Barcelona, city of mystery, and Antonio Gaudi, its most famous exponent are the subjects of this gripping new thriller for all lovers of religious conspiracy. As the Grand Master of an ancient religious brotherhood nears death, he chooses to entrust to Antonio Gaudi a sacred object whose existence has been a guarded secret since the early Christian era. The great architect protects the artefact by hiding it where he believes it might never be discovered...A new century, and a new danger. The granddaughter of Gaudi's apprentice is now charged with finding the holy object. With the help of Miguel, her mathematician boyfriend, Maria unravels the clues Gaudi placed in his work. The prize, she believes, is the whereabouts of a sacred relic. But as mutilated bodies and sinister enemies follow in their wake, both realize that what's at stake is of far greater importance...and their survivial is the key.
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(178mm x 111mm x mm)
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The latest addition to the Oh-No-We-Got-Christianity-All-Wrong thriller genre, from a pair of Barcelona natives.This time the artist whose works hold the key to the hijacking of Western religious civilization is the Catalan architectural genius Antonio Gaud', whose psychedelic Art Nouveau buildings are part of the fabric and glory of Barcelona. Doctoral candidate Mar'a Givell and her dashing, brilliant boyfriend Miguel, a mathematician and swordsman, are sent on the hunt for the solution of Gaud's symbolic message to the Catholic world by Mar'a's grandfather Juan. Juan, succumbing to the horrors of Alzheimer's disease, is living his last days in a nursing home where the dutiful Mar'a visits him as often as she can. Before the darkness closes over him completely, Juan tells her the fantastic story of his childhood relationship with the architect and of their involvement with the mysterious Knights of Moriah, who guard a fabulous relic from the pre-Christian past. Before he was shoved into the path of a Barcelona streetcar, Gaud' steeped the lad in the mysteries of the knighthood and of his works, and Juan needs desperately to pass those mysteries on to Mar'a, who is destined to take up the cause. Doing so will place the lass in mortal peril. The Knights of Moriah have enemies in Barcelona, a small army of hereditary villains whose mission is to foil the Knights in their quest to correct the historic and very basic errors of Christianity. Mar'a and Miguel can scarcely believe the old man, but a flurry of bullets from bad guys who look strangely like carvings on the Sagrada Familia cathedral and the subsequent murder of the grandfather convince them to start solving the string of riddles that hold the solution to Juan's mystery. Their allies are a spunky Japanese art scholar whose mobster boyfriend has ties to the dark side, and Cristobal, a giant cabdriver with ties to his saintly eponym. Humorless and breathless yet long-winded thriller, drowning in symbology. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Esteban Martin
Andreu Carranaza is the author of six novels and three books of poetry. Esteban Martin is an anthropologist and author who founded his own small publishing house, Littera.