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The Empress Holds the Key is a fascinating story that will have you biting your nails, sitting in awed shock and fist bumping as the action and suspense grows with each turning page. Jack Rogan is an author; a growing best-selling author who captivates his audiences with adventure and danger who happens to have stories fall in his lap when he least expects them. Rogan is well aware of his luck with the opposite sex and stories!
“She was trying to save an old cottage … Often the best stories found him in the most unlikely places. He was wondering if he was heading for just such a place.
Jana, an ex-lover and agent in charge of Special Projects finds her way back to Jack to ask him about the dead woman at the cottage, a photograph and an article. With each discovery, Jana finds herself face to face with the “Chosen One” while also being embroiled with prosecuting Nazi’s and a faith shattering secret! Jana finds herself going toe-to-toe with a wealthy banker named Sir Eric Newman and his past life.
In a twist that no one saw coming, The Empress reveals the secret in a dramatic court room appearance clearing the path to the next step of the adventure – finding a relic that Hitler wanted and the Catholic Church will do anything to keep secret.
The Empress Holds the Key is an impressive and delicately written historical thriller. Gabriel Farago does an amazing job of seizing one’s attention and holding it until the last page is turned. Blending fiction with historical and religion, he treads where few can go successfully. The plot moves smoothly allowing each character major and minor to develop fully thus by the end of the book, you know these characters deeply.
This is a book that lovers of historical fiction and thrillers MUST read. This is by no means a book on religious beliefs, however it offers up a believable alternative to the well-known “truths” in order to grow his story.
The character development is careful and deliberate revealing darkness and the depth of human souls. Farago uses rich vocabulary that is both simple and clear but which enhances the vivid imagery to the point that one can “see” the action and feel the overwhelming pain that some characters experience.
The Empress Holds the Key is the one book that will leave you thinking long after you turned the last page. It is not an easily forgotten book as its readers experience every emotion – fear, anger, shock and more!
WordsAPlenty gives this book a strong 5-star rating all around – it is a book leaves no stone unturned!
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