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In 1167, a German nun has a troubling vision, prophesizing the end times. In 1917, Mary appears to three children in Fatima, Portugal, revealing mysterious secrets. In 1936, a young man is inexplicably hurled to his death off the side of a mountain in Italy, and the newborn he unknowingly leaves behind is spirited away to America by his terrified mother. But why?
Tackling events throughout the early 20th century, The Seven Keys of Hildegard: Of Mercy & Of Death will challenge the very truth of what the church and the world knows. Through two world wars, and from the Vatican in Rome, Italy, to New York City and small town Canada, two knowing popes, an unsuspecting archbishop and a monsignor become entangled in Hildegard’s ancient web of prophecies. And one thing is certain—Armageddon is nigh.
"The writing is imaginative, effective and clear, the themes well developed. Vivid imagery adds depth to the narrative. The settings are well-described, conveying both time and place. In particular, the descriptions of the Vatican are vivid, with its talk of visions, revelations, popes and secret keepers, as is the arrival of a new Patriarch to Venice. An ambitious, complex and interesting story.
- WHISTLER INDEPENDANT BOOK AWARDS, BC
I normally am not a big fan of historical fiction but let me tell you, I didn’t mind it this time! This book was pulling me in. There is this intense sense of urgency the entire time that something bad is coming and they must do everything they can to prepare for it. The characters are well developed, and the book stays interesting by jumping back and forth from different time periods as well as places around the world. It took a whole new turn on good vs evil and there is so much more to explore as this is only the first book in a series. I will definitely be continuing the series as I finally found a historical fiction that doesn’t bore me to tears.
– ERIK McMAMANUS, Breakeven Books Review
This is a page-turner! I loved how the author wove together so many historical nuggets into the fictional text. His love for Hildegard and church history shine through. Looking forward to reading Book Two!
- REV. DR. SHANON STERRINGER, Hildegard Haus, Ohio, USA
One of the best novels I’ve ever read! I couldn't put this book down. The use of historical facts combined with the intriguing fictional storyline keeps the reader wanting more! It reads like a combination of Thorn Birds and the DaVinci Code. I cannot wait for Book 2!
- SANDRA N. Kitchener, Ont.
I'm not Catholic, nor religious but let me tell you, I could not put this book down! I must be spiritual because it had me totally engrossed, a real page turner. Then to find that it's half true and happening in our times. Wow! I didn't expect that. An amazing story. Can't wait for book 2 and the rest of the series to find out how the church, and the world fares. The author has a gift and weaves a great story. Definitely onto something and big!
- ROBERT T. Toronto, Ont. Canada