Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Virgin of the Wind Rose: A Christopher Columbus Mystery-Thriller by Glen Craney

The Virgin of the Wind Rose
A Christopher Columbus Mystery-Thriller 
by Glen Craney

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Brigid's Fire Press (October 26, 2013)
Publication Date: October 26, 2013
Genre: Mystery | Thriller | Suspense
Print Length: 407 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.

The Virgin of the Wind Rose
A Christopher Columbus Mystery-Thriller 
by Glen Craney

The Virgin of the Wind Rose: A Christopher Columbus Mystery-ThrillerShe was supposed to be planning her upcoming wedding, but when the news came that her fiancé had been murdered, State Department lawyer Jacqueline Quartermane begins an investigation that will uncover a magical word square in an underground church that protects the tomb of Adam as she chases down a man claiming to be the long awaited Muslim Messiah of the Apocalypse. When she becomes his target, too, the race is on to find another priceless relic protecting another ancient tomb. What will these tombs uncover? Follow her journey around the world and across the barriers of time as two stories cross paths again and again. Across a span of over 500 years these paths lead to the same breathtaking conclusion that will set events in place to usher in the biblical End of Days.

Jacqueline and her unlikely Jewish Atheist ally will follow the clues that will lead them through ancient crypts, shipwrecks, church secrets and possible Templar involvement and the truth of who Christopher Columbus was and why he really set sail into the unknown. For centuries there have been secrets, rumors and legendary stories, are they real or stories to frighten the followers of religion?

Let Glen Craney take you on a journey of wonder in The Virgin of the Wind Rose and discover the joy of intriguing details brought forth by a talented author’s dedication to providing well-researched facts and deftly weaving them throughout a thrilling maze of mystery and discovery. Wonderful world building is going on here, slowly picking up momentum as the characters take shape and play their roles flawlessly. Certainly not a quick read, this is a tale to savor, to get lost in and to enjoy every single page. Have you ever wondered about biblical history or the secrets of the past? Do you like the mystery and intrigue of the unknown as the clock counts down on humanity’s existence? A fabulous read!

I received this copy from Glen Craney in exchange for my honest review.