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In a city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches, something stalks, and the clock is ticking....Detective Sam Goldstein confronts terror in the form of two eviscerated bodies: a nun and a priest. Meanwhile, halfway across the world, a beautiful Mossad agent called Josey Schulman confronts an older and far more menacing evil.A book "The Black Rose ...

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Overview

An ancient secret society.An ancient target: The Vatican.An ancient book that brings madness to all who look upon its pages.

In a city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches, something stalks, and the clock is ticking....Detective Sam Goldstein confronts terror in the form of two eviscerated bodies: a nun and a priest. Meanwhile, halfway across the world, a beautiful Mossad agent called Josey Schulman confronts an older and far more menacing evil.A book "The Black Rose Notebook" holds forbidden knowledge and secrets. Secrets worth dying for. Secrets worth killing for. The diabolical secrets of a world-wide conspiracy...Protocol-17.Brought together by fate, Sam and Josey elude the Brotherhood and follow a trail that leads them from the Vatican to an orphanage in Chicago and a twelve-year-old boy who holds the key. Together with the boy's aunt and a Rabbi, Sam and Josey learn that they are the only thing standing between the Brotherhood and its perverted agenda for a New World Order.

But for these two warriors time is running out... their world is at the brink.

Tick Tock ... Tick Tock ...

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  • ISBN-13: 9781591298335
  • Publisher: Publish America
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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Josey sat chain-smoking. She crossed one leg over the other, counting away the minutes with each flex of her ankle. After awhile, a feeling of dread leached into her. Fragmented thoughts ran across her mind like fire ants. She bolted from her chair and into the outer hallway. Empty . . . Nobody . . . Zip.
At first, walking hurriedly, searching, listening and then, she heard it, the ding of the elevator. A muffled cry. She broke into a dead run, screeching to a halt at the elevator door just as it closed.
“Damn it!”
Somehow she knew it, knew it in her gut, her father was in danger and in that elevator. Glancing up at the floor indicator, watching the numbers change as it rose steadily upward, she pounded the call button.
First floor.
Second.
She ran for the stairwell, crashed through the door and bounded up the stairs. Her Doc Martins slapping the concrete steps, layered echoes, intertwined in a chorus that followed her up the stairwell, barking at her heels. She climbed two floors and realized this was hopeless (ten more floors to her father’s office). She rammed the emergency bar of the exit door and tumbled sideways as she rounded the corridor back to the elevator door. She heard it. Ding.
Standing at the door, lungs burning, she saw the doors begin to slide open. She took a step, hesitated and willed herself to move. Claustrophobia was her Achilles heel. She steeled herself and entered the elevator. Eyes searching everywhere, she strode to the rear, and turned sharply. The elevator became sweltering; the air so thick Josey could hardly breathe. Beads of perspiration dappled her forehead. Her blouse, equally damp with sweat, matted against the small of her back.
The devil was in the details and in an instant her world became obsessed with details: the sibilant hiss of the closing elevator door, the blinding-harsh overhead lighting, the jolt of the compartment and the creak of cables as it rose.
Third floor. Fourth floor . . . Sixth floor…
The soft hum of the ventilation fan.
She wasn’t alone after all. There in the corner, next to the control panel, stood a dignified little man. She took him in with a glance. His black overcoat was tailored; his complexion was pasty with a trace of pink like a baby’s cheeks—no, more like an elf, with gray wisps of fine hair. His hands rested upon an ebony walking stick with an ornate silver handle. As he rocked on the balls of his tiny feet, he whistled the Disney song Heigh-Ho.
“Floor please?” he said, turning with an innocuous but naughty smile.
“Twelfth floor, please?” she replied calmly, returning his grin. Two can play this game.
The surrounding walls seemed to crush in toward her like the plates of a hydraulic press.
Ninth floor.
Tenth.
Shrugging his diminutive shoulders, he lisped, “These old buildings and old elevators require patience.” His watery little eyes stared, studying her, drinking her in. Are you a patient person, young lady? You appear somewhat distraught. Can you relish this moment, the ecstasy of doubt? The intensity of the unknown? Can you? You little Hmeshe Kurve (hometown whore)!
She heard the words, but couldn’t believe her eyes. His lips never moved. No—just that impish little smile. It must be my nerves, she thought. Then her eyes zoomed in on the walking stick. Yes, it was the same. Just like the one the old man had carried when he brushed past her in the doorway to Tateh’s office. Same man, same stick?

