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April 2, 2015

DEAD SECRET by Richard Milton


Richard Milton

A Tony Gabriel
Paranormal Mystery
"It was obvious from the day he was born that the Gabriel boy took after his mother in every way. He would be a marked man from birth to death . . ."

Investigative journalist Tony Gabriel inherits a bizarre mystery when he is left the research papers and books of a long-dead Cambridge historian - and a human skull. With no clue to the meaning of this mysterious legacy, Tony puts his years as a reporter to use to investigate who he really is - and is stunned by what he uncovers.

"Suddenly, all the rules of his life seemed to have been broken at once."

Tony's investigations lead him to The Chadwick Foundation - a wealthy and secretive institution whose beliefs in the paranormal both repel and attract him. Are they just rich, powerful people playing an elaborate game, or have they truly gained paranormal powers to penetrate the mystery of the future?

Eve Canning is the keeper of The Foundation's secrets, a powerful and enigmatic woman whose regal beauty turns Tony’s search for the truth into a very personal quest - and his life and beliefs upside down.

And she seems to know more about Tony than he knows about himself. Is he from an ordinary suburban background, as he believes? Or is he descended from the Bourbon Kings and Queens of France - possessing royal blood in his veins and inherited psychic gifts?

"You see more than ordinary people. It's in your blood."

Tony is bewildered by the horrifying conspiracy he begins to unravel. Can human heads really be used to predict the future of entire nations? Why would the immensely wealthy Chadwick Foundation pay $7 million for the skull of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev? Is the British government and its intelligence services involved? When Tony witnesses the Home Secretary die in an elaborate sex ritual at a Belgravia dinner party he knows he has gone too far to back away.

He also discovers that Eve's form of lovemaking is addictive - and has a price. She is a sadist who specialises in erotic asphyxiation. And she has revived a ritual form of sex from French revolutionary times that literally makes death an aphrodisiac.

"Are you afraid of me? She asked. Yes, he said. . “.

Tony has more to fear than just the Chadwick Foundation. Sinister French scientist César Casimir - expelled from the Pasteur Institute under a cloud - wants to make Tony the subject of an experiment to prove the existence of precognitive powers - but it is an experiment conceived in hell, where success means death.

“I am the keeper of a great secret. I have been looking for someone worth sharing it with.”

When Tony is initiated by Eve and her paranormal cult into the ultimate terrifying secret, he has a decision to make that can cost him his life: he can achieve a form of immortality but only by risking everything.

In this book we have a combination of an intense thriller combined with science, history, psychology and the human spirit.   This takes place in present day England but some chapters are in the 18th century France, with a fated encounter that will bring a mysterious theory that is termed "physiognomy"  Used in this book it is both a way of noting different ethnics and "humors" that are of a physical nature.  Also a way to scry the future.  The story features the real life French scientist Antoine Lavoisiet who was noted for discovering oxygen among others.  Some chapters feature British historian Kingsley Weston after WWII. 200 years later, investigative journalist from London, Tony Gabriel, finds out secrets his late mother kept from him.  He finds an important part to his own future in the curator of the Chadwick Museum and closet sadist, Eve Channing.  To keep up with this novel means paying close attention and let the excitement and entertainment envelope you. Lavoisier and Weston both believe that a person's head can predict the future and go much further. Mr. Milton is definitely into thee paranormal that he has woven into the story.  The main character is a tough skeptic who questions the world view. The story presents how people so often believe what they want to instead of what is actuality.This story is a hard story to describe.  It isn't horror but it is dark. It is an interesting tale of dark secrets and how people get caught up in them.As the story proceeds more and more clues to the mystery come to the surface and the reader may be left wondering what will happen when they turn the page. Read DEAD SECRET, it's a must.
I was given a complimentary copy of DEAD SECRET from the author Richard Milton for my view of the book.
I would give this book 5 STARS.

Biography: Richard Milton is a writer, journalist and broadcaster on a wide range of subjects. He currently freelances for The Daily Telegraph and other papers. He is the author of six books including "Bad Company", which The Sunday Times made its Business Book of the Week, and which sets out to explain why large corporations sometimes behave in self-defeating and even insane ways. His controversial "Alternative Science" examines how and why good science is sometimes thrown out with the bad.

His novel "Dead Secret" is a mind-blowing paranormal thriller. His latest non-fiction title "Best of Enemies" looks at Anglo-German relations through two world wars and charts the origins of modern propaganda.

His controversial "Shattering the myths of Darwinism" has caused some members of the scientific establishment to start chewing the carpet and foaming at the mouth, by daring to demand real empirical evidence in support of their Darwinian beliefs, in place of conjecture and pseudoscience.



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