“Coauthors Steve Berry and M.J. Rose take lots of hairpin turns, making for an intense, suspenseful, and action-packed read. The Lake of Learning is the kind of page-turner that makes you crave a big bowl of popcorn—we just wanted it to keep on going.”~ Apple Books
For over a decade Cassiopeia Vitt has been building an authentic French castle, using only materials and techniques from the 13th century. But when a treasure is unearthed at the construction site—an ancient Book of Hours—a multitude of questions are raised, all pointing to an ancient and forgotten religious sect.
Once the Cathars existed all across southern France, challenging Rome and attracting the faithful by the tens of thousands. Eventually, in 1208, the Pope declared them heretics and ordered a crusade—the first where Christians killed Christians—and thousands were slaughtered, the Cathars all but exterminated. Now a piece of that past has re-emerged, one that holds the key to the hiding place of the most precious object the Cathars possessed. And when more than one person becomes interested in that secret, in particular a thief and a billionaire, the race is on.
From the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, to the crest of mysterious Montségur, to a forgotten cavern beneath the Pyrenees, Cassiopeia is drawn deeper and deeper into a civil war between two people obsessed with revenge and murder.
MJ Rose is a former advertising executive who used her expertise working on major accounts, such as Harlequin Books, to propel her self-published debut novel, Lip Service in to the public eye. She lives in Greenwich, CT.
40 years later technology advances and man has created the ability to travel back in time. Nick Ryan, the son of the murdered parents is now a successful corporate attorney working for LexiCon Industries, with one primary objective. LexiCon has developed the top secret technology and wants congress to approve human experimentation in time travel. Politicians take sides, some fearful of the ripple effect of time travel, others anxious to take advantage of the power it can deliver.
Lesley Powell works for a division of the justice department and after much debate is the special agent assigned to be the human experiment. Her mission; fix an injustice that happened 40 years ago; save the life of Nick's mother or help defend his father of the wrongful conviction.
Knowledge of the future should be an advantage for Lesley. However, man can not be all knowing and her trip back in time leads her down a path she could not have predicted.
The McKennas, their two farmhands, and the Union soldiers all vanish, never to be seen again.
Dr. Donald Brammer, a professor of psychology and the paranormal, challenges his students to uncover the truth of what happened at the McKenna farm nearly 150 years earlier. Dr. Brammer and four of his graduate students prepare for an in-depth investigation of the mysterious happenings on the farm.
Armed with the best state-of-art equipment available, including infrared thermal scanners and EMF detectors, the group sets up camp at the farm. Their goal is to make contact with the spirits so they can interrogate them. Despite all their training, the team cant possibly anticipate what will happen next. They are about to embark on an incredible journey across time, one filled with intrigue and suspense.
If they have any hope of survival, the five-member group will need to pull together using all their wits and teamworkand hope that will be enough to get them through this.
In the French mountain village of Eze, Cassiopeia visits an old friend who owns and operates the fabled Museum of Mysteries, a secretive place of the odd and arcane. When a robbery occurs at the museum, Cassiopeia gives chase to the thief and is plunged into a firestorm.
Through a mix of modern day intrigue and ancient alchemy, Cassiopeia is propelled back and forth through time, the inexplicable journeys leading her into a hotly contested French presidential election. Both candidates harbor secrets they would prefer to keep quiet, but an ancient potion could make that impossible. With intrigue that begins in southern France and ends in a chase across the streets of Paris, this magical, fast-paced, hold-your-breath thriller is all you’ve come to expect from M.J. Rose and Steve Berry.
TV Cream Toys celebrates the presents that we hoped, wished and prayed would turn up in the Christmas stockings of yesteryear. From Big Trak to Buckaroo!, Mastermind to Merlin, Sorry! to Strawberry Shortcake, each peerless plaything from the '60s through to the '90s is examined and catalogued (in the Argos, rather than the scientific, sense).
Culled from award-winning retro website TV Cream, this book lists a wealth of fondly remembered toys, games, and novelties, and unearths quite a few of the oft-forgotten classics that, even to this day, remain treasured in the hearts of our inner children.
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