The Breath of God: A Novel of Suspense

The Breath of God: A Novel of Suspense

by Jeffrey Small


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A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world’s great religious faiths.

In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly thereafter.

Now, graduate student Grant Matthews journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient mystery. But Matthews couldn’t have anticipated the conspiracy of zealots who would go to any lengths to prevent him from bringing this secret public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that will change the world’s understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues believe is mere myth. A truth that will change his life forever—if he survives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933512860
Publisher: West Hills Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 414
Sales rank: 777,747
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey Small graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He holds a master’s degree in the study of religions from Oxford University. Jeffrey is a popular blogger and an acclaimed speaker on the topics of rethinking religion in the twenty-first century and the common spiritual themes in the world’s religions.

Raised in a Christian environment, Jeffrey is active in the Episcopal church, but he has also studied yoga in India, practiced Buddhist meditation in Bhutan, explored the ancient temples in Egypt, and journeyed throughout the Holy Land. He lives with his wife and daughter in Atlanta.

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Breath of God 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 310 reviews.
St-Paul-Peter More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I stumbled upon this book in search of something to satisfy my desire for another Dan Brown type novel. I don't remember if I found it on my own or if someone recommended it, but nonetheless I'm glad I found it. I'm not an extensive reader, but I definitely enjoy a good book. I was raised Catholic, but no longer have a real Christian (or other religion) or scientific allegiance. I am open minded about all avenues of spirituality, and I simply desire knowledge and truth. Jeffrey Smalls writing emits a down-to-earth resonance with me. The combination of suspense and underlying meaning made this book difficult to put down. Instead of uncovering a secret dark truth I was enlightened to the possibilty of a legitimate way that humanity could be united, which is something that seems impossible in this day and age. I am anxious to expand my personal knowledge and understanding of many things after reading this. It was a pleasurable and educational read, and easily a book than people from any walk of life can enjoy.
SteveR_NJ More than 1 year ago
This is not your typical thriller - there's real theological meat here, regardless of the accuracy of specific historical events that Small cites. He gives you a lot to think about without bogging down in explanation or lecturing. At the same time, he drives the plot forward with a tense thriller that has plenty of action, all without devolving into a Michael Bay movie. A read that's worth your time and money.
bookwormspath More than 1 year ago
This riveting suspense thriller spins its plot around one of the great mysteries of the Bible--the missing years of Jesus of Nazareth. A mystery first purportedly uncovered by Nicholas Notovich, a Russian journalist, in 1887. Notovich's discovery was later discredited and the evidence of his findings mysteriously vanished. Fast forward, a century later, Grant Matthews, the fictional graduate student in Small's debut novel, pursues the truth about Notovich's discovery. Joined on his journey by an intriguing love interest, Matthews travels to the world's greatest Islamic landmark, the most sacred Hindu city, and the birthplace of Buddhism--all in the quest to understand the origins of Christianity. So is it truth or fiction? Small masterfully weaves together a fictional tale based on the historical foundation of Notovich's discovery. In parallel, he creates a set of characters that transform before the reader's eyes, transcending the physical and spiritual worlds. Full of emotional tension, this book was a page turner! My book club recently read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a fascinating discussion about comparative religions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates creative works of suspense tinged with religious or historical mystery.
christy7410 More than 1 year ago
This book had real potential, but lacked real action and suspense. I expected more because it was compared to Dan Brown's work. The main character was somewhat flat and the plot was fairly predictable.
SawtoothMtns More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying this book ... it's written in the style of Dan Brown, with short, exciting paragraphs that jump from one location to another, and switch characters with each location. It leaves me wanting more ... and wanting to see how they will all come together. Historical background is well researched.
CMCain More than 1 year ago
The reader is taken on an exciting, well-researched adventure after which he/she will never be quite the same. A must read by young adults curious about Jesus' "lost" years and us old timers who have pretty much come to believe what he was up to. This thoughtful, perceptive, even brilliant first novel is a Protestant DaVince Code! If you enjoy the writing of Lincoln Child, Preston and Child, Tananarive Due, James Rollins, Bruce Feller or Jeffery L. Sheler's, "Is The Bible True?" don't pass this book by. I will definitely buy Small's next work. He is an impressive writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those asking about the reviews of the book...first the book is free, so you don't loose money of it goes against your beliefs and want to delete later. Second, from the first pages of reviews inside the book... it all comes to world's religions, being opened minded and it is supposed to be a suspense like "Davinci code". Based on history and facts...a novel to have your mind guessing and opened to what else is out there.
LOUIS_ROMANO More than 1 year ago
Just finished The Breath of God. Jeffrey Small owes me a good nights sleep. Superb writing and a great thought provoking concept. More coming I hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the "The Breath of God". I couldn't put it down. it really answers a lot of questions you may have. I look forward Jeffrey's next book! You will not be disappointed.
IanaKras More than 1 year ago
The topic of this novella may be very noble and engaging (finding common ground for Buddhism and Christianity, etc.), the author is a well qualified scholar...I bought a book, after all, for exactly those reasons... Unfortunately, the result is a danbrown'esque novel that is quite "secondary", predictable, all those riddles, clues and villans, chases and even Vatican, thus boooring! I am a voracious reader but gave up on the page 124... Would recommend only to those readers who never read any novels of this sort before.
lhasa7lover More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading The Breath of God and found it very interesting. Thought-provoking and on the edge of your seat. I loved it and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. The author gave me a lot to think about and caused me to do further research on the subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. If you likr Dan Brown you will love this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author's novel is full of mystery and theological discussions. The debates between Grant and Finley cover a variety of religions and inspired this reader to research them more closely.
Don_Miller More than 1 year ago
The Breath of God is a great suspense novel built around a focal issue that is as vital around the globe today as it ever has been - interplay among the world's great religions. Small's characters stand out and remain after the book is finished; the lesser ones, Deepraj, Dasho, Lama Dorji, and Billingsly, as well as the major players, Tim, Brady, Jennings, Jigme, Kinley, and especially Kristin and Grant. The faults, quirks, and pieces of personal history that shape the characters make them as memorable as do their strengths. The action is fast-paced and imbued with a level of tension and suspense that makes it almost impossible to lay the book down at the end of any chapter. The twists and turns get this reaction: "Wait. Did that just happen?" Reread a couple paragraphs and, "Yeah, it did! Wow, I didn't see that coming." The novel is very well written and edited. It's easy to see why The Breath of God took the Gold Medal in the 2012 Living Now Book Awards. If you like action-packed thrillers with characters that will jump into your head and heart, you'll like this book. I'm looking forward to reading Small's next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not quite up to The DaVinci Code standard however a good read non-the-less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner! This book will make you think about the origins of your faith in God and how weare all connected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the author's ability to take several views of the same world and intertwine them into such an appealing read.... Good stuff!
Barb1966 More than 1 year ago
If you like Dan Brown you'll like Jeffrey Small. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I'd highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like intrigue and religon, this book is for you. Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read held my attention
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a book! From the minute I opened this book, I was white water rafting, then learning philosophy from monks! This book did what a good book should. It was thought provoking! I could not put it down! If you have not had a chance to read it, put it on your summer reading list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very nice novel. The plot moved well and I enjoyed the characters. I look forward to reading more of Mr Small's work.
Janice_Brightstar More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating travelogue of Bhutan and India. It was also a great treatise on comparative religions (or at least how they each began). There were enough true facts in the story to make it entirely believable, with a surprising twist at the end. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty involved religious context with suspense story wrapped around it. I found it highly entertaining and enlightening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy the excitement of what will happen next you will love this book! I can't wait for his next book!!!