The Tears of Nero


Five strangers. One madman.

Edward, Henry, Franklin, Sadie, and Kelly are complete strangers. On the surface, none of them have any connection to one another, yet they all wake up on an island with no memory of how they arrived there. Their only clue is a note found inside a bottle buried in the sand:

Dear lambs, I think God is mad at us. If you don’t believe it, just look at your own lives for proof. You have all been punished in some way or another. That is why you are valuable to me. You are here to help me understand why bad things happen to good people. – Nero

Much to their horror, they discover their captor is modeling himself after the crazed Roman Emperor, and that he has every intention of killing them off one by one if they don’t learn their true purpose for being on the island. To discover what it is Nero wants from them, the group must face their tragic memories, struggle with their faith, and unearth what links them all together.

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
Come to the island and find out…

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I love this story. The conversations between the characters about free will, sin and bad things happening to good people helped make this an interesting read. Because we have all thought about these things, but are we brave enough to lay it all out in the open? Nero does because he appears to be on a quest to prove that God is Deb

This book is a great read for anyone that enjoys a great suspense story, even if you don’t normally read books with Christian themes. I read this book in 2 days because I could not put it down. There was so much going wrong in the story that I couldn’t imagine how it would play out and be okay in the Ashley

This book was a good spec fic book, where a group of people are stuck on an island and are working toward surviving at the hands of their captor, a mysterious figure named Nero. In addition to Nero’s challenge, their fate is tied to many other figures using code names, such as Moses and John the Baptist. There was suspense, intrigue, and moral indecision betwixt the Biblical and historical influences. There was a complexity to the characters, as many of their pasts were part of the reason they were selected to come to the island. At the center of the book was the question of why does God allow suffering, and it provided insight into the different responses to this question. If you like thrillers, islands of danger, and intrigue, you’ll enjoy this Storyhelix Words



Jason Brannon is the author of The Maze, Winds of Change, and other novels. His fiction features flawed characters trapped in dangerous situations that test and try their faith. He currently lives in Amory, MS.



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