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Publishers Weekly called Craig Parshall’s Trial by Ordeal “an enjoyable romp for legal thriller aficionados.” Now Parshall takes his readers to the nation’s capital, where a hitherto unknown document has turned up...and turned into murder.

As the Smithsonian’s president examines a newly discovered account of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, an intruder steals in, kills him, and disappears into the night with the document.

Vinnie Archmont, an ...

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Publishers Weekly called Craig Parshall’s Trial by Ordeal “an enjoyable romp for legal thriller aficionados.” Now Parshall takes his readers to the nation’s capital, where a hitherto unknown document has turned up...and turned into murder.

As the Smithsonian’s president examines a newly discovered account of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, an intruder steals in, kills him, and disappears into the night with the document.

Vinnie Archmont, an accomplished and stunningly beautiful artist, is implicated. She hires the brilliant but secretly guilt–burdened criminal law professor J.D. Blackstone.

Blackstone finds himself uncovering the Mystic Freemasons’ most guarded secret. He reluctantly turns to his uncle, a Bible–quoting Anglican priest and occult–religions expert. Enemies like a sorcery–obsessed billionaire English lord, a powerful U.S. Senator, and a ruthless prosecutor force Blackstone to employ all his cunning.

In the process, he is compelled to choose between spiritual counterfeit and Gospel truth, guilt and forgiveness...destruction and a new beginning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736964166
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 709,243
  • File size: 653 KB

Meet the Author

Craig Parshall is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Religious Broadcasters Association, and the author of six legal-suspense novels: the five books in the Chambers of Justice series, and the stand-alone Trial by Ordeal. He speaks nationally on legal and Christian worldview issues and is a magazine columnist. He has coauthored five books with his wife, Janet, including the historical novels Crown of Fire and Captives and Kings.
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  • Posted March 19, 2009

    The Rose Conspiracy

    What a great book! History, religion, murder, mystery, courtroom drama, even a little romance, this book has it all. When I started reading it I wasn't sure because the story started with Abraham Lincoln's diary and a strange message that was suppose to be written on one of the pages. But soon I realized this was a book that would be hard to put down until finished. Complete with faith and morals this book has it all and I give it 5 stars. If you get a chance I highly recommend "The Rose Conspiracy".

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    Craig hits another home run!

    This is the second review I have done of a Craig Parshall title. I am still amazed with the fact that he can hold my attention as well as he does. I have read legal thrillers by other authors and they usually come off as dry and uninspired. Thankfully, this is not a trap that Mr. Parshall falls into.

    Law professor J.D. Blackstone, haunted by a past tragedy that took his family, takes the case of Vinnie Archmont. Archmont is an eccentric artist accused of the murder of Horace Langley, the head of the Smithsonian Institution, and the theft of a previously missing portion of John Wilkes Booth's diary, which Langley was examining .

    What happens next is a twisting tale of conspiracy and intrigue which takes a surprising turn at the end of the story. Blackstone enlists the help of his uncle, a professor of religion and Anglican Priest to help decode a riddle that may lead to the ultimate secret of the Freemasons. Also along for the ride is a wealthy English lord, a powerful senator, and a hostile prosecutor.

    I loved this book. Mr. Parshall creates memorable characters that you feel you know and grow to care about. The story is riveting and hard to put down. The story has a Christian under theme, but does not get too preachy, which is a rarity in Christian fiction. Another 5 star effort by Mr. Parshall, I can't wait to see what he does next!

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  • Posted March 6, 2009


    The Rose Conspiracy
    Craig Parshall
    Harvest House, 2009
    ISBN: 978-0-7369-1514-4
    Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 01/09
    5 stars
    Murder and theft follows the discovery of a document concerning the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. When Vinnie Archmont is accused of the crime, she turns to J.D. Blackstone. The brilliant criminal law professor uncovers secrets that have been guarded for years.
    The Rose Conspiracy is a fast-paced page turner. From the first page, I was hooked; I could not lay this book down until the very last word. Craig Parshall has a talent for conveying emotion. His characters are so well developed they seem to jump off the pages.
    The plot is fascinating. Intrigue mixed with romance spells bestseller. From secret societies, the Freemasons, the Gonostic Gospels, and the secret to eternal life makes the book one, you do not want to miss this one. The secondary characters give an added dimension to the main characters. The Rose Conspiracy is a great read.

