Yet another solid Pastor Stephen Grant novel!
Keating's PSG series are all solid novels to consume, and they will grip the reader all the pages! Keating, the accomplished novelist that he is, has found a captivating formula in this series of CIA Agent turned pastor. He begins with flashbacks to previous CIA incidents involving Grant and his targets, in this case, wait for it----RUSSIA-RUSSIA-RUSSIA. For those of us that grew up in the Cold War Era this adds additional intrigue to the building scenario. Add to this for those of us into economics (for me, my minor was in Economics) this is much appreciated novel
thread. He then builds on this by jumping from scene to scene with excellent character and plot building. For those newbies to the PSG works he provides a wonderful section in the front of the cast of continuing players. Typical of the fine novelists, his format is to have you guessing what the plot outcome early on which to this reviewer is one of its enduring features. Usually he maneuvers the potential outcomes so much that the reader is captivated and surprised by the outcome. For me, I was able to predict more than his other novels, what would be the likely scenario at the end, a first for me. But don't let this discourage your reading of Reagan Country at all, for even if you're able to duplicate my predicative triumph, like e you'll enjoy the read, tell all your friends to read it, and yearn for the next volume in the PSG series. Keep 'em coming Ray!
Could President Ronald Reagan’s influence reach into the former “evil empire”? The media refers to a businessman on the rise as “Russia’s Reagan.” Unfortunately, others seek a return to the old ways, longing for Russia’s former “greatness.” The dispute becomes deadly. Conflict stretches from the Reagan Presidential Library in California to the White House to a Russian Orthodox monastery to the Kremlin. Stephen Grant, pastor at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on Long Island, a former Navy SEAL and onetime CIA operative, stands at the center of the tumult. He is strengthened by his faith, wife, friends, and former CIA colleagues, and is armed with a Glock and Holy Scripture. Grant is the kind of guy that Reagan would have appreciated.
About the Author
Reagan Country is Ray Keating's eighth Pastor Stephen Grant novel. The first was Warrior Monk, followed by Root of All Evil?, An Advent for Religious Liberty, The River, Murderer's Row, Wine Into Water and Lionhearts. Keating also is an author of various nonfiction books, an economist, and a podcaster. In addition, he is a columnist with RealClearMarkets.com, and a former weekly columnist for Newsday, Long Island Business News, and the New York City Tribune. His work has appeared in a wide range of additional periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Post, Los Angeles Daily News, The Boston Globe, National Review, The Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily, New York Daily News, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Providence Journal Bulletin, TheHill.com, Touchstone magazine, Towhall.com, Newsmax, and Cincinnati Enquirer. Keating lives on Long Island with his family.