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Magazine journalist Seneca Hunt is reporting on the opening of Montezuma's tomb in Mexico City when the dig team learns that the remains of the Aztec emperor are missing. Within moments of the discovery, an apparent terrorist attack kills everyone at the site except Seneca, who barely escapes the carnage.

Determined to get answers, Seneca starts investigating. She finds out that someone is stealing the remains of the most infamous mass murderers in history-and plotting to ...

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Overview

Magazine journalist Seneca Hunt is reporting on the opening of Montezuma's tomb in Mexico City when the dig team learns that the remains of the Aztec emperor are missing. Within moments of the discovery, an apparent terrorist attack kills everyone at the site except Seneca, who barely escapes the carnage.

Determined to get answers, Seneca starts investigating. She finds out that someone is stealing the remains of the most infamous mass murderers in history-and plotting to slaughter millions in the name of an ancient cult. Seneca needs to prove the threat really exists while trying to stay one step ahead of those who want her dead. With time running out, she must follow a deadly 2,000-year-old trail that leads back to the death of Jesus Christ.

Praise:
“Bold, taut, and masterfully told.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Doomsday Key

“What do you get when you cross Indiana Jones with The Da Vinci Code? The Phoenix Apostles, a rollicking thrill ride with so many twists and turns that you won’t have time to catch your breath!”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Ice Cold

“Sholes and Moore have created a knockout apocalyptic thriller, an epic tale of gold, archaeology, mass murder, ancient prophecy and terrorism.”—Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Impact

“A fascinating, compelling page-turner.”Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Dawn

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Library Journal
In a departure from the apocalypse theme that permeates their "Cotton Stone Mysteries" (The Grail Conspiracy), coauthors Sholes and Moore pen an ingenious thriller with an audacious plot. What if Aztec Emperor Montezuma was made immortal after contact with Veronica's Veil (the cloth St. Veronica used to wipe the face of Jesus on his way to crucifixion)? Now posing as Javier Scarrow, he has become the charismatic leader of a ministry espousing universal harmony while secretly resurrecting notorious mass murderers using their DNA. Journalist Seneca Hunt initially stumbles onto Montezuma's empty tomb, but when she discovers a spate of high-profile tomb robberies, Hunt knows she's uncovered a big story. With the help of a new friend and her long-absent father, Hunt learns that foiling Scarrow's plan and saving the world is only half the battle once she appears on Scarrow's radar. VERDICT A venerated religious object in the hands of a megalomaniac…now what? That's always the question with this type of book. Here we have a unique relic with an exceptional "superpower," likable heroes, and a bold endgame. Implausible yet awesome; a reminder why fiction is fun.—Laura A.B. Cifelli, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738726663
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/8/2011
  • Series: A Seneca Hunt Mystery , #1
  • Pages: 461
  • Sales rank: 1,435,436
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.05 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Sholes has worked as a writing trainer for Broward County Schools and Citrus County Schools in Florida. Before writing thrillers her interest in archaeology led her to write historical fiction under the name Lynn Armistead McKee. Lynn is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and The Authors Guild.

Joe Moore is a former marketing & communications executive and two-time EMMY® winner with 25 years experience in the television postproduction industry. Joe serves on the International Thriller Writers board of directors as Co-President. He writes full time from his home in South Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    I couldn't put this book down.  The plot kept me on the end of m

    I couldn't put this book down.  The plot kept me on the end of my seat (hammock) one Sunday afternoon.  Gifted a copy to my aunt who loves all of Sholes and Moore's books.  Keep them coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Very Highly Recommended-page turner!!!!!

    I love the Cotten Stone series that authors, Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore, created, and now The Phoenix Apostles has given me a first taste of a new series with a new main character--Seneca Hunt. Seneca is a magazine journalist and at the start of the story she is covering the opening of Montezuma's tomb under the direction of her archaeologist fiancé. Just after the dig team discovers that the emperor's remains are missing, an apparent terrorist attack kills everyone at the site except Seneca. Determined to find who is responsible, she sets out on a mission. Teaming up with best-selling author, Matt Everhart, she soon discovers that someone is stealing the burial remains of some of the most infamous mass murderers in history. This story is a wild, wild, ride. The authors have written something original and way out of the box. I enjoyed every page! Can't wait to see more of Seneca Hunt (and hopefully another Cotten Stone book, too).

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

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    Great thriller

    In 2012 at The Reliquary in Mexico City, as he studies the video feed of the tomb University of Miami archaeologist Mesoamerican Professor Daniel Bernal tells his fiancée Planet Discovery magazine writer Seneca Hunt something is wrong about what they have found as Montezuma's remains are missing. However, his muses are interrupted with an explosion. All at the excavation are dead except Seneca.

    Mexican official believe a terrorist attack occurred, but a grieving angry Seneca believes there is more to it. She begins a hunt for the killers of her beloved starting with Carolos the technician assistant who left just before the blast. Seneca learns that other ancient tombs around the world are being invaded, but whereas the remains of history's murderous infamy are taken other valuable artifacts are left behind. When she meets author Matt Everhart who is also following the story, they team up on a trail that leads back two millennia ago in Judea with a modern day scheme that will annihilate millions.

    Although Cotton Stone takes a respite, the same frantic pace, starting with the deadly explosion, and never slowing down grips the audience with the first Seneca Hunter thriller with historical and religious underpinnings. Seneca is a wonderful fully developed lead character who holds the fast-paced exciting story line together. With a cautionary underlying message of keep the faith as science and technology are important but need ethical boundaries, fans will relish Seneca's Hunt for the truth.

    Harriet Klausner

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