"Mr. Dietrich expertly weaves together emotional impact, action, intricate detail and plot to make this book impossible to put down." ~ Jessica, 5-star review, Amazon (US)
"I love it when authors go a little rogue from a genre and just write the story." ~ M Stork, 5-star review, Amazon (US)
"... Dietrich is a very vivid storyteller, and this is a damn well written story, especially for a first book." ~ Author Glynn James
Bookstore owner and novice antiquarian, Sebastian Kaine is proud of his new profession and even prouder still of the collection of antique books on the occult that he keeps locked away in the basement of his bookstore. But his little utopia is shattered one night when he wakes up in that same basement, bound and bloodied, and his prized collection all but destroyed. Making matters worse are the two strange men responsible for the carnage. They want The Seals of Abgal and insist Sebastian is in possession of it. Though he denies having any knowledge of the book, Sebastian soon finds himself at the receiving end of a brutal interrogation--one, he fears, he may not survive.
As he tries to stay alive, Sebastian discovers The Seals of Abgal is far more than just an ordinary grimoire for it holds powerful secrets. Secrets that are older than time itself.
And these men searching for it are no ordinary thugs.
But then, Sebastian is no ordinary bookseller.
As a kid he consumed books and comics by the truckloads, reading anything from fantasy to westerns to science fiction. He wrote his first short story at 12 and soon began creating his own comic books, drawing little stick figures with dialogue balloons that later evolved into musclebound warriors and scantly clad vixens. He gave them battle axes and broadswords and unleashed them onto the world. A silent chaos ensued followed by crickets chirping and nothing much else. Alas, life kept interfering and he allowed it, and so nothing came from his artistic endeavours.
After graduating high school he served a year in the military where he learned how to dig trenches, eat quickly, and miss girls. He then travelled to Israel and lived on a Kibbutz for eight months, working in avocado fields and drinking cheap vodka. For a while there he sold pots and pans and educational toys in Africa and almost got shot in Zimbabwe. He did a brief stint as a cartoonist somewhere and an even briefer stint as reporter somewhere else. Somehow, and maybe by accident, he ended up in law school and became a lawyer. He did that for almost a decade.
These days he's back to writing stories. A calling he ignored for far too long. He lives in New Zealand now, and with a wife and kids, and a dog, he is staying put for the foreseeable future.
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