorite book store with $500!

The contest just began on May 1st (3 days following the release of THE GOD MACHINE on April 28th), and will run through the end of July, concluding at midnight on July 31st. All winners will be announced in my August "What's New!" post.


For an automated PowerPoint slideshow about THE GOD MACHINE and the Readers' Contest, click here. (When it prompts you, click Open. Or, select Save and send it on to your friends!) Click here to view the PowerPoint slideshowatYouTube.


For full contest rules, click here.


Now, go out there and start organizing your book groups! Good luck, and remember: The more reviews you post, the greater your chances of winning!



FORTHCOMING READINGS & SIGNINGS

THE GOD MACHINE
Date: June 13th, 2009
Venue: Border's
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Address: 601 Nassau Park, Princeton (off Rt. 1), NJ
Phone: (856) 985-8909


THE GOD MACHINE
Date: June 24th, 2009 [RESCHEDULED]
Venue: Head House Books
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Address: 619 South Second Street, Philadelphia PA
Phone: (215) 923-9525


The author appreciates your feedback. If you'd like to say something about a reading, click here.



MOST RECENT REVIEWS


THE GOD MACHINE -- Editorial Reviews

Book Passage
"In a thrilling tale of secret societies, ancient cover-ups, intellectualpuzzles, and nonstop action, one man--spurredby the discovery of Benjamin Franklin'scodedjournal--goes in search of the legendary Gospel of Judas, but finds something even more incredible.Original."

THE GOD MACHINE -- Reader Reviews

G. Goggins@ Amazon.com

"I enjoyed this book a lot. I had read Gospel Truths years ago and remember how it struck me as a better read than the highly popular DaVinci Code, in part, because of the rich historic details and intelligent connections. I like to learn something when I read, and I really felt that I learned a lot after reading both the Gospel Truths and The God Machine. J. Sandom has a good way with developing his characters, too, and Joseph Koster is quirky enough to be interesting, yet very real. It was nice to catch up with him in The God Machine after so many years."




gracie412 @ Amazon.com"I loved this book! I'm a huge fan of these kinds of thrillers and I must say this is one of the best out there. This book was fast-paced, easy to read, and kept me on my toes until the last page. I was already a fan after Gospel Truths but -- man oh man -- this one was way more exciting and more of a thrill ride...If I had a God Machine I'd wish that J.G. Sandom not take so long between books. I can't wait for this to be made into a movie! If you like books with action, adventure and really smart plots, this is the novel for you!"




seagull49 @ BN.com
"One of the best books I have ever read. Right there with the great Dan Brown...This book is a page-turner. It will keep you up. I have read Gospel Truths and this one, and both are great. Do your shelf a favor and buy it."


abdoggett@ BN.com
"I really enjoyed this book! It is a cross between The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure. It really should be made into a movie. I am looking forward to reading GOSPEL TRUTHS."


Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) @ Small & Creepy Films
"Dan Brown is considered the god of the God thrillers. Well, move over, Dan Brown...All hail J.G. Sandom.Do you love codes? Hidden maps? Forbidden sacred texts? Secret societies? Ancient cover-ups? Masonic puzzles? Then, get yourself THE GOD MACHINE as fast as you can -- freshly published byBantam paperbacks. It is a thrilling and breathless, rapturously-written and mind-blowing read. It'll keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as your little fingers can manage. I see on the author's website that heeven has a Readers' Contest: five hundred bucks...Jeez. What's keeping you?"

Travis Deputy@Amazon.com
"This novel can definitely stand on its own two feet amongst the crowded religious thriller genre; and not only does it stand, it shines among some of the best in the field. This one's got wheels, not feet...If you like religious thrillers with secret discoveries, mystery, religious nuts and secret societies, conspiracies, intrigue, and well-developed characters, then you need to get this book. Definitely the best religious thriller I've read in a while...Better than The Da Vinci Code...I give 5 stars out of 5, or a 10 out of 10! It's a rarity among the world of fiction, especially those of this ilk. Buy it now and prepare to be up for an all-nighter!"

Amos Lassen@Amazon.com
"This is quitea book--so much so that I read this in one sitting. It is full of adventure and paced so that, for me, it was impossible to put down...The fact that Sandom is an excellent writer makes the story all the more real. He has craftfully created characters that are real and believable and his pacing is remarkable. I do not often read a book in one sitting, especially when I have exams to grade, but "The God Machine" pulled me in and kept me hooked!"




