Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits – Excerpt

Vatican City

Helena Visconte first saw Father Matteo Pintozzi when he stepped out of the sacristyArchangels: Rise of the Jesuits by Janet Tavakoli into the deserted curved colonnade that led to the Vatican museum. She had no way of knowing that within a few minutes the priest would arrive at his destination, and both their lives would change.

By now tourists would normally be milling about, but a fluke June thunderstorm had just ended, leaving a vaguely musty smell rising with the vapor from the hot stone pathway. Father Pintozzi glanced to his right and then to his left and looked relieved, as if he were grateful no one was in sight. He quickly swept past the Vatican courthouse, the Eagle fountain and the Papal Academy of Science.

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Unveiled Threat (Excerpt)

Iran: The White Revolution

No Country in the World Has a Worse Record on Human Rights
—Amnesty International on Iran, 1974

In the summer of 1978, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi was the Shah of Iran. The iron curtain was still drawn, and Jimmy Carter was President of the United States. Animal House opened in U.S. movie theaters. Bonnie Tyler’s It’s a Heartache and Abba’s Take a Chance on Me were at the top of the pop charts. Continue reading Unveiled Threat (Excerpt)

Dan Brown Must Burn!

Dan Brown is well-known for his entertaining and controversial fiction books including The DaVinci Code and Inferno.

Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits by Janet TavakoliIn November 2012, I published a murder mystery, Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits. Jesuits blackmail the pope with secret documents and seize power to clean up corruption and financial scandals in the Vatican. The novel hit the stands before Pope Benedict XVI resigned and before the first Jesuit pope in the history of the Catholic Church was elected. Both my book and Dan Brown’s book offended some Catholics.

Thrillers are “Lethal”

How do I know Catholics are riled up about Dan Brown’s book? Amazon reviewers of Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits debated in comments. Continue reading Dan Brown Must Burn!

How to Promote Kindle Books to Hispanic Market (Update)

A couple of months ago I asked indie mystery authors how they are getting their books translated to Spanish. To my surprise, only a handful of authors were translating their books. I’ll explain why in a moment.

Prosperous Growing Market

US Hispanics represent $1.3 trillion in rapidly growing purchasing power. Average household income is over $50K and growing.

Of the 50 million Hispanics comprising 17% of the US population, 28 million speak fluent Spanish (15 million prefer Spanish to English), and another 13.5 million speak some Spanish. Continue reading How to Promote Kindle Books to Hispanic Market (Update)