Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ray Keating’s “Murderer’s Row” Nominated for “Book of the Year”

Long Island, NY – MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating has been nominated for “Book of the Year 2015” by “BookTalk” on KFUO Christian radio.

MURDERER’S ROW is a gripping, thoughtful thriller that ties together rescuing a Christian family from the clutches of Islamic terrorists, minor league baseball in New York, a string of grisly murders, sordid politics, and a pastor who formerly was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative.

This is the second year in a row that Keating has had a book nominated, as THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL was a KFUO “Book of the Year” finalist in 2014.

Ten books have been nominated for the KFUO “Book of the Year,” and listeners get to vote by emailing the name of the book to Contest@kfuo.org. The contest ends on January 30. More information is at http://www.kfuoam.org/events/.

Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of “BookTalk” radio. A Washington Times reviewer, who happens to be a pastor who once worked for the CIA, noted, "Mr. Keating also allows you to discover how each of his characters tick in a style and tone reminiscent of some of the best-loved books of all time.” Also, the editor-in-chief of WORLD magazine lists Ray Keating among his top 10 Christian novelists.

Ray Keating said, “I’m very appreciative, especially given the Christian mission of KFUO.”

MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is available in trade paperback and for the Kindle from Amazon.com

Ray Keating’s previous books include THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL and WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL.

Review copies, interviews for the media, and author appearances are available upon request.

Contact: Ray Keating
Phone: 631-909-1122
E-mail: raykeating@keatingreports.com
PastorStephenGrant.com

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book of the Year Nominee: Murderer's Row

BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015 NOMINEE!!

Big news! My latest book – MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL – has been nominated, along with nine other very noteworthy reads, for KFUO's BookTalk “Book of the Year” for 2015.

This is the second year in a row that I’ve had a book nominated, as THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL was a finalist in 2014.

I’m very appreciative, especially given the Christian mission of KFUO.

In addition, you can get in on the voting, if you like. The following information is from KFUO:

BookTalk’s Book of the Year
Its that time again!
Vote for your favorite book to be named BookTalk’s 2015 Book of the Year! Email your vote to Contest@kfuo.org. Contest ends January 30th.

Thanks and God bless!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

High Praise and Big Kindle Sale for Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers!

High Praise and Big Kindle Sale for Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers! Get all five – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – on the Kindle for less than $15 for a limited time.

Stellar reviews and recommendations have been coming fast and furious. On MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

THE RIVER not only was a 2014 finalist for KFUO’s BookTalk “Book of the Year,” but Kirkus Reviews declares, “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.”

David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, proclaims, “The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.”

Readers who love Brad Thor and Vince Flynn are finding another favorite as well, with a Facebook reviewer and reader recently telling Keating: “I'm a committed Brad Thor/Vince Flynn reader. As soon as I'm done with the latest I'm eagerly waiting for the next. After reading all of your novels, I must say, I cannot wait for the next one. I am now a committed Thor/Flynn/Keating reader. I think you have earned the right to be named among the best modern day mystery/drama authors. You have made this 24 year Navy Senior Chief and Lutheran a BIG FAN! Now go fulfill your vocation and write another ‘must read’!”

Finally, the host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” calls Ray Keating “a great novelist.”

Take advantage of the big Kindle sale, and start enjoying Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels featuring a former Navy SEAL, onetime CIA operative, and current pastor.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kirkus Review on The River: "A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman"

Hot off the presses: Big thumbs up from Kirkus Reviews on The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel by Ray Keating:

“The protagonist is the quintessential antihero: he’s a good man respected by his peers … but is infuriated by the evil of others. Grant may or may not kill before the story’s finished, but he’s unquestionably wrought with guilt over his murderous impulses. Action scenes flood the novel, particularly once Grant gets help from old CIA cohort Paige Caldwell, who comes complete with skills, weapons, and other men… A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.”

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Brad Thor, Vince Flynn and Ray Keating!

Brad Thor, Vince Flynn and … Ray Keating. Readers who love Thor and Flynn are finding another favorite in Ray Keating and his Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers.

Consider what a Facebook reviewer and reader recently told Keating: “I'm a committed Brad Thor/Vince Flynn reader. As soon as I'm done with the latest I'm eagerly waiting for the next. After reading all of your novels, I must say, I cannot wait for the next one. I am now a committed Thor/Flynn/Keating reader. I think you have earned the right to be named among the best modern day mystery/drama authors. You have made this 24 year Navy Senior Chief and Lutheran a BIG FAN! Now go fulfill your vocation and write another ‘must read’!”

Indeed, Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – have received widespread praise. For example, regarding MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.” Also, THE RIVER was a 2014 finalist for KFUO’s BookTalk “Book of the Year,” with the show’s host calling Ray Keating “a great novelist.” And David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, proclaims, “The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.”


Monday, August 24, 2015

Kirkus Review of Murderer's Row: "Action fans will find plenty to love..."