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    Amazing Adventure

    "The Rose Conspiracy" has been my first experience in the fiction of Craig Parshall, but it will not be my last after this invigorated read. I read the back cover blurb and then I could not help but have a desire to go and watch National Treasure and National Treasure 2 both on Blue-Ray. It was fabulous as several of the historical characters mentioned in the second movie were all through out the historical conspiracies of this book. It put me in a definite mood with a thirst for more.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>It could be that I already have a passion for stories such as this, dealing with history and Freemasons as well as religious facts and conspiracy. Either way, this book was full of fascinating detail and keep me extremely intrigued and entertained.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>Toward the end as details were being fully revealed I was a little bit aggravated with the author, because the main character would find some out, but not let the thought pass through to the reader. It bothered me and made me feel on the outside, I like feeling like I am on the ride with the characters. But things were explained and in good detail. I just had to be patient enough to get to that page. *grin*<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>I recommend this read. It is high tensity and makes me want to go and read some more about our Civil War history. Love it!

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    The protagonist, a brilliant attorney, suffers from insomnia--ironic since this book kept me awake to finish it! What a compelling legal thriller; I could not figure out who the bad guy was with all of the twists and turns.<BR/><BR/>It's about some missing pages of the diary of John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot Abraham Lincoln, and the Masons. It's also about greed and the quest for eternal life.<BR/><BR/>Characters are round--believable; the reader is privy to their faults. Blackstone lost his wife and daughter in an accident and wrestles with the inability to even look at anything belonging to them. Even with the help of a psychiatrist, he does not seem to be able to move on, although it has been 2 1/2 years. Julia, his former student/lover and now partner, fights a barely hidden love for him. Vinnie, a beautiful artist, who becomes a client, charged with murder, seems so helter-skelter that it's hard to figure her out. Even minor characters (the judge, prosecutors, police officers, and F.B.I. agents) are well-written.<BR/><BR/>It's a good read, but BEWARE that once you begin this book, you will want to stay awake to read to the exciting end! I really liked this book.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

    Recommended Reading

    The Rose Conspiracy
    By Craig Parshall

    The Rose Conspiracy is the story of a lovely but eccentric artist (anymore, what artist isn't eccentric?) named Vinnie Archmont who is accused of murdering the president of the Smithsonian Institute and stealing pages of John Wilkes Booth's diary. She is defended by a brilliant but flawed attorney (and what brilliant character isn't flawed?) named JD Blackstone with the aid of his Christian uncle, an expert on occult religions. Yet in spite of the predictability and the stereotype of the beginning chapters, the story becomes riveting and the characters realistic.

    For Blackstone, part of the difficulties in finding out the truth about the secret of the Freemasons lie on his own guilt-filled past over the death of his wife and daughter and his negative outlook on faith. Adding to the difficulties are his formidable and powerful foes across the aisle and a mysterious English lord. There are Christian undertones woven into the story, making it a matter of course rather than standing out like the preachy sore thumb. The story is an interesting historical suspense and one can't wait what the next page holds. The book as a whole is also well-edited, which is a real plus for me; I've read books by better-known authors with dismal editing, making for a jarring reading experience.

    This book is a pleasant read. I recommend it.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    Good, but could have been better

    For those who bother to pay attention, reality comes with some very fascinating aspects, stories, plots, characters and situations. It has the added benefit of being real. But sometimes people like to throw something extra in. Generally those stories fall in the genres of sci-fi and fantasy. Unfortunately some authors fail to grasp that unless one is writing in those genres one must stick very closely to the real and the believable. The fantastic comes across as forced, amateurish over-kill.

    But before I continue in that vein, let me note that I did thoroughly enjoy Craig Parshall's new novel The Rose Conspiracy and in spite of the exaggerated character development, the plot was intriguing, to a point.

    The main character, a retired law professor, now practicing law, by the name of [wait for it] J.D. Blackstone. [you may groan now] takes the case of an artist, a young woman, accused of murdering the head of the Smithsonian Institute and stealing the newly found and long lost letters of John Wilkes Booth.

    The idea of the book is interesting albeit a bit tabloid.

    The plot was, as I said, intriguing, but the climax a bit of a let down after so much exaggerated drama from the rest of the book.

    I've never been impressed with using fiction to attack a group. I didn't like it when Salmon Rushdie did it, and even though I'm no great fan of freemasonry, there are better avenues to launch criticism of them than fiction. Attacking the practices of a group, in that way seems to me a bit unmanly. Liberals do it all the time. Conservatives should really be above those kinds of base and lowly tactics.

    While there was quite a bit of interesting "historical" data, I've learned that authors often will invent history to make a story more appealing, so it's best never to assume any of it's true unless you can confirm it somewhere else.

    Parshall does miss one of the most important qualities necessary for good fiction-make it believable.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

    If you love National Treasure style thrillers, you will love this!

