Biblical History-The Last Sicarius

By now my readers know that my books are fast paced thrillers with a biblical/historical background. I’m fascinated by biblical history and find reading the bible looking at its historical basis to be amazing. The ongoing digs in the Holy Land are peeling back this history layer by layer. As soon as we think we know something a new layer either confirms it or casts it in doubt. We’re talking thousands of years here.

The first book, Judas the Apostle, dealt with historical information on Judas himself. Researching it and writing about it was intensely interesting. For example, the field, the Bloody Acre, where Judas may have died known to the Jews as Hakeldama exists to this day. A reader can Google a picture of it. This kind of historical perspective makes a book interesting on many levels.

The most recently published  book, The Last Sicarius, is the sequel to Judas. The same three principal characters that readers seemed to like star in Sicarius. Cloe, J.E. and the Monsignor are all back along with some new characters. Since the Judas history was done in the first book, I looked for something else in Sicarius. There is such a wealth of fascinating areas it wasn’t long before I found some that really interested me. I will only say a couple of things so as not to give too much away. Did you know there is an alternate Calvary site? That’s right! I thought the place where Jesus was crucified and buried had long been settled. In fact, there’s a church built on the place, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Well, it turns out there are problems with the location. I could write about this all night but I already have-The Last Sicarius.

Also, I like good action venues. I think my readers will agree Judas had a couple of whoppers. Well, in Sicarius we have the lollapalooza. This is a place constructed a hundred years before the birth of Christ. Stunning.

The third book also involves Cloe, et al but is set a few years in the future. We look back on decisions made and their near term effects. The  Book of Revelation sets the tone and one of the most amazing places is Uruk. Uruk was an urban metropolis two to three thousand years before we divided time into BC and AD. I know, I know-its BCE and CE now but call me old fashion.  Any way, you’ll be amazed by this city and its people. They had one of the earliest forms of cuneiform. Got you there, didn’t I? Their written language consisted of little wedges arranged in various patterns. This book, tentatively entitled Suppose…, is about half-finished. I’m thinking of changing the title. Maybe something to do with Philistines. It definitely has a Philistinean quality about it. Best.


About vrmayhalljr

Van R. Mayhall Jr. is the senior partner in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana law firm where he practices corporate and business law and handles selected litigation. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, he was educated at Louisiana State University and Georgetown University. He and his wife, Lorri, have three grown children and enjoy boating on Lake Pontchartrain.
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