5* REVIEWS for the thriller Judging Angels

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Awesome read! Loved it. Fresh writing, the style flows well, can’t wait for the next one. Especially like the spiritual aspect of this story.

An action-packed thriller with plenty of food for thought! With its devilish twists and turns, a suicidal lawyer and his explosive family, redheads and thugs, “Judging Angels” keeps you on your toes wondering what will happen next. But the action is dictated by George Able – hero or anti-hero? – whose many quandaries lead him to any number of flawed decisions, sowing destruction along the way. Tim Capps’ writing is humorous and profound. Temptation, suicide, adultery, pride, murder and mayhem follow on each other’s heels in a deeply moral, but never moralizing story. Plenty of violence and sin, but no vulgarity or complacency towards them… There’s even an instance of life-giving love where you would least expect it. It’s a book that’s hard to put down, once you accept to put narrow-minded rationality aside. I’m looking forward to the sequel.

(Source: Amazon)

5* REVIEWS for the thriller Judging Angels

NEW: JUDGING ANGELS by Illinois death penalty defense expert Timothy Capps

​​​​​​​​​Nude AngelHope and Life Press is proud to announce the release of the psychological thriller Judging Angels by top Illinois death penalty defense attorney Timothy Capps, Esq. The novel is the first book in the Catholic fiction series The Rubricatae Chronicles. 

Christmas Eve finds renowned, but now disgraced, defense lawyer George Able paying a final visit to his two children, Brian and Sandy. It is a final visit of a different sort to his estranged wife and her lover: George has a .38 in his coat pocket. Later that night, he finds himself on a deserted highway in deep dark country with missing bullets and missing time. It looks like a Christmas Miracle, especially when he meets a beautiful redhead who offers him a second chance. But the seemingly naive Red Morgan proves to be a troubling mix of love, lethality and, possibly, lunacy.

When George’s daughter is kidnapped by a man who might be associated with Morgan, the Able family and the criminal justice system are faced with a threat they are not equipped to handle. As a rescue attempt snowballs into a crime spree from the top of Illinois to its tip, a family must put aside its problems even as moral compromises undermine their good intentions. And while Red Morgan is too useful to send away, her dream of a white Vegas wedding with George faces one obstacle…

Judging Angels draws on police procedural, urban fantasy, and heroic quest to provide the reader with an original Catholic psychological thriller that blends genres and provides more twists and tension than a murder trial. Timothy Capps, a recognized death penalty defense expert, tells this exciting, yet thoughtful, tale with the relish of a seasoned lawyer’s closing argument. And just as trials must probe the motives of defendants, the reader will discover that the real story is on the inside: ordinary people tempted to do the worst things for the best reasons. Judging Angels ​is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, directly from the publishers Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.

EARLY REVIEWS

“Criminal justice elements in Judging Angels are expertly handled by a highly respected death penalty lawyer. But then Capps blends genres and gleefully pushes the reader down the rabbit hole of an original, frightening, yet darkly humorous fantasy . . . Do not miss it” – Richard Leo, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of Law and Psychology, University of San Francisco.

“Criminal jury trials are full of twists and turns and unexpected predicaments, and Author/Attorney Capps brings that same sense of the unforeseen and unknowable to his novel . . . Just like the packed trial gallery awaiting a verdict, you will be guessing and anticipating what is written on the final page” – Terence Green, Esq., former State’s Attorney and long-time criminal defense lawyer.

“Marvelous, in a style unlike anything else I have read, entertaining and thought-provoking. Capps draws on multiple genres to create something new that defies easy labeling” – Frank Magill, Esq., Telecommunications Attorney (ret.).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

capps_timothy_photoTimothy Capps, Esq., started his career as an Arabic linguist with the US Army where he received crypto training and held top secret clearance. He served with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, doing voice intercept and radio direction finding. Capps then graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law and became a US Navy JAG lawyer. He received the NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Military Justice Award for Trial Advocacy. He was called “a young lion in the courtroom” and awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. In 1990, Capps transferred to Sigonella, Sicily, and had two missions to the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, for which he was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Capps then became a public defender. He also served as prosecutor in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Capps set up his criminal defense practice based on the cornerstones of character, competence, communication and compassion, becoming well-known for handling death penalty cases with innovation and tenacity. The Illinois Supreme Court invited him to serve on the committee that approved lawyers to serve as defense counsel in capital cases. Some of Capps’s high-profile cases were covered in Life Magazine, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Nancy Grace, and on CNN.

