Novelist Ray Keating not only pens Christian thrillers that take readers on exciting rides, but he weaves into those tales various issues that speak to and challenge Christianity today. That includes speculation as to who might succeed Benedict XVI as pope for the Roman Catholic Church.
“There’s a great deal of speculation that the next pope will come from Africa, Asia or Latin America,” Keating says. “That makes sense given the growing importance of those regions within global Christianity. And that’s exactly why in my Pastor Stephen Grant novels, I’ve had one pope hail from Nigeria, and another from the Dominican Republic.”
Keating has written three Christian thrillers; “Warrior Monk”, “Root of all Evil?” and “An Advent for Religious Liberty”. While the novels mix action, intrigue, compelling characters, humor, and mystery, they also touch on issues that will affect the next pope and all of Christianity, including religious liberty, moral relativism, money and the economy, militant secularism, radical Islam, and the role of Holy Scripture.
U.S. Congressman Peter King (R-NY) has called Keating’s work “a fast-moving, riveting read right out of today’s headlines.” Another reviewer said “Ray Keating has a knack for writing on topics that could be pulled from tomorrow's headlines.”
In addition to being a novelist, Keating is a newspaper columnist with the Dolan Company and formerly with Newsday, an economist, an entrepreneur and an adjunct college professor.
Regarding Keating’s thrillers, reviewers and commentators have used phrases like “fun adventure romp,” “a fun, intriguing read,” and “a good read, both as pure thriller entertainment and for pondering the Christian mind.”
Amazon.com readers have compared Ray Keating’s thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, and Cussler.
His books are available at Amazon.com.