In The Serpent’s Disciple, a conspiracy thriller, an ancient evil threatens to take over the Catholic Church and use it to create a New World Order. Peter Romanus, the Grand Master of the secret masonic order known as Propaganda Due, sets in motion the plot to kill the pope and control major world governments through the Church.
A family secret and an ancient artifact could save humankind from this diabolical leader many fear is the Antichrist. While visiting their father’s birthplace of Pesaro, Italy, the lives of Anthony and Nelli Andruccioli become entwined with the Grand Master’s plot. They learn of their family’s deep and ancient connection to Saint Anthony and that they are called to protect the Church: Nelli as the Chosen One and Anthony as one of the Guardians sworn to protect her from the false prophet. Together they must navigate the labyrinth of ancient prophecy and Vatican politics to expose the truth before it is too late.
Deborah Stevens came well-armed with research to write this jewel. She captures the tarnished spirit of the Roman Catholic Church and then finds some way to make it shinier. Well-written, nicely edited, and a crafty plot make The Serpent’s Disciple a very good read.
This was a great book! It’s really hard to find good Catholic novels now days where the author actually knows the Faith and incorporates it throughout the book. This is one of the rare ones.
There’s nothing I like better than a good mystery, and The Serpent’s Disciple is just that. Stevens knows the area and that shows. Her descriptions of the land, the architecture and most of all, the history, are what make this book so interesting. Her characters are well-developed and made me wanting more. I’m eager to read the sequel.
Linda Thompson, Host of The Authors Show
Suspenseful, historically rich, entertaining — The author pulls you into the story and keeps your attention with great plot twists and mystery.
Great book, an exciting page turner! Stevens has revealed an uncanny ability to weave an intriguing story of the struggle between good and evil facing a contemporary world and the catholic church. Part thriller, part travelogue as the characters journey and struggle on their conflicting paths through many towns, historical landmarks and spiritual sights of Italy. Well researched and developed.
Richard R. Nyman