Bishop’s debut novel offers the bitingly ironic confessions of a fallen angel.
This is a sprawling, alternate account of key theological points of Judeo-Christian mythology, including God’s Creation of the universe, the ordering of the heavenly host, the births of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the toiling of mankind under the whips and temptations of the forces of darkness. It’s all dictated to a hapless mortal man named Paul by a fallen angel who calls himself Jetebais, who’s the same age as other famous fallen angels, such as Lucifer, as well as the sea monster Leviathan. From him, readers learn details of different kinds of heavenly beings and of the mission that he’s set for himself in the human world: to expose the deeds and designs of Satan and thwart his manipulations of humankind. Jetebais knows Satan’s thoughts and has a carefully high estimation of his adversary’s abilities: “He is visible and invisible,” he tells Paul, “he is colossal and microscopic.” Jetebais himself is far from innocent, though; as he confesses, he’s caused great pain in the name of charity and fairness, but he’s determined to counterbalance Satan’s influence in the world. Bishop spends a good deal of time presenting seminal events from Old Testament literature from Jetebais’ new viewpoint, and he portrays Jetebais as a proud, defiant character who protests his innocence of Lucifer’s original offenses (“I did not follow Satan; I simply left at the same time!”). But as the action moves forward to the present day (including, inevitably, to papal politics), the author fills it with human characters. Readers will also find that the narrative takes on more sharply theological tones; at one point, it even provides the fallen-angel perspective on other religions throughout the world. The rest of the story, though often patchy with expository dialogue, is richly atmospheric, as when Jetebais warns humans about Satan, “Remember, you are nothing but livestock to him, to be teased and tortured for the sheer fun of it.”
A high-fantasy account of reality as seen by one of Satan’s brothers, sure to appeal to lovers of both fantasy and Christian literature.
PACIFIC REVIEW AND AWARD
Set against the ancient backdrop of Biblical history and the tumultuous struggle between good and evil, I, Jetebais by Robert Martin Bishop is a powerful narrative which brings to the forefront basic questions about human existence. While the story features some familiar names from the Bible, the main character, Jetebais, is the center of the drama. Now a fallen angel, Jetebais was once a good apostle of faith who followed the word of God. But after being seduced by Satan and his followers, Jetebais became a lethal weapon of destruction, delighting in the suffering and manipulation of mankind. Feeling betrayed by God himself, Jetebais joins in the belief that the misery they inflict on man is the best form of revenge against a God which abandoned them long ago.
What used to be a dark form of amusement eventually turns into self-loathing and regret for the conflicted Jetebais. Growing weary of Satan’s relentless thirst for torment, he begins to see the profound consequences of their actions, and vows to make amends. But how? With Satan’s suspicious nature and fiery temper, this is easier said than done. When the possibility presents itself to dictate his crimes in secret to a simple mortal man named Paul, Jetebais jumps at the chance. What follows is an unlikely relationship that transforms both individuals in ways they never imagined.
Bishop combines important incidents of the Old Testament and Judeo-Christian literature throughout the narrative, resulting in an epic, sweeping second history of the fall of mankind. There are unexpected twists, such as a sudden jump through time to the present day. This lends the story an interesting angle that deepens the character’s motivations and heightens the stakes. Themes of forgiveness and redemption are strongly presented through Jetebais’ use of confession as catharsis. Is it possible for a tortured soul to completely free itself of guilt through disclosure, thereby finding some sort of peace? Or is true peace never really possible?
The exploration of these points are where I, Jetebais becomes an almost revolutionary text. The book does not pretend to know or preach easy answers to life’s struggles, nor offer comforting remarks on why evil exists. And in that alone lies the genius behind the fiction. Choosing to seek atonement for ones actions is a very personal journey fraught with self-doubt, fear, and mistrust. It is this experience which shape who we are, and who we become. And as I, Jetebais shows, the cleansing and redemptive power of such a quest can rival that of any evil on earth, no matter how sinister.
Fans of mythology and Christian writings will surely find something to love about Bishop’s ground-breaking saga.
