This looks like an interesting novel, has anyone read it yet? I requested my library to obtain it.
The Janissary Factor: In The Name of God, by Steven Stamatis
A seminary graduate at the crossroads of his calling, and full of memories and personalities who shaped him, Andy Theofanis faces a crisis in his faith. He revisits the ethnic coffee house (cafenio) of his childhood, hoping to connect with mentors from his past to help him settle his indecision about the priesthood. This personal struggle is triggered by the chaotic state of his church in America. Confusing administrative changes imposed by the faraway Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey, split the U.S. Greek Orthodox and threaten the future of his established church. Andy's determination to find a rational explanation for the moves that turn back the clock for the church in America leads him to Istanbul. There, he stumbles upon an unthinkable plot 200 years in the making and about to be unleashed. The drama unfolds against the current global backdrop of Islamic terrorism and the enduring historic enmity between Turkey and Greece. Add to this the Greek world's insistence that their Holy See remain in hostile Islamic territory, and a condition develops threatening the survival of an ancient faith-possibly Christendom itself.
Format: Paperback, 280pp
Pub. Date: July 2005
Publisher: Publish America