Until he was run over by a busload of nuns, Chris Van Dam thought his life was finally turning around. The thirty-two year old agoraphobic had his first real job and was actually leaving the house five days a week—usually without a panic attack. And for the first time he had a dream, that of his boss, the charming and oh so lovely Mae Callahan.
Archbishop Francis Augustine has two intersecting passions: the Catholic Church and corporal mortification. The bus accident, caused by a nun ruler-whipping the driver, obliges him to concentrate on the former. Chris is comatose and the Archbishop must contain the public relations nightmare before yet another scandal damages the Church.
Chris wakes from the coma with miraculous powers. Apostolic Minister Paul Robinson is certain Chris is the Antichrist and will stop at nothing in his (very limited) power to kill him. Archbishop Augustine takes Chris into the protection of the Church and his fearsome Papal SEALs. However, it soon becomes apparent to the Archbishop that Chris’s agenda conflicts with his own, and he must act to protect the Church.
The ensuing collision of the Catholic and Protestant Churches, media and morals, and love and ambition threatens to tear Chris and Mae apart. Chris is forced to confront his fears—which are terrible—and rely on his wits—which are not exactly trusty—in order to save Mae and himself.
Motown Miracle is a comic novel of 102,000 words.
this is a hook! "Papal SEALs" !!
comic novels are really really hard to do well because the essence of them is poking fun at things and it's really easy to cross all sorts of lines with different people. this one has double the chance for that in that it's poking fun at both Catholicism and Protestantism.
This is one that would get a "not right for me" even though it's a good hook, and it looks funny. I'd never take on a book that pokes fun at the church. Other people will though, which is why I'm once again grateful for my colleagues.