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The Emerald Scepter

The Emerald Scepter [Kindle Edition]

Paul Kemprecos
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Something bad happened to Matinicus “Matt” Hawkins in Afghanistan.

The ex-SEAL was grievously wounded in an ambush that killed men under his command and almost ended his life. When he pushed for an investigation, he was kicked out of the Navy with a psychiatric discharge. The doctors put his shattered leg back together, but the bitterness destroyed his marriage.

Five years later, Hawkins is jerked out of his tranquil life as a designer of undersea robots. A super-secret government group wants him to go back to Afghanistan on a strange and dangerous mission.

A Georgetown University historian has unearthed evidence that could lead to the fabulous treasure of Prester John, a legendary Christian ruler of an eastern empire.

The historian has disappeared, and the government wants Hawkins to track down the treasure as a matter of national security. The centerpiece of the trove, an emerald-encrusted gold scepter, is the linchpin in the Prophet's Necklace, code-name for a plot that is intended to kill more people than the attack on the Twin Towers and rally others to the terrorist cause.

Hawkins sees his mission to foil the plot as an opportunity to search for answers. He pulls together an eclectic team that includes his ex-wife, a former comrade-in-arms and a mentally unstable computer whiz.

Backed by his unlikely team, Hawkins will travel thousands of miles and hundreds of years on an amazing time-space odyssey. He’ll face off against a cold-blooded killer. Probe the underwater secrets of an ancient tomb. Navigate the treacherous stands of an unimaginable conspiracy. And in the process, will discover that there are treasures even more valuable than gold.

This is a new release of a previously published edition.

About the Author

My fiction-writing career owes it start to the bad navigation of an 18th century pirate. For it was in 1717 that a ship, the Whydah went aground, reportedly carrying a fabulous treasure. In the 1980s, three salvage groups went head-to-head, competing to find the wreck. The controversy over the salvage got hot at times and I thought there might be a book in their story. I was working for a newspaper at the time.

I developed my own detective, an ex-cop, diver, fisherman, and PI named Aristotle “Soc” Socarides. He was more philosophical than hard-boiled. Making his first appearance in Cool Blue Tomb, the book won the Shamus award for Best Paperback novel. After many years in the newspaper business, I turned to writing fiction and churned out five more books in the series.

Clive Cussler blurbed: “There can be no better mystery writer in America than Paul Kemprecos.”

Despite the accolades, the Soc series lingered in mid-list hell. By the time I finished my last book, I was thinking about another career that might make me more money, like working in a 7-11.

Several months after the release of Bluefin Blues, Clive called and said a spin-off from the Dirk Pitt series was in the works. It would be called the NUMA Files and he wondered if I would be interested in tackling the job.

I took on the writing of Serpent which brought into being Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Assignments Team. Austin had some carry-over from Soc, and another team member, Paul Trout, had been born on Cape Cod. The book made The New York Times bestseller list, as did every one of seven NUMA Files that followed, including Polar Shift, which bumped The DaVinci Code for first place.

After eight NUMA Files I went back to writing solo. I wrote an adventure book entitled, The Emerald Scepter, which introduced a new hero, Matinicus “Matt” Hawkins. I have re-released my Soc series in digital and print, and in 2013, responding to numerous requests, I brought Soc back again in a seventh Socarides book entitled, Grey Lady. My wife Christi and I live on Cape Cod where she works as a financial advisor. We live in a circa 1865 farmhouse with two cats. We have three children and seven granddaughters.

To learn more about Paul Kemprecos, check out his website at

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2614 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615804551
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore (12 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 19 May 2014
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Very good book, very gripping story line keeps you engrossed till the end. Let's have more of the same please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars historic and Present day fictional history 15 Sep 2014
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A very interesting book involving the "old & new" world of the middle east with
rumor and historic mythology blended int to modern times it keeps you on the edge
of your seat yes very-very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 18 Oct 2014
By Ian L
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5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel of a read! 22 May 2013
By Mark Adduci - Published on
"The Emerald Scepter" by Paul Kemprecos

Where myth meets reality a storm brews, where deception meets truth, heroes are born and where greed meets government, the Emerald Scepter exists.
From the master of mystery, Paul Kemprecos, an epic thriller is born that has Hollywood written all over it.
When a Georgetown University professor who has written the State Department about a mythical jeweled cross goes missing, who does the U.S. call upon to try to find the treasure? A washed up Naval officer with a Psych discharge may not seem like the logical choice, but that's exactly what they do.
Lieutenant Matt Hawkins, a Woods Hole researcher, is `requested' to meet with the brass in Washington. A request he can't decline. While assembling his team, he is hunted and almost killed by a pair of maniacal twins who are a mercenary death squad. His team will travel to Afghanistan and ally with a warlord in order to search for the mythical cross known as the Emerald Scepter. There they find the missing professor and join forces in a chase across the Afghani deserts to the mountains of Colorado. The search for treasure and truth will end in a den of snakes: Washington D.C.
"The Emerald Scepter" is truly an epic adventure with believable heroes, despicable villains with a splash of romance and humor thrown in.
I was serious when I said "The Emerald Scepter" has Hollywood written all over it and it is this humble writer's opinion that it is only matter of time before we see The Emerald Scepter written in lights.
I can't wait to see what Paul has in store for Hawk, Cal, Abby, Cait, and Sutherland.
An Epic read from an epic author!

Reviewed by J.M. LeDuc, author of "Cursed Days"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 25 Nov 2013
By Lawrence A. Beer - Published on
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While the historical base is most interesting and compelles the reader to investigate further the modern day search for the treasure of Prestor John to thawrt a potential terrorist plot is a disapointing stretch. Would have expected more from a collaborator of Clive Custler. The story could have used more in the ancient world as the legend of a warrior king and Christian priest makes for a most intriquing plot but its use as a base for a rather rag tag adventure in today's time is wasted. In the end still not to sure what the true significance of the emerald septer was or was ment to be. A greater forcus on the religous aspects of the proposed union between the Pope and Prestor John with the Vatican getting into the matter would have made for a far better book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic summer adventure novel 6 Jun 2013
By Steve Manke - Published on
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The Emerald Scepter is one of those rip-roaring adventures that I didn't see coming. It was a book that I found intriguing after reading its description online. But it turned out to be one of those books that will never have a description that can do it justice. We're talking a 500 page novel that is cover to cover action and suspense. The characters and interesting and engaging while the plot leaves the reader with a constantly evolving understanding of the protagonist's past and present.

All of this is an exceptional treat for fans of the thriller genre as many will recognized Paul Kemprecos's name from his collaborative work with Clive Cussler on The Numa Files (the Kurt Austin series). And while it comes as no surprise that Paul is a gifted story teller, The Emerald Scepter proves that he has saved his best work for his solo career.

I started reading The Emerald Scepter looking for a solid summer action thriller. By the time I closed the figurative back cover (it was an ebook after all), I realized I had selected an exceptional summer adventure. The characters of this book are so powerful and enjoyable, I can only hope this turns out to be the start of a new series.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT COMEBACK for KEMPRECOS!!!! 17 May 2013
By CapeCodGull - Published on
This is a great tale of intrigue, adventure, thrills, and mystery! The little-known legend of Prester John is fascinating, and Kemprecos has grabbed it and run with it! The characters are complex and interesting; the settings are very well researched and described; and the plot(s) kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

I can't wait for the sequel!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars historical fiction adventure novel 15 Oct 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I enjoyed this book, but didn't love it. I found the characters to be a bit cheesy.
But it was an easy read, and it had some interesting ideas to keep me going.
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