The Independent Magazine for Freemasons
By: Dominic Selwood
This story grabs one’s attention at page one and won’t let go until the very end. Excitement, drama, action and a really strong story line make this book a riveting read. At nearly 1.2 kilos, this 780 page book is crammed with adventure, racing at maximum velocity around the world, leaving the reader feeling physically and mentally drained.
This is “Indiana Jones” meets “Robert Langdon” meets “Evelyn Salt” meets the “Deputy Grand Secretary of Grand Lodge” – and its’ central characters have a perfect blend of originality and believability that carry the story to it’s epic and dramatic conclusion.
Dominic Selwood writes with such fluidity and conviction that this book hums, leading the reader around dynamic twists and turns leaving one breathless, and desperate to keep turning pages.
Set in the present, it’s the story of the theft of important ancient religious artefacts, over a period of less than two weeks, following a trail of biblical magic, the realm of the Knight Templar, Freemasonry, the world of the occult, extremist neo-Nazis, MI6, Mossad, unbelievable evil and a host of supporting infrastructure. This book works because Selwood has researched his story well, and has included many truths combined with actual historic events that fit perfectly into his fictional tale, allowing his story to undulate with the natural rhythm of a “good-against-evil” battle.
Unlike Dan Brown, Selwood does not “sensationalise” Freemasonry, nor exploits Masonic symbols (as did Dan Brown) but has woven our Order into his novel in a most gratifying way. Freemasonry does not properly feature until page 512, and then plays a minor but important role. We enter Freemasons Hall, and enjoy a lavish description of the opulent art deco building, and trail the labyrinth of halls and corridors within so we feel we’re actually there. Alas…. the story was written before Grand Lodge re-organised its’ entrance foyer.
Selwood links the Knights Templar to Freemasonry, and emphasises their “secret” traditions. However, he is careful to keep the record straight by making it clear that they are both beneficial, philanthropic and generally forces for good in this world. Both the Knights Templar and Freemasons are portrayed as “heroes” and his knowledge of history and how our Orders came to exist really stand out in this epic story.
The involvement of the K.T. and Freemasonry in this tale is absolutely right. Biblical references and interesting juxtaposition of religious artefacts and connection to the Craft all blend together into a seamless cauldron of absolute mayhem and total reading enjoyment.
Having a “Masonic Connection” makes this book an attractive read for Masons, without our Order being set up to fuel any Masonic conspiracy theories, cynically to sell books. Whether a Mason or not, this is one racy, dynamic book that leaves the reader deeply satisfied with the outcome. Recommended reading? Yes.