(Book #4 in Templars in America Series)
by David S. Brody
- File Size: 3771 KB
- Print Length: 283 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990741303
- Publisher: Eyes That See Publishing (September 24, 2014)
- ASIN: B00NW13QTG
- Genre: Mystery, Historical Theories
- My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0
Publication Date: September 24, 2014
A mysterious race of North American giants.
An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound.
A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons.
Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer-Gunn? The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian Institution. The problem for Cam and Amanda? If they go rummaging around the Smithsonian, they may find themselves buried alongside the ancient giants.
Cameron Thorne, a semiretired lawyer, and his fiancée, Amanda Spencer-Gunn, a museum curator, love researching history. Cam has done some deep studies regarding the Templar Knights, but they currently are delving into America archaeological sites that indicate that there were people on American soil before Columbus. Cam is searching one thread of study that indicates that Phoenicians and/or Vikings had left their mark. Amanda is researching another thread that shows evidence of giants having lived in America and perhaps having mated with native Indians. Both Cam and Amanda have run into blocks to their studies, either by way of suppressed or destroyed evidence or prior historians who have been discredited.
A retired CIA agent, Randall, has sought Cam out to tell him that he is being targeted by a CIA program designed to brainwash people. Randall explains that there has been a secretive but ongoing division of the CIA, known as the MK-Ultra, which has been dedicated to brainwash techniques since the early 1950s. As Cam begins to worry about how and why they are coming after him, he also has to deal with some brutal Chinese who kidnap and attack him because he was given a bronze artifact they think is valuable.
Mr. Brody covers a lot of fascinating archaeological and historical detail as well as political issues regarding the balance between public safety, government control and individual privacy and rights. These details are woven into a twisted plot that kept me lightly puzzling and chuckling. At times the characters and themes seem to be running in circles like an Abbott and Costell skit of “Whose on first? What's on second?” which is even mentioned by Cam to Randall.
The story flows well with good humor and nice relationship situations developed around Cam, Amanda and their very bright foster child, Astarte. There is a good mix of history, mystery, action all with a little romance. There is a wonderful scene where Amanda takes on the Chinese thugs, fairing much better then Cam did. I also liked the archaeological images that are shared throughout the book, supporting the historical arguments.
I enjoyed the fun action and sweet relations. I recommend this to readers who enjoy history and mystery.
I received this ebook from New Shelves Distribution for an honest review.