After People v. Pontious, the only case in which expert testimony on false confession was used successfully in Illinois, Capps became a recognized expert on false confessions. He was hired by the State to train death penalty defense teams. He was also given the Richard Cunningham Award for “distinguished service as a death penalty defense advocate who, in the course of performing high quality representation, has demonstrated extraordinary and tenacious commitment to the capital client’s cause and whose continuing dedication and tireless advocacy is an inspiration to all defenders in the continuing struggle for fairness and justice in Illinois capital cases.”

In 2011, the abolition of executions bill passed the Illinois legislature, but the Governor deliberated over signing it into law. Capps wrote a widely circulated Letter to the Editor, arguing against the death penalty from his experience as both prosecutor and defense counsel. To the extent his letter was influential, however, Capps put himself out of a job. His professional legacy includes a perfect record on death penalty cases, a not-guilty verdict by jury where evidence included a videotaped confession, and the development of original tactics still used in murder cases today.

NEW: JUDGING ANGELS by Illinois death penalty defense expert Timothy Capps

COMING SOON from Illinois capital cases attorney and Catholic author Tim Capps

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5* review for The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory

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Marie Ann Dean hits a home run with this wonderful book. It immediately draws you into the action. Despite having a very busy job with long hours, I found that this book kept me reading late into the night. I enjoyed reading Ms. Dean’s previous work, but I found this volume more to my liking. Ms. Dean excels at the use of imagery and you genuinely care about the various characters. Most of the characters from this book were found in Ms. Dean’s first book; however, you don’t have to read these books in order to enjoy The Beast. The influence of Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World is clear, but I think this story is unique. The Beast and Anti-Christ are similar to, but not exactly the same as, Monsignor Benson’s. The ending is explosive and amazing.

The story is very plausible and is rooted in a clear understanding of Catholic doctrine, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and knowledge of current events. The use of symbolism such as the compass and the emerald from The Jeweler’s Polish is masterfully executed. I especially liked the story about the Chinese (People’s Liberation Army) deserters. If there would be another sequel or spin off, I would like to read more about these PLA characters. (From Dalian to Calgary with Christ…) I think the ending was better than Monsignor Benson’s version of end times. If I had any criticism of this book is that I wish it was longer! This book could also use a better cover. Maybe when it is reprinted it will come with a different cover and illustrations. It is a very fast read and will keep you up at night, thinking and praying. This book would make an awesome graphic novel or Anime-type film. In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and up. There is violence (obviously) with this book, but it is not graphic. I generally wind up sharing my favorite books with my friends…this one will travel far.

(Source: Amazon)

5* review for The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory

OUT SOON: Judging Angels by Illinois award-winning criminal defense lawyer Tim Capps

OUT SOON: Judging Angels by Illinois award-winning criminal defense lawyer Tim Capps

5* review for The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory

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A story of faith, of hope, in spite of terrible persecution. The final victory. Ms Dean tells a story with characters I grew to be concerned for. She draws not only on the familiar verses from Revelation and Daniel, but from the Gospel of St.Matthew, Genesis, and images from Ezekiel, as well as the riches of Catholic traditions, the writings of saints and scholars. The awesome beauty of the final victory moved me to tears. I highly recommend this book, as well as her first The Jeweler’s Polish.

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5* review for The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory

NEW: The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory by Iowa novelist Marie Ann Dean

the-beast-front-coverHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the supernatural fantasy in the Catholic Melitensia genre The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory by Notre Dame alum and Iowa novelist Marie Ann Dean. The book is also the sequel to Dean’s first novel The Jeweler’s Polish set in the small Mediterranean island of Malta.

In a gripping narrative full of intrigue and bloodshed, darkness and light, faith and hope spanning three continents, Father Xavier and Father Antony, in the company of Jerome of Tunisia, witness an explosion that kills the provincial general of the Society of Jesus and other priests. Together with Emerald Rohan Grady and Martin of Malta, they are forced to flee to other countries in fear for their lives. But why did this happen? Who, in reality, are Father Stefan Mifsud, Muriel Cannon, Tyrone Bryce, George Deals and Mala Atesta? Has the time of the prophets arrived? Why does the seat of power in the United States of America transfer from Washington, D.C., to a different state? Who succeeds Pope Francis as Vicar of the Catholic Church? Who is the woman with a face resembling that of the Holy Virgin at Fatima? Above all, who is the Antichrist? Will he appear in our times?