Just as she was about to answer the elevator shuddered to a stop. The doors opened and in walked a bosomy dowager with her consort tucked beneath her arm: a miniature French poodle, followed by a gaggle of students. The room shrunk around Josey now. The thought of sharing this tiny compartment with this press of bodies terrified her. She peered over the top of the old dame’s wide-brim hat, stealing a glimpse of the little man. He no longer looked old and fragile but her instincts told her it was defiantly somehow the same man. Had to be. Her hand moved to the fanny pack around her waist; she slid her hand into the Velcro pouch that held her weapon. The cold gunmetal bolstered her courage and bridled her phobia.
Eleventh floor.
She felt something on her wrist, something wet.
Plop . . .
She glanced down. There, against her skin, a tiny blotch of red, and then another. Josey shook as the honed point of a blade ran between her shoulder blades. She looked up. A dark stain was flowering on the ceiling tile of the elevator cab.
Plop . . .
A droplet landed on a young, female student’s nose. She raised her hand to wipe it away. The girl looked down and screamed.
Twelfth floor.
Like toppling dominos, the first the students, then the dowager, and finally her poodle, fell into panic. A chorus of screams erupted, the poodle threw back its head howling . . . bodies pushing and shoving each other . . . moving in a wave toward the door. Frenzy.
Ding.
Thirteenth floor.
Josey pushed and scrambled upward. Using the cab’s handrail as a foothold, she reached up, and pulled open the overhead trap-door. There, suspended from the steel cables—a body ....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2003

    Dark Protocols: A Conspiracy Thriller

    Author Sephra Giron says: journey into the ultimate evil!, June 8, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from horror author Sephra Giron Reviewer: from bestselling author Sephra Giron June 2003,Author Sephra Giron,Curse (Leisure 2004)THE BIRDS AND THE BEES 'In Dark Protocols Weber leads his readers down a treacherous path of conspiracy, corruption and seduction with a firm hand and engaging prose.' 'Secret societies, an ancient book that renders people mad, deadly games of erotica and murder...all are woven together for a page turning journey into the ultimate evil.' If you're faint of heart this cross-genre horror thriller is hazardous to your health.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Dark Protocols Rivals The Da Vinci Code

    A reader from Canada ebook Reviews Weekly Patricia Spork, May 8, 2003 Richard Weber takes the reader on a mind-boggling horror ride in Dark Protocols. Chicago Detectives, Michael Ryan and Samuel Goldstein investigate the murders of a Catholic archbishop and nun - victims of grisly mutilations and bloody atrocities. Fingerprints on a knife lead the detectives to twelve-year-old boy, Matt Mendecka. Across the globe in Italy, The Black Rose Notebook is stolen from its private case in the Vatican Library and hand-delivered to Mossad Agent Josephine (Josey) Schulman. Josey has the ancient book special-delivered by diplomatic pouch to her father, a Professor of Theology at the Hebrew University in Israel on loan to the University of Chicago. The forces of evil overwhelm the detectives and Mossad agent, as they are forced to accept and rely on paranormal powers and unbridle their long forgotten religious beliefs and faith to battle the Brotherhood. But can God favor telepathy, sheer determination, and love against satanic motivated PSYOPS (psychological warfare)? Can angels actually save Holy warriors from the depths of despair? Can der Golem, summoned by a Rabbi, help battle the spawn of Hell itself? Or will the world succumb to total mind control and adhere to The Brotherhood's protocols? International intrigue and espionage, murder investigations, occult and supernatural occurrences are blended together in a compelling and frightening novel. Characters, human and supernatural, leap from the pages at times, via dialogue and description. Unforgettable villains and credible well-fleshed-out heroes add to this enjoyable thriller. Readers of The DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons and cross genre King and Koontz novels will add Weber to their list of favorite suspense authors. His background as a former government agent lends realistic detail to his writing. Stunning locales and great attention to detail make Weber a refreshing new voice in the thriller genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    author Shaun Jeffrey: pulse-pounding horror/thriller

