Michael J. Webb
Ethan Freeman, ex-Special Forces Ranger, wakes up to discover he is the sole survivor of a fiery commercial airline crash that killed his entire family. His nightmare is only beginning when he becomes the FBI’s prime suspect. Only Ethan knows he’s not a cold-hearted murderer, but he has no idea what happened to him--and why he alone survived.
He finds an unlikely ally in Sam Weaver, the NTSB Chief Investigator. An ex-military pilot, Sam senses Ethan is innocent. She tries to remain dispassionate in her investigation of the crash even as she finds herself attracted to the man who may be
America=s worst homegrown mass-murderer.
Neither Ethan nor Sam realize that shadowy spiritual forces are at work which will alter their lives forever.
A monstrous evil, imprisoned since the time of the Pharaohs, has been released by The
Nine, a sinister group of powerful men and women who believe they are the direct descendants of the Anunnaki, ancient Sumerian gods. The demon they have unleashed intends to free The Destroyer from The Abyss, the angelic prison referred to in the Book of Revelation, and unleash a worldwide reign of terror and annihilation.
Facing impossible odds, time is running out for Ethan and all of humanity as he is drawn
into an ever-deeper conspiracy--millennia in the making--and learns that he is the key to stopping The Nine.
Eight men and one woman stood momentarily silent around the blood-drenched altar.
The Nine wore hooded, black robes that completely covered them from head to foot. Each robe was tied at the waist with a thick cord of rough-cut hemp. The frayed ends reached almost down to each person’s knees. A strange-looking monogram was sewn into each robe--a miniature multi-colored globe of the world with an upside-down golden cross centered on top.
The small group paused in their evil ritual and stood contemplative—their faces hidden within the murky depths of shadows cast by thick cowls, arms crossed over chests, blood-soaked hands sequestered out of sight.
One of The Nine wore a large, ornate white-gold and silver ring carved in the form of a huge ram’s head. The intricately detailed ram’s head had eyes meticulously chiseled from two carat rubies--fiery eyes that seemed to glow with a soulless life of their own. The Grand Master. The one who wielded absolute power and control over the other eight, at least in the earthly venue.
The Nine waited.
The wooden altar--made from solid oak and centered in a pentagram carved into the cold stone floor centuries before--was located in a secret chamber deep beneath the once-famous Cathar castle known as Montesegur. The castle, now in ruins, sat high above the grassy, tree-filled plain below, nearly four thousand feet above sea level, atop the mountain called by locals, The Pog. Built in the early part of the thirteenth century and situated in the heart of the Languedoc-Rousillion region of southeastern
the ruined fortress stood as a silent memorial to a gruesome event.
In the spring of the year 1244, in the peaceful, flower-filled meadow below the castle, two hundred and five Cathars were burned alive rather than renounce their beliefs--part of what historians now referred to as the Albigensian Crusade.
For over seven hundred years, the meadow has been known as the Field of the Burned.
On this particular late-Summer’s night there was a bone-numbing chill in the air, harbinger of an early, harsh winter. None of the Nine had noticed the encroaching cold earlier as they had made their way from the heights of the windswept castle, down steep, narrow, winding steps.
They were headed for the belly of the earth and its covering darkness . . . .
Michael J. Webb graduated summa cum laude from the
and obtained his J.
D. from the same university. Over the
past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure. University
He is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views, and has studied and taught from the Bible extensively for more than twenty-five years. He is also intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics that are now providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light. He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers.
Michael and his wife make their home in
Books by Michael: The Master’s Quilt, The Nephilim Parchments, The Song of the Seraphim (Giants in the Earth trilogy), The Oldest Enemy, Infernal Gates. He is currently working on Devil’s Cauldron, the sequel to Infernal Gates. He also authored a non-fiction work entitled In the Cleft of the Rock: Insights into the Blood of Jesus, Resurrection Power, and Saving the Soul.