Doomsday Hand - Book 5 of the Peacetaker Series
What starts off as a dreadful murder in London soon becomes a race against time to save humanity. The receipt of an ancient parchment with an imprint of black-hand is only the beginning of something more terrible than Carter and Stella ever imagined. More
Five years ago, Dr. Stella Hunter wrote a controversial book about the ancients who believed that once in a Blue Moon a child with Peacetaker powers is born. Such child, when grown to maturity, can seed murderous madness in people's minds by merely walking among them. A simple amulet activates the Peacetaker’s powers. Stella’s book was meant for the academic world. It brought her not only unwanted notoriety, and a young boy she subsequently adopted, but a new partner into her life; someone who would be the least likely companion for an academic obsessed with ancient myths and legends. Someone who’d never think that just by measuring his hand against a palm imprint on a piece of paper had the potential to doom not only him but humanity.
Less than three months into Stella’s one year guest professorship in London, her husband, the retired FBI consultant, Timothy Carter, runs into an old friend while catching a taxi. It’s raining and both parties are late for their respective appointments. They make a lunch date for the next day but that meeting never happens. Mere hours after meeting his friend Gregory Semple, Carter discovers he’d been murdered at the British Museum