Beneath the Kremlin lies a shocking ancient truth.
And it’s about to be stolen.…
Since the times of Ivan the Terrible, generations of Russian leaders have turned the Kremlin into a fortress within a fortress, stocking its labyrinthine underground with secret vaults, elegant chambers, and priceless treasures. Now a master thief has the ultimate motivation to stage an assault on the Kremlin’s inner sanctum. Two lives depend on it. Thousands of years of religious faith hinge on it. And a man’s conscience, skill, and passion will not let him fail.
For Michael St. Pierre, history’s most daring heist is only one piece of an intricate puzzle reaching from an ancient monastery in Scotland to a hideaway in Corsica—where a madman has built an empire of terror. Haunted by his own family secrets, and surrounded by the precious few people he can trust, Michael will take on a mission that will make him the most hunted man in the world. But when an astounding truth, buried deep beneath the Kremlin, erupts with shattering force, he may unleash a relic too dangerous to possess.…
Retired art thief Michael St. Pierre (star of Doetsch's debut The Thieves of Heaven) tests the limits of his skills and of reader credulity as he breaks into... the Kremlin. It's been a year since Michael's beloved wife, Mary, died and he's still grieving when a good friend makes a dying wish: Michael must steal a painting from a shady Parisian dealer, then destroy it before it falls into the hands of Julian Zivera, an evil and powerful lunatic. Just when Michael believes the task is completed, Zivera enters the picture and presents Michael with a choice: either Michael will break into the vaults of the Russian capitol and steal a gold box that is said to contain the secret to eternal life, or Zivera will kill Michael's long-lost biological father. Michael chooses door number one and enlists his widowed sister-in-law, Susan, and ex-cop buddy, Paul, to help. Over 400 pages the trio endures so many crosses (double, triple, you name it) and close calls that one wishes the plot's destruction were part of Michael's bargain, but Doetsch injects a welcome lightness throughout.
Great book, great author!