Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: The Tree of Jesse by J.R. Mattison

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On a lonely strip of Death Valley a failing musician awakens to an intriguing new life. One filled with ancient languages, a hidden identity, and the woman who holds the key to his destiny...his connection to the lost pages of the Dead Sea Scrolls. But there are those who want to keep the secrets buried...and will stop at nothing to keep the prophecy from unfolding.


Ms. Mattison has some pretty amazing writing chops… this book was well written and descriptive, placing you right into the story from the first page.  I admired her ability to tie together a complex plot and make all the many characters and their desired, needs and goals intersect seamlessly.

The story is about the coming of a new messiah (of sorts), an unlikely one who is guided on his path by the woman who loves him more than anything else, including life itself.  There are many who want to help, and equally as many who want to hinder. 

If you like to read a complicated story with many characters and a plot that doesn’t always make perfect sense (until the end), then I can recommend The Tree of Jesse. It’s not your typical suspense novel.


Mattison started her career in Chicago appearing on television and radio.    She founded founded Cheshire Smile Productions, bringing to life and penning her first feature film FISH WITHOUT A BICYCLE, a festival winning coming of age comedy which was directed by Brian Austin Green.   “Fish” is now available on Netflix. Mattison also wrote Cheshire’s second release THE THIRD WISH now available at Blockbuster and distributed by the Hallmark Channel.

Lionsgate’s FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY, based on a true story of Jewish gangsters set in the 1970’s starring James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Edward Furlong and Jeffrey Tambor was also produced and written by Mattison. 

Most recently Jenna has written a TV movie called COMMITTED, which wrapped production this spring to premiere on television this fall. Her novel The Tree Of Jesse is a romantic religious thriller and will be released this spring, available worldwide. Mattison wrote the book while recovering from a traumatic injury and says that the novel, “wrote itself”, with historical facts just begging to be included. “I didn’t write this…it came from somewhere else. Somewhere good. Somewhere pure.”


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