Book: Golgotha Connection (Out of the Darkness) by Caleb Pirtlecategories: Book, Mystery, Religious, CIA, Mexico, Christ, Quetzalcoatl, DEA, White House, Mystical, Ghost, Assassin, Thriller
Caleb Pirtleabout this book: I have long been fascinated by the Christ story that can be found in so many different religions and cultures. It seems that all of them had a Christ figure that came, brought peace and healing, then departed and promised to return some day. In Mexico, the deity was Quetzalcoatl, who came to the Aztecs and Mayans. I wrote the novel, "Golgotha Connection," as a modern-day thriller. A DEA agent has written his brother, a newspaper publisher, that he has found undeniable proof that Christ walked in the soil of Mexico fifteen hundred years after the crucifixion on Golgotha. But before the agent can return with the proof, whatever it might be, he is a murdered, and the proof is missing. The publisher sends his travel editor, a former CIA operative who doesn't remember who he is and no longer has any memory of his past, to Mexico to find both the proof that had been his brother's possession and the men who killed him. I heavily researched the history of the myth and legend of Quetzalcoatl journey to Mexico and Saltillo, where much of the story takes place.
As a former travel editor of Southern Living Mexico, I had traveled extensively in Mexico during the 1970s and '80s and knew the landscape well. Much of the description of the city, the land, and the people can from my own notes. I chose the title Golgotha Connection because I am connecting the story of a Christ who was crucified on Golgotha with the Christ figure who walked through Mexico. Was it a different man or the same one? I believe that the audience for the book will be those who like a thriller that has been wrapped with a puzzle and a mystery. The novel should appeal particularly to readers of Christian thrillers. The book does not have gratuitous violence, sex, or obscenities. Yet it is a wild ride through numerous plots and twists orchestrated by an unpredictable array of drug lords, rogue CIA agents, and a secret, black op mission that can be tied directly to Congress and the White House.
As for as I'm concerned, the best stories are those based on fact, and Golgotha Connection is partly fact and partly fiction, partly truth and contradiction. And, for curious and inquisitive minds, mysteries solved only opens the door to more mysteries.
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