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But that's not what worries her at all. The most worrisome thing is that everyone who has arrived at the cliff-top monastery to wait for Gina to finish her job, stands only to gain a great deal from identification of the victim's skull. There is no one, but absolutely no one, who stands to lose if the skull proves to be that of the deceased patriarch. So why is someone trying to sabotage Gina's reconstructive work...?
Ribbons of Death (Book 1)
Three months after surviving a deadly riot in Cairo, Timothy Carter is compelled to track down Stella Hunter, a disgraced academic whose book could be the key to deciphering whether the legend of the Peacetaker is more than a dusty myth. She might be a recluse, and people think she’s crazy, but she’s his only hope to find answers to questions he’s been asking himself since receiving the scars that now mar his face.
The Harmony Scroll (Book 2)
Almost a year to date from the time Carter braved a horrible blizzard just to be able to knock on Stella Hunter’s door, the two are following a trail again—this time searching for a mysterious scroll that a few unreliable historians documented in the course of time.
The Byzantine Connection (Book 3)
Stella Hunter is an obsessive reader of all myths and legends. She and her long-time boyfriend, Carter, go to visit their old friend and priest at his church. There the journey begins when Carter sees an old Oriental couple pray, then leave the worship decades younger than when they walked in minutes before. Their story surrounds a bizarre and poorly chiseled granite statue delivered to the church. But is it just an ugly statue?
…what remains, no matter how improbable must be the truth
A horrific murder has taken place in upstate California. Emily Waters, a local teacher, has been bound in duct tape–leaving only her eyes exposed–and crushed to death under the wheels of a semi-trailer heading down the Eureka freeway. The local police can’t even guess at a suspect in a murder as brutal and bizarre as this.
The San Francisco field office of the FBI sends two of their agents to investigate the Eureka murder. Special Agent John Salton is just as good at hiding dark secrets as he is at making himself appear as an ordinary, everyday person. He and his partner, Special Agent Ruby Tam set to explore the dark secrets of a town driven by sex and alcohol even as Ruby grows increasingly uncomfortable with her partner pushing his outlandish agenda that may see both of them dismissed…or killed.
However, when Salton’s eight-year-old autistic son is transferred to an experimental facility situated not too far from the scene of the latest bizarre murder, Ruby starts to wonder just how deep actually is the rabbit hole of her partner’s life? Suddenly the question as to who murdered Emily Waters becomes just as important as why won’t Salton visit his institutionalized son.
Edita Petrick has a devilish imagination and a wicked sense of humor. Love the gritty characters and complex plot. Lots of adventure, intrigue, and fun. I have bought all of the series and will start on number one next.
A suicide bomber strikes at an unremarkable department store in upstate California. A week later, two teenage nerds perish in a house explosion that left a crater in the ground but otherwise did little damage beyond its perimeter. Five days after the tragedy, a dying teenage car thief whispers ‘Marseille’ to the FBI agents at her bedside. Any of the three gruesome events would have seen Senior Agent Vern Saunders summoning his crack operative, Carter, once on contract to the Justice Department. Today however, Carter, lives far removed from such events. He is planning to surprise his wife, ex-history professor, Stella Hunter, with a trip to Europe to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. He’s prepared to make it into a half-working vacation because Stella has no concept of relaxation. What he’s not prepared for is to start his vacation by finding himself threatened not only by the terrorists, car thieves and artifact smugglers, but also by something that even mythology can’t explain.
A series of strange murders is taking place.
When a young lawyer on his way to work is found dead in a parking lot with bizarre tattoos on his face, Detective Sergeant Caroline Osych is called in to solve the case. She is going through a rough patch - the roughest in her life. Fighting to regain visitation rights to her children from a manipulative ex, she’s broke, and her love life is nonexistent.
Now, faced with the strangest case she’s ever had to work, her professional and private lives are about to collide. The FBI are convinced that they know who the perpetrators are - and who they are going to target next.
But is there a more sinister - and extraordinary - explanation to the case?
With more dead bodies appearing, a burgeoning relationship which might end before it can ever begin, an ex-husband who could be in danger and time running out - will Caroline be able to solve the case in time and stop more deaths?
A threat on a politician’s life, a series of bizarre murders, the slimmest of threads connecting them together and a heart-pounding climax that will keep you pinned to the edge of your seat, Shadow Informant is a must have for readers everywhere.
Some forces break the boundaries of science. Others break the boundaries of time.
In between discovering ColdFusion and disrupting a pharmaceutical conspiracy, a menacing scheme unravels when a young scientist is assassinated before her testimony at the House Committee. CIA operative Ted Bester joins forces with the FBI agent Rick Brannigan to track down the hitman before he strikes again.
Due to the absence of documented intelligence on the assassin, they decide that they must use the surviving scientist, Randi Woolner, as bait. But the closer the killer gets, the more Ted hesitates to do so. When Ted learns that Randi is mentally linked to the killer through a cursed locket, they exploit this psychic espionage to its fullest. The team must quickly solve the hitman's identity to stop him from killing more scientists and sabotaging the nation.
