A thought-provoking and controversial story of timeless relevance Father Michael Flannery is Keeper of the Sign, prophesized to bring the gospel of peace to the world. On his way to a landmark symposium of the world’s largest religious groups, he barely escapes assassination at the hands of Via Dei, a conservative sect who will do anything to keep the world’s religions at war.Interwoven with Flannery’s struggle is the story of Tobias Garlande, a scholar living during the First Crusade. The first Keeper of the Sign, Tobias is burdened with terrifying visions of future tragedies. His warning to father Flannery echoes across centuries: You must not fail.
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Three initiates, bare from the waist up, lay facedown on the marble floor. At the head of each stood a disciple wielding a flagellum bearing nine cords embedded with bits of sharpened bone.
"Renounce your own will for the salvation of your soul," the Grand Master intoned from his place in the outer circle of two dozen followers. Emblazoned in blood-red on the breasts of their brown hooded cassocks was the symbol of the Sacred Order of Via Dei: a T-shaped cross topped by a circle, within which a blazing sun shot two beams downward to form a pyramid superimposed
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“Block and Vaughan include a great deal of arcane knowledge, perhaps even enough to satisfy Da Vinci Code fans.”--Booklist“An exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit.”--Newswire Today“This is a book that delivers in every way: a great concept, a fascinating journey, and high-class storytelling. The Masada Scroll will take you to new places and open your mind to new ways to look at the world. It is the right book at the right time for those of us who seek the ultimate answers to the world’s many troubles. I enjoyed The Masada Scroll as I have enjoyed few other contemporary novels.”--Greg Tobin, author of Conclave and Selecting the Pope
Paul Block lives in Albany, New York, where he is executive producer of Timesunion.com, the website of the largest newspaper in the capital region. He is the author of sixteen novels.Robert Vaughan has authored more than two hundred books in almost every genre.
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