I never read a mystery by Paul Kemprecos which wasn't a page-turner, and his latest, "The Emerald Scepter" continues that trend.
The hero, Matt Hawkins, is a Woods Hole robotics expert, an ex-SEAL who left the Navy under a cloud, and he seeks redemption in Afghanistan searching for a long-lost treasure.
Paul does "long-lost" better than most because this treasure was lost by a Vatican emissary east of Babylon in 1169 returning from a visit to the little-known Prester John, a Christian patriarch and king said to rule over a Christian nation lost amidst the Muslims and pagans in the Orient.
"The Emerald Scepter" already has ten readers reviews on Amazon, and they are all five stars.
Like most of Paul's mysteries, this one is as current as this morning's headlines as Matt Hawkins battles his nemesis for the "Emerald Scepter" and its long-buried treasure.
Newspaper editor discovers there IS life after the inky trade
I worked with Paul for a decade in the 1970s when he was an editor at the Cape Codder where he began writing a series featuring his own detective, an ex-cop, diver, fisherman, and PI named Aristotle "Soc" Socarides.
Paul had the misfortune of having his first novel published by Bantam when "Soc" made his debut in "Cool Blue Tomb", which won the Shamus award for Best Paperback novel of that year.
His success as a published author, however, did not set well with the new, jealous publisher who soon laid off Paul after over twenty years of excellent service.
Paul thrived in his new-found joblessness, however, and published a whole series of "Soc" mysteries, each one better than the last, until he was hired by Clive Cussler to write a series for him.
Please accept a dogged mystery devotee's word and order a copy of the "Emerald Scepter" or any other Kempecos tomes.
A Paul Kemprecos new epic thriller is born and it has Hollywood written all over it.
I can't wait for the sequel, and you will be forever grateful for the suggestion. See all Paul's mysteries here.