A.L. Shields Releases THE CHURCH BUILDER
In his recent New York Times essay "Has Fiction Lost Its Faith?" author Paul Elie writes: "Where has the novel of belief gone?" A.L. Shields's The Church Builder is the novel that Elie and many others have been waiting for.
In The Church Builder, A.L. Shields has written a complex thriller that entertains and enlightens. The Church Builder is the fast-paced story of a young attorney named Bethany Barclay, and the seething, underground religious war she is drawn into while searching for answers about her best friend's death. The Church Builder draws upon elements of the classic thriller that will be familiar to fans of Dan Brown and James Rollins-secret societies, hidden codes, deathbed whispers, unexpected treachery-to create a high-stakes game of cat and mouse that blazes through the American heartland. This is a world in which nothing is as it seems and where there is no safe place to hide.
In this gripping thriller by A. L. Shields, a secret society has been conspiring for generations to eradicate religion. The final outcome will rest on Bethany Barclay's ability to piece together the events of the final months of her best friend's life.
The evidence is against her. The FBI is right behind her. A malevolent killer has her in his sights. And as Bethany digs deeper into a complex web of lies surrounding the murder of her client's son, she remains unaware of the real battle in front of her. She thinks her friend Annabelle was killed because of what she learned about a rumored first-century Christian artifact. What Bethany doesn't know is that Annabelle died in the crossfire between two shadowy organizations that have been doing battle for centuries. The Wilderness, wealthy and vast, is dedicated to the destruction of all religious faith. The Garden, a group of seven members led by a man they call the Builder, carries on a grim, secret struggle to protect the church.