Sea of Doubt
The Greatest Story Ever Sold
by Jeremy D. Holden
Pub Date 03 Oct 2016
After leaving behind a brilliant, but emotionally exhausting career in advertising, Mal Thomas wants nothing more than to enjoy the peace and serenity of the home he and his wife share in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. That serenity is interrupted when, seemingly out of nowhere, Mal gets a call that pulls him back into his old world, and on a path to undertaking an extraordinary assignment: Alfredo Baptiste, the world’s most powerful and mysterious industrialist wants Mal to promote the alleged second coming of the Messiah.
As Mal and his team of cynical “Mad” men and women confront their own doubts about the validity of Baptiste’s seemingly ridiculous claim that his adopted son Sebastian is this new Messiah, they can’t resist the challenge, and find themselves thrust into a world of greed and revenge.
In a fast moving and often sardonic narrative that crisscrosses New York, North Carolina, Miami, and Buenos Aires, Sea of Doubt has its roots in our endless obsession with fame and pop-culture. As Mal’s team develops an unstoppable global campaign, a worldwide media feeding frenzy ensues, causing people to set aside all logic and reason, leading to tragic consequences. Baptiste’s motivation is ultimately revealed in a twisted and unexpected ending as parallel worlds and a seismic conspiracy explode in an ending that will make you wonder how you didn’t see it coming earlier.
Sea of Doubt provides a window into human nature and media driven mass persuasion, forcing us to look at consequences of the choices we make. Ultimately, Holden shows us how belief in ourselves is what really matters. You will laugh out loud at the absurdity of the challenges that Mal and his team find themselves confronted with, while at the same time being forced to examine the role we all play in enabling the media to shape our thinking, and dictate our lives.
"The story follows an oddly believable path; if a company were trying to sell the world on a Messiah, this might very well be how they would do it. [...] A swift, unusually entertaining journey." — Kirkus Reviews
"Jeremy Holden just may be the new Carl Hiaasen. His Sea of Doubt is witty, poignant, and hypnotic. Holden's reluctant protagonist, Mal Thomas, the reformed marketing exec, takes us on a thrill ride that combines a long-predicted Biblical event with today's digital media age. What could go wrong? Holden keeps the pages turning through the exciting, satisfying conclusion!"
— A.J. Tata, national best-selling author of Three Minutes to Midnight
"Sea of Doubt is in that increasingly rare category of a truly original story that you simply can't put down. Holden’s debut novel causes readers to examine their own spiritual beliefs, while leading them on a journey into the irrational world of today’s social media driven mass persuasion. Holden’s fresh voice and crisp characterization will ultimately cause you to shake your head at the absurdity of a digital age where we now operate the devices that enable us to be watched and brainwashed."
— Linda Kaplan Thaler, New York Times best-selling co-author of Grit to Great
"Jeremy Holden is one of the few people with both feet in the worlds of business, of politics and of societal life. He has penned a story that provides a necessary look at the seamless meeting points between the commercial and the individual. Sea of Doubt reveals the mechanics of the greed and grandiosity that, in an inadvertent co-conspiracy, the players, the media and those who merely watch, together produce our current existence. As a result, Sea of Doubt gives its readers a firmer footing from which to navigate their lives. It’s an entertaining, but important, read."
— Dr. Bob Deutsch, author of The 5 Essentials
"Sea of Doubt is a page-turner with an irresistible premise, clever plot twists, colorful characters and a behind the scenes expose of how today’s modern 'Mad Men and Women’, might re-make the greatest story ever told into the greatest story ever sold."
— Robin Koval, New York Times best-selling co-author of The Power of Nice
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