By Bill Smith
Monastery Monks Discover Secret Code in Ancient Books
Author writes with the cool sophistication
Of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming
Ancient books in a monastery … a code left by Nazi soldiers … a deep fjord … and a mysterious stainless steel cylinder—all lead to a fantastic war-time discovery.
The one hundred thousand ancient books in the Great Library of the Benedictine monastery were just part of the majestic beauty of Austria’s 12th century Melk Abbey. But that beauty was marred when the monks discovered that scores of valuable books had been marked and disfigured by persons unknown.
Wilhelm Gerhard was retained to find the cause. With help from his friend Wolf and 100 monks in black habits, they examined every volume in all 12 rooms of the library and even searched the rock catacombs deep under the 900-year-old abbey where the screaming Will-o’-the-Wisp lived. They discovered that the marks were a code left by Nazi soldiers during the Second World War. The deciphered code leads to a stainless-steel box hidden in an old stone ventilation shaft. Scratched on a piece of slate inside was a set of coordinates to the location of a fantastic war time secret—one lost for over 70 years in the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord—and one that leads directly to the demented mind of Adolf Hitler himself.
If Nazi Germany had won the war, Hitler's secret would have forever altered the course of human destiny by undoing the handiwork of the Lord himself.
About the Author
The former Acting Chief of Television for the Air Force Systems Command in Washington and the Acting Assistant to the Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Bill Smith was the founding executive director of the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television (now Public Broadcasting). He was the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award for his efforts on behalf of public broadcasting. He lives in the Jackson, Mississippi Metro area.
Memphis Hoodoo Murders
By Kathryn Rogers
Murder by Hoodoo
It Could Happen to you!
People have been hunting down Addie Jackson's family her entire life. Now the people who have targeted her grandparents, Pop and Grandma, have their sights on her. The Memphis police have been unable to stop them because they have been bewitched to stay away by practitioners of a virulent strain of Memphis Hoodoo. Pop and Grandma have habitually lied to Addie about the dangers facing their family, but she is attentive enough to overhear the dark secrets they keep from her. In her dreams, Addie regularly sees future events which disturb her, but to her dismay, she has never been able to stop them from coming true. She often dreams of a dark character, who she is later shocked to discover is a devil from hoodoo legend known simply as The Man. To make matters worse, Addie is disturbed to discover she is being stalked by a witch doctor named Hoodoo Helen. The more secrets Addie uncovers, the more danger she finds. Addie presses Grandma for answers about the power behind the ring and pocket watch she often toys with, but Grandma remains tight-lipped.
Finally, knowing their deaths are imminent, Grandma makes a deal with the hoodoo devil to take care of Addie. After their murders, John, a family friend, steps in to help Addie, and she soon realizes he knows more about her family’s tainted past than she ever has. Addie begins receiving cryptic letters from her deceased grandmother, which reveal a shocking family history revolving around slavery, time travel, and black magic.
If Addie can survive jail, her cousin’s abduction, threats from a menacing urban street gang named the Skullbangerz, corrupt law enforcement, and hoodooed attacks, maybe she can finally dream of a future where she will be safe and free.
About the Author
Kathryn Rogers is a Memphis native with an affinity for local BBQ and blues rock-n-roll. As a licensed therapist with a Masters in Counseling and Psychology, she feels her background prepared her to expound upon the psychological issues her characters wrestle with in the book. She currently lives in Brandon, Mississippi with her husband, playful preschooler, and rambunctious Labrador Retrievers. This is her first novel. She is a graduate of Mississippi College and Houston High School in Germantown, TN.