Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Virgin of the Wind Rose: A Christopher Columbus Mystery-Thriller

Rookie State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane was never much good at puzzles. But now she must solve a mysterious ancient palindrome to thwart a global religious conspiracy that reaches across five centuries.


"An exciting journey across time, with more twists and turns than a strawberry Twizzler. Craney has produced a page-turning adventure, with crisp, clean and measured prose... The research behind the stories is massive, lending credence to the cast of characters and authenticity to the historic periods. This is a highly recommended historical thriller in the manner of Dan Brown." -- QUARTERDECK MAGAZINE

"If you liked Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, or Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code, you will find this story interesting, too...This book is wonderful in that when you are finished, you are still asking yourself all kinds of questions. It is a great story and one I enjoyed thoroughly." -- OLIVIA MORRIS, REVIEW THIS!

"A page turner...and a very well written narrative which I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended." -- HISTORIC NAVAL FICTION MAGAZINE

"[T]his book was compared favorably by other readers to the writings of Dan Brown... I jumped at the chance to see what the hype was about. I'm very glad I did... I stayed up all night to finish this great read and was left wanting more... Many times I will figure stories out early on, but this book keeps you guessing. Mr. Craney is a master of holding back and building the suspense. Though this is a fast-paced romp through history and time, you are still holding your breath... I'm hoping for a sequel." -- ONE BOOK SHY OF A FULL SHELF REVIEWS

"This book was a lot of fun. It is what the Da Vinci Code could have been but wasn't." -- GOODREADS REVIEWER

While investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, Jaqueline stumbles upon a magical word square carved into the underground church that guards the tomb of the biblical Adam. Drawn into a web of esoteric intrigue, she becomes the target of an elusive mastermind who intends to convince the world that he is the Mahdi, the long-awaited Muslim Messiah of the Apocalypse.

Jaqueline's evangelical faith is tested when she thrown together with a roguish antiquities thief named Elymas, a Jewish atheist. Together they race the Mahdi imposter 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.

A native Hoosier, GLEN CRANEY is a screenwriter, novelist, journalist, and lawyer. He holds degrees from Hanover College, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

As a member of the Washington, D.C. press corps, he covered national politics and the Iran-contra scandal for Congressional Quarterly magazine. His feature screenplay, Whisper the Wind, about the Navajo codetalkers of World War II, was awarded the Nicholl Fellowship prize by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences for best new screenwriting.

His debut historical novel, The Fire and the Light, received several honors, including being named Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards and a Finalist/Honorable Mention Winner by Foreword Reviews for its Book of the Year in Historical Fiction. In 2014, he was named a double BOTYA finalist by Foreword Reviews for The Spider and the Stone and The Yanks Are Starving. He is also a two-time recipient of the indieBRAG Medallion.

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What others are saying about Glen's books:

"One of the best and most memorable books I have ever read." --U.S. Marine veteran Nathan Mercer, Movies and Manuscripts

"Craney performs a valuable service by chronicling [the Bonus March] in this admirable book." --Donald Farinacci, Military Writers Society of America

"[A] wonderful source of historical fact wrapped in a compelling novel." --Bryan Dumas, Historical Novel Society

"Craney has written an outstanding social and military historical novel of the United States covering the crossing over from the nineteenth century mentality into the twentieth century. Simply put, an outstanding novel." --Joseph Spuckler, Author Alliance reviewer and U.S. Marine veteran

"The best book I've read this year." --John Graham, seneschal of the Society of Creative Anachronism

"The battle scenes are detailed and vivid, giving the reader a ringside seat at Scotland's desperate fight for freedom." --InD'tale Magazine

"I know of no other fiction writer who has made this brave, tragic protest movement the main theme of a novel, until now. Glen Craney deserves praise for recognizing the significance and dramatic potential of the Bonus Army story and developing it in The Yanks are Starving." --Ruth Latta, The Compulsive Reader Review

"[A] memorable, well-researched, and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction! Great read that is highly recommended!" --Crystal Book Reviews

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