Ancient Echoes

Ancient Secrets

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Past and present collide in this spellbinding tale by USA Today bestselling author Joanne Pence. 

Over two hundred years ago, a covert expedition shadowing Lewis and Clark disappeared into the wilderness of Central Idaho. Now, seven anthropology students and their professor vanish in the same area. The key to finding them lies in an ancient secret, one involving alchemy, gold, and immortality...a secret that men throughout history have sought to unveil.

Michael Rempart is a brilliant archeologist whose colorful and controversial career has earned him admiring fans and implacable foes, but he is plagued by a troubling sense of the supernatural and a mysterious spiritual intuitiveness. Joining Rempart in this adventure are a CIA consultant on paranormal phenomena, a washed-up local sheriff, and a former scholar of Egyptology. All must overcome their personal demons as they attempt to save the students and, ultimately, the world. 

From the Journal of Francis Masterson, 1806-- 

All hope is gone. Evil is victorious. 

In the time I have remaining I will, herewith, impart a tale so filled with Dread and Terror that my heart overflows with immeasurable Sorrow to tell it. It began with the highest of Good Will and Promise and, on my part, great Excitement. I can only trust to Providence that one day this small account which I leave in a land of unimaginable desolation and Wildness, may be discovered, and that it will serve to warn others of the wickedness that may ensnare Good men. 

Ours was to be a Secret Expedition...

“Joanne Pence's highly enjoyable paranormal novel...narrates a story of occult secrets centuries old and mortally dangerous to explore, all focusing on the granite wildness of central Idaho [and] confronting the coldest of all mysteries--Death itself.

“An intriguing blend of history, action-adventure, religious speculation, alchemy (theoretical, philosophical, and practical), and horror, with occasional touches of psychological thriller and romance, Ancient Echoes is a well-crafted tale designed to entertain and perhaps even enlighten. Highly recommended.” --Hellnotes

“Ancient Echoes engages the reader as it explores greed, deception, love, betrayal, and the human condition through the search for the one thing it seems every generation longs to find: immortality.” --Reviews with TLC

What readers are saying:

“Lost Horizons meets Indiana Jones...suspend your disbelief and enjoy this tale of heroes, villains and creepy crawlies.”

“Right up there with Lincoln and Child.”

“This is a mind bender, watch the characters closely.”

“An adventure book for the historical. There was a good pace set through the whole story, hard to put down.”

“Wouldn't this be a great movie? … I would definitely recommend this for the intelligent suspense reader.”

“This book grabbed my interest from page one. The book takes the reader from Mongolia, to NYC, Jerusalem, Paris, DC, Beijing and Idaho.”

”Before anything else, the style and beauty of this book is remarkable.”

“The amount of research that had to be done to write this book staggers the imagination: alchemy; Nicholas Flamel; The Book of Abraham the Jew.”

“This romance/adventure reads like an Indiana Jones movie. I could hardly put it down.”

“This would make a blockbuster movie.”

“I will never think of Idaho the same way again.”

“Very unique.”

“A historical and supernatural theme while being a thriller, mystery, and dealing with romance under one cover.…I highly recommend this book for all readers who enjoy a well written adventure.”

“What a great kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. The story was so interesting and I loved the descriptions of the Idaho wilderness!... this thriller was truly amazing.”

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Apr 21, 2013
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