    A high-powered thriller weaving historical qualities with potent substance and electrifying twists to the end. Riveting and captivating, it is masterfully written and draws you into the inner workings of conspiracy theories that never lets up.
    There are no slow moments, the timing of surprises are not anticipated. Thoroughly relishing the adventure it demands your attention until the last page.
    Not only highly recommended, but hope to see more like this from the author!
    -Monika Shaw, founder of the Winning Woman Network

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

    I was prepared not to like this book

    Upon receiving this book and looking at the blurb on the back cover, I was prepared not to like it. It has "conspiracy" in the title and mentioned the Freemasons in the blurb.

    In addition, it was a Christian novel. I don't read many of those because they tend to be romances (UGH :) ) and are usually very predictable, with
    a main character getting "saved" near the end.

    I was pleasantly surprised.

    Parshall has woven a nice little mystery around the Lincoln assassination, the Freemasons, the Smithsonian Institute, the Bible, greed, and man's eternal quest for immortality.

    The elements of conspiracy reminded me somewhat of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and the legal maneuvering made me think back to Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent.

    Vinnie Archmont, a beautiful artist, is accused of killing the curator of the Smithsonian Institute and stealing the missing pages of John Wilkes Booth's diary. Financed by a wealthy Freemason living in England, she hires J. D. Blackstone, a law professor and high profile lawyer, to keep her from the death chamber.

    The key seems to be a cryptic fragment purportedly from the diary.
    Blackstone must crack this code before the lovely artist's trial. His journey to unscramble the meaning takes him into the secrets of Freemasonry, the occult and personal danger, while he tries to deal with his own personal demons.

    Then comes the day of the trial and a surprise ending. The last chapter almost ruined it for me, but was sufficiently vague as to keep Blackstone's salvation in question.

    In any case this is a worthy read.

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

    BOOK REVIEW: The Rose Conspiracy; Craig Parshall, Harvest House, 2009

    On a scale of one to ten - an eight point five.

    Overall the read was enjoyed; though not as engrossing as preferred, it was a pleasant read and not a waste of time as so many are after reading thousands; by that is meant the author overcame my over-read prejudices.

    Those prejudices tended to make the characters and plot appear somewhat predictable and, in many ways, poorly developed. However, after finishing the book and looking back, this criticism was relatively undeserved.

    The intent of the author and the publisher was to present a Judeo-Christian worldview in the context of an historical setting (John Wilkes Boothe diary). Did they accomplish that? The answer is a qualified yes.

    By chapter 46 a subtle Judeo-Christian witness picks up and becomes quite well conceived and presented.

    At at least one point (about Ch. 28) the reading slowed to a crawl and at another point (about Ch. 37) there was a feeling there were too many cliches being thrown in ... however, in both cases the distraction was brief.

    As a big fan of historical fiction, a greater development of the Lincoln assassination and the plethora of Civil War connections would have been enjoyed. But on the whole the work did not suffer from their absence.

    I would recommend this book to any reader; especially those who enjoy criminal or historical fiction, specifically those with a Judeo-Christian worldview.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    Interesting Read

    The book is a fun paperback ride. Craig Pershall's extensive legal knowledge plays into creating realistic scenarios (or at least as realistic as you get in a case like this.) The protagonist, Blackstone ultimately carries the story. Whatever weaknesses the book may have, the presence of a quick-witted insomniac super genius as your viewpoint character helps keep you guessing.

    When dealing with the subject of the Masons, it's easy to get a little bit kooky, but Pershall stays away from this. Though, I did wonder at if the book was about to become a Christian Version of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, Pershall didn't end up going there.

    I should warn the book starts off very slow, and the abundance of back story in the first nine chapters was very disheartening and kept me reading only a chapter or two a day for several days. Once we got beyond the back story, the story moved at a good pace, but there were other mechanical writing issues as well as a lack of development in side characters. However, it didn't bother me too much as a reader, more as a writer who knew that various rules were being broken and that if a writer without Pershall's background submitted a manuscript like this it would not be published.

    This isn't to say, it didn't meet my expectations. In a Mystery novel, I expect an interesting plot that holds my attention, an element of unpredictability, and an ending that has a good payoff. On all three counts, Pershall acquits himself quite well (pun fully intended.)

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

    A Rose in the flowerbed of Legal Thrillers

    The Rose Conspiracy is a great read. It's mixture of historical references, religious imagery, conspiracy and suspense are wonderfully intertwined. The story builds upon itself drawing you in emotionally with the background stories of the participants and how it informs their beliefs and thought processes. This book will hold your attention from beginning to end and keep you guessing "who done it" until the climatic court room scene.

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