A review from Kirkus Review on Murderer's Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel by Ray Keating declares:

“The author packs a lot into this frantically paced novel… a raft of action sequences and baseball games are thrown into the mix. The multiple villains and twists raise the stakes… Stephen remains an engaging and multifaceted character: he may still use, when necessary, the violence associated with his former professions, but he at least acknowledges his shortcomings—and prays about it. Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Host of BookTalk Gives Big Thumbs Up to Murderer's Row

Looking for an exciting thriller that embraces the Christian worldview? Pastor Rod Zwonitzer, host of KFUO radio’s “BookTalk,” offered big thumbs up for MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating.

Zwonitzer declared: “The listeners have to understand that they’re going to get some good theology, they’re going to get some good mysteries, some very well done thriller writing…” He added that MURDERER’S ROW “keeps the reader hooked,” and that there’s “intrigue going on at lots of levels.” Zwonitzer also observed that Keating does “a really good job of weaving in faith, and Christ alone.”

Regarding all of Ray Keating’s PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS, Pastor Zwonitzer said: “I truly appreciate the ability … in this series to interweave economics, government affairs, and theology.” He also pointed out that each book serves up “a sterling, superb beginning and an even better ending.”

Get all five Pastor Stephen Grant novels – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – at Amazon in paperback or for the Kindle.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Keating Talks Murderer's Row on the Radio

My conversation with Pastor Rod Zwonitzer about MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL on KFUO's "BookTalk" is available on the KFUO website. Thanks again, Rod!

Listen at
http://www.kfuoam.org/2015/07/31/bt-2015-07-31/

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Big Hit Streak for New Thriller from Ray Keating Titled “Murderer’s Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel”

Ray Keating on 8 review hit streak with new thriller MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL.

How do rescuing a Christian family from the clutches of Islamic terrorists, minor league baseball in New York, a string of grisly murders, sordid politics, and a pastor, who once was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, tie together? Find out in MURDERER’S ROW. The first eight Amazon reviews are stellar. Consider…

FIVE STARS: “Great book to read, hard to put down. Full of excitement with a Christian theme.”

FIVE STARS: “My review of Keating's previous book noted he was a good author and almost to the level of Clancy. Murderer's row puts him there. The plot is complex and multilayered. The tension is strong. The pace moves well, enough to keep me reading all day in order to finish. As an added plus, the plot involves crooked politicians, conservative philosophy, Lutheran LCMS theology, spies, guns, and -- best of all -- baseball. How could you ask for more?”

FIVE STARS: “I've been waiting for this book ever since I read the first four, and it did not disappoint. Now just waiting for the next one--what else can happen on Long Island?”

FIVE STARS: “Very well written, kept my interest and couldn't put it down.”

FIVE STARS: “Great read !!!”

FOUR STARS: “Like the combination of thriller, character development and religious input. I have read all the Stephen Grant novels and found them enjoyable.”

FOUR STARS: “Another very good novel in the Stephen Grant series… The plot was great, and as usual, the insight into the characters thoughts were very good.”

FOUR STARS: “I like his writing. I find his concept interesting.”

MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is available in trade paperback from Amazon.com at



This thriller also can be purchased and downloaded for the Kindle at



Get the first four thrillers at Amazon.com.


WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.2 stars out of 5, and was ranked as a Top 10 book on a WORLD magazine June 2013 list.



ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.



AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.4 stars out of 5.



THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. THE RIVER was named a 2014 finalist for KFUO radio's BookTalk “Book of the Year.”



In general, Amazon.com reviewers have compared his thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, Griffin and Morrell.


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Murderer's Row Goes 3-for-3!

Ray Keating goes 3-for-3 with new thriller MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL.

How do rescuing a Christian family from the clutches of Islamic terrorists, minor league baseball in New York, a string of grisly murders, sordid politics, and a pastor, who once was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, tie together? Find out in MURDERER’S ROW. The first three Amazon reviews are stellar.

FIVE STARS: “My review of Keating's previous book noted he was a good author and almost to the level of Clancy. Murderer's row puts him there. The plot is complex and multilayered. The tension is strong. The pace moves well, enough to keep me reading all day in order to finish. As an added plus, the plot involves crooked politicians, conservative philosophy, Lutheran LCMS theology, spies, guns, and -- best of all -- baseball. How could you ask for more?”

FIVE STARS: “I've been waiting for this book ever since I read the first four, and it did not disappoint. Now just waiting for the next one--what else can happen on Long Island?”

FOUR STARS: “Another very good novel in the Stephen Grant series… The plot was great, and as usual, the insight into the characters thoughts were very good.”

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Pastor Stephen Grant Novel Published - Murderer's Row

Explosive New Thriller from Ray Keating Titled “Murderer’s Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel”

Baseball, Terrorism, Murder and More Confront a Former CIA Operative and Current Pastor

Long Island, NY – How do rescuing a Christian family from the clutches of Islamic terrorists, minor league baseball in New York, a string of grisly murders, sordid politics, and a pastor, who once was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, tie together? Find out in MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating.

Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of “BookTalk” radio. A Washington Times reviewer, who happens to be a pastor who once worked for the CIA, noted, “Mr. Keating also allows you to discover how each of his characters tick in a style and tone reminiscent of some of the best-loved books of all time.”

MURDERER’S ROW is the fifth Pastor Stephen Grant novel, and Keating serves up fascinating characters, gripping adventure, and a tangled murder mystery, along with faith, politics, humor, and, yes, baseball.

Ray Keating said, “In this Pastor Stephen Grant thriller, I enjoyed bringing baseball into the exciting world of Pastor Stephen Grant, and his family, friends, and former CIA colleagues. I hope readers have as much fun reading MURDERER’S ROW as I had writing it.”

Discover Pastor Stephen Grant and his world of intrigue, faith, action, love and murder.

Amazon.com reviewers compare his thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, Griffin and Morrell.

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow said, “Ray Keating has created a fascinating and unique character in Pastor Grant.” Best-selling novelist Paul L. Maier noted, “Only Ray Keating could come up with a character like Pastor Stephen Grant.”

MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is available in trade paperback from Amazon.com at



This thriller also can be purchased and downloaded for the Kindle at



Keating’s previous books include THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL and WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. In addition to being a novelist, Keating is an economist, entrepreneur and adjunct college professor, as well as a former, 20-plus-year newspaper columnist with Newsday and Long Island Business News.

Review copies, interviews for the media, and author appearances are available upon request.

Contact: Ray Keating
Phone: 631-909-1122
E-mail: raykeating@keatingreports.com
PastorStephenGrant.com


Thursday, June 11, 2015

MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL Arriving Soon!

Explosive New Thriller from Ray Keating Arrives Very Soon!

Murderer’s Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel

Baseball, Terrorism, Murder and More Confront a Former CIA Operative and Current Pastor

How do rescuing a Christian family from the clutches of Islamic terrorists, minor league baseball in New York, a string of grisly murders, sordid politics, and a pastor, who once was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, tie together? Find out in MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating.

MURDERER’S ROW will be the fifth Pastor Stephen Grant novel, and Keating serves up fascinating characters, gripping adventure, and a tangled murder mystery, along with faith, politics, humor, and, yes, baseball.

MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL will be available in trade paperback and for the Kindle from Amazon.com in June 2015.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Thumbs Up Review of THE RIVER

LHP Lutheran Book Review of THE RIVER:

"Ray Keating's SEAL/CIA agent turned LCMS Pastor, Stephen Grant, returns in The River. The danger Pastor Grant faces builds as much as his own backstory and that of his wife and her family. In the fourth installment of the Grant series he wrestles with life and death, specifically justice and revenge under the Fifth Commandment. I read this novel in preparation for a Lutheran Men's retreat here in the Wyoming District as a presenter discussing firearms, self defense,the Second Amendment and the Fifth Commandment, specifically the difference between 'Thou shalt not kill' and 'You shall not murder.' The latter is the most accurate translation of the original Hebrew of Exodus 20. Imagine facing such decisions alongside Stephen Grant. Language is realistic given the situation's Grant's father-in-law lets his daughter and son-in-law get put in. Temptations abound. Ours is a messy, sinful world. Forgiveness and redemption in Christ is real. I pray my world will not be as dangerous and action-packed as Pr. Grant's adventures in Las Vegas. Enjoy the Christian-worldview-fiction of Ray Keating. Recommended!"

http://lhplbr.blogspot.com/2014/11/quick-summaries-for-november-2014.html

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Next Pastor Stephen Grant Novel Coming Soon!

Friends:

A big goal achieved last night on the next novel. Thanks for your patience and support.

The next book - Murderer's Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel - is coming very soon!

Ray Keating

Monday, April 27, 2015

Kindle Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers Sale Starts Today: All 4 Books for Less Than $15

Kindle Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers Sale Starts Today: All 4 Books for Less Than $15.

Ray Keating’s next Pastor Stephen Grant novel is coming soon! A great opportunity to jump onboard or get caught up as the Kindle versions of the first four thrillers – WARRIOR MONK, ROOT OF ALL EVIL?, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, and THE RIVER – are on sale at Amazon.

Get all four for less than $15!

Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” radio, and Amazon.com reviewers have compared his thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, Griffin and Morrell.

Get the Kindle versions of

The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel

An Advent for Religious Liberty: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel

Root of All Evil? A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel

Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"The River" Earns "Book of the Year" Finalist

Ray Keating’s THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL was a 2014 finalist for KFUO radio's BookTalk “Book of the Year.”

In fact, all four of the Pastor Stephen Grant Novels – WARRIOR MONK, ROOT OF ALL EVIL?, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, and THE RIVER – reach beyond the usual Christian fiction.

One Amazon.com reviewer (also a pastor) declared: “It is a pleasure to recommend a book to my friends that promotes Christian virtues, is not stuffy, and is an exciting adventure.”

Best-selling novelist Paul L. Maier has observed, “Ray Keating writes brilliantly and convincingly.  Violating all rules of physics, he can turn novels of paper into iron magnets that you cannot put down.” Get all four thrillers at Amazon.com.