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The Malachi Covenant

Published by Forefront Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

"Reminiscent of Dan Brown's work but with a tone and momentum all its own, Kelly's yarn will delight thriller fans looking for an exciting read." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich in culture, themes of belief, and the grand implications of its relic, The Malachi Covenant exemplifies its genre, blending brisk plotting, action-packed sequences, and jolting betrayals with thoughtful spiritual inquiry, keeping the suspense potent up to a satisfying conclusion." - BookLife

"Dee Kelly, Jr. is a master wordsmith. The Malachi Covenant is a propulsive thriller that takes the reader on an electrifying adventure. The characters are fully drawn and his research is on broad display. This story will draw you in and not let you go until the heart pounding ending. Even then, the story will stay with you." -Glenn Dyer, Author of Trust No One

The relics of St. Nicholas are among the most divine and prized possessions in the Christian world, said to hold the power to heal the most incurable diseases and protect those who come in contact with them. Biblical archeologist Maggie Shepherd has the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to extract and study one of these priceless artifacts buried in the tomb of the man who is now known as Santa Claus. In just a few weeks, on Christmas Eve, the Pope will present the venerated relic of St. Nicholas to the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church in Moscow in the hope of reuniting East and West after a 1,000-year schism.

Driven by rumors of the relic’s legendary power, many people want to control it, including a Russian mob boss who coerces Malachi Popov into stealing it for him before the ceremony. A devout man, Popov wants nothing to do with the evil scheme but his desperate need for money to support his ailing mother leaves him no choice. Once in possession of the miraculous relic, Popov witnesses its awesome power and regrets his action, but before he can set things right, it vanishes.

Not knowing who to trust, both Popov and Maggie set off on a globe-spanning chase to recover the treasured artifact before the world learns it’s missing, and all hope of reuniting the Church is lost. What they don’t know is there are others on their trail who will stop at nothing to keep them from their prize, including murder.

About The Author

Dee Kelly is a master of suspense, blending historical truths with vivid characters who shed new light on the stories of our past.

His fast-paced, intriguing stories draw readers into a world of mystery, where each character and plot twist reveal more about history and human nature.

Kelly’s novels create alternative realities that blur the line between truth and fiction. His fascination with the intersection of events in history and characters in the contemporary world began in his early days as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas.

After law school, Kelly became a prominent Texas attorney, but he never lost his overriding love for books and storytelling.

The Malachi Covenant is the first novel released under his own name, following a successful series of novels published under a pseudonym.

When he’s not writing, Kelly continues to advise prominent companies and business leaders in his law practice. He serves on the boards of a number of arts and philanthropic organizations.

Kelly lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Dana, and the center of their universe, dog Scout. The Kelly’s have three beloved daughters.


Product Details

  • Publisher: Forefront Books (April 23, 2024)
  • Length: 432 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781637632550

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Raves and Reviews

“A labyrinth of mystery, with some pedal-to-the-metal pacing. Put this one on your keeper shelf.”

– Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Atlas Maneuver

“I could not put The Malachi Covenant down. A fast-paced race against the clock with an intricate plot and engaging characters. The story twists around treasured artifacts, questions about the church and belief, and the motives of a Russian oligarch. Do yourself a favour and try The Malachi Covenant now.”

– David Leadbeater, Author of The Vatican Secret

“A fast paced, thought-provoking thrill ride of a book. The Malachi Covenant has it all, a fascinating plot, historical depth, and pacing that kept me up at night to see what would happen next and how it would all end. Highly recommended.”

– Yvette Manessis Corporon, International Bestselling Author of When the Cypress Whispers

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