Shifting Sands is the second page-turning short story by award-winning novelist Ray Keating, and the tenth thriller/mystery featuring Pastor Stephen Grant.
Beach volleyball is about fun, sun and sand. But when a big-time tournament arrives on a pier in New York City, danger and international intrigue are added to the mix. Pastor Grant, a former Navy SEAL, onetime CIA operative, and current pastor, is on the scene with his wife, friends and former CIA colleagues. While battles on the volleyball court play out, deadly struggles between good and evil are engaged on and off the sand.
Self-Publishing Review says, “Pastor Steven Grant always manages to find himself in the middle of a thriller, and author Ray Keating has created yet another complicated plot for his favorite protagonist in Shifting Sands.
“Although considerably shorter than many of this series’ full-length novels, this quick read features Pastor Grant and a cadre of his old friends taking in the sights of an outdoor volleyball tournament with a deadly secret. As is so often the case with Keating’s hero, it isn’t going to be a peaceful getaway for the intrepid holy man, not with a terrorist plot brewing amidst the sun and fun...
“Keating compresses what could be a full-length novel into a tightly packaged and page-turning mystery that hums with energy – as is always the case with this series. Rich descriptions, detailed background research, and a confident storytelling tone continue to serve Pastor Grant and his loyal readers exceptionally well. Recommended for fans of the series or as an introduction to Keating’s engaging protagonist.”
Lutheran Book Review declares, "Plausible international intrigue is a hallmark of the Grant stories. Another is that there are consequences for the actions of our hero and his supporting cast. Grant is a second-career pastor... He has a history, forgiven in Christ, including past relationships. He still has to deal with those, yet this is our 'Warrior Monk,' an honorable man who has the trust of his wife and remains accountable. This adventure has much to do with pro sand volleyball and a certain daughter of a Saudi Prince. I don't like giving book spoilers in reviews, so let me merely advise you to pay attention to the action and 'kills' off the court in addition to the aces in the sand."
Consider thumbs up for Ray Keating’s previous short story Heroes and Villains...
“An entertaining, immersive jaunt with a formidable protagonist.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Keating’s creativity and storytelling ability remain on point, for a fun and different take on Pastor Grant, and one that’s just as satisfying as longer books in the series.” - Self-Publishing Review
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