In this thrilling escapade of powerful forces, the supernatural bleeds into the norm and ultimately determines the destiny of countless lives.
How is there evidence that the gas station clerk has been shot three times point blank and survived?
With an ambitious past now in ashes, Harmon is a twenty-year veteran of the Bureau. Blunt, with little patience for idiots and even less political savvy, he’s just been transferred to a small resident agency in Santa Rosa. It’s not exactly an outright dismissal but it’s the opposite of a promotion.
Given a new partner - Kate, green and freshly graduated - and a routine investigation, it’s not long before Harmon realizes that this case is far more than it seems. Why has he been given a case when the suspect is already in police custody? How can there be evidence that the gas station clerk was shot point-blank three times … and survived?
With far more questions than answers, Harmon and Kate are ferried from case to case as they realize that they’ve been tossed down an increasingly deadly rabbit hole - but by who? And why? And could a seemingly impossible tale of an immortal man be … plausible?
Deception lies at every corner; the stakes are mounting and with it—the feeling that they’re expendable pawns in the hands of a hidden puppet master.
A case cloaked in mystery, explosive leads and a partner with a hidden past, Harmon will need his wits about him if he ever wants to make it through this investigation alive.
A riveting, fast-paced paranormal thriller - this novel will keep you at the very edge of your seat and turning each page until the very last.
A supernatural catalyst for death rises from an ancient myth. Can a federal agent and a medieval scholar stop its terror before it spreads across the US?
Only a miracle allowed federal agent Timothy Carter to survive the terror of an Egyptian demonstration that turned into a bloody riot. It was only the first of many such horrors. Now he has an assignment: Stop the identical riots spreading across the US, no matter what it takes. As an ex-soldier, only one way makes sense for him. Find the person … or thing … causing these senseless riots and take it out.
Stella Hunter was forced out of the academia because of her work tying obscure myths and mythological events, together across all global cultures. Only one person had believed her, and his theories were even more far-fetched than hers. Now the Egyptologist, Dr. Fineas Gahiji is dead in a suspicious Cairo traffic accident and Carter is on her doorstep waiting for answers.
As a terrorist that the ancient records identify only as the Peacetaker, orchestrates vengeance using a mythological being, Stella and Carter seek to end this threat to the US in this high-stakes thriller before he or it rips the nation apart.
Ribbons of Death is the first book in the Peacetaker series. If you like pulse-pounding action and mythological thrillers similar to Dan Brown and National Treasure, you’ll love this first Peacetaker tale.
Buy Ribbons of Death and begin this page-turner right now!
Every curse must have means to lift it…
Mythology fiction is a good academic topic. Stella Hunter has made it into a life-time pursuit. That’s why she insists that every mythological curse must have means to lift it…or so she hopes.
If she’s wrong, a child will live his life teetering on the edge of the abyss. It’s why she stubbornly insists that there is hope, even when all evidence points to the contrary.
This time, however, the artifact that has the power to remove the curse is as controversial as the history surrounding it. It is not ancient. Merely historical. And the Vatican has spent centuries denying its existence—or its magical power. Those church historians who dare to include any information about its existence in their books are excommunicated—and ultimately perish in accidents. Stella is given a warning to cease her pursuit when mere minutes after she and her family leave her friend’s house, it goes up in flames.
From Rome to the French Riviera and across the Channel to an obscure village in England, where a shady US industrialist plans to join his corporate empire with that of a French aristocrat known as a terrorist financier, the quest turns into a pulse-pounding action.
Unlike most supernatural thriller books, this page-turning adventure involves not just Carter and Stella but their adopted son, Gabriel, who has no idea just how unique he is.
Then suddenly, the trail of the artifact that the Vatican wants so badly to destroy, they send one of the ‘dead-and-buried’ assassins after Stella and Carter, goes cold. It stops abruptly in a library of a young British aristocrat, who’s just sold his ancestral seat due to bankruptcy.
The Harmony Scroll is the second book in the Peacetaker series. If you like spiritual thriller books that are also a page turner, similar to Dan Brown, James Rollins and Paula Wynne’s The Sacred Symbol, you’ll love this second installment of the Peacetaker tale.
When Stella is brought in to consult with Father Malvan of St. Hedwig’s Church in Detroit, Carter is stunned by a strange occurrence that makes him question the limits of age and the existence of magic. The presence of a mysterious stone statue and the heartbreaking toll it takes on Father Malvan is only the beginning, as the pair begin a dangerous journey to help track down something that used to be a man until he disgraced himself by trafficking a little boy with a curse on his head.
At the crossroads of miracles and curses, Stella and Carter must confront the stunning reality that nothing is ever as it seems...and retribution may not be merely death. Their original plan was to continue gathering material for Stella’s next book on texts and treasures in antiquarian bookshops and libraries, but once a mysterious call comes in the middle of the night, research-gathering takes a backseat.
Danger lurks in even the holiest of places, as Stella and Carter once again face the reality of hell on Earth when curses fly and the souls of men hang in the balance.