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Truth Untold: New Thriller Unearths History's Most Despised Villain


Van R. Mayhall Jr. explores backstory, motivations of Judas Iscariot in new thriller

BATON ROUGE, La. (PRWEB) November 05, 2012

Is there more to history's most abhorrent betrayal than meets the eye? Van R. Mayhall Jr., Baton Rouge attorney and lifelong reader of the Bible, explores this and more in his new thriller, “Judas the Apostle.” In the book, Mayhall explores the story, life and ultimate fate of one of history's most reviled men, Judas Iscariot, made infamous for his betrayal of Jesus Christ.

Mayhall provides his own extensive research in Judas' backstory and couples it with a thrilling international adventure. The intent, Mayhall says, was to provide a biblical historical thriller with true intellectual heft.

“Readers will be informed and entertained by what they're reading,” Mayhall says. “This book is about much more than controversial claims about religion. It's about a thrilling story that will get people thinking about the importance of discovering the truth about history and the overall battle between good and evil.”

In the book, ancient language expert Dr. Clotile Lejeune's quiet life is profoundly shaken when she learns that her estranged father has been murdered.

Cloe must travel back to her Louisiana hometown to unlock the mysteries of a two thousand year old jar that her father has left in her care-- a jar inscribed with the name Judas Iscariot. Anxious to find her father's killer and dispel her own personal demons, Cloe has no idea that what she is about to uncover has the potential to set the international religious community on fire.

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“Judas the Apostle” by Van R. Mayhall, Jr.
ISBN: 978-1-47593-154-9
Softcover: $18.95         
Hardcover: $28.95         
E-book: $2.99

Praise for Judas the Apostle, iUniverse Rising Star
“This book is incredibly intriguing and weaves fact, fiction, and ‘edge of your seat' suspense with the genius one would expect only from best-selling authors”- David Bondy, posted on

“Mayhall has a clear and uncluttered writing style well-suited to the thriller genre. His plot is good. He does his homework on the history of his subject.”- Greg Langley, The Advocate, Oct. 9, 2012

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

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