Publisher: Brigid's Fire Press
While investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, rookie State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane becomes obsessed with a magical word square found inside an underground church guarding the tomb of the biblical Adam.
Drawn into a web of esoteric intrigue, she and a roguish antiquities thief named Elymas must race an elusive and taunting mastermind to find the one relic needed to resurrect Solomon's Temple. A trail of cabalistic clues leads them to the catacombs of Rome, the crypt below Chartres Cathedral, a Masonic shaft in Nova Scotia, a Portuguese shipwreck off Sumatra, and the caverns under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Intertwined with this modern mystery-thriller, a parallel duel is waged:
The year is 1452. One of the most secretive societies in history, Portugal's Order of Christ, is led by a reclusive visionary, Prince Henry the Navigator. He and his medieval version of NASA merged with the CIA scheme to foil their archenemies, the Inquisitor Torquemada and Queen Isabella of Castile, who plan to bring back Christ for the Last Judgment by ridding the world of Jews, heretics, and unbelievers.
Separated by half a millennium, two conspiracies to usher in the Tribulations promised by the Book of Revelation dovetail in this fast-paced thriller to expose the world's most explosive secret: The true identity of Christopher Columbus and the explorer's connection to those now trying to spark the End of Days.
Ok, now that I got that out of the way, I'll say that the action was non-stop and was never the same scene twice. The research, is astounding! Every detail was touched on from historical art to moose season in western Canada. Yeah, I Googled moose season, I had time. In between the adventures, the duo were sent all around the world to uncover mystery after mystery. This did make it a little harder for me to get into as it felt like I was being drug along to see everything that could have skipped, or scenes that could have been combined, to streamline the storyline. You're not getting a quick read, it's rather meaty, but I think history buffs would get a kick out of it.
The flashbacks held the most reward to me as a reader. I really enjoyed Pero's journey and knowing of the secrets he kept. HIs adventure will not soon be forgotten.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship Winner
indieBRAG Medallion Honoree
Nautilus Silver Award Winner
IPPY Silver Award Winner
NIEA Award Winner for Best New Fiction
Eric Hoffer Finalist/Honorable Mention Winner
Three-time Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Finalist
Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist
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