The Alliance is a fast-paced thriller certain to entertain students of comparative religion, horror films, archaeology and adventure. Think The Da Vinci Code meets “Indiana Jones.” What ends with a dramatic confrontation on a snow covered peak in the Himalayas, begins for Father Pete Farrell, with a horrifying phone call. The Archbishop of St Petersburg is found hung upside down in the world-renowned Hermitage museum with his throat slit in what appears to be a ritual murder. Missing are priceless relics from an international exhibition. Left behind is a cryptic warning written in a mixture of ancient languages.The one-time Special Forces soldier turned Jesuit Priest knows he can’t solve the crime alone. He cobbles together an unlikely alliance including a Rabbi, Buddhist Monk and Sufi mystic. But what first appears to be a simple case of stolen antiquities is so much more.The four men of faith confront an ancient evil, and a sinister conspiracy whose tentacles stretch from Stockholm to Singapore. What they face on a sacred Tibetan mountain shrouded in legend and myth will rattle all of them to their core.
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I read history, mythology and thrillers. Not exactly a student of fine literature.For me the story comes first and through the telling of the tale the characters come to life.I am a popcorn and movie kind of guy. These are the kind of books I try to write. One done; a second on the way. I am sorry I waited so long to get started. Don’t wait. Write!! I wish I had started sooner.
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I wrote magazine and newspaper travel articles for decades but never anything longer than 5,000 words.A novel is an entirely different animal. For me it was important to lay out the entire tale and then revise and edit. I didn’t spend months mashing over the first chapter. I thought that would simply get me in a loop I would never exit. The first drafts were miserable Too much dialogue and wooden characters.Breathe! You’ll find your voice.
Scott Klug is a former United States Congressman, an Emmy award winning journalist, and a relentless world traveler. A long time student of comparative religion, this is his first novel.Over the past 20 years I’ve visited a number of sites in this book and I knew somewhere in between the dark alleys of Stockholm and an obscure Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka there was a good story lurking. I’ve always contended the occult traditions of major faiths have more in common than most people think. And just maybe there is an alliance of Holy Men of different faiths willing to battle together to put a stop to evil.Because I was a U.S. Congressman, everyone figured my first novel would be a political thriller. Or since I spent a decade as an Emmy award-winning journalist, maybe the inside story of broadcast news. Boy, were they wrong.I never read Advise and Consent and I think HBO’s “Newsroom” is boring.. And I never really wanted to be a politician. I always wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up.So welcome to my first novel. Think The Da Vinci Code meets “Indiana Jones.”And if I haven’t bored you already, here’s a little bit about my day job and background.Scott Klug is the Managing Director of Public Affairs at the national law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. He also co-chairs the firm’s Client Service Team.
Can’t tell you why but since I was a kid I was fascinated with stories of good and evil. Since college I have been a student of comparative religion. The DaVinci Code was a story set in a Christian context, but what happens if you set it in another faith and add in a plot that could be borrowed from Indiana Jones.When I tell friends the core of the novel involves a Priest, Rabbi and Buddhist monk they think it sounds like the beginning of a joke. I wanted to see what happened when they formed an alliance to stop an ancient evil that threatens them all. And the key is hidden in the theft of religious relics and the murder of an Archbishop.
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