Zions Call by Jeremy Maughan is a pretty good read.
I wasn’t sure about it at first. I liked Howard, the main male character right off, but Tamson, the main female seemed to think she was better than anyone else, or at least better than Howard.
That turned out not to be the case and I ended up liking her too.
This book has a bit of excitement, and some romance, and some history.
The only problem with it, is that it ended too soon. I want to know what happened with them. So it’s a good thing this is only the first book in the series.
About the book:
Howard Egan has left his life at sea to try his hand at the new America. A dream of owning land and a better life for himself. More than anything he wants to find a woman to spend this new life together. To his surprise he finds her on his first day on shore. He just didn’t expect her to be so beautiful or to be so harsh.
Thrown into the middle of a political firestorm between a Mormon missionary and local business men. Tasked with being the Mormon’s Bodyguard Howard has to find a way to secure his love, fulfill his duty and keep himself and the Mormon alive.
Hyrum looked over at Artimesia. She smiled and said nothing. “Brother Snow, I know you are just returning from your labors, and haven’t even returned home. Yet, the Lord has another work for you to do. There are many souls that await you in Salem, Massachusetts and I ask you to continue your labors in that land.”
Erastus’s eyes grew large and his face reddened. “I do not believe you understand the circumstances I am in. My home is in poor repair and of need of its master. I may even lose it if I don’t return home.”
Erastus started to raise his voice. “I haven’t been with my wife for almost three years—
Prior to that we were only together for a few short months. I have labored for the Lord since I was a child of fourteen years. Now, just eight years later, I need to take care of my temporal needs.”
Hyrum patiently waited for Erastus to finish. “Brother Erastus, I know and understand your desire and your needs. But this is not a request from me or from Joseph. This is a call from the Lord himself.”
He reached into his coat and removed a folded piece of paper. He sat it on the table and pushed it over to Erastus.
“Three years ago, Joseph and a few others traveled to Salem in search of relief for the Saint’s debt. He found none and turned to the Lord for answers. On that paper are the words of the Lord to my brother. They are written in his own hand. It contains a prophecy for the people of Salem.”
Erastus took the paper with reverence, unsure if he wanted to see its contents. He rolled it over in his hands. He had given the Lord his life. He was ready to go home and start a new chapter of service, one that let him be at his home, with his wife. Not embark on another mission.
He opened the paper with reluctance. The text was written with a quick hand, making parts of it hard to read. Having seen the Prophets’ writing before Erastus was confident this came from his hand. It wasn’t very long, and the opening words were somewhat confusing. I, the Lord your God, am not displeased with your coming this journey, notwithstanding your follies.
About the Author:
Jeremy Maughan a seventh generation member of the LDS Church, was born February 1978 in Provo Utah. As a young man he had a passion for reading. One of his fondest memories is laying on the back on his parents boat reading for days at Lake Powell. He would spend days reading Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, David Eddings,Terry Pratchett and many of great fantasy writers. He says that the only way he passed English in high school was because his teachers allowed him to turn in book reports as extra credit.
After High School Jeremy attended Devry Institute of Technology and studied to become a programmer. After two semesters he dropped out, having already landed a great programming job. He didn’t find the need to continue his education to get a job he already had.
A few short months after dropping out of school he was convinced by a close friend, who was a recent convert to the LDS church, to serve a mission. In May of 1997 he was called to serve in the Oregon Portland mission. He reported to the MTC just 6 weeks after submitting his mission papers. There he gained a deep testimony of the gospel that has stayed with him throughout his life.
Once he returned home from his mission his love of the North West pulled at him and he moved to Seattle to pursue his profession programming career. While attending institute his meet the love of his life and married her for time and all eternity in the Timpanogos Temple. In their 14 years of marriage they have had 5 children. Two boys and three girls.
Jeremy’s writing career started with a simple 30 day challenge and the desire to fulfill a item on his bucket list. Wanting to do a challenge to write every day for 30 days he needed something to write about. After days of struggle he was studying the writings C.S. Lewis and was inspired by the story behind The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Jeremy decided to follow in Lewis’s footsteps and write about his own children. A story was hatched and he set out to write a novel for his kids and about his kids.
He caught the writing bug and has written many stories for his family and friends. His most recent work, “ZIon’s Call” is a full length historical fiction novel based on one of his ancestors and his conversion to the gospel.
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