To find the truth... one must first uncover the lies When a Catholic priest hangs himself at the Pope’s inauguration in St. Peter’s Square, his friend, Professor Alex Harker, is dragged into a secret war. The suicide sets into motion a timetable of terrifying events that will irrevocably change the world as we know it. With the clock ticking, pursued by a deadly assassin, Harker must track down and decipher pieces of a puzzle laid down by the dead priest. Harker finds himself in an epic battle – one that has been playing out on the fringes of society since the birth of Christ. It threatens to reveal a truth so shocking that it could enslave and transform mankind's destiny forever. A rip-roaring crypto-thriller fuller of twists and action, perfect for readers of Dan Brown, Scott Mariani and Chris Kuzneski.
The Magi return... When a brutal attack leaves a priest close to death and screaming of dark prophecies, Professor Alex Harker once again finds himself pulled into the shadowy world of the Magi. On dubious pretenses, Harker must join a desperate search for the missing child he has sworn to protect. But as he edges closer to the truth, he realises the child’s importance pales in significance to the cataclysmic events unfolding around him. When reality and prophecy start to merge, and nations begin to crumble, Harker knows the future of the planet is in his hands. Its salvation lies in the discovery of one thing: The 4th Secret. A heart-stopping rollercoaster that won’t let go, R.D. Shah’s brilliant thriller is perfect for fans of Dan Brown, Scott Mariani and Chris Kuzneski.
Investigating a series of savage murders that are disrupting a massive new exhibition at the New York Museum of Natural History, graduate student Margo Green finds a clue in a failed Amazonian expedition. Reissue.
Egyptologist Thomas McAllister finds the lost account of a secret journey Moses made to Egypt after the Exodus. Using clues in the text, McAllister finds, and solves, a perplexing riddle Moses carved inside the oldest temple in Egypt. The riddle leads McAllister, and his partner Ann Davenport, to The Ten Commandments. The governments also wants the Commandments. When Ann is kidnapped, McAllister must trade the Commandments for Ann. Unless McAllister can outwit the resourceful team assigned to stop him, Moses ancient treasure, and Ann, will be lost.
From the bestselling author of The Sacred Blood comes a new thriller, perfect for fans of Dan Brown. MESOPOTAMIA, 4004 BC: THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION An exotic stranger appears in a small village. Mesmerizing in her beauty and command, she is venerated as a goddess, until she unleashes a horror beyond anything humankind has even known. IRAQ, PRESENT DAY: THE SUNSET OF CIVILIZATION A mercenary unit in northern Iraq, led by Sergeant Jason Yaeger, has trapped radical Islam’s most wanted target inside a mysterious cave. An ancient mural in the cave’s opening depicts the brutal beheading of an unknown goddess, yet its twisting tunnels hide a series of high-tech surveillance cameras. When a Marine platoon seeks to control the extraction mission, a threat far more ominous is found lurking beneath the mountains. Meanwhile, in Boston, Massachusetts, Agent Thomas Flaherty tracks down glamorous archaeologist Brooke Thompson, who he suspects holds some answers to the cave’s ancient mystery. But when she narrowly escapes an assassination attempt, it becomes clear that someone else is determined to keep her quiet; someone intent on using the cave’s deepest secret to bring the Middle East to its knees.
The dead are rising. The world hangs in the balance... A man holds a gun to Professor Alex Harker in a Cambridge University lecture room. He wants to know about the mysterious Codex Gigas. But before Harker can learn more the man shoots himself, threatening Harker’s girlfriend Chloe as he does so. Soon Harker is deep in a life or death struggle that takes him to Berlin, Italy and France. It seems that, thanks to the Codex, the dead are rising. It can only mean one thing: Judgement Day. Or does it? In a game of crosses and double crosses, Harker doesn’t know who or what to believe anymore. Behind the lies, behind the Vatican, behind the Codex, is the most terrible puppet master of all... The third book in R.D. Shah’s Harker Chronicles is a white-knuckle thriller perfect for fans of Dan Brown, Scott Mariani and Chris Kuzneski.
At the crossroads of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish faiths, a priceless artifact is stolen from a vault hidden beneath Jerusalem's Temple Mount. With high stakes on sacred ground, time is running out . . . The violent theft leaves thirteen Israeli soldiers and policemen dead, the Palestinians up in arms over the desecration of sacred grounds, and the tension between the two groups dangerously high. Jerusalem is a stick of dynamite and the fuse has been lit . . . Meanwhile, in Vatican city, American scientist Charlotte Hennesey and Italian anthropologist Giovanni Bersei have been secretly summoned to analyse a mysterious artefact: the bones of a two-thousand-year-old unidentified, crucified man. Charlotte starts to wonder – could these be the bones of Jesus Christ? With the malevolent eye of Vatican security expert Salvatore Conte watching her every move, Charlotte must work against the clock. She knows that if the mortal remains of Christ are indeed in the burial box, there is a question to face: will the Vatican allow this information – and Charlotte – to see the light of day . . . Fast-paced and intelligent, blending historical fact with persuasive fiction, The Sacred Bones is an addictively compelling thriller, perfect for fans of Dan Brown. Following a conspiracy stretching back to the days of the Templar Knights to the shifting alliances of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, The Sacred Bones calls into question many of modern religion's most deeply-held beliefs.
