Van R. Mayhall Jr. – Judas the Apostle

judasbookIn Judas the Apostle, a unopend jar residing as mmantelpiece becomes the cause for a whirlwind of malicious treasure hunters, Roman Catholic Church leading figures and entourage of the Swiss Guard. Dr. Clotile (Cloe) Lejeune, expert in ancient languages lives a quiet life in Seattle, when her boat is rocked upon learning that her father has been murdered. With her soldier son J.E. she returns to Lousiana where her late father lived. The two-thousand-year-old oil jar now is hers as part of her father’s heritage. With the help of a mysterious cleric, her son, and a letter from her father, LeJeune soon discovers that the content of the jar may be the most important relic uncovered in recent archaeology Is the original gospel of Judas Iscariot, the disciple that betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss and according to the synoptic gospels committed suicide afterwards found. What if Judas didn’t die at all? And what would be the consequence of having an original account of the last days of Christ before his death? Who should own this treasure?

The fast-paced page turner brings you from North Africa and Lousiana to Lyon in France and ultimately to the old city of Jerusalem in Israel. Can the translation be done in time? And if the one who hunts down Dr. LeJeune is merciless and accepts no failures the one to keep what he desires? Judas the Apostle was a pleasure to read. Ancient texts, involvements of both legal and illegal operating church clerics and civilians packed in a thriller.

About the author

Van R. Mayhall, Jr. is the senior partner in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, law firm where he practices corporate and business law and handles selected litigation. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, he was educated at Louisiana State University and Georgetown University. He and his wife, Lorri, have three grown children and enjoy boating on Lake Pontchartrain.