AWRW Book Review: The Jesus Gene, by Author Anne Kelleher @AKelleherAuthor


the-jesus-geneAll his life, Jack Chance has been plagued by dreams and the sense that he used to be someone else – or maybe many someone else’s. Raised in a Brooklyn ghetto by parents Jack knows aren’t really his, nothing has prepared him for the beautiful ghost that suddenly appears in his taxi, claiming she’s there to keep him safe from the demon that’s hunting him – a real live demon who will stop at nothing to make sure Jack – and the bloodline he carries – is completely obliterated from the face of the earth….


Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by Pond House Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, Mystery

What’s It About?

“Am I supposed to believe I’m some kind of cosmic warrior, sent by God to battle evil?”

Jack Chance feels and sees images nobody else can see. He also has bizarre reoccurring dreams that he is unable to shake off. But these incidents are nothing compared to what happens next.

Women begin appearing in the backseat of his taxi as he is driving. He isn’t sure if he is losing his mind, or if they are supernatural. One in particular offers him a warning…

Meanwhile, while dropping off a woman who may or may not be real, he meets a tabloid reporter who is investigating the deaths of a dozen unidentified women. After much convincing, they set off on an adventure to connect the dots between the murders.

Soon, Jack finds himself wrapped up in a supernatural world of vampires, murder, and mystery. Will he heed the warning of the beautiful ghost who appears in his backseat? Or will the hunter become the hunted?

My Thoughts

This novel is a perfect example of why one shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover!

I really enjoyed reading this story. I loved the introduction of Jessie. She added so much to the story, and I loved how she was an assistant librarian by day, wearing pearls and sensible shoes; and a gothic rocker chick by night, adorned in leather and chains. I thought she was such a fun character, and I knew from the prologue that I would find this book enjoyable.

Then the story switches to Jack. I pictured him as Bradley Cooper for some reason. 🙂 I found his dreams intriguing, and when strange women began to appear in the back of the taxi, there was no turning back for me! I just fell into the story and needed to know what would happen next!

I loved the alternating POV between Jack and Jessie. The characters were well developed, and each had their own distinctive voice. Even without the headings notifying the reader of the specific character’s pov, I would’ve been able to decipher who the character was.

The plot was incredible. The best way I can describe this novel is “supernatural mystery”. I found myself gathering clues as I got deeper into the story, but was completely blown away at the conclusion because I was soooo far off! I also enjoyed the happily-ever-after ending, as it left me with a satisfied feeling.

I would recommend this novel to fans of supernatural mysteries, and urban fantasy!

I received an e-copy of this novel in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.


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About The Author

PictureMy father was a great storyteller, my mother encouraged me to read.  I grew up loving the March girls, Anne Shirley, Cherry Ames, Sara Crewe, the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew. But every story came with a price.  At the end of every book, I always felt inevitable disappointment.  Saying goodbye to the characters felt like leaving behind good friends.  By the time I was six or seven, it occurred to me that I could make up my own stories.  I remember sitting down to attempt my first novel when I was eight.  I tried again in high school and managed to complete my first manuscript about a pair of pirate sisters when I was seventeen.

Eventually, I realised my dream of publishing a novel when Warner Books chose Daughter of Prophecy to be part of the launch of their Aspect line.  That high school manuscript eventually formed the basis of my seventh novel, Love’s Labyrinth.  Over the years, I’ve continued to write many more, and worked with three literary agents, two more of the top publishing houses in NYC and now a boutique small press.  I became a true “hybrid” author with the publication of my collection of short stories, Free to Good Home.

Why did I make the switch?   For one, I was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2013.     But I also didn’t like being categorized as one sort of writer or another.   I like to write across a wide range of genres, from epic fantasy (my Through the Shadowlands trilogy) to paranormal romance and time-travel (The Ghost & Katie Coyle and A Once & Future Love); from erotica (Wickham’s Folly and Wickham’s Fancy) to cozy mystery (The House on Lake Jasper.)  The common theme in most of my stories is some element of the paranormal or the supernatural – as a psychic medium, I talk to dead people – but only when they talk to me first :).

Want to know more?  Read one of my stories… OR consider attending the Big Island Writers’ Retreat & Conference this April, 2016…. —Anne Kelleher’s Website




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