The gruesome death of Anabel Simpson, a retired archaeologist living in a small college town, had rocked her friends and neighbors and stymied the medical examiner. After all, she had been a quiet woman known for her ornate garden, Holstein knickknacks and stories of her days exploring ancient ruins. Little did they know, it was all a cover for a woman with a terrible secret steeped in treachery, jealousy and murder. But Anabel's secret began to unravel after Jennifer Stevens first visited the crime scene. Then came the bank robbery, followed by the armed intruder in Anlon Cully's home and the ransom demand for the safe return of Pebbles McCarver. For Anlon, Pebbles and Jennifer, the ensuing chase to solve the mysteries hidden by Anabel's carefully crafted persona is a perilous journey with rapid-fire twists and turns. It is a hunt that stirs up old terrors and new, leading to an epic showdown with an ancient tyrant, the discovery of a priceless, prehistoric treasure and the haunting truth about sweet, little Anabel. Curse of the Painted Lady is the third installment in The Anlon Cully Chronicles series, a thrilling saga of ancient myths, mystical relics and murder. It is the conclusion of the mystery first explored in Shadows of the Stone Benders and continued in Race for the Flash Stone. Fans of series from Dan Brown, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, and James Patterson will most appreciate the blend of murder mystery, archaeology and fantasy baked into Curse of the Painted Lady and the preceding installments of The Anlon Cully Chronicles.
a unique combination of carefully researched material and breathless adventure story," Book, Bones & Buffy. LIMITED TIME SPECIAL OFFER PRICE To what lengths would the Vatican go to suppress the secret origins of its power? A renowned priest is killed in Rome. A Roman coin is recovered from a wreck off the coast of ancient Judea. It s up to a young American Jesuit priest and a vivacious, brilliant, female archaeologist to connect these seemingly disparate events and unravel the greatest mystery of all. Together they pursue their passion for truth, while fighting to control their passion for each other. What they uncover is an ancient Roman imperial stratagem so controversial the Vatican fears it could undermine the foundations of the Catholic faith. From the ancient port of Caesarea to Rome's legendary catacombs and the sacred caves of Cumae, this straight from the headlines thriller follows their quest to uncover the truth about the historical existence of the real "Christ Savior." Essential Reading for fans of Dan Brown or James Rollins."
"Upmarket Dan Brown ... I enjoyed this very much" Ashley Stokes, author of The Syllabus of Errors, Unthank Books' "Compelling, sexy and intriguing" Robert Richards A mysterious artefact comes to light after 2,000 years ... A fiery archaeologist, a Vatican agent, a razor sharp antiquities dealer - all are drawn to the ruins of Delphi - and the secret hidden in its subterranean chambers. International dealer Moses Frank is astounded when he sees the artefact for the first time and vows to have it excavated. But after lying buried for two millennia it has become a potent symbol for fanatics. Moses is warned it could destroy the Church. Or trigger a war in the Middle East. With his ambitious plans on a knife-edge, Moses meets archaeologist, Helena Delacroix, a passionate young researcher, determined to re-enact a shocking, 3000-year old ritual, amongst the ruins of Delphi. Will Helena's provocative ritual change everything for Moses? Spanning generations and an entire continent - money, sex and manipulation rule - in a thrilling story of family, power, and betrayal. BOOK 1 in THE MOSES FRANK TRILOGY
Most of us are familiar with Jesus' parents, Mary and Joseph, and Jesus' purported spouse, Mary Magdalene. But what about Jesus' siblings? What role did they play in early Christianity?Contemporary Jesuit and renowned religious historian Nicholas Branson is about to find out...and the answer will shake the foundations of the Judeo-Christian world.It all starts with the murder of a United States Senator in a confessional, and the discovery of a strange religious document among his possessions. At the urging of his FBI friend, Branson joins the investigation. His effort to uncover the truth behind the murder draws him into the search for an eight-hundred-year-old treasure and into a web of ecclesiastical and political intrigue.Accompanied by a beautiful, sharp-tongued research librarian, Jessica Jones, Branson follows a trail of clues, from the peaks of the awe inspiring French Pyrenees to the caves of war-torn Afghanistan. Along the way, shadowy powerful forces trail the pair, determined to keep safe a secret buried for centuries.
The gruesome murder of a U.S. presidential aide. A secret so terrible it will change the world. Can ex-Jesuit Nicholas Branson and modern-day Cathar Jessica Jones discover the awful truth in time to save a persecuted religious group from extinction? Or will they be thwarted by a megalomaniacal pope and an ultra-secretive U.S. governmental force? From the powerful corridors of Washington to the holy, frescoed halls of the Vatican, from Iraq to the Holy Land, southern France, Egypt, and beyond, join Branson and Jones in a race against time to uncover the most shocking truth ever known. Perfect for fans of Robert Langdon and Indiana Jones!
