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In the Hidden Agent, a fast-paced thriller, Special Agent Neisha Jackson must bring down a charismatic preacher whose critics tend to end up dead.

(This Hidden Agent has no connection to the forthcoming Netflix movie starring Ryan Gosling. This book was published more than 18 months before the release of the unrelated movie with the same title.)

Reviews for the Hidden Agent

an intriguing and daring story

“The Hidden Agent tells an intriguing and daring story of Neisha, a young woman who is an FBI agent, who has been charged with arresting an evasive international spiritual idol, Aji Abakar. The book will capture your imagination, as Neisha works to figure out the stories behind the story, to determine who are the people she can trust and who are the people who are determined to take her life. The book touches the imagination and engages us to contemplate issues of trust, blessing and justice.”

– Susan Quinn

a memorably cinematic-feeling ride

“I LOVE everything about this book. The characters are complex, not cardboard cutouts. The author makes readers experience and *care*about what happens in them/with them/to them – and taken us on a memorably cinematic-feeling ride while he’s at it. Bravo! The spiritual aspect is discernible, as intended – but gentle – guiding readers to the realities he’d  like us to consider for  healing and hope  for the world and in our own lives….Perfectly balanced.”


– Nancy Dunham

explores the most fundamental of questions

“On its face, the Hidden Agent is a typical modern thriller. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find it is like nothing you’ve read before. Where most thrillers skim along the surface, tickling our desire for action, intrigue or mystery, the Hidden Agent goes further. Through the life stories of its main characters it explores the most fundamental of religious questions: why do bad things happen to good people. The answers will enrich your life.”

– Wouter Dreyer

a crime mystery novel with spiritual elements

“Joseph has written a crime mystery novel with spiritual elements and questions around faith. Special FBI agent Neisha Jackson has to discover the truth behind guru Aji’s powers, and whether he murdered 30 people or not. Joseph says he wrote the book to engage with questions around faith, and it does that. But for me, this was also an interesting exploration of the verse from Genesis “”And I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you” – what would that actually look like.” 

– Yael Unterman, author of  The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing

Other Books by Joseph Cox

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What’s the meaning of life? 


How should you raise children? 


What’s the secret to a happy marriage?


You could ask a real expert, sure. But Joseph Cox, a Quality Assurance Manager at a small aerospace company, seems to think he has it all figured out.


Is he right? Is he wrong?


Who knows? Who cares?


The stories are fun.

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“An easy, entertaining and intellectually stimulating read. Creativity, character development, plot all well conceived, but what blew me away was how the author so vividly and believably portrayed vastly different characters, especially our heroine, Maryam… What a compassionate heart blended with a passionate mind. Thank you for writing this book!”


Claire Darling – Amazon Reviewer

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