The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, the publishers Hope and Life Press and other booksellers.

About the Author

Marie Ann Dean RESIZEDMarie Ann Dean is an American novelist and poet from Iowa, with particular interest in Catholic contemplative spiritualities in the Latin Rite tradition. A teacher by profession and former Montessori homeschooler, Dean has helped to set up various classical education schools and Montessori homeschools across the United States (US). She has also lectured on English Literature at the University of Notre Dame and on both Theology and Literature at Bristol University in the United Kingdom (UK). Dean holds a Master Teacher’s Certificate from the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools. She has also been a lay chaplain with the Westminster Diocese (UK). Dean writes on the faith and spirituality at Etheldreda’s Place and The Courtyard. Dean is twice winner and Grand Prize winner of the Mississippi Valley Poetry contest with her poems. She enjoys painting in watercolors, acrylics, and oils.

NEW: The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory by Iowa novelist Marie Ann Dean

OUT SOON: The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory by Iowa novelist Marie Ann Dean

OUT SOON: The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory by Iowa novelist Marie Ann Dean

NEWS: The Jeweler’s Polish by Marie Dean on CBS, Fox, Boston Globe, Star Tribune and others

cover the jewelers polish-page-001We are pleased to announce that our first release in the fiction and Melitensia book categories The Jeweler’s Polish by Notre Dame alum and Iowa novelist Marie Ann Dean is now being carried on CBS-San Diego, FOX, ABC, and NBC. It can also be found on the Boston Globe, Star Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Denver Post, Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Erie News Now, Daily Herald, The News and Observer, Lexington Herald Leader, Salt Lake City Tribune, Contra Costa Times, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, LA Daily News, and The Deming Headlight of USA Today.

The Jeweler’s Polish is a Catholic historical fiction novel set in the Mediterranean island of Malta at the time of the Knights of the Order of Saint John. Containing a near-gothic narrative that includes knightly orders, Masons, Illuminati, conspiracies, curses, mysterious jewels, apparitions of spirits, poisoners, gender dysphoria, the evil eye, and incest, The Jeweler’s Polish presents readers with the 21st century young woman, Emerald Rohan Grady, and her ancestral namesake, the Lady Emerald Esther Maria de Rohan, niece of the kindly but corrupt Grandmaster Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc. But who was Lady Emerald? Who was Lucas de Pinto? What made Captain Azzopardi meet his men in secret, at nighttime, in the historical city of Valletta? Who betrayed the kingdom of God and worked for the kingdom of Man? Why did Lady Emerald have to meet Pope Pius VI in Rome? How were the Jesuits and the Masons involved? Above all, who was the Repentant? The Jeweler’s Polish is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon globally, Hope and Life Press, and other booksellers.

NEWS: The Jeweler’s Polish by Marie Dean on CBS, Fox, Boston Globe, Star Tribune and others

NEW RELEASE: The Jeweler’s Polish

cover the jewelers polish-page-001Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the first book in our Melitensia category with The Jeweler’s Polish, written by the Iowa novelist, poet, teacher, and homeschooler Marie Ann Dean. The Jeweler’s Polish is a Catholic historical fiction novel set primarily in the small Mediterranean island of Malta at the time of the Knights Hospitaller or the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. Containing a near-gothic narrative that includes knightly orders, Masons, Illuminati, conspiracies, curses, mysterious jewels, apparitions of spirits, poisoners, gender dysphoria, the evil eye, and incest, The Jeweler’s Polish presents to readers the 21st century young Englishwoman, Emerald Rohan Grady, and her ancestral namesake, the Lady Emerald Esther Maria de Rohan, niece of the kindly but corrupt Grandmaster Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc.

But who, in reality, was Lady Emerald? Who was Lucas de Pinto? What made Captain Azzopardi meet his men in secret, at nighttime, in the historical city of Valletta? Who betrayed the kingdom of God and worked for the kingdom of Man? Why did Lady Emerald have to meet Pope Pius VI in Rome? How were the Jesuits and the Masons involved? Above all, who was the Repentant? The Jeweler’s Polish is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon worldwide, Hope and Life Press, and other major booksellers.