IN OTHER NEWS


GOSPEL TRUTHS
Before The Da Vinci Code...before The Last Templar...before The Secret...and before THE GOD MACHINE-- there was GOSPEL TRUTHS! Re-released after more than a decade, it's time to read the book that started it all.

J.G. Sandom is featured under One to Watch at BookReporter.com. Check out the in-depth author interview.

Booklist called GOSPEL TRUTHS, "a splendid, tautly woven thriller...(and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth." Library Journal said, "A masterful first novel, based on a true incident, which spins a complicated web of corruption, greed and deception." And Mostly Murder characterized it, "A fascinating mystery ... captivating and engrossing."

When City of London Police Inspector Nigel Lyman is assigned to investigate the death of a notorious Italian Banker found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London, the inquiry leads him to the Amiens and Chartres cathedrals in France in pursuit of a shadowy arch criminal -- leader of a corrupt Masonic lodge, the I Four -- intent on acquiring an ancient Gnostic Gospel whose discovery would undermine the very foundations of Christianity.


For an excerpt from GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

To challenge yourself with a GOSPEL TRUTHS puzzle, click here.

To buy your copy, click here.


THE WAVE
THE WAVE is still selling briskly @ lulu.com
and through most major booksellers and online bookstores.

If you liked GOSPEL TRUTHS or THE HUNTING CLUB, if you enjoyed THE UNRESOLVED or RESURRECTION MEN, if you're loving THE GOD MACHINE, check out THE WAVE - A JOHN DECKER THRILLER.

Kirkus said, "Sandom's strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle ... (and) brains ... Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead ... A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."

Enter THE GOD MACHINE Readers' Contest for a chance to WIN $500 or a NEW KINDLE 2!

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

 THE GOD MACHINE, the long-awaited sequel to GOSPEL TRUTHS, is finally available!

 Enter THE GOD MACHINE READERS' CONTEST and you could...

win $500, or a new Kindle 2

 ...plus a free autographed copy of THE GOD MACHINE. (See below for details.)

 

THE_GOD_MACHINE_Cover_Art

Tired of waiting for Dan Brown's sequel to The Da Vinci Code?  Enter THE GOD MACHINE.

 The Church insisted it didn't exist.

They lied.

They said it was just a Masonic legend.

It wasn't.

A two thousand year old secret...

Revealed.

The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.

Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the Church's most deeply buried secrets, and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of Franklin's puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling...and infinitely more deadly.

Now, along with beautiful Indian electrical engineer Savita Sajan, Koster must race to decode Franklin's journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing...staying alive, another.

For as Koster and Sajan are about the learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven...could open the portals of Hell.

For an automated PowerPoint slideshow about THE GOD MACHINE and the Readers' Contest, click here.  (When it prompts you, click Open.  Or, select Save and send it on to your friends!)  Or, click here to check it out on YouTube.

For an excerpt from THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

See below for information on FORTHCOMING READINGS.

To order your copy of THE GOD MACHINE, click here.

Benjamin Franklin and THE GOD MACHINE 

THE GOD MACHINE READERS' CONTEST
The book business, like so many others, is in trouble these days.  So, I'm turning to you--my loyal readers--to help me get the word out about THE GOD MACHINE.  By participating in this Readers’ Contest, you’ll become part of the book launch, part of the book experience, and authors--in a very real sense--of the book’s success.

What can you do?  Why, enter the GOD MACHINE Readers' Contest, of course.

  1. The Grand Prize is $500, plus a live, personal video (or phone) reading from THE GOD MACHINE by yours truly for you and your friends, and a free autographed copy of THE GOD MACHINE.  (Click here for details about Skype readings.)
  2. Second Prize is a brand-spanking-new Kindle 2 book reader (from Amazon), plus a personal Skype video (or phone) reading and a free autographed copy of THE GOD MACHINE.
  3. Third Prize is a free autographed copy of THE GOD MACHINE, plus a personal Skype video (or phone) reading.
  4. And Fourth Prize is a free autographed copy of THE GOD MACHINE.

How do you enter to win?  It's easy.

