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...
...plus a free autographed copy of THE GODMACHINE. (See below for details.)
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The Church insisted it didn't exist.
They said it was just a Masonic legend.
A two thousand year old secret...
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 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
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
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MOST RECENT REVIEWS
THE GOD MACHINE -- Editorial Reviews
"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
"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."
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?"
"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!"
"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
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.
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 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."