EARLY REVIEWS

“Malta is a fascinating, yet somewhat mysterious, island nation known throughout history as the home of the famous, but somehow also mysterious, Knights. In The Jeweler’s Polish, accomplished author Marie Ann Dean brings us on one woman’s fascinating voyage of self-discovery to Malta. Dean adroitly weaves together the tale of that woman’s journey with events in the lives of historical figures connected with the Knights in Malta and elsewhere. As her prose portrays transformations in her characters, the reader is also brought to contemplate profound, yet very simple truths. You will enjoy The Jeweler’s Polish” Monsignor Richard Soseman, J.C.L., Official of the Congregation for the Clergy, Vatican City State.

“From the start of the story, Marie Ann Dean draws the reader into an historical mystery that will capture the imagination. She does a masterful job of tying the past history of the Church and of Europe to current times. The heroines, Emerald both of old and of new, guide the reader through an exciting adventure that falls just short of discovering the biblical Antichrist. I highly recommend The Jeweler’s Polish” – James A. Toups, author of The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope, Principal at RMR Corporation.

“Marie Ann Dean’s familiarity with the isle of Malta and her literary skills are put to good use in constructing a near-gothic narrative, combined with an intriguing apocalyptic storyline involving the identity of the Antichrist and the timing of the Second Coming. The result is a highly entertaining read, reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code but of higher literary quality and more complex . . . a very diverting and compelling first novel that leaves enough plot threads untied to demand a sequel or two. The Jeweler’s Polish leaves the reader wanting more!” – Mary Ann Beavis, Ph.D., Professor of Religion and Culture, Saint Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

“In The Jeweler’s Polish, the heroine Emerald’s plans to travel initiate a journey to seek the ‘jewels’ of her heritage. The story is immersed in intrigue, secrecy, and the adventurous danger of the hunt. Traitors, mistresses, knights, and monks fill the pages of an effervescent novel. The pages turn quickly: Dean diligently weaves the tale of Emerald’s search for her hereditary matrix that serves both to elude and define her. Any reader of The Jeweler’s Polish who has sought family trees, or who has been fascinated by the Da Vinci Code, or Angels and Demons, will no doubt be riveted to Emerald’s search. The mystery is laced with danger and delight, discovery and disappointment, with new clues uncovered and the real hidden treasure of the heroine’s beneficence.

“One travels through multiple settings following both Emerald’s contemporary life and that of her centuries-old namesake – merry old England, Paris, Rome, yet always returning to a crisscrossed Malta: between two continents and between eras; the failing religiousness of the late Renaissance and the violent birth of contemporary democratic secularity. Within the thrill of the search, Dean’s work is, in the end, a battle between good and evil. And in the end, Emerald’s search rises above ennui and passivity to a new receptivity of the divine: the polish of a grace from beyond brings light both because of her goodness and despite her weakness.

“Is it not everyman/everywoman’s journey to seek their source and uncover treasures hidden for the ages – whether in Tehran, Tokyo, or New York? In The Jeweler’s Polish, one finds fellow seekers, while enjoying a well of literary refreshment. One hopes that Dean’s excellent work of final delight will reach many readers. One also hopes that readers will uncover, at least, some of their own hereditary jewels – the soulful treasures of any truly good persons, which often remain hidden until finally polish by Grace and Love itself” – Reverend Brian Miclot, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Saint Ambrose University.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marie Ann Dean RESIZEDMarie Ann Dean is an American novelist and poet from Iowa, with a particular interest in Catholic contemplative spiritualities in the Latin Rite tradition. A teacher by profession and former Montessori homeschooler, Dean helped set up various classical education schools and Montessori homeschools across the United States (US). She also lectured on English Literature at the University of Notre Dame (US), and on both Theology and Literature at Bristol University, United Kingdom (UK). As a practicing Catholic and pastoral counselor, Dean has served as lecturer to diocesan teachers in the US and Canada, also teaching catechesis and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes as director. She was also a lay chaplain with the Westminster Diocese, United Kingdom (UK).

Dean has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy/Theology from Marycrest College, and a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame. She was also Downside Scholar Fellow in Theology at Bristol University. Dean holds a Master Teacher’s Certificate from the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools. An international Catholic blogger since 2007, Dean writes regularly on matters of the Catholic faith and spirituality at Etheldreda‘s Place and The Courtyard. She is also twice winner and Grand Prize-winner of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest with her poems. Dean enjoys painting in watercolors, acrylics, and oils.

NEW RELEASE: The Jeweler’s Polish