The Tears of Nero Available Now

18 Mar


From the author of The Maze comes a new novel of spiritual warfare, supernatural mystery, and suspense. Five strangers on a mysterious island are stalked by a madman who calls himself Nero after the crazed Roman Emperor. A clandestine society known as the Slaves of Solomon search for an ancient secret hidden on the island. Rumors abound that one of the angels mentioned in the Book of Revelation is secreted in one of the island’s limestone caves. Are Nero’s murderous games merely the whimsy of a madman or is there something more at work? Are the Slaves of Solomon striving to protect humankind or destroy it? Is there really an angel on the island somewhere or is that story a cover up used to protect the Slaves of Solomon‘s true purpose? Come to the island and find out why God allows bad things to happen to good people!


2 Days Left in The Maze Giveaway!

12 Nov

Currently, I’m doing a book giveaway over at Goodreads.  If you want a free paperback of The Maze, head on over and register.  Three winners will be chosen on November 14.—the-lost-labyrinth

No More Hell to Pay-Stryper

6 Nov



One of my major complaints about most modern Christian music is the lack of musicianship in most faith-based bands. That’s why I’ve always been a fan of Stryper. They can more than hold their own against the majority of classic guitar-driven rock/metal groups and do so without all of the dark imagery normally associated with heavy metal. No More Hell To Pay, their latest record, doesn’t really break new ground, offering all of the overdriven guitars, searing harmonies, and Biblically influenced lyrics that fans have come to expect. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s this familiar recipe of heavy power chords, blistering solos, and transcendent vocals that make this album so enjoyable. We’ve all heard this version of Stryper before but never with so much fire and fervor.

Michael Sweet’s voice is strong on this album, and he still can hit those upper stratosphere notes just as well as contemporaries like Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, and Geoff Tate. The twin guitar attack of Sweet and Oz Fox could stand alongside classic duos like DeGarmo/Wilton (Queensryche), Murray/Smith/Gers (Iron Maiden), and even more modern contemporaries like Gates/Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold). For their part, Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) aren’t as visible but their fingerprints are all over this batch of songs as they lay down a solid, heavy groove for Sweet and Fox to riff and solo over with reckless abandon. Over the years, the band has evolved into something more respectable and mature than they showed on previous albums like The Yellow and Black Attack and Against the Law; and nowhere is that more evident than on tracks like “Revelation,” “No More Hell to Pay,” “Te Amo,” and “Water Into Wine.” In fact, the opening riff to “Water Into Wine” is one of the heaviest riffs in their catalogue, and it’s hard not to bang your head a little to that one. Gone are the layers of makeup and ridiculous bumblebee-influenced outfits, leaving behind a finely tuned band that rips through this particular batch of songs like a much younger band of musicians with fire in their bellies and salvation in their hearts.

Personal Favorite: “Te Amo” could stand alongside anything from Iron Maiden’s heyday in the early to mid 80’s (circa Powerslave). The twin harmonies on this one are enough to make guitar purists sit up and take notice.

Misses: “Jesus is Just Alright”-this cover of the old song by The Art Reynolds Singers (made popular by The Doobie Brothers) seemed out of place here and should have been released as a bonus track.

Bottom line: Stryper is a great, heavy band who are technically proficient players and songwriters that use their talents to glorify God. No More Hell to Pay could easily serve as a sequel to their guitar masterpiece To Hell With The Devil. Pick this one up and crank the speakers to 10.

Lots of New Great Reviews for The Maze

6 Nov

The Maze is gaining lots of great reviews as of late.  Here are some blogs that have chosen to feature the book.  Check them out and see what they have to say!

Bookworm on the Loose:

This College Dropout:

Tattle Tale:

The Maze Free Today at Amazon!

30 Oct

My novel, The Maze, is free today at Amazon for your Kindle.  Go grab it while you can.

Aaron Gansky Interviews Me!

17 Oct

Aaron Gansky, author of the excellent upcoming novel, The Bargain, took time out of his busy schedule to interview me for his blog.

Check it out to find out more info about The Maze, a little bit of my history, works in progress like The Tears of Nero, and a possible Maze movie!

Can You Hear Me Now?

1 Oct

Good news!  The Maze is now available in audiobook format through!  What’s even better is you can download the audiobook for free with an trial membership.  

Check it out by clicking here!