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The Franciscan by WR. Park

The most internationally anticipated religious suspense-thriller since Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, WR.PARK’s The Franciscan is now available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and CreateSpace. Written 14 years ago, The Franciscan eerily forebodes current events in the Vatican predicting the coming of the current Pope Francis and proves to be a timely novel more than a decade after it was penned. This is the first book in The Franciscan Trilogy.  

“The pope is not infallible.” When the newly elected Pope Francis utters this bold and unprecedented statement, he captures the attention of the world’s population. His reforms leave no corner untouched as he strips away the mask so long held before the face of the papacy. Bringing with him and open-minded candor rarely seen by public figures – he’s an inspiration to his followers – and a threat to those who oppose him.

“When I penned this novel about a fictitious Pope Francis fourteen years ago, I never envisioned that a future pope would select the name, Pope Francis I. This novel’s Pope Francis is a bold and courageous pope whose sweeping reforms reversing ancient Vatican edicts place his life in grave danger. The world can only hope and pray that today’s Pope Francis, as bold as he is, will be fruitful in his endeavors and have a lengthy and healthy reign,” said WR.PARK.

Praise for The Franciscan:

New York Times bestselling author James Rollins commented on WR.PARK’s thirteenth novel: “I’ve been a fan of WR.PARK’s work for years.”

“The Franciscan featuring the first Pope Francis is about murder, suicide, extortion, assassins, devilish plots with a narrative with more twists and turns than a ride through purgatory.” – Publisher’s Auxiliary

“Unexpectedly thrust upon the throne of St. Peter by dark forces within the Vatican, this pope is trying to institute a radical agenda of change while contending with assassination attempts and political intrigue… and then things get really exciting.” – The Leaven Catholic Newspaper

“The Franciscan is a fascinating tale and has great general appeal. Readers who like intrigue and mystery in a colorful historical setting will enjoy [WR.PARK’s] effort and will certainly look forward to his subsequent offering.” – The Sun Newspaper

“Every now and then a book I’m asked to read and write about pleasantly surprises me. The Franciscan is a case point. It’s an intriguing read – weaving together two fascinating tales. It kept me interested up to and including the end.” – Northwest Florida Daily News

NEARLY A WEEK HAD PASSED since Symon's discovery, and he had read the translated manuscripts numerous times.  He consumed the written words as a dying man gasps for breath.  The mystery surrounding the ancient narrative fueled his imagination and stimulated his craving to know more.  While he sat by the opening of the cave, the sun warmed his body, and meditation purified his soul.  What could have been Assuri's last words on earth, and the narrative of his days at the Library of Alexandria bewitched him beyond belief.
          “Somewhere,” he thought.  “Somewhere between the lines, somewhere hidden within Assuri's journal could be a clue to a far greater treasure.  A treasure that has  eluded humankind for thousands of years.  A treasure that could help answer the question: what was the history of the world prior to the mass destruction in Alexandria of recorded chronicles?”  Once again, Symon read the rendering of the second journal-manuscript.
“I, Assuri, a trusted slave of Babylon, journeyed by the great river to the northwest (Symon's note: Euphrates River), disembarking at a predetermined site before reaching the town of Carrhae.  Then west by land over the mountain range to the sea and Tarsus.  My beloved master had a relative who lived in Tarsus and who arranged passage by boat to Alexandria.  In all, I witnessed ten suns rise and set, and paid homage to the gods for my safety, which was in peril as I will relate.” (Symon's note: Estimating a distance of some 2,000 kilometers.)
          “My thoughtful master, knowing all well that I have never ventured far from the city, dispatched two mercenaries to accompany, guide and protect this humble servant on the trek to Alexandria with our most cherished volumes in tow.  When the request from Hypatia (Symon's note:  A most highly respected female mathematician and astronomer.) of Alexandria arrived, my master immediately routed a message to inform his dear friend that he would certainly comply.  It was an honor to have the writings of our late high priest Berossus' three volumes of
the world dating from Creation to the Great Flood copied and preserved in the Great Library at Alexandria.”  (Symon's note: About all that is presently known about the volumes is that Berossus estimated the time between the two events to be 400,000 years—a hundred times longer than Old Testament chronology.)
I was excited beyond belief.  The journey would be tedious and dangerous, but my master's description of Alexandria and the library, and Hypatia's beauty filled my being with joy.  His entrusting the volumes greatly humbled this person.  My love for him grew like a raging river as he told me of rooms upon rooms filled with writings gathered for hundreds of years and valued more than gold.”  (Symon's note: There were an estimated 500,000 scroll-books
from Greece, Persia, Israel, India, Africa, and many other countries, all comprising the knowledge and history of the world to date.  Alexandria was a community of scholars studying and teaching: physics, literature, astronomy, philosophy, music, medicine, biology, mathematics and engineering.  The world's first research institute.  In the early 300's BC King Ptolemy I wrote:  ‘To all the sovereigns and governors on earth. I implore you to immediately send me works by authors of every kind: poets, rhetoricians and sophists, doctors and soothsayers, historians, and all others, too.’  Thus began the Library of Alexandria, and for hundreds of years the known writings, including history, were duplicated and stored.  The line of Ptolemys, ending with the death of Cleopatra, set out to not only collect every book in the world, but to translate them all into Greek.)
“With Berossus' works slung over my neck, close to my person in a large leather sheep-lined pouch, and my guides aboard, we set sail northwest.  The night's encampments were uncommonly dark.  On the fourth night, berthed on the bank where the great river sprang streams to both the north and south, I overheard the two men plotting to kill the servant and nip the valued prize. On the fifth night, playing the fool and obedient servant, and after grinding a powder from a known venomous plant, I sprinkled an amount sufficient enough into the
wine jug to render them in a death-like state for at least two days.  If they survived.  They fell for my offering, and drank with gluttonous passion.  At first light I left them in slumber, and pushed on, knowing full well they would not follow once they realized I was two days ahead of them.

