The Buddha Conspiracy: Book One of the Ashoka Chronicles
by Alan Bassett
"The entire planet will be plunged once again into the Dark Ages. The history of the coming years will inflict itself as an ugly mimicry of all that was before: crusaders and infidels, inquisitors and heretics, gods and devils, witches and priests. There is a certain cabal of mystics in the Himalayas, however, that has been working for millenniums to avert such a debacle..."
- Master Cheogh-tse