The Granite Key: Archaeology That Defies History

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"Think 'MEDIUM meets THE LOST SYMBOL' and it only begins to describe the pleasures of THE GRANITE KEY - 5 Stars." (Kindle Nation)

THE ARKANA THRILLER SERIES: Where Alternative History Meets Archaeology Adventure
Where do you hide an ancient relic that has the power to change the course of history? As Cassie Forsythe and her Arkana team discover, you scatter clues to its whereabouts across the entire planet. Five artifacts buried among the rubble of lost civilizations point to ...

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Overview

"Think 'MEDIUM meets THE LOST SYMBOL' and it only begins to describe the pleasures of THE GRANITE KEY - 5 Stars." (Kindle Nation)

THE ARKANA THRILLER SERIES: Where Alternative History Meets Archaeology Adventure
Where do you hide an ancient relic that has the power to change the course of history? As Cassie Forsythe and her Arkana team discover, you scatter clues to its whereabouts across the entire planet. Five artifacts buried among the rubble of lost civilizations point to the hiding place of a mythical object known as the Sage Stone. Psychic Cassie, bodyguard Erik, and librarian Griffin find their quest hampered at every turn by agents of a cult known as the Blessed Nephilim. The cult's leader, Abraham Metcalf, wants to exploit the power of the Sage Stone to win a war of religious genocide.

Although keeping the relic out of Metcalf's hands is important, it is even more critical to keep him from finding the Arkana's troves of archaeological treasure. This cache, which has taken centuries to amass, proves the existence of advanced matriarchal cultures on every continent predating patriarchy by thousands of years. The Nephilim would like nothing better than to destroy the cache and its guardians. The global treasure hunt for the Sage Stone has put the Nephilim and the Arkana on a collision course. The only question is whether any of them will survive long enough to claim the prize.

Volume One - The Granite Key
In a nightmare, nineteen year old Cassie Forsythe sees her sister attacked by a man in a cowboy hat who demands something called "the key." Her nightmare mutates into reality when she is called to identify her sister's body, murdered exactly as her dream foretold. Cassie dismisses her vision as a fluke until the night she catches the man in the cowboy hat ransacking her sister's apartment. He bolts with an odd-looking stone cylinder-the Granite Key. From that moment, Cassie's normal world evaporates.

She learns that her sister led a double life retrieving artifacts for a secret organization called the Arkana. Cassie's sister had the psychic ability to touch an artifact and relive its past. Cassie has now inherited this gift. The leader of the Arkana wants the girl to take over her sister's role in the organization. She reluctantly agrees in the hopes that they might find her sister's killer. Teamed with librarian Griffin and bodyguard Erik, Cassie is sent to the Minoan ruins of Crete to decipher the key's code. Even as the trio rakes through megalithic tombs and Minoan palaces for clues, Nephilim operatives are closing in. Will Cassie And Company solve the mystery in time or fall victim to the cult's ruthless assassin? The Granite Key holds all the answers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468115345
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Wikarski is a fugitive from academia. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she became a computer consultant and then turned to mystery and historical fiction writing. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Magazine and DIME Anthology, while her book reviews have been featured in Murder: Past Tense and Deadly Pleasures.

She has written the Evangeline LeClair series set in 1890s Chicago. Titles include The Fall Of White City (2002) and Shrouded In Thought (2005). The series has received People's Choice Award nominations for best first novel and best historical.

She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and has served as vice president of Sisters In Crime - Twin Cities and on the programming board of the Chicago chapter. She is currently working on the seven book Arkana series.

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    What impressed me the most about The Granite Key was the large a

    What impressed me the most about The Granite Key was the large amount of archaeological and historical detail that crept its way into this novel. It reads very much like an updated version of a Dan Brown book, matching fact with fiction until the reader is unsure of which is which. At the beginning of the book, our main character Cassie, already finds herself going through an enormous challenge. Her sister was murdered, and she saw it happen in a dream. Struggling with guilt, and with coming to terms of what’s happening, and the strange new world she is thrust into, Cassie must withstand several hardships. Cassie learns her sister was murdered because she found a relic of an ancient society called The Arkana. When touching the object, Cassie can see pictures of the past play out in her mind.

    Next to Cassie, my favorite character was Griffin. But Cassie remained my absolute favorite. She went through so many emotions, from disbelief to wonder to being amazed, through grief, sorrow and anger, and all those emotions she portrayed so well and in such a fragile, human way.

    I love thrillers linking the past to present and books that teach me something. Here I learned a great deal about ancient matriarchal societies. It was a very intriguing, suspenseful and enjoyable read.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    I found this book to be interesting and thought provoking. I

    I found this book to be interesting and thought provoking. I went into it with an open mind and I expected it to challenge my belief system. And it did. I have not taken the time to verify the bibliography information the author used as reference material. The author however, referenced a lot of resources to support the historic evidence that society began much earlier than history teaches us and that it was a matriarchal society. This is definitely an empowering read for women, which defies everything we have previously been taught about a world dominated by men.

    With that said, the new Pythia that the Arkana has accepted, (Cassie), is virtually thrown into this new thought/theory realm with no long term introduction or investment. She is a strong character, mourning the loss of her sister, grasping the friendship of strangers, and seeking her own place in the Arkana society. She experiences great antagonism for Erik, the chief security officer for the Arkana, and a fond friendship for Griffin, the official scrivener. Together the three of them travel to Crete in search of the Bones of the Mother. It's an interesting storyline that sets up additional books in this 7 book series. They encounter the enemy repeatedly, which only furthers their collective resolve to obtain their treasure!

    I like a book that can make me stop and think. I do believe that a theory like this could indeed cause a reaction from those who may want this bit of history to be forgotten--forever.

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