Book Blurb: Over two hundred years ago, a covert expedition shadowing Lewis and Clark disappeared into the wilderness of Central Idaho. Now, seven anthropology students and their professor vanish in the same area. The key to finding them lies in an ancient secret, one involving alchemy, gold, and immortality…a secret that men throughout history have sought to unveil.
Michael Rempart is a brilliant archeologist whose colorful and controversial career has earned him admiring fans and implacable foes, but he is plagued by a troubling sense of the supernatural and a mysterious spiritual intuitiveness. Joining Rempart in this adventure are a CIA consultant on paranormal phenomena, a washed-up local sheriff, and a former scholar of Egyptology. All must overcome their personal demons as they attempt to save the students and, ultimately, the world.
From the Journal of Francis Masterson, 1806–
All hope is gone. Evil is victorious.
In the time I have remaining I will, herewith, impart a tale so filled with Dread and Terror that my heart overflows with immeasurable Sorrow to tell it. It began with the highest of Good Will and Promise and, on my part, great Excitement. I can only trust to Providence that one day this small account which I leave in a land of unimaginable desolation and Wildness, may be discovered, and that it will serve to warn others of the wickedness that may ensnare Good men.
Review: The premise of the story began very well, giving me more than enough to peak my curiosity and interest. I found the characters, their backstory and the mystery well developed, but somewhere near the middle of the book I could not wait to get to the end. Once they passed through the pillars, the book went on too long. The added characters at that point, the battle to escape, could have been handled with fewer words. I liked the story, found the use of alchemy as the catalyst fascinating. I give it three stars because I did enjoy it, even though it could have been a shorter book.