A debut novel from bestselling author Barbara Hand Clow
• An intricately layered erotic thriller that reveals esoteric teachings on prophecy, power, ritual, and divination
• Includes dramatic insights into the suppressed discoveries of the first Christian heretics and secret power rituals at work in the Vatican
• From the author of The Pleiadian Agenda and The Mayan Code
In her debut as a novelist, bestselling author and acclaimed spiritual teacher Barbara Hand Clow weaves an erotically charged story of romance, deep earth forces, psychic powers, aristocracy, and Vatican world control centered on an ancient ruby that inspires mystical visions.
Set in Rome in 2012, the story follows Sarah Adamson, a beautiful young Catholic graduate student from Boston studying at the Vatican Library for her thesis on the first Christian heretic, Marcion of Pontus. She is being courted by two utterly different men: Simon Appel, a descendent of the kabbalist Isaac Luria who covers Vatican affairs for the New York Times, and Armando Pierleoni, the heir to an ancient Italian aristocratic family with strong ties to the Vatican. After a terrible encounter with the dark side at a castle in Tuscany, Sarah is given a ring set with a ruby crystal, a powerful stone that was once the third eye of an ancient Buddha statue in Nepal.
With the mystic ring on her finger, Sarah’s visionary abilities are ignited. She remembers her past life as the Sibyl of Cumae, a Roman oracle whose powers are now being channeled by the Vatican to maintain world control. As Sarah’s research and visions reveal the cause of evil in the Church and Simon’s reporting exposes the depth of the sexual abuse scandals surrounding the Vatican, the two form an alliance with an ex-lover of both Simon and Armando, Claudia, who describes secret priestly power rituals going on in Vatican City.
As the heightened energies of the winter solstice of 2012 arrive and 2013 dawns, will Simon and Sarah be able to harness their divine powers for transformation? Will the Vatican seek new direction as it elects a new pope? Revealing the very nature of how evil gets into the world, this novel of romance, mystery, heresy, and spirituality uncovers the esoteric foundations for the emergence of a golden new age.
An American doctoral student in Rome in 2012 stumbles across the origins of evil in this stilted theo-political thriller from first-time novelist Clow. Staunchly Catholic, Sarah Adamson faces a crisis of faith as she delves into the hierarchical patriarchy of a religion that has facilitated centuries of sexual abuse and repression. Aided in her search by journalist Simon Appel and a mystical ruby ring, Sarah awaits the Mayan calendar's prophesied end of days, not knowing whether it will bring forth a global apocalypse or a divine deliverance. Clow's narrative plods along quite a bit before picking up steam, and even then it fails to elicit a sense of peril, in spite of a laundry list of horrors including demonic possession, ritualistic sex, and murky parallel dimensions. The ability to suspend disbelief is sorely tested as many of the main characters are revealed to have psychic powers or past lives. Even diehard conspiracy theory enthusiasts will find this one a hard sell.