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By Excel Entertainment Press Release

God's Army, The Book, Hits Stores on November 14

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Just over a year after becoming one of the top 30 independent films of 2000, God's Army is conquering new territory. A novel of the acclaimed film will hit stores Nov. 14.

Geoffrey Card, professional screenwriter and son of award-winning author Orson Scott Card, wrote the book based on the Richard Dutcher film about a group of young Mormon missionaries serving in Los Angeles.

"At the time of the production of God's Army in Los Angeles, I was serving a mission near the area," said the first-time novelist. "When I started work on the novel, it wasn't much of a struggle for me to get inside the characters' heads. I had already been there for the past two years of my life."

Card was a missionary for the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints in Anaheim, California from August 1997-99 and currently attends the Chapman University School of Film and Television where he writes feature-length screenplays and films amateur movies.

The novel, which extends upon the detail and character depth of the movie, will be available in bookstores nationwide.

"Geoff is a very good writer," Dutcher said. "Novelizations aren't easy. He was able to expand the movie's plot and characterizations, but still remain faithful to the film. He's written a very entertaining novel."

Rachel Nunes, author of the best-selling Ariana series says that Card's novel provides "astonishing insight into the missionaries' minds and hearts. We see their burgeoning faith, understand their unique struggles and sympathize with their difficult choices. This story is REAL."

God's Army the movie opened in theaters in 240 cities nationwide, grossing over $2.6 million at the box office, and is now available in video stores.

Excel Entertainment Group, Inc. will distribute the novel. The Salt Lake City-based company also handles distribution for God's Army the movie, Brigham City and the up-and- coming feature film The Other Side of Heaven.



God's Army, The Book, Hits Stores on November 14
Excel Entertainment Press Release 10Nov001 A2

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God's Army
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