Room of Dark Secrets
by Michael Cole

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"A search for an ancient handwritten manuscript catapults two diverse men into an abyss from which there may be no return."
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The bright flame of the lighter cast an eerie glow over the grimoire.

He opened the book and began to recite a few phrases. After he had read a page or so, he could no longer see the words. But it didn't really matter. One moment there had been nothing but an empty black void. Then a thousand points of light seemed to leap out of his head much like an exploding rocket on the Fourth of July.

He wasn't consciously aware of the force entering his very being. The energy had come as an infiltrator would have arrived, without any warning. Although he had not tested its presence, subconsciously he knew it was there. He had fought it, tried to keep it from tunneling into his system, but the defense only lasted for a couple seconds. It unleashed a fear so intense he thought he was going to scream; however, no sound came from his mouth. Frank attempted to objectify the agony he was feeling. He tried to examine the mental reality of what was happening as if he were a product of another mind, a scientific phenomenon to be studied.

That worked for a bit, but then that defense, too, became overwhelmed by the force.

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The pope is dying, and Cardinal Giuseppe Mercati is promoted to the coveted position of Prefect of the Secret Archives. While searching for an ancient manuscript amidst clerics' scandals, he uncovers a horrific conspiracy, a secret so vile that if it ever got out, it would unlease a chain of events that would rock the very foundation of the Roman Catholic Church.

Frank Santino, a Las Vegas illusionist extraordinaire, is warned he must create an entirely new spectacular act. If he cannot do so, he will not only lose his job, but also his lavish lifestyle. A reliable source tells him that a certain rare book, the same one Cardinal Mercati is searching for, contains information that will enable him to perform unheard of feats. Frank sets out in search of the manuscript. He soon finds that the powers enabling him to perform those feats could very well hurl his mind to the brink of insanity.

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Once I started reading the book, I found it very hard to put down. Michael's prose is smooth and his research into the workings of the Catholic Church and world history allowed him to create another intriguing story. Each character has his or her own place, and the reader is kept guessing what will happen in the next chapter....

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I was on the computer when my twelve-year old grandson asked if I knew what the word "grimoire" meant. I told him I didn't have a clue. When he googled the word, I discovered the term is used to describe books dealing with the occult.

Upon further research, I discovered that the Vatican has one of the largest collections of grimoires in the world. When I began searching for answers as to why the Catholic Church would bother collecting books on mysticism, I came upon some rather intriguing information.

It was this information that enabled me to concoct a plot for Room of Dark Secrets.

Michael Cole

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