Warrior-monks, a heretic king, and a French priest

My grandfather’s journals remained unopened in his campaign chest for many years. When I finally returned to them — this time as an adult — I discovered an astonishing world of ideas and concepts dealing with some surprising subjects. These included an order of warrior-monks, a heretic king of ancient Egypt, and a French priest. As I immersed myself into my grandfather’s writings, it soon became apparent that he and his close friend, Father Lucius — a Franciscan monk — collaborated ... Read more →
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The Officer and the Monk

Buried deep down in one of my grandfather’s old army trunks — covered in cobwebs and almost hidden behind wooden beams in the back of the attic — I made a surprising discovery. I found his journals, a little mouldy and difficult to read, but otherwise intact. The tiny, spidery handwriting, the faded ink, and the badly creased pages made them almost illegible. Not surprisingly, I pushed them aside. They were of little interest to a 10 year old boy. It ... Read more →
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THE EMPRESS HOLDS THE KEY; countdown to publication. The Book Cover

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Blame it on Dan Brown and the Da Vinci Code

Now that publication of The Empress Holds The Key is imminent, friends keep asking me why I haven’t released the book earlier. Well, there’s quite a story behind this I would like to share with you.The ideas that have inspired the book reach all the way back to my childhood days and an early fascination with the Templars, the Vatican, and Egypt. How did all his come about? I’ll tell you. I’ve spoken about the treasures in my grandfather’s attic ... Read more →
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Good Read Hunting

                    Because I'm a voracious reader and passionate about books, friends keep asking me for recommendations and tips about what to read. Let me give you an example: The other day, a good friend of mine called me from London. It was one o’clock in the morning. The conversation went something like this: 'I'm flying back to Sydney; 25 hours in the air. How tedious! I’m just in front of the airport bookstore. Can you suggest something for me to read on the ... Read more →
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