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By Eilís Leyne

Wicked Gods

When her seismic exposé of religious abuses lands on the best-seller list, Professor Mira Veron becomes a darling of the literati and a target for religious extremists and culture-warriors alike. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband scheming to undermine her, her opportunistic agent attempting to cash in on her name, and a seductive born-again assassin tracking her every move, she meets up with a publishing tycoon who is guarding a volatile secret.


Veron is drawn into an underground network by the promise of cataclysmic religious revelations only to watch as her new associates mysteriously die, one by one. Under siege by forces seen and unseen, she embarks on a desperate quest for answers. Now she must choose between defending her work and defending her life.


Fans of Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Dan Brown and Minette Walters will enjoy this suspenseful exploration of religion and politics, atheism and evangelism, secularism and domestic terrorism, in twenty-first century America.


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Other Works

Eilís Leyne is the pen name of an author whose non-fiction works have appeared in more than a dozen publications, including the Christian Science Monitor and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Having written two well-received non-fiction books, Wicked Gods is her debut novel.


There are too few books that address the negative historical affects of religion in society, and I appreciate that this has been tackled by Eilis Leyne. ... Would I read a sequel? Absolutely!

—Dannette Greenslade, LibraryThing


Wicked Gods is a mystery thriller that highlights the evil excesses of religious fanatics of all stripes. A full cast of modern stereotypical characters - liberal humanist professors, megastar televangelists, Islamic extremists, smarmy Arab businessmen, etc. This is a fast-paced mystery with plenty of suspects.

—Oakhill, LibraryThing


Good book. Fast paced and engrossing - I read it in a single sitting. ... It gets licks in against literalists of all stripes, but presents less zealous believers in a positive light. It feels a little preachy at times, but mostly the religious background material is fascinating - there was a lot of research that went into this book.

—Paul J. Leach, review

Laury A. Egan is the author of Jenny Kidd, a psychological suspense novel set in Venice (Vagabondage Press) and The Outcast Oracle (Humanist Press). In addition to writing fiction, two full-length poetry collections, Snow, Shadow, a Stranger and Beneath the Lion’s Paw, were issued by FootHills Publishing as well as a chapbook, The Sea & Beyond.  For purchase information, see the author’s website:


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