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  I Found Myself Lost Within The Pages Of This Fast-Paced Thriller!

Title: Revealing the Covenant
Author: Rusty Van Reeves

Publisher: Publish America; (October 2003)

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

ISBN: 1592867669

Paperback: 224 pages



Rating: Highly Recommended


November 22, 2004


This book opens with an image that set the tone for this story.  Superman stands tall holding his wheelchair overhead, cameras flash as the room buzzes with simultaneous activity and Christopher Reeve – the Real Superman – has been cured of his paralysis.  He walks into the room as living proof that the much-debated stem-cell research does in fact work.  Being that Mr. Reeve passed away recently, I could not help but to feel sorrow for that real life event.  However, the tale that follows this impressive opening made me feel triumphant and hopeful.


Dr. Michael Preston and his younger brother Matt are hit by a vehicle being driven by an intoxicated individual who has changed the brothers’ lives and relationship.  Matt is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair and Dr. Preston blames himself for this unforeseen disaster.  The Doctor spends most of his time following any research that will give his brother a chance to walk again.


After many years of research and dead ends, Dr. Preston receives information about a medical team lead by a Dr. Kilmer who claims that they have cured paralysis.  Dr. Preston has been hand selected to join the team and is pre-warned that there is a group called the Covenant who have vowed to prevent the cure from being made available to the public.  This group will block any and all attempts at curing paralysis by utilizing any means necessary.  The Covenant resorts to mercenary tactics that usually leave their victims dead and therefore unable to work towards this cure. Many scientists and Doctors have already been murdered and Dr. Kilmer and his daughter Kayla may be next.


 The Covenant is motivated by money and greed.  If a cure is found, the financial backing for insurance companies and other research fronts would simply dissolve. It is similar to the financial ruin that most fuel companies would find themselves subject to should an engine be developed without any fuel requirements.  Therefore, the financial factor has outweighed the human factor and Dr. Preston and other “players” have to prevent the Covenant from carrying out the vow that they have made to each other.


The vivid scenes and characters converge towards a final showdown of good against evil.  Dr. Preston is working towards curing his brother and preserving his own life in the process as they are tracked by the mercenaries hired by the Covenant.  A mystery, a medical thriller and a love story form the pieces of Revealing the Covenant and the surprise ending will fascinate you as well.


Rusty Van Reeves has woven aspects of his life into his characters.  He has a spinal chord injury that has left him paralyzed from the shoulders down and is hopeful that a cure will be found.  However, much like Dr. Preston’s brother Matt, he realizes that life must go on in the meantime.  Like Matt, he has his own software company.  He writes, using one finger, to tell a story and express innermost emotions.  He writes vivid poetry and he is also an excellent painter (he can paint quite well with a brush placed between his teeth.)


Revealing the Covenant is a remarkable book written by a remarkable Artist – in every sense of the word.  To learn of the Author before or after reading his work will allow you to appreciate his unbreakable spirit and his powerful words.  I’ve enjoyed this book and I look forward to his future projects.


“We live in a time when the words impossible and unsolvable are no longer part of the scientific community's vocabulary. Each day we move closer to trials that will not just minimize the symptoms of disease and injury but eliminate them.”


Christopher Reeve, Testimony to US House of Representative, 1999



Reviewed by Tyrone Vincent Banks

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