  • Every time you blog about THE GOD MACHINE, Tweet about the book to your "followers" on Twitter, or write a review on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or Borders.com, you'll be entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize.
  • Post one of my GOD MACHINE e-Postcards on your blog and you'll be entered twice.  Create and send me a new e-Postcard based on the book and you'll be entered 5 times!
  • If you read my book in your book group and have me speak to your group via Skype (or phone), you--and everyone else in your group--will be entered into the drawing.
  • If you attend one of my readings (see Forthcoming Readings, below), you'll be entered into the drawing.
  • And, if you put together a book trailer for THE GOD MACHINE suitable for posting on YouTube, you'll receive 10 entries into the drawing! (If you're unfamiliar with book trailers, click here for an example.)

I will draw ONE name for the $500 Grand Prize.  I will then look to see who has the most entries and--if I didn’t draw his/her name as the winner of the Grand Prize--s/he will win the Second Prize:  that brand-new Kindle 2.  The person with the second highest number of entries will win the Third Prize:  the personal Skype reading and free autographed copy of THE GOD MACHINE.  And the person with the third highest level of entries will win the Fourth Prize:  the free autographed copy of THE GOD MACHINE.

The contest will begin on May 1st (3 days following the release of THE GOD MACHINE on April 28th), and will run through the end of July, concluding at midnight on July 31st.  All winners will be announced in my August "What's New!" post.  For details, click here.

So, go out there and start organizing your book groups.  Good luck, and remember:  The more reviews you post, the greater your chances of winning!

PUZZLES & e-POSTCARDS
For those of you who like puzzles and games, click here...just for fun!  Challenge yourself to THE GOD MACHINE crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

Click here to view and download some e-Postcards/Wallpapers based on THE GOD MACHINE.

 

FORTHCOMING READINGS

Book:        THE GOD MACHINE
Date:         May 12th, 2009
Venue:       Head House Books
Time:         7:30 - 9:00 PM
Address:     619 South Second Street, Philadelphia PA
Phone:       (215) 923-9525

Book:        THE GOD MACHINE
Date:         May 29th, 2009
Venue:       Breezin with Bierman
Time:         8:00 - 9:00 PM
Phone:       (609) 252-1953
Access:       Princeton TV-30, Channel 45 (FIOS) & streaming live @ www.princetontv.org

Visit the author @ www.jgsandom.com.

 

Excerpted from www.jgsandom.com

Submitted by J. Gregory Sandom

FALL 2008

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

I was the featured guest author at the recent Middle Atlantic College Stores (MACS) National Convention at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, DE, on the 26th of October.  Over a hundred college bookstore owners & managers were in attendance, and a good time was had by all.  I read selections from GOSPEL TRUTHS and the forthcoming sequel THE GOD MACHINE, and talked about the Internet and how college bookstores can leverage the Web to improve business.

Meanwhile, my Young Adult (YA) novel RESURRECTION MEN is currently being featured in both School Library Journal (John Peters' article entitled "Not.Exactly.Dead -- Under the Sheets Reading") and Curriculum Connections ("Murder and Mayhem Under Grey Skies" by Joyce Adams Burner), a joint venture publication between School Library Journal and TeachingBooks.net that reaches more than 60,000 educators and librarians around the country every month. Click here to hear me speak about my name through the TeachingBooks.net "Name Pronounciation Guide".

THE UNRESOLVED is highlighted in the October, 2008, Horn Book Monthly Special, "Ghost Stories" ... for all of you who like a good scare this time of year. It also made Horn Book's list of recommended American Historical Fiction.

Last but not least, check out the new cover art for THE GOD MACHINE, due out on April 28th, 2009, from Bantam (See below).

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THE WAVE
THE WAVE is finally available @ lulu.com and through most major booksellers and online bookstores.

If you liked GOSPEL TRUTHS or THE HUNTING CLUB, if you enjoyed THE UNRESOLVED or RESURRECTION MEN, check out THE WAVE - A John Decker Thriller.

Kirkus said, "Sandom’s strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle ... (and) brains ... Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead ... A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."

When Cryptanalyst John Decker of the FBI is assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force in New York, he has no idea he is about to be thrust into a deadly plot of eco-terrorism masterminded by El Aqrab, the Scorpion, a diabolical killer recently arrested in Tel Aviv.

Following the theft of 8 kilos of Highly Enriched Uranium, an ultimatum is issued to the West: Release El Aqrab or a nuclear bomb will be detonated. But, at the last moment, El Aqrab escapes...and the authorities never get the bomb.

While Homeland Security is convinced it's headed for New York, only Agent Decker -- assisted by brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Emily Swenson -- believes the bomb’s true destination is La Palma, in the remote Canary Island chain.

