Nostradamus wrote a thousand prophecies. Only 942 have survived. What happened to the missing predictions? And what secrets did they contain to make it necessary for them to remain hidden?
Adam Sabir, a writer, sets off to unearth the missing prophecies. He is accompanied by enigmatic Achor Bale, a member of an ancient secret society that has dedicated itself to the protection of the 'Three Antichrists' foretold in Nostradamus's verses: Napoleon, Adolf Hitler, and the unnamed 'one still to come'...
The pair embark on a terrifying chase through the ancient Romany encampments of France in a quest to locate the missing verses. If they are successful, life will never be the same for Sabir, Bale - or the rest of the world.
The murder in Paris of a Gypsy man who may know the whereabouts of Nostradamus's lost prophecies propels this so-so thriller, the first in a trilogy, from Nostradamus expert Reading (Nostradamus: The Top 100 Prophecies). American writer Adam Sabir, the prime murder suspect, soon finds himself on the run through France and Spain, accompanied by the dead man's sister, a Gypsy witch, in a search for prophecies left in the Gypsies' care by Nostradamus centuries earlier. In hot pursuit is Achor Bale, an assassin with "freakishly clotted eyes" who will let nothing stand in his way to secure possession of the hidden secrets and who plays stalking horse for French police captain Joris Calque, who thinks Sabir is innocent. Readers will find all the usual Da Vinci Code elements a remorseless hunter, forgotten knowledge, ancient conspiracies, malevolent cults, a steeple chase from clue to clue. Only the atypically insightful and competent Calque offers respite from an entirely predictable variation on a familiar theme.