Todd Cook currently lives in the East Bay area of California with his wife,Elsie. Todd is a 1986 graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky where he majored in English while pursuing a Journalism Minor. Prior to attending Asbury, Todd wrote sports articles for the Quantico Sentry (a Quantico Marine Base newspaper) newspaper in the 1979-80 school year. That same year he was a state of Virginia finalist in the NCTE Writing Competition for high school juniors. In college, Todd contributed columns, sports articles and cartoons to the Asbury Collegian newspaper. Though working most of his professional life at CTB McGraw-Hill in Monterey, California, Todd has also done extensive freelance writing and editing on his own. History and numismatics remain two of his favorite writing subjects, both in his fiction and non-fiction works. In addition to being a long-time coin collector, Todd worked as a member of the Carmel Mission Art and Artifact Inventory Team from 2006 to 2008, having initially been brought on board to help identify the coins in the mission museum collection. From 2010 to 2011, Todd operated the Monterey-Carmel Spanish History Tour, a 3-hour mini-van tour of Monterey Bay's rich Spanish history and historical sites. While doing so, he believes he has re-traced two possible complete mission trail routes that once connected the presidio and pueblo of Monterey to Mission San Carlos Borromeo Del Rio Carmelo (today known as the Carmel Mission). He does, however, enjoy getting away from coins and the museums every now and then to hike, enjoy sports, and travel. In addition to his published works, Todd wrote web and manual content for ACSII technology company in 2008. Todd also helped edit the book, “Chaplaincy: Being God’s Presence In Closed Communities” (published, 2009). At the present time, Todd is employed by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, CA, and is writing the biography of Philippines and India missionary, Elsie Cook . In 2006, he published his book, "Uncovered: The Lost Coins of Early America" (named as one of the Top 30 books on coin collecting by Amazon). In addition to his numismatic writings, Todd has written history articles for the Monterey Herald newspaper and general interest articles for Firecracker Weekly, a Bay Area newspaper for young people. Currently, he is working on a screenplay about composer Johann Sebastian Bach. His work Madame was published by Malachite Quills in December 2011. Find out more about his work at his author site.
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by Todd Cook
For centuries, a preserve known as “The Royal Lands” was France’s version of “Area 51.” Soldiers guarded the perimeter, and only they and specially authorized royalty were allowed inside, but what was being kept there? Speculation ranged from military armaments to monsters. In 1718, young Jean du Vivier accepts a post inside The Royal Lands. What's inside is more horrifying than he can imagine.
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