Order of Thaddeus

Hidden Covenant

Book 3

The Lost Ark is more than a Hollywood blockbuster.

FACT: the Ark of the Covenant was a real religious object, a wooden box overlaid with gold and crowned with two golden cherubim. FACT: the Ark served as the central religious artifact of the ancient Israelites for worship and sacrifice. FACT: around 586 BC the Ark vanished from Israel’s temple, never to be seen again. What happened to it and where did it go?

The world is about to find out.

Once again, ex-Army-Ranger-turned professor Silas Grey is drawn back into the fray with an urgent mission from the ancient religious Order of Thaddeus after a former professor makes headlines for unveiling the location of the Lost Ark. But soon it is clear things are not as they seem—and the struggle has never been greater for the Church. For not only is there a startling discovery. Matt Gapinski and a new SEPIO recruit track a high-value operative of the Order’s ancient nemesis that reveals the stakes are even higher for both the ancient Jewish relic and the Christian faith.

In this explosive third adventure in the groundbreaking Order of Thaddeus religious conspiracy thriller series, twists and turns spanning three continents will leave you wondering where the Ark of the Covenant has been hidden for two-and-a-half millennia—and what would happen to the world religious scene if it were found. Will Silas and the SEPIO operatives stop the threat against the Church and the Ark before it’s too late?

Once again emerging author J. A. Bouma combines the familiar elements of Dan Brown’s religious conspiracy with James Rollin’s special-ops suspense, informed by Steve Berry’s historical insights and Joel Rosenberg’s thrilling inspiration—delivering “a passionate historical fiction that draws you into the story from the very beginning.”

Engage this propulsive new archaeological thriller adventure straddling thrill and thought, faith and doubt.

Best Selling Author

J. A. Bouma

J. A. Bouma is an emerging author of vintage faith fiction. As a former congressional staffer and pastor and bestselling author of over thirty religious fiction and nonfiction books, he blends a love for ideas and adventure, exploration and discovery, thrill and thought. With graduate degrees in Bible and theology, he writes within the tension of faith and doubt, spirituality and theology, Church and culture, belief and practice, modern and vintage forms of Church, and the gritty drama that is our collective pilgrim story.

He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife, son, and daughter, and their rambunctious boxer-pug-terrier Zoe.

Other Books in the Series

Holy Shroud

An ancient threat. A sacred relic. A belief that hangs in the balance.

The Thirteenth Apostle

What if the story of Jesus isn’t the one that happened?

American God

The Separation of Church and State. The Authentic Faith. Never More At Risk.


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– Divi Digest

Coming Soon!

Available December, 2018

American God

Action-Adventure Conspiracy Thriller

Silas and the Order’s SEPIO operatives embark on a timely mission ripped from the headlines to protect the integrity of the authentic Church. Not only that, whether they succeed or fail will have national ramifications as the country straddles the knife-edge separation of Church and state. In a race against the election clock, will they succeed before that separation is breached and religious confusion floods the nation?