Now, Decker and Swenson have less than six hours to prove their theory, defuse the bomb, and prevent a mega-tsunami from annihilating the Eastern Seaboard.

J.G. Sandom's most recent TV interview on "Breezin' with Bierman" is available at YouTube.  See the author read from THE WAVE, and chat about his other recent publications.

For an excerpt from THE WAVE, click here.

We'll be adding a new chapter from the book each month until THE GOD MACHINE goes on sale next year. Enjoy!

The results are in for last month's READERS' POLLThe question was, "What are the prophesies found in Sura 81 of Al Takwir in the Koran meant to symbolize?"  You all got this one right.  Great job!  The correct answer was, "The end of the world."

For the results of previous polls, click here.

To buy your copy, click here.

THE GOD MACHINE
THE GOD MACHINE, the long-awaited sequel to GOSPEL TRUTHS, is currently with the publisher.
 The novel is scheduled to be released by Bantam in May 2009. Let me know what you think of the cover by leaving a comment here.

Link to Bantam to purchase

        The Church Insisted it didn't exist.

                                                They lied.

        They said it was just a Masonic legend.

                                                It wasn't.

        A two thousand year old secret...

                                                Revealed.

        
        STEP INTO THE GOD MACHINE!

The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.

Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the Church's most deeply buried secrets...and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of Franklin's puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling...and infinitely more deadly.

Now, along with beautiful engineer Savita Sajan, Koster must race to decode Franklin's journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing...staying alive, another.

For as Koster and Sajan are about the learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven...could open the portals of Hell.

To pre-order your copy, click here.

IN OTHER NEWS

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GOSPEL TRUTHS
Before The Da Vinci Code...before Holy Blood, Holy Grail and Labyrinth...before The Secret -- there was GOSPEL TRUTHS! Re-released after more than a decade, it's time to read the book that started it all.

J.G. Sandom is featured under One to Watch at BookReporter.com. Check out the in-depth author interview.

Booklist called GOSPEL TRUTHS, "a splendid, tautly woven thriller...(and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth." Library Journal said, "A masterful first novel, based on a true incident, which spins a complicated web of corruption, greed and deception." Mostly Murder characterized it as, "A fascinating mystery ... captivating and engrossing." And the (New York Daily) News said, "GOSPEL TRUTHS is a monumental novel of suspense ... almost epic in proportion ... complex, yet skillfully crafted."

When City of London Police Inspector Nigel Lyman is assigned to investigate the death of a notorious Italian Banker found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London, the inquiry leads him to the Amiens and Chartres cathedrals in France in pursuit of a shadowy arch criminal -- leader of a corrupt Masonic lodge, the I Four -- intent on acquiring an ancient Gnostic Gospel whose discovery would undermine the very foundations of Christianity.

For an excerpt from GOSPEL TRUTHS, click here.

To challenge yourself with a GOSPEL TRUTHS puzzle, click here.

To buy your copy, click here.

Link to Amazon to purchase

RESURRECTION MEN
Check out the latest in-depth author interview at Wordswimmer. See what inspires J.G. Sandom (T.K. Welsh) to write his Young Adult (YA) books, and learn about the author's writing process.

RESURRECTION MEN has been named a Junior Library Guild selection.

Publishers Weekly called RESURRECTION MEN, “A haunting tour of London's underclass during the 1830s...Welsh's visceral descriptions of industrial London are unflinching...Teens will likely be both captivated by Victor's harrowing story as well as his ability to prevail in the face of harsh injustices." The Thrushmetal Review said, "The action and pace is steady and quick, rarely pausing, and finishes in an unforgettable, movie-quality fight-to-the-death.” BIG A, little acalled the novel, “A moody, evocative tale in which more than bodies are resurrected – the souls of the primary characters are at stake as well. Welsh brings 19th-century London to life in all its horrors and brilliance and Victor is a hero worthy of the reader's attention...T.K. Welsh is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. His work transcends genre and audience classification.” VOYA said, "Welsh’s plot and writing style are reminiscent of Oliver Twist by Dickens but far more graphic. Teen readers will thoroughly enjoy the hair-raising suspense in this historical thriller." Kirkus Reviews called RESURRECTION MEN perfect for, “audiences that relish historical fiction...(A) lurid stomach-churner... strewn with corpses and gruesome relics." TeensReadToo termed it, “an intense, dark work of historical fiction that made me read every page intently to the end...T. K. Welsh’s rich vocabulary and detailed descriptions...transported me to the streets of London...I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction.”KLIATT, the Free Online Library, said, "Like M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, this look at sinister events in history makes the era come alive and lingers in the memory." Jen Robinson's Book Page called the novel, “Gripping and fast-paced, filled with intriguing historical details...You can practically smell the smells, and feel the hair rising on the back of your neck, as you read this book. The ending is utterly satisfying and consistent. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction." The Miss Rumphius Effect said, “T.K. Welsh, where have you been? I loved this book! Victor is a worthy protagonist, and one that is not easily forgotten once the book is finished. A wonderfully ghoulish story that captures the darkness of London in the mid-1800s. Pick it up and you'll find it hard to put down.” And School Library Journal said, “Part historical fiction and part adventure story, the novel brings excitement to Victorian England through an elaborate plot of body snatching, greed, and street life...Readers will be on the edge of their seats as they follow Victor from Italy to England as he seeks to solve mysteries and combat the rampant malevolence of the period.”

