Non-fiction essays, about metaphysics and life, by Don Pendleton, author of the Executioner series (38 books and more than 600 others in syndication through Ballantine--these essays were unexpected and extraordinarily well-versed.
I'm a graduate trained pastor / theologian with masters and doctoral work at old-line seminaries. I've spent some time doing additional work at a state-owned university. I also have four novels to my name. What impressed me was how Pendleton--despite being a "New Age" believer, for want of a better word--wrote and reasoned without prejudice.
In my mind, religious folks, new and old, as well as those who fashion themselves "spiritual but not religious," rarely pass as intellectually honest. There are some, to be sure. Pendleton, apparently without any formal training, showed a good grasp of the issues when writing about the meta issues in both spirtuality and religion.
I was pleased. I was surprised. The Mack Bolan series was over the top. His metaphysical essays--having the tone of a public lecture or teaching, but without the call to conversion--were a wonderful introduction to the late fiction writer's non-fiction books. I'll likely be reading the others.