Opus Dei

From an attack on the streets of Beirut till the incredible climax in 2016, this strange tale of conspiracy and intrigue is sure to grip the reader. From Israel an attack is launched against the Iranian nuclear installations: on the same night the Dome of the Rock is razed plunging the region into war. By the intervention of one man, a new Order comes into being. Opus Dei - uncover its secrets! More
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About Lyn J Pickering

The civil war in Lebanon and the invasion by Israel had a great impact on me as I had left Lebanon only a short time before. My brother and I hitchhiked from London to Beirut in the early '70's and fell in love with the Middle East. Lebanon is an amazing country; dramatic, beautiful, and rich in history. At that time tourism was not at a great height - at least not in the mountain areas where we lived, and the people were warm and hospitable. We stayed in an ancient house that clung to the hillside in a village called Shimlan, below us were silver/green olive groves and, way beyond, Beirut lay like pink coral with one arm reaching out in the Mediterranean Sea.

I left the Middle East behind reluctantly, made a bit of money waitressing in London and traveled back to South Africa by Land Rover as chief cook and bottle-washer with a group of guys. At this stage, I was writing only poetry and a shaky travelogue dictated by the rough terrain.

My first novel was called The Single Leaf, from a poem by the Lebanese writer, Khalil Gibran; it grew as I watched from a distance, a land engaged in a death struggle.
This was still the days of typewriters and my final draft, when completed, was sent without making a copy, to publisher in Lebanon. It was never heard of again. I had earlier copies which I buried in a bottom drawer and left there along with my dreams of a writing career.

No writer can be buried forever and I began work on Opus Dei a few years later. Nimrod Twice Born developed in parallel, the two books taking more than 30 years to the point of publication - seriously! Betrayal of Fools, has taken me only seven months to write. It's a far easier read but hard-hitting.

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