Inspired by the 1831 "Italian Boy trial" of body snatchers in London, England, RESURRECTION MEN is a spine-tingling murder mystery that pits a beggar boy named Victor against a nefarious group of Resurrection Men. In this tumultuous dark underworld, where a fresh subject can fetch as much as nine guineas -- the yearly salary of a working man -- Victor must risk his life to uncover the identity of the murderer who is at the heart of London's furtive trade in human corpses.

For a sample chapter of RESURRECTION MEN, click here.

If you already own a copy, click here to access a secret section of the site...just for you. [NOTE: Make sure to enter the name Secret (S-e-c-r-e-t) and the correct Password, printed at the rear of the book.]

(NOTE: J.G. Sandom writes his young adult novels under the name T.K. Welsh.)

To buy your copy, click here!

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THE UNRESOLVED
Ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books of 2006 by the Washington Post, THE UNRESOLVED was nominated for a Young Adult Library Services Association -- YALSA 2007 Teens' Top Ten, the only book award recommended and awarded solely by teens.  The novel was previously named a 2007 Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Teens by the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, which recognized only six works in Jewish teen literature last year.  THE UNRESOLVED was also nominated for the 2006 Cybils literary awards, and for the 2007 Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association.  It's currently featured as one of theBest Teen Books of the Year 2006 at BarnesAndNoble.com.

The Washington Post said, "Welsh writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction."  School Library Journal said, "THE UNRESOLVED tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way."  Horn Book Magazine called THE UNRESOLVED, "A decidedly unconventional ghost story ... (and) a tightly wound novel."  Kirkus Reviews termed it, "A remarkable account."  Romantic Times said, "THE UNRESOLVED is a book you shouldn't pass up."  The Edge of the Forest said, "It may be the most beautifully written novel I've read this year."  All About the Book said, "THE UNRESOLVED is a great one.  Mallory is the most well-developed ghostly character I've seen in a long, long time." Midwest Book Review called THE UNRESOLVED, "a wonderfully different kind of ghost story."  And Bookslut.com said, "THE UNRESOLVED scores on several levels, most notably as a drama that blows apart all preconceived notions of how history can be retold."

Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, THE UNRESOLVED reaches back into history to explore what was, until recently, the greatest disaster in New York City history.  Based on the sinking of the General Slocum steamship -- which caught fire in the East River, New York, in 1904, resulting in the death of over 1,000 mostly German immigrants on a church outing -- THE UNRESOLVED is at once a ghost story, a courtroom drama, an examination of immigrant life, and a tale of love, redemption and revenge.  The novel dramatizes how a single life -- and death -- can have a powerful influence on history.

(NOTE: J.G. Sandom writes his young adult novels under the name T.K. Welsh.)

For a sample chapter of THE UNRESOLVED, click here!

To buy your copy, click here!

MOST RECENT REVIEWS

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THE WAVE -- Editorial Reviews

Kirkus
"In Sandom's doomdsay thriller, a cryptanalyst and an oceanographer combine forces in an attempt to thward a terrorist plan to inundate the eastern seabord of the United States...Sandom's strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle, in its pacing and violence, and a measure of brains as it goes about knitting Islamic calligraphy into the action, as well as making skirmishes into cryptography, vulcan stimulation and the higher physics of radiation and isotope decay without force-feeding the dense material to the reader...After a rather stately start...(THE WAVE)races from improbably to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead...A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."

To buy your copy, click here.