    U.K. author Shaun Jeffrey: intellectual thrill ride! June 2003 Reviewer: A reader from London, U.K. Shaun Jeffrey, author of Evilution (Invisible College Press) If you like conspiracy theories and intellectual thrillers, you cannot afford to miss Dark Protocols. Richard Weber writes with panache and an eye for detail that shows in the meticulous research he must have undertaken to write this book. Taking us from the Vatican to the mean streets of Chicago, the reader is transported on a terrifying odyssey, but is also left with a strange sense of, `What if ¿?¿ The characters leap out from the page; they are people you care about or fear: A gritty detective in the form of Sam Goldstein; Josey Schulman, a beautiful Mossad agent, and the terror that is The Other. The author keeps a tight hold of the reins, letting the dark prose run at just the right speed, relinquishing control only to heighten the breathtaking excitement. A cultural excursion through the dark side of life. Read it at your peril. -------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Dark Protocols: A Conspiracy Thriller

    Author Sephra Giron,Curse (Leisure 2004)THE BIRDS AND THE BEES 'Weber leads his readers down a treacherous path of conspiracy, corruption and seduction with a firm hand and engaging prose.' Nancy Kilpatrick author of Power of Blood 'A hard-boiled stew laced with gritty cop-shop and demons. Weber's supernatural concoction, offers readers a palatable yet powerful feast noir.' recommended for Bram Stoker Award

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Dark Protocols: A Conspiracy Thriller

    Fans of Angels and Demons,the Da Vinci Code,umberto eco dean koontz and horror/thrillers will love this book as I did. Weber follows the trend of cross-genre who's best example is Thomas Harris's Hannibil and Silence of the Lambs. He combines break-kneck pacing with action and well-reasearched factoids and weaves them into a hard-boiled stew. Rich and yet terrifying. Absinthe for the soul. I'd read a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Dark Protocols: A Conspiracy Thriller

    Eco-Lite : intellectual as Umberto Eco but fast-paced, May 10, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from N.Y Call it Eco-Lite just as intellectual as Umberto Eco but a bullet-quick thrill ride! At first I thought this was just another noir police thriller, but when the locale shifted to Rome and the Vatican he had me hooked. What Dan Brown is to the intellectual mystery Weber is to intellectual cross-genre terror. But he throws in a good deal of dark humor that fleshes out his characters and gives you a moment or two to breathe. The historical details on the occult and the Vatican were great. I'm going to research some of the things he brought up. Although this reminds me of Umberto Eco to some degree, this writer isn't pretentious. If he uses foreign language he translates it for you. There's nothing worse than authors who throw it in and there you sit wondering what the hell they just said. All and all this is a tight thriller with rabid pacing and solid plotting. If you want a break from the typical forensic police procedural here's you chance. Entertaining and shocking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2003

    Title Deceiving

    This book was to me a horror book, not a comspiracy thriller. Most books are the type you can't put down until you finish the book. This book I put down and did not finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    Wonderful! A thriller not to be missed!

    Mr. Weber¿s, DARK PROTOCOLS, is fast paced, exciting, thrilling, and awfully chilling. What I loved most about this novel were the characters and the mysterious plot. They both kept me guessing throughout the entire novel, and I must admit I never guessed right. My favorite character is THE OTHER, a combination of bad & good, but I¿ll not tell who or what the other is. Best to read it. Josey and Sam, of course, were wonderful. And I¿d say they¿re perfect for each other, smart a**¿s the both of them. Very enjoyable! I also loved hating the bad guy (s). Can't wait to read the next one...I'm thinking maybe something to do with Turin, Joesy, and Sam. Overall, a fine, entertaining read that I¿m glad I didn¿t miss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    A Bullet to the Heart!

    A fresh twist on some horror classics: a Necronomican-like book that drives the reader to madness. A roller coaster ride to terror central combined in an Umberto Eco style Euro thriller makes this a must read for all fans of suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    Art Imitates Life in an Excrutiating Way

    If you're so rapt in suspense you fire the first shot ... If your're senses are so inundated you're spiraling, dizzied ... If you're so engrossed you think you're being hypnotized ... You just might be reading Dark Protocols!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    Dark Protocols

    Dark Protocols is a timely novel involving conspiracy in the highest of places. Fast paced, edge of your seat, page-turner, Dark Protocols is well written and gripping. Elements of the supernatural and psychological terrorism will leave you breathless as the climax unfolds.

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