“Darkheart: A Novel of Judas Iscariot” by Jeanne Blanchet reimagines the life of Judas, disciple and betrayer of Jesus Christ.
As a young boy, Judas Iscariot was known as a troublemaker who often embarrassed his father. After meeting an enigmatic young boy about his own age, Yeshua, Judas becomes passionate about being a religious father, and convinces his father to help him begin formal studies. While these dreams were ultimately waylaid by tragedy and hardship, Judas once again encounters the young Yeshua while he is living with his aunt and uncle. Over the following years, the blood brothers grow from boys to young men, and venture out into the world on their own paths. Once again, however, Judas would be brought back into the circle of his boyhood best friend, becoming a disciple of a man who was becoming known throughout the land as the foretold Messiah come to Earth. Temptation and psychological distress remain dangerous forces for a humble, meager man like Judas, however, and soon he will discover that sometimes the ones we love the most are also the ones we hurt the most. … More “Darkheart: A Novel of Judas Iscariot” by Jeanne Blanchet
“Dancer of Death” is based on the life of the Spanish bullfighter, Manolete, who was the most famous matador of the 1940s. His death in the ring brought telegrams of condolences to the Spanish people from Harry Truman and Winston Churchill, and millions attended his funeral procession. … More “Dancer of Death” by Jeanne Blanchet
Jeanne Blanchet’s “The Iceman: A Novel of Otzi” is a fictional imagining of the life of Otzi, a 5,300-year-old mummy which was discovered preserved in ice in 1991 in the Italian Alps. … More “The Iceman: A Novel of Otzi” by Jeanne Blanchet
A story set during the reign of Mongol overlord Kublai Khan. “Kamikaze: A Novel of the Mongol Invasions of Japan” could have easily been written as a straight history, but I think that by twisting it just slightly so as to make it a work of fiction, Blanchet is able to appeal to a wider range of readers. … More “Kamikaze: A Novel of the Mongol Invasions of Japan” by Jeanne Blanchet
FORGER OF EMPIRE: A NOVEL OF GENGHIS KHANJeanne BlanchetOutskirts Press (2019)ISBN 9781977203274Reviewed by Megan Weiss for Reader Views (10/2019) Jeanne Blanchet’s “Forger of Empire: A Novel of Genghis Khan,” tells the story of Temujin, a boy who was born with a blood clot clutched in his hand during the 12th Century in Mongolia. As a … More “Forger of Empire: A Novel of Genghis Khan” by Jeanne Blanchet
CURSED Jeanne Blanchet Outskirts Press (2018) ISBN 9781478747901 Reviewed by Megan Weiss for Reader Views (9/18) Jeanne Blanchet’s “Cursed” is an epic historical account of Christianity’s strong entrance into Roman culture, and how religion came to be more absolute than the power of even the emperors. Christian Princess Serena and a young priest and aspiring Bishop of … More “Cursed” by Jeanne Blanchet
MAN AT THE CROSS ROAD Jeanne Blanchet, Ph.D. Outskirts Press (2016) ISBN 9781478778547 Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (12/16) Author Jeanne Blanchet has done an amazing job in “Man at the Cross Road,” her story of the man who crucified Jesus. This is a book written in modern terminology, but instills facts that … More “Man at the Cross Road” by Jeanne Blanchet, Ph.D.