Review: Sea of Doubt

Sea of Doubt


After leaving behind a brilliant, but emotionally exhausting career in advertising, Mal Thomas wants nothing more than to enjoy the peace and serenity of the home he and his wife share in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. That serenity is interrupted when, seemingly out of nowhere, Mal gets a call that pulls him back into his old world, and on a path to undertaking an extraordinary assignment: Alfredo Baptiste, the world’s most powerful and mysterious industrialist wants Mal to promote the alleged second coming of the Messiah.

As Mal and his team of cynical “Mad” men and women confront their own doubts about the validity of Baptiste’s seemingly ridiculous claim that his adopted son Sebastian is this new Messiah, they can’t resist the challenge, and find themselves thrust into a world of greed and revenge.

Length: 252 Pages

Publisher: Clean Publishing

Release Date: October 2, 2016


Jeremy Holden is an award-winning creative professional and accomplished author with ties to both sides of the Atlantic. He received a degree in graphic design from Ravensbourne College and studied law at the University of the West of England, giving him a distinctive right- and left-brain approach to business and life, including his writing. In 1995, Jeremy moved to the United States, where he met his wife, Natalie, and became a citizen.

Jeremy has worked for some of the best known advertising agencies in the world, including Publicis Worldwide, where he was responsible for strategy for the New York office. During his tenure in the industry, he has earned many of the industry’s top honors, including the prestigious “Gold Effie,” the advertising industry’s Golden Globe.

Jeremy has counseled some of the world’s most recognized names and brands, including Citigroup, Proctor & Gamble, Audi of America, Nasdaq, and many others. His experiences are integrated into, and integral to, Sea of Doubt.

Jeremy’s first nonfiction book, Second That Emotion: How Decisions, Trends, and Movements Are Shaped (Prometheus Books, 2012), explores how movements are created in the political, cultural, and commercial realms. The book received wide-ranging media coverage including Fast Company, The Huffington Post, CNN, and NPR.

Jeremy currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he runs Clean Design, a successful brand communications agency with his partners, Natalie and Scott. He also teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the School of Media and Journalism. A popular speaker and facilitator, Jeremy has run workshops with fellow authors Malcolm Gladwell and Professor Dan Ariely.

Jeremy is father to two overachieving children, Lily and Sam, and enjoys spoiling his dogs, Stella and Wally.


This was a hard book for me to review for two reasons. The beginning and the end.

The beginning of Sea of Doubt  was full of endless description from the point of view of the main character, Mal Thomas. There was very little dialogue and endless descriptions of how things worked in an advertising company, what his life was like, what it used to be like, who the people in his life were, etc. I had a hard time connecting to any characters because of it.

The middle of the book is where things got good. The premise is so intriguing: With enough advertising, celebrities and limitless resources, can someone convince the world that the messiah has returned? I found myself eagerly reading at this point. I was connecting to both the story and the characters.

And I liked the ending–until the climax had been reached. It was very clever and wasn’t what I was expecting. And that is where it should have stopped. But it continued, beating us over the head with more unnecessary descriptions.

So, all in all, I am going to give it 3 out of 5 Stars. I loved parts, and was bored by others.


There is some vulgar language, including the F-word. Very little violence, and almost no sexual content.


Sea of Doubt is available digitally and in paperback. For more reviews and/or to purchase this novel, click on the image below. And as always, HAPPY READING!


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