The Jerusalem Stone

Christian - Thriller
492 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2019
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Mr. Klein is a former technical marketing director once responsible for the research and development of new business for operating companies as well as for corporate clients of Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA. Working in a variety of challenging markets including specialty chemicals, specialty materials, advanced materials, high-purity metals and thin-film coatings, his efforts resulted in producing nearly a half-billion dollars in new revenues for his employers and clients of SRI.

Spending his boyhood in Atlanta and later, Westfield, New Jersey, Mr. Klein holds degrees in chemistry, biology and marketing (with a minor in English).

The Jerusalem Stone is a creation of a God-given talent to write and a desire to demonstrate that even the most hardened sinner can find redemption if he opens his heart.

Personal interests beyond writing include baseball, visiting the South Seas, Lotus and Jaguar cars, daily exercise, dark chocolate, red wines, collecting exotic plants and trying to keep up with his best-of-house wire-hair fox terrier.

Please note The Jerusalem Stone, as of 9/5/2019, has been uploaded to Barnes & Noble, the exclusive source of Mr. Klein's books. According to BN, it may take up to three days for the book to appear on its website. King of the Nine Hells will be uploaded presently and will appear next week on BN. Thank you for your interest and patience!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

The Jerusalem Stone by Dean Klein is an absorbing novel that explores the inscrutable nature of God's grace working in the life of a hardened sinner and atheist to bring about his conversion. Lance Corporal Simon Banner was the most feared Marine Scout sniper during the Iraq War. He returns home and decides to sell his skills to those of the underworld, eventually becoming the most dreaded contract killer of his time with unique and spectacular skills in taking lives. He doesn't believe in God. But all that is about to change when, upon her eleventh birthday, his daughter Elise makes an unusual request: she wishes to visit Jerusalem. It's a journey that is about to change Simon's life and in a way that will take readers by surprise.

Dean Klein plunges readers into the heart of a soulless man, a killer who relishes what he does best. Although he is feared by even the police, gangsters and anyone who has heard of him, Simon suffers a disquiet and restlessness of spirit that is veiled by his killing reputation. But the journey to Jerusalem leads to a series of inexplicable events that beat all his intellectual justifications of his atheism, forcing him to make a choice that no one could have seen coming. The author offers vivid and mind-blowing descriptions of the work of the protagonist, exploring his psyche, and giving readers a real picture of what it's like to be an assassin. The writing is bold and steady. It starts strong, stays strong, and ends strong. Dean Klein showcases a great imagination and creative genius in The Jerusalem Stone, crafting a story with powerful plot points, conflict, and an unmistakable message.

K.C. Finn

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Jerusalem Stone is a gritty conceptual thriller novel based around Christian themes, penned by author Dean Klein. Designed for readers from the high end of the YA spectrum through to adults, the tale begins with paid assassin Simon Banner, who leaves his career in the Marines but can’t leave his rifle behind. Working to take out target after target, Simon cares for no life but that of his daughter, Elise. But when Elise suddenly asks to visit Jerusalem, the shocking discovery of a powerful stone shakes everything Simon has ever known into terrifying clarity. Haunted by his own past, the tormented Simon has to wonder if he can ever escape what he’s done.

This is an epic tale of redemption and self-discovery, one which takes a lot of heart and emotion to read and really connect with. At its opening, The Jerusalem Stone might be mistaken for any standard action novel, with the heartless killer Simon paid to take life wherever the target is set. But the novel quickly shifts from that life into flashbacks of the decisions Simon has made, and in those moments we call human nature and the power of God into question too. Author Dean Klein strives for deep psychological connections in his narrative work, bringing readers harrowingly close to Simon’s tormented mind in a highly effective way. Overall, I found The Jerusalem Stone to be a page-turner with a lot of thought-provoking issues and exciting mysteries to be revealed.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Dean Klein pens a story of suspense and unbelievable drama in The Jerusalem Stone. After the war in Iraq, Marine Scout Sniper Simon Banner returns home. During the war, Simon discovers the thrill, the intense enjoyment of taking out his target. Having no moral compass, no remorse, and no faith in God, Simon becomes an assassin for the South American drug cartels. For Simon, killing is not personal, it is simply good business. After the death of his wife, all he has left is his daughter, Elise. Elise is the light in Simon’s dark life; she is the only person Simon truly loves. After a hit in Mexico goes incredibly wrong, Simon is persuaded by his housekeeper, Ingrid, to take Elise to Jerusalem for her eleventh birthday. The so-called holy city holds no interest for Simon, but he needs time to regroup and relax with his daughter. The trip to Jerusalem changes Simon’s life forever. Elise’s souvenir, her Jerusalem Stone, is no ordinary rock. It is a stone of extraordinary power.

Thrilling! Mind-boggling! Spine-tingling! Goose-bumping! Dean Klein puts the super-in-the-natural in The Jerusalem Stone. Klein’s detailed and descriptive storytelling enters the reader’s mind and explodes with an astonishing revelation. Page after page, the intensity grows as man’s evil nature faces off with the divine power of God. There is never a dull moment. Brilliantly amplifying the suspense, Klein uses a phantom narrator to speak, foreshadowing foreboding warnings. I found this writing technique very intriguing. The narrative portrays an extraordinary dynamic character. Bizarre, paranormal occurrences mixed with day-to-day living transform the once stoic, selfish and cold-hearted man into a frightened, out-of-control, tormented soul. Yet, his transformation doesn’t stop at fear; it escalates and surpasses rational understanding. The protagonist undergoes an unbelievable conversion by becoming the polar opposite of the man he once was.

Furthermore, the conflict goes way beyond the normal battle between good and evil. The story portrays the clash between the mind and the spirit, reason and hope, the credible and the incredible. God works in mysterious ways. His ways and thoughts are higher, far exceeding human rational thinking. He will use whatever means necessary to save our souls. The Jerusalem Stone reveals that nothing is impossible for God.

Divine Zape

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

The Jerusalem Stone by Dean Klein is a Christian thriller with a compelling protagonist, a tale of how a contract killer journeys towards conversion. Lance Corporal Simon Banner is a decorated Marine Scout sniper when he returns from Iraq, disenchanted with life and not interested in being stuck with a regular job. So, he offers his killing and sniping skills for anyone ready to pay. Simon’s popularity quickly grows in the dangerous world of drug cartels, feared by gangs, the DEA, and the police as the dangerous killer who takes lives from afar. Simon doesn’t believe in God, and it is evident from the cold-blooded manner in which he kills that he has no conscience, until his daughter, Elise, turns eleven and asks Simon to take her to Jerusalem. Simon is just doing what any father would do, granting a birthday wish to a beloved daughter, but when Elise unearths a small smooth round stone that she brings home as a souvenir, Simon doesn’t know that his life is about to change. Events that follow their return are inscrutable and they explore the depths of a sinner’s soul and a journey towards inner freedom and conversion.

Dean Klein’s writing is atmospheric, filled with captivating descriptions that probe the depths of the soul of the protagonist. Simon is a character who will arouse all kinds of emotions in readers and the author knows just how to get readers intrigued and focused on the story. I wanted to know what becomes of the protagonist from the very moment I met him. With twisting plot lines and compelling dialogues, the author leads readers from one engrossing scene to the next, building suspense that keeps the pages turning until the exciting denouement. Here is a novel about the power of grace and a message that no one is beyond the reach of God’s mercy. The Jerusalem Stone is both entertaining and inspiring.