Monday, 4 May 2015

The Accidental Pilgrim, a Novel by Stephen Kitsakos


The Accidental Pilgrim
by Stephen Kitsakos
Paperback, 306 pages

I do love a mystery that combines science, history, spirituality, mystery, family, and the unknown. All the bones are here for a great story, a great concept. And I did enjoy the book, I just found it hard to connect with the characters and the typos were distracting.

Stephen Kitsakos is a journalist and that style comes through in his writing. More of a reporting than a painting of a scene.

He has great imagination and vision, I look forward to seeing how his talents as a novelist mature and flourish in time.

From the Back Flap:

In the summer of 1974, Dr. Rose Strongin, a marine biologist, inexplicably disappears for three hours on the last day of an archaeological dig at the Sea of Galilee. She has no memory of the disappearance, but it causes her to miss her flight home from Israel. That plane, TWA 841, explodes over the Mediterranean killing all aboard. Twelve years later she learns that a 2,000 year-old perfectly preserved vessel, dubbed the “Jesus Boat,” is uncovered at the site of her disappearance and she begins to understand what happened and why.
The novel crosses several decades exploring the intersection of science, religion and the unexplainable as a family gathers to say goodbye to the matriarch who held a family secret. 

Stephen KitsakosStephen Kitsakos is a theatre writer and journalist as well as the author of three opera librettos. His current project is the opera adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s international bestseller, A Thousand Splendid Suns with music by Sheila Silver. Other works include the Sackler-Prize award winning “The Wooden Sword” and “The White Rooster: A Tale of Compassion” for the Smithsonian Institution. His work often explores the connection between religion and art. He divides his time between Key West and New York.
Find out more about Stephen at his website, and follow him on Twitter.

• Publisher: ASD Publishing