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Trade Paperback
304 pages
Sep 2003

City of Dreams (!HERO)

by Stephen R. Lawhead & Ross Lawhead

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"City of Dreams by Stephen R. and Ross Lawhead complements the !Hero Rock Opera and graphic novels with its hypothetical basis: what if Jesus had only been born 30 years ago in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania? The result is a captivating contemporary novel with surprising and unmistakable Biblical parallels.

"In this world still waiting for the Messiah, Special Agent Alex Hunter is assigned by ICON, the International Confederation of Nations, to infiltrate a rebel terrorist organization. His work brings him in contact with a fiery prophet known as Washer John. When Washer John is murdered, Hunter searches for the reason behind this act and meets John’s cousin Joshua Jones. As Hunter begins to learn more about this dynamic man, those lusting for power have plans of their own, plans in which men like Hunter are only pawns.

"Intense action, well-defined characters, and lifelike dialogue create a can’t-put-it-down read. Filled with unexpected humor – such as an aging hippie retelling John’s miraculous birth – various New Testament stories pop up throughout the fictional adventure, but they might not be recognizable at first glance. Recommended for young adults, either Christians who want a fresh look at the life of Christ or as a witnessing tool." -- Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

History revolves around the life of a peasant born in the Middle East more than 2000 years ago. But what if that never happened . . . until now?

Imagine a world . . .
. . . still waiting for a Savior

In City of Dreams, Special Agent Alex Hunter is assigned to infiltrate a radical terrorist organization. Instantly, Hunter plunges into a treacherous web of power-crazed politicians, rabid religious fanatics, murderous street gangs, and a secret plot to overthrow ICON—the iron-fisted world government.

At the center of the conspiracy lies a dark riddle: the horrific murder of a vagabond prophet called Washer John. Hunter's only clue lies in the true identity of a wandering miracle-worker from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. When he gets too close to the truth, Hunter finds himself the prime target of an assassin's bullet&nbps;.&nbps;.&nbps;.&nbps;. and the nightmare begins.

Cunning and resourceful, Hunter's efforts to save himself bring him to the brink of the most important discovery of his life. Danger, suspense, intrigue, and betrayal come to a breathtaking climax in this action-packed first book of the !HERO novel trilogy.