There are secrets that must remain buried . . . Nine people have been slain in New York City—nine strangers with nothing in common—the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die. Assigned to the case is a legendary FBI profiler with a troubled past, a drinking problem, and nothing left to lose . . . Abandoned to a monastery is an unwanted son born under a curse on the seventh day of the seventh month of the year 777 . . . Unprepared for a momentous discovery is a post-World War II expedition into the crypts of a clandestine medieval society . . . . . . but all lead to a secret embroiled in destiny, history, evil, faith, and corruption . . . and one terrifying truth that no one must ever know . . .
Seven hundred years ago, in a time of war and betrayal, Europe's greatest hoard of treasure and religious works disappeared. The men who guarded its secret simply vanished into history. In Europe today, Cassiter is a sadistic killer and criminal contractor - a master of his craft. His team is searching for something secret, something very old and with a value beyond gold. His client wants results, only results. Sam Cameron, a former army officer turned archaeology lecturer, leads his students on a fieldtrip to the coast of Fife. Helen Johnson goes too. A junior church minister and independent spirit, her yearlong exchange trip to Scotland is going well - life feels good. Meanwhile, the apparently random and brutal killing of a retired church minister has sent shockwaves through the communities he once served. Far from that turmoil, Sam and Helen's summer takes an exciting turn with a find in the dunes. What are these mystery objects? What is their connection to the Knights Templar? But suddenly, others are asking the same questions and the thrill of discovery is swept away in a rage of violence and death. Helen and Sam must draw on all their skills and experience to solve an ancient mystery and find how it links to the murdered minister. In a race for answers, their lives and the lives of those they hold dear are in the balance. Failure means death. Success will answer the greatest unresolved mystery of the medieval world.
In this thrilling archaeological mystery, scientist Anlon Cully hunts for evidence of a long-forgotten civilization, a race of ancient mariners who possessed a sixth-sense lost to the ages -- the ability to detect and interact with the Earth's magnetic field.With this special gift, the prehistoric civilization crafted stone tools with astonishing powers. Inexplicably, the advanced culture vanished from the pages of history...until a set of their special stones was rediscovered by Anlon's uncle, archaeologist Devlin Wilson. Devlin was brutally murdered, leaving behind the stones and a set of confounding clues...an ancient map, a curious statue and three cryptic journals. Somehow, the clues are linked. But how? That's the puzzling mystery Anlon must solve.And time is not on his side...for there are others seeking to solve the same riddle...heartless fiends who crave the most fearsome of the magnetic stones...the Flash Stone.Forged as a building tool, the Flash Stone can cut and shape rock with astounding precision. In the wrong hands, however, it can be wielded a horrifying weapon. And it is endowed with yet another gift, a secret power known only to those who unravel the mystery.Anlon, joined by friends Pebbles McCarver and Jennifer Stevens, races to solve the mystery and find the Flash Stone before it falls prey to savage villains trailing close behind.
For readers of Sanctus and Angelology, a relentlessly exciting conspiracy thriller of codes and clues, heaven and hell, and an unforgettable heroine Three years ago, Heather Kennedy left the Metropolitan police under a shadow that has followed her ever since. Now she has been called in to advise on a supposed burglary in the now-defunct British Museum reading room. Kennedy soon establishes that rather than steal anything, someone has broken into the stacks in order to photograph pages from books about Johann Toller, a crazed prophet of 17th century Europe. Toller believed that the end-of-days was at hand, and he made a number of prophecies relating to the Apocalypse and the events that would precede it. None of them came true. Until now. One after another, the grotesque signs and wonders Toller predicted come to pass, no matter how unlikely they seem. The river Rhine runs bright red, the towers of London bow to kiss the ground, and an angel with a fiery sword is seen over Jerusalem. With the help of a 19-year-old girl from a secretive tribe and ex-mercenary Leo Tillman, Kennedy must work to stop the next prophecy coming true—the destruction of an unnamed city.
An ancient Mayan prophecy... A dangerous Nazi descendant... A passionate archaeologist... And an aristocrat desperate for cash. Mayan legends tell of a location where the secret to surviving the end of the world may be found. One part of that legend is recorded on a stone tablet in the dusty attic of Lord 'Ratty' Ballashiels' crumbling manor. The other twin part disappeared from a Berlin museum when the Nazis took power. When Ratty seems about to sell his tablet to the adopted son of Josef Mengele, his friend, the archaeologist Ruby Towers, is appalled. Soon it is clear that more than archaeology is at stake. The quest to rescue historic Central American artefacts becomes a race to prevent an apocalyptic threatwhen Ruby discovers that the ancients have set in motion something that will threaten the world today.
Traveling to Romania on behalf of her popular television news magazine, Evangeline Harker investigates a notorious crime boss named Ion Torgu, only to disappear and awaken several months later in a Transylvanian monastery with no memory of what happened to her. Reprint.