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The Church Builder (#1 in The Church Builder Series)

A L Shields

The Church Builder (#1 in The Church Builder Series)

A L Shields

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Bethany Barclay is running for her life. She's a struggling attorney who's been framed for the murder of a client. To clear her name, she must follow the trail left by her friend Annabelle to find out who killed her and why. Meanwhile, members of a centuries-old secret society known simply as The Garden track Bethany's every move, aiding her when they can. Because The Garden knows that Bethany has been targeted by the ruthless Wilderness Society . . . and to advance their agenda in a centuries-old battle they'll find out what she knows and then kill her too. Each of the novels in this series revolves around the struggle between The Garden and The Wilderness. Working insidiously over the centuries, The Wilderness orchestrates "snakebites"-tiny scandals that cumulatively, will bring an end to belief.

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Bethany Barclay is running for her life. She's a struggling attorney who's been framed for the murder of a client. To clear her name, she must follow the trail left by her friend Annabelle to find out who killed her and why. Meanwhile, members of a centuries-old secret society known simply as The Garden track Bethany's every move, aiding her when they can. Because The Garden knows that Bethany has been targeted by the ruthless Wilderness Society . . . and to advance their agenda in a centuries-old battle they'll find out what she knows and then kill her too. Each of the novels in this series revolves around the struggle between The Garden and The Wilderness. Working insidiously over the centuries, The Wilderness orchestrates "snakebites"-tiny scandals that cumulatively, will bring an end to belief.
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One group focused on destroying all religion.

One group struggling to preserve the church.

One woman searching for the truth.

For two months, small-town lawyer Bethany Barclay had been mourning the hit-and-run death of her enigmatic best friend, Annabelle Seaver. Then the son of her wealthiest client is found murdered in her kitchen. When Bethany herself becomes the leading suspect, she must flee both the authorities and a mysterious killer.

But there is more at stake than she knows.

Bethany is caught in the web of a shadowy organization determined to destroy Christianity. The final outcome rests on her ability to piece together the last three months of her best friend's life.


- Publisher

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Exciting Religious Thriller
4 stars By Iola, Nov 19 2013
The Church Builder is the first novel in what promised to be an exciting series from AL Shields (better known as Stephen L Carter, Professor of Law at Yale). It's tightly-plotted with two secret societies fighting for opposing sides in a religious battle, a range of ambiguous characters (it's hard to tell who is good and who Bethany needs to be suspicious of) and a fast pace that sometimes makes it even more difficult to keep the characters straight-not to mention their loyalties. 

The Church Builder disobeys several 'laws' of modern fiction with its distant POV, switching between past and present tense for no apparent reason and an over-reliance on telling (especially at the beginning), but somehow it works, for me at least (even though my mind says it shouldn't). It's the first book in a series, and while the central plot of this book was resolved, the ending also serves as the introduction to the central conflict in the next book.

Recommended for those who like fast-paced thrillers and don't mind reading a serial. 

Thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Catalogue Code 381208
  • Product Code 9780310338611
  • ISBN 0310338611
  • EAN 9780310338611
  • Pages 432
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Suspense Mystery
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Oct 2013
  • Dimensions 210 x 139 x 28 mm
  • Weight 0.408kg

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