Thursday, November 29, 2012

Conservative Action Hero in Top-Notch Thrillers

Long Island, NY – Conservatives have a tough time finding fictional characters they can fully embrace, that is, until author Ray Keating created Stephen Grant.

Keating said, “Like many of my fellow conservatives, I’ve long been frustrated by the lack of conservative heroes in the fictional world, whether it be in a good novel, on television or at the movies. The combination of good storytelling with conservative values and characters should not be the rare exception that it unfortunately is. For good measure, when we do come across conservative values in the creative arena, too often they are offered in stilted stories or reflected in cardboard characters.”

Stephen Grant was a CIA operative, and now he’s a pastor. That turns out to be an exciting and powerful combination in this series of new novels.

In Warrior Monk, Grant has to use skills gained at the CIA and in the Church to protect a pope, face temptation, and take on assorted enemies.

The action in Root of All Evil? swirls around the combination of God, politics and money. It turns out that mix can be quite deadly.

In An Advent for Religious Liberty, a newly elected mayor of New York City attacks Christianity, including calling the Catholic Church a “hate group.” Some people react with prayer – others with violence and murder. Grant faces deadly trials during what becomes known as “An Advent for Religious Liberty.”

Keating added, “In Stephen Grant, I’ve tried to create a conservative protagonist for the 21st Century. I’ve also surrounded him with characters who hopefully readers come to care about and enjoy.”

Regarding these books, reviewers and commentators have used such phrases as “fun adventure romp,” “a fun, intriguing read,” and “a good read, both as pure thriller entertainment and for pondering the Christian mind.”

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow declared Keating’s work “a compelling thriller,” and Congressman Peter King “a fast-moving, riveting read right out of today’s – and tomorrow’s – headlines.”

All three Pastor Stephen Grant novels can be purchased at, where the average reader review rating on these thrillers is 4.3 stars of 5.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Thrillers from Ray Keating Get Heart Pumping and Brain Thinking

We heard a lot about money, class, faith and liberty during this past election. But the real action, excitement and intellectual stimulation can be found in two new novels from Ray Keating – An Advent for Religious Liberty: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel and Root of All Evil? A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.

How about a fast-paced thriller for the Advent and Christmas seasons? In An Advent for Religious Liberty: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, the reader is swept up in murder and mayhem caused by a newly elected New York City mayor who wants to ban religion from public life, and takes on the Catholic Church by calling it a “hate group.” Many Christians unite in response, while Pastor Stephen Grant must take on those looking to do physical and spiritual harm.

In Root of All Evil? A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, Keating explores how people react to and use money. In this page-turner, as in life, money can be a tool for good or evil … and among the evils are envy, greed and murder.

Among the five star reviews for Root of All Evil? on Amazon, one pastor declared: “Keating has once again delivered a page-turning thriller. In an interesting way, he has shown the powerful influence that the love money has in international economics, politics, and in the Church. Pr. Grant continues to evolve as a lead character, and the supporting cast promises more opportunities for twists and turns in books yet to come. I highly recommend this book, no matter what your interests may be - there is something for everyone from action to romance to politics to religious thought. Make some coffee and clear your won't want to put this book down!”

Keating introduced readers to Stephen Grant, a former CIA operative and a current Lutheran pastor, in the exciting and thoughtful Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.

If you have not yet read Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, you can buy it at

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

Thanks and God bless!