Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Linen God by Jim O'Shea Blog & Review Tour

the linen god blog and review tour

Welcome to The Linen God blog & review tour and GIVEAWAY, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

The Linen God by Jim O'Shea

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Series: a novel
Author: Jim O'Shea
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 290 pages
Publication Date:March 31, 2018
Sold by: (Kindle version) Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Publisher: Ambassador International  
Edition: Kindle 
Genre: mystery and suspense, Christian, international mystery, crime, religious fiction, Inspirational Suspense/Thriller  

I received a copy of The Linen God from JustRead Tours for review purposes. Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions. 


The Shroud of Turin is the most studied and controversial religious relic in human history.

The ancient linen cloth bears the image of a man, alleged to be that of Jesus of Nazareth. What if it were real? What if it contained a secret powerful enough to alter the course of human history? And what if it fell into the wrong hands?

Manny Lusum is convinced the Shroud is the genuine article and obsessed with proving it scientifically. Grace Barden is not only Manny’s best friend, but also secretly in love with the physics student and soon-to-be Catholic priest. Across the globe, three grisly murders and the theft of a secret manuscript thrust Grace and Manny into a generations-old conspiracy of biblical proportions. From New York to Rome to the inner sanctum of the Vatican, they struggle to untangle a bizarre mystery surrounding the controversial artifact.

In a dramatic confrontation between faith and the ultimate evil on the world stage, Grace and Manny are pushed to the edge of an abyss, balanced on the brink between heaven and hell.

This suspenseful and captivating thriller is perfect for fans of Dan Brown, John Grisham, Robert Ludlum, and David Baldacci. Order your copy today and experience a unique blend of history, science, conscience, religion and a battle of good versus evil that will keep you reading into the early morning hours!

“ . . . a wonderfully engaging, page-turning thriller.” —Doug Peterson, Award Winning Author of The Vanishing Woman and The Puzzle People

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Jim is a long-time resident of Chesterfield, Missouri…“The City of Sculptures”. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia and now spends his time crafting novels of suspense that tackle the complex relationship between science and religion, stories designed to take the reader places he or she may not have previously considered.  

Main Characters

  • Manny Lusum- a Catholic priest-in-training writing a dissertation on the Shroud of Turin
  • Grace Barden- Manny's best friend 
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The story takes place in two locations; New York with Grace and Manny and the Vatican (Italy) where murders take place and all of the characters interact.


The story starts off with some murders in Rome that upsets the Catholic church and then bounces to Grace and Manny visiting a museum in New York to see the Shroud of Turin. The characters are all interconnected by an incident that happened years ago before life split them all apart. Horrific murders in Italy and the death of the Pope draws Manny to Rome earlier than anticipated. There is another POV with the Italian police trying to solve the Murder-Mystery which left me wondering who committed the crimes and why.

There were a lot of history and conspiracy theories. Christians being deceived by the Catholic Church, withholding points of prophecies as well as having a science proving religion team gone rogue, added so much drama. I did not guess a couple different surprise twists at the end, they weren't even on my radar.

What did I like about the book?

Plenty of twists. Strong cast. Fast paced. I really enjoyed this Inspirational Suspense/Thriller. It started with a murder scene and captured my attention from page one. There are a couple of points of view but I feel like Manny Lusum is the main protagonist and everything centers around the linen death cloth that may have covered Jesus.  

What did I not like about the book?

I have to admit I'm not a fan of the new cover, or the older one. I'm not sure I would pick it up at the store if I saw it on a shelf BUT this is a perfect example not to judge a book by its cover. 

Date Started/Finished : June 7th - 17th 2018

Recommend? YES!

Rating: 5/*****

based off Goodreads' ratings: 5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend

The Linen God blog tour giveaway


Ambassador International is giving away:

5 winners will receive an ebook copy of The Linen God (open internationally, except where prohibited by law)

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 2, 2018 and last through 11:59pm July 9, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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