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
I, Jetebais is a work of Christian fiction by author Robert Martin Bishop. Focusing on the deep philosophical questions that plague mankind about the nature of good and evil, the story kicks into gear with central character Jetebais’s descent from Heaven. The story develops into an overall world view focusing especially on the leaders of mankind whom we expect to be pillars of good in the community, along with the grim reality that this is not always the case. The influence of evil on humanity points out the modern human race’s central flaws, prompting a debate about forgiveness and the power of Satan.
Robert Martin Bishop writes exceedingly well with a complex and literary vocabulary that will appeal to select audiences searching for an intellectual read. I believe it would also be highly beneficial for readers to be more familiar with the dogma of Christianity and the Bible because there are numerous references that would be more rewarding to the story if they are understood in a biblical context. That said, I found that I was still able to enjoy the central storyline and the questions it raised about human nature, and especially the temptation of evil in the corruptions of politicians and other important leaders of the world. I, Jetebais is much more a considered work than a character or plot-driven piece, but the winding storyline definitely results in a fascinating and unexpected conclusion that’s well worth reading to reach. Overall, I, Jetebais is a worthy read for its intended audience.
I, Jetebais is a unique, compelling, and entertaining Christian fiction suspense novel that will delight as well as thrill readers for many hours. Never before have I read a book like I, Jetebais because I, Jetebais is a suspense novel with a twist. The story laced between the pages of this book is one that captivated me from the beginning, to be honest even the description of the book fascinated me, so that is why I have to recommend that all of you lovely readers read I, Jetebais because I promise that you will not have read anything like it before.
I, Jetebais is a book unlike anything I have read before; never before have I read a book with so much pent-up suspense and mystery that compelled me to read the fastest I ever have. I, Jetebais can only be described as the kind of book that is addictive; it is addictive because you will find yourself always thinking about it when it is not in your hands and you will long to read it and immerse yourself in it.
I, Jetebais is a breathtaking novel that will take the readers on an adventure like no other. The reader in I, Jetebais will be introduced to the protagonist of the story, Jetebais, who leaves heavenfor his own selfish actions. Jetebais travels to earth, and it is here he will live for many years before he eventually will meet a priest, and he will unburden and confess to the priest. I do not want to spoil the exact plot of the book, but it involves Satan, humankind, protecting mankind and an epic finale that will leave readers breathless so do not miss out on this incredible book, book lovers!
The story of I, Jetebais is sensational, and I applaud the exceptional author Robert Martin Bishop for putting a twist on suspense. I have never before encountered a book which puts such a twist on the topics explored throughout I, Jetebais. The fact that the story is so original and unique and incredibly entertaining at the same time shows us that Bishop is a talented wordsmith who knows how to be creative and brazen with his thoughts and think outside of the box. I adore how Bishop took risks with I, Jetebais and decided to put a twist on a much-loved genre; this is incredibly hard to do and even harder to pull off, so it is safe for me to write that I adore Bishop’s literature!
The story of I, Jetebais is quite simply amazing; amazing however is just one of the words I would use to describe I, Jetebais as it is so much more than this. It is a puzzling, perplexing, thrilling and exciting suspense novel that will have you compelled as well as captivated from the start. I adore suspense, but like I previously wrote, some can be lackluster thanks to the predictable nature of them. Bishop’s novel, however, will keep its readers guessing and I challenge you, readers, to guess where the plot goes when you read this excellent book, I would be interested whether you were able to guess the outcome correctly! I tried my hardest, but Bishop continuously keeps his readers on edge with his sheer brilliance.
Not only is Robert Martin Bishop fantastic for his ability to shroud his book in chilling suspense that will have readers frantically turning the pages, but he is also an excellent author for his descriptive writing. The descriptions and the action-packed events that unfold are breathtaking and will captivate and draw a reader into the story quickly and easily.
As I, Jetebais is a brilliant, mesmerizing and thrilling story that will take you on an action-packed adventure I, of course, have to award this excellent book five stars! So please, if you are looking to get lost in an incredible tale then read this book because you will not regret it!
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