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 is not the typical sort of book I would normally go for but I have to say I was very intrigued after seeing the wonderful cover and reading the book description.
The author takes the reader on a journey like no other. I was transported to so many countries, some that I have been to others that I would love to go to. The author certainly captures the history and mystery that some of these countries are steeped in and I very much felt like I was on a journey of discovery.
Jaq (Jaqueline) is thrown into a world of mystery and danger. In a world where she doesn’t know who she can trust, you could feel the fear and adrenaline that was coursing through her.
The story flicks between present day with Jaqueline to the 1400’s. It was almost like the reader is getting two stories for the price of one with this novel.
The Virgin of the Wind Rose is quite a fast paced read that is full of conspiracy, secrets and lies. It is quite a whirl wind of a story being transported to different parts of the world and to different time scales. It is jammed pact full of action, even right up until the end. A very enjoyable reading experience.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
The Virgin of the Wind Rose is available to purchase from Amazon.