You’ve all heard the classic tale of the Nativity – Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus as the three wise men follow a star to offer their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

But what if… the three wise men were NINJA WIZARDS sent to protect Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus from the evil of King Herod and Satan, who sought to kill the holy family before they made it to Bethlehem?

That’s the pulse-pounding premise of THE ARIMATHEAN, a new action- adventure novel from author Sean Leary. The book is an action-packed popcorn tale that’s part “Lord of the Rings,” part “The Bible,” merging the worlds of sword and sorcery action with a faith-affirming saga of belief, perseverance and the ultimate good vs. the ultimate evil.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks (“March”) said of THE ARIMATHEAN, “It’s fantastic! What a wonderfully imaginative idea!”  Best-selling crime fiction author Matthew Clemens (“No One Will Hear You”) raved “This book rocks!”  And Yahoo! News Chicago wrote “It’s got ninja wizards, zombies, vampires, demons, monsters and Jesus – this is the most fun book I’ve read in a long time!”

THE ARIMATHEAN is available in bookstores worldwide, distributed by Ingram Books and Amazon.com. It’s also available on all online bookstores, as an ebook at smashwords.com and at seanleary.com. THE ARIMATHEAN is the first in a saga of books, the second of which, THE BLOOD OF DESTINY, and the third of which, BLACK KNIGHT APOCALYPSE, are also in stores worldwide.

For more information see www.seanleary.com.

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Connie (Corcoran) Wilson (www.ConnieCWilson.com) was the Quad City Times film and book critic for 15 years and has continued reviewing film uninterruptedly since 1970. She also publishes books (31 at last count) in a variety of genres (www.quadcitieslearning.com), has taught writing or literature classes at every Quad City college or university as adjunct faculty, was Yahoo's Content Producer of the Year for Politics  and writes on a variety of topics at her own blog, www.WeeklyWilson.com.