About the Author:
Author, columnist, teacher, lecturer, past president of three advertising agencies, William R. Park, Sr. is nationally known and respected in the advertising and literary worlds—and a Member of International Thriller Writers, Inc. His past works include: The Talking Stones, Overlay, Fatal Incision, plus ten others, each backed by glowing praise from numerous bestselling authors.

WR.PARK currently resides in the Kansas City area with his wife Genie. To learn more, and read what bestselling authors said about his body of work, visit:

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Guest Post by Mike Hartner

The Facebook Author’s Circle by Mike Hartner

I am, in all honesty, one of THE luckiest authors on Facebook. I have my own page: Mike Hartner, Author. And attached to it, are several authors whom I absolutely enjoy.

Rachel ThompsonIf you don’t enjoy her work, you don’t know her. From Mancode: Exposed, to A Walk in The Snark, her sense of humor is legendary, and both of those novels are bestsellers. And then, we get to the really gutsy, and heartfelt side of Rachel: Broken Pieces. This award winning bestseller, in several categories, is there to bring attention to childhood sexual abuse. And with her free form prose it does just that.

Charity Langley. Charity started a series called The Abattoir. Her first book, Wicked Intentions, is a wickedly funny, and dark look into vampires and all things paranormal. Her choice of writing the first story around a quick-witted, strong, sassy, female lead is just perfect for the world that she builds. 

Jesikah Sundin. In my view her work is scifi-steampunk-medieval. It’s definitely intriguing, and The Biodome Chronicles crosses many boundaries. The first book, Legacy came out last year, and it is an awesome read.

Selah Tay-Song. She is another indie author. Her book is Middle Earth sci-fi, world building, and romance all in one. The series, The Dreams of QaiMaj, promises to be fantastic. The first book, Dreams of a Vast Blue Cavern, is delicate and intricate, and yet grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s not a book to be read casually. And I’ve seen the second book, and I can honestly say, “Wow!”

Sandra Love. Sandra Love writes the Broken series. Her third book in the series is to be released in December. And if the first two books are any indication, it will be fantastic.

Tom & Nancy Wise. Their book The Borealis Genome won awards in September at the Chanticleer Awards Conference in Bellingham. From what they’ve said, this book was a family project. Now, THAT is special. And award winning. And one of the greatest husband-wife teams I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.

Janet Shawgo. Janet is a Texas ER nurse, who writes historical fiction by day. Her tales are Civil War-era romance and espionage, and are award winning.  Her latest novel is Find Me Again.

Shannon Dearing. A series entitled The Lia Fail Chronicles is Shannon’s latest contribution to the literary world. Book one is The Gathering. In a post-apocalyptic world, somewhat resembling that in your local MMORG universe, Shannon takes pains to make every little thing real and suspenseful. Her latest is a book of short stories surrounding The Gathering, entitled From the Gathering to the Bridging: A Lia Fall Short Story Collection.

With authors like this, and more like Roni O’Connell, T.M. Franklin, Nina Foxx, Blakely Bennett, and others, I have to say that I am very much blessed. A variety of genres, an endless stream of good humor and friendship, and the chance to experience the regular ups and downs of the literary world? How could anyone give that up?

About Mike Hartner:
Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.


About I, Walter:
In a country and a time where favor and politics were both deadly, can an honest boy stay true to himself? Especially given his family background?

Walter Crofter was born in Elizabethan England, the youngest son of a poor family. After watching his father's fall and the suffering it caused Walter learns from a young age that favor is fleeting. Young Walter leaves home to find his own way and is swept away on one of the ships in service to the crown.

The seas are full of dangers, from unforeseen storms to brutal pirates. During one of Walter's many sea voyages he encounters a girl who will change his fortune. But in order to survive in a world where favor can bring a man a lifetime of good fortune or destroy him in the blink of an eye, Walter must stay true to himself and his values.

Walter faces the question we all face, are we what we are born into or can we become more? I, Walter is a tale of love, courage, and adventure.

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About I, James (Book #2):
I, James is the second in a series of books in a saga which will span continents and time to arrive in present day North America. Each in the series will be connected, though that connection may not be obvious for several more books. It’s almost like looking at a menorah (sic). Many lines, seemingly individual, connect to center at different points.

James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?

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