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The Newton Prophecies

Novel By: Keith Katsikas
Thrillers



Sir Isaac Newton was a brilliant scientist, a crazed chemist, even an obsessed researcher of biblical verses, but it is what few people ever knew about the reticent man that has Harvard Divinity Professor, Michael DiBianco running for his life, struggling to find answers to a mystery that not only threatens Christianity, but the very meaning of his own existence.


SYNOPSIS


Ever since witnessing an avalanche devour his parents at the age of twelve, Michael DiBianco has had an odd obsession with the divine. Today, a renowned physicist, Harvard Divinity professor, and bestselling author of The Newton Theories and The Book, DiBianco has devoted his life to uncovering the secrets of the Bible. What he ultimately discovers, however, is that his life is not at all what it seems ... and his destiny simply cannot be allowed to happen.


A prophetic collection of Newton manuscripts have been stolen from a library in Jerusalem - the very place DiBianco had recently spent three weeks researching his latest book, God Science. DiBianco is escorted from his classroom at Divinity one morning, to the FBI Field Office in Boston, where he's shown a fistful of Polaroids; dozens of macabre assassinations, committed in highly publicized forums. Though the Agents assure him he's only needed for his vast knowledge on Isaac Newton, DiBianco soon realizes he's their prime suspect.


An earth shattering explosion, nearly leveling Harvard Divinity School, propels Michael DiBianco down a mysterious road, spanning three countries; a mission to clear his name; a quest that swiftly turns into a life and death race against the clock, to save Christianity from a little known brotherhood called the Descendants of Lucifer. With help from his new techie friend, Peter Clinton, DiBianco discovers that the Descendants have set into motion a plot that could not only destroy Christianity, but ultimately will flip his entire world on its head. View table of contents...


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Submitted:Feb 25, 2008    Reads: 221    Comments: 3    Likes: 6   


In a church tagged for demolition three months prior, Father Driscoll prepared to unveil the darkest secret he had ever known. Media from all over New England--called in by the renegade Cardinal Priest--lined the cathedral like giant cockroaches seeking a filthy feast. They'd been told to expect the story of the millennium, and they were ready for it, or so they believed.

The sun's rays beamed through the many rows of stained glass--scenes of the Lord's birth, ministry, and death--casting a warm, yet haunting array of color over the congregation. The aroma of incense filled the hall. Father Driscoll, in full robe, held a chalice to the heavens, mumbling, his heart in profound prayer. The congregation bowed as he lowered the cup and drank from it.

* * *

Lurking in the bowels of the ancient church, unseen by its most faithful, an unspeakable terror crept from the earth, shifting through rank darkness, toward the bustling chapel.

* * *

The congregation rose in song, dressed in their Sunday best, hymnals tight against their bosoms. To the media they were like spirits; their voices like angels singing to their God. The hall ran thick with the spirit of the Lord.

Father Driscoll watched his faithful sing while the media set up their equipment. The events that would soon transpire played in his mind like a late night horror show. It was not a secret he could just sweep under the rug like his brother had demanded. This was no joke; it was real; not just some rumor floating about cyberspace, his brother had unwittingly confirmed that.

He had no choice; he had to stop it.

Something struck the back of his neck. It stung for a moment, then went numb. His hands instinctively rose to feel what it was. A warm liquid spilled across his fingers. His knees grew weak. Dizziness. The room spun. Then darkness.

* * *

No one noticed Father Driscoll fall, but when the singing ceased and the congregation lowered back into their pews it became clear, something was wrong.

"My God," a voice fired from the altar.

The media hustled toward the fallen priest, cameras in hand, tapes running, microphones listening, flashbulbs sparking.

Members of the congregation were shoved aside. Some got close enough to see, most simply fell to their knees and cried.

The Cardinal Priest lay face down on the altar floor, a pool of blood haloing his head, a black dart protruding from his swollen neck.

"He's dead," a man shouted.

As the congregation grew hysterical, a woman dressed in black pulled a piece of paper from the Cardinal Priest's robe. Brittle, yellow, it crumpled slightly in her fingers. "What is this?"

Every camera focused on the parchment; most of it had been blacked out with what appeared to be black magic-marker; the handwriting that remained was hardly legible--very old.

It wasn't the story of the millennium, but it would surely make the front page.





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