The Forbidden Books
by John Oehler
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A MONASTERY IN PRAGUE. BOOKS KEPT SECRET FOR CENTURIES. WHY?
Dan Lovel, a former agent with the US Diplomatic Security Service, now makes his living recovering stolen art and destroying counterfeits. On Grand Cayman Island, Astrid Desmarais, a French official whose life he once saved, asks him to retrieve four books, “possibly five,” from the locked collection of “forbidden books” in a monastery in Prague. The books she wants are an inventory of art stolen by Napoleon and now housed in the Louvre. She intends to return the art to its rightful owners.
He reluctantly agrees. But the friars discover him in the locked room, and all hell breaks loose. The friars and their minions will stop at nothing to recover their books. When Dan discovers the shocking truth of the fifth volume, he realizes it could ignite global chaos and war. To prevent this, he must return to the life he tried to bury and face decisions that tear at his soul.
Reminiscent of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, and Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity, EX LIBRIS is a pulse-pounding thriller of worldwide peril that will haunt your thoughts long after you have turned the last page.