The theft of the Holy Spear of Destiny.
A grisly, ritualistic murder.
A challenge to the very origins of Christianity…
The Holy Spear of Destiny has been removed from its display in the Vienna Hofburg Museum, and strangely vandalised.
When she is called upon by the Hofburg authorities to test the authenticity of the spear, metallurgist Vanessa Descartes quickly realises she is involved in a horrific murder case. The severed head of a museum security guard has been left upon a silver plate, and grotesque ritual mutilations carried out upon the body.
She is joined in the investigation by eccentric Oxford scholar Dr. Emmanuel Khalamanga, who is convinced of a connection to ancient Holy Grail legends and Professor Tomas de Carranza, best-selling author of radical Biblical histories.
This diverse trio find themselves in a race against time with the Vienna police department to solve the growing mystery. But as they interpret the symbols left at the scene, and discover more pieces of the puzzle, a greater and even more terrifying reality reveals itself – the existence of an invisible ‘holy war’ that has been fought since the Middle Ages, and is about to end in blood and death on the streets of Vienna.
And should the wrong side claim victory with the power of the holy relics, an unthinkable holocaust will be unleashed, driven by dark mysticism and insane genetic science…
Press for the First Edition of Maranatha:
“Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code...I would recommend it...”
-Our Book Reviews Online (ourbookreviewsonline.blogspot.com)
“If you like your thrillers to have that touch of the ritual and 'outside normal', then this is the book for you.”
-The Self-Publishing Magazine, Winter 2010
'Maranatha' is followed by the prequel 'Venus in Saturn', set 7 years before, which is also available from Amazon Kindle.
From the Inside Flap
"The corpse has been subjected to some considerable heat, and drained of various bodily fluids. It has also been disembowelled, and castrated, like some kind of medieval execution. What's even more frightening, I had a call this morning - a crank, I thought at the time - who actually told me to expect to find just that. 'Dismembered' - the very word he used."
"Jesus Christ," was all Vanessa could find to say. Finally; "I hope you can track this `crank' down."
"Better than that, I have his number, and he's on his way in as we speak. He's a Doctor of Medieval European Literature at Oxford University. He's convinced that this all has something to do with the Holy Grail legends...."