As he led the king’s wagon train through the coastal muck of Norfolk’s eastern shore, Norman Gervase found himself engulfed by the tidal surge that swallowed up the entire caravan.
But he was unwavering in his dedication to the king, a principled man of faith, and loyal in his obligations.
So, when he realized that all would soon be gone forever, he acted with alacrity and removed the trunks containing the crown jewels and secured them to one of the sturdy draft horses to prevent their irretrievable loss.
That was just the beginning.
He did not know that this feat of selflessness would initiate a life-long journey into a world of thirteenth century intrigue in his quest to preserve King John’s treasure.
Eight hundred years later, the organization that Gervase had founded, the Patriciate, continued to maintain the founder’s guiding desire for secrecy until the macabre slaying of a prominent attorney and the deciphering of a fifteenth century map brought the Patriciate into the crosshairs of both law enforcement and historians.
No one knew what conundrums lay buried beneath the dust of the ages, or to what extent a foray taken by three resolute sleuths would expose into a covert world of pseudo-occultists.
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Robert Henricks is the author of numerous novels dating back to 1984. He has most recently been concentrating on historical themes for his books which typically stem from a single event in the past.
A lifetime student of history, he caught the bug from his father and followed it through to a college degree in U.S. and European history. His path to becoming a novelist began in high school after being exposed to such inspirations as the Iliad, the Odyssey and War and Peace. This experience led to other outstanding works of historical fiction such as Mark Helprin’s ‘A Soldier of the Great War’ and Michael Shaara’s ‘Killer Angels’.
While his path to becoming a writer of fiction went through the history genre, his interests were not confined there. In the spy genre, Ian Fleming’s James Bond led to Len Dawson and the ‘Ipcress File’ then to Adam Hall’s ‘Quiller Memorandum’ and William Stevenson’s ‘A Man called Intepid’ and finally to a whole slew of novels by Tom Clancy. He became addicted to the world of fiction and in the 80’s completed the first of two novels in an espionage series regarding
an agent of the Treasury Department and artifacts of wealth and historical value. His degree in history has fueled his passion from historical periodicals such as ‘The Blue and the Gray’ to ‘American Heritage’. He enjoys keeping up with current events by spending the morning with the Los Angeles Times and a full pot of French roast. And of course he also appreciates a couple of hours watching Humphrey Bogart or anything from the 40’s as well as football on Sundays.