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The Rose Conspiracy [Paperback]

By Craig Parshall (Author)
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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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"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.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Rose Conspiracy by Craig Parshall has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Romantic Times - 02/01/2009 page 61
  • CBA Retailers - 01/01/2009 page 36


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736915141  
ISBN13  9780736915144  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tim LaHaye is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 70 nonfiction books, many on biblical prophecy and end-times. He is the coauthor of the record-shattering Left Behind series and is considered one of America's foremost authorities on biblical end-times prophecy.

Craig Parshall currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia. Craig Parshall was born in 1950.

Spanish Language Biography: Tim LaHaye es un autor bestseller en la lista del New York Times con mas de setenta libros de no ficcion, muchos de ellos acerca de profecias y el fin de los tiempos, y es el coautor de la serie Left Behind con ventas record. Se considera que LaHayes es uno de las autoridades mas reconocidas de America acerca de las profecias biblicas del fin de los tiempos. Visite www.TimLaHaye.com

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Intrigue...  Mar 6, 2009
The Rose Conspiracy
Craig Parshall
Harvest House, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7369-1514-4
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 01/09
5 stars
Intrigue...
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.
 
Offers an intriguing plot, but strives to educate more than most readers want to be when reading for entertainment  Mar 4, 2009
Newly acquired pages from John Wilkes Booth's diary prove deadly to the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution as he excitedly examines them late one night. The secretary is found dead in his office, but the mysterious pages have disappeared. Many groups and individuals would do anything to acquire the famous lost pages, but it is a beautiful sculptor who becomes the prime suspect. Vehemently claiming her innocence, Vinnie Archmont brings her case to J.D. Blackstone, noted law professor and one of Washington D.C.'s "most brilliant, yet enigmatic lawyers."

Examination of the crime scene photos leads Blackstone to focus on one particularly interesting item: a blank notebook. He assumes the victim's last act was to write something significant on that notebook --- something that was stolen by the murderous thief. Blackstone's theory proves correct after a forensic examiner reconstructs the impressions left on the remaining pages. A one-sentence note, followed by four lines of a cryptic, coded poem copied from the diary, could be the key to finding the murderer.

"A strange ciper appears in the Booth diary as follows:

To AP and KGC

Rose of 6 is Sir al ik's golden tree

In gospel Mary first revealed

At Ashli plot reveals the key."

The puzzling, enigmatic words send Blackstone to people and places he never anticipated in an effort to clear Archmont's name and uncover the most guarded secret of the Mystic Freemasons, a clandestine group that claims to be the oldest secular fraternal order. Blackstone travels to England to meet Lord Dee, a high-ranking Freemason, billionaire, religious philosopher and Vinnie's close friend. It is on his return flight, while conducting research, that Blackstone concludes that the murder case has undisputed religious elements: 1) Religious symbolism in the poem; 2) Lord Dee's "otherworldly interest" in the Booth diary because of its possible link to the "ultimate secret" of the Freemasons; and 3) The possible involvement of the Freemasons in the murder.

After drawing these conclusions, Blackstone finds a photo of Albert Pike, a lawyer and high-ranking Freemason who became a Confederate soldier and was charged with treason. The following page contains a photo of his girlfriend, a beautiful sculptor named Vinnie Ream. He is jarred by the fact that Pike's and Ream's pictures strongly resemble Lord Dee, with whom he had just visited, and Archmont.

Shortly after his return, a mysterious phone call leads Blackstone to a construction site, where he is nearly killed in what was clearly a setup. Another attempt is made on Blackstone's life as he is out riding his horse. Despite the danger, he pursues the case and enlists the help of his uncle, the Rev. John Lamb, with whom he often debates various Christian topics. With his uncle's help, Blackstone discovers that the Freemasons are connected with Gnosticism. His uncle explains that the Gnostics attempted to disprove the Gospel, but the historical truth won out in the end. Blackstone, who believes the Bible is primarily fiction, is surprised to learn the extent of the documented evidence and verifiable proof of Jesus' life, teachings, death and resurrection.

Blackstone continues to believe his client's innocence, despite her motive and opportunity, and learns more about Christianity as the plot thickens and more about the Gnostics, Christianity, the Freemasons and Booth comes to light. By mid-book, Blackstone and the reader are both contemplating a variety of questions:

Could Booth have been carrying a message to Albert Pike and the Knights of the Golden Circle, which would explain the initials in the first line of the poem?

Are the Freemasons involved? Lord Dee? His client?

And above all else, could there be value and life-changing truth to the Gospel of Christ?

THE ROSE CONSPIRACY offers an intriguing plot, but strives to educate more than most readers want to be when reading for entertainment. Explanations of legal procedures, history, Christianity and Gnosticism are heavily intertwined with the story. I commend Craig Parshall for his extensive research and complex storyline, but feel he should have cut to the chase a little sooner, and with fewer tutorials.

--- Reviewed by Susan Miura
 
A 5 Star Thriller  Feb 11, 2009
This is an exciting book to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an edge of your seat thriller about a lawyer who is trying to unravel a mystery in time to save his client from the death chamber.

There are twists and turns and moments when you will catch your breath. It's an exciting legal thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I would call this book a 5 star thriller!


 
Legal thriller not quite up to author's usual great writing  Feb 8, 2009

The Rose Conspiracy by Craig Parshall is another book in the growing genre of mysterious books and secret societies, ala The DaVinci Code. J.D. Blackstone is a hotshot D.C. lawyer with a fast car, an addiction to adrenalin, and no personal relationships. When Vinnie Archmount is accused of murdering a Smithsonian official to steal the missing pages of John Wilkes Booth's diary, she calls in Blackstone to defend her. The case quickly goes from mysterious to dangerous as there is an attempt on his life, and the deeper Blackstone investigates, the more secrets he uncovers. Throw in the Masons, the secret to eternal life, and the Gnostic Gospels, and you have plenty of thrills. I've read some of Parshall's books, and I have to say this is the weakest of them. The characters aren't fully formed beyond stereotypes, so it's really hard to care about Blackstone's grief about his lost family or Vinnie's arrest. The whole book just felt a little too slick to me. Blackstone is hard to like, and the Christian aspects are mini-sermons.
 
Amazing Adventure  Feb 4, 2009

"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.



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.



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*



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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