It will be compared with That Book; which set the trend for biblical mysteries. Let me tell you it s a whole lot better. --Steve Royle BBC Radio Lancashire
This book is a biblical thriller par excellence. It is also the story of a man and a woman married, to their respective vocations, who find they must face the inevitability of love. If you like a good, fast-paced read, real characters and a terrific climax, then Legacy of the Sphinx is a book I recommend you buy and if you can t buy it, borrow it! --Paula Smith, Editor. Union County Advocate, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Legacy of the Sphinx is set in Cornwall in an area I know and love. It is also a great adventure story controversial and interesting. I couldn t put the book down. --Chris Hore: Cornish Webmaster
From the Author
I have been asked what prompted me to set my first novel in Cornwall - apart from the obvious fact that it was where I lived and where I sat and wrote the book.
The answer is that "Legacy of the Sphinx" is a story about two highly unusual characters who understandably fall in love with the natural beauty of their surroundings; and almost inevitably with each other, despite their respective vocations, as a result of finding themselves together in such an environment. How they cope with that experience and their incredible discoveries beneath the landscape of North Cornwall - both form the basis of the story.
Do Jesuit priests make a habit of enjoying affairs with members of the laity? Of course not! But the pressures of their vocation today must be almost intolerable; and they, like ourselves, must be subject to the doubts, fears, insecurities and temptations of our age.
Are young girls still taken away from their home environments and placed in religious establishments where they are obliged to become novices and later, nuns in religious orders? This may not be the case in Ireland today, but it certainly used to be - and preferable for many no doubt, to the workhouse. And it is undoubtedly still the case in some parts of the world and in other religious orthodoxies.
Cornwall therefore, is both a credible place for the historical events that form the background to the story to have taken place; and the perfect setting for two people to fall in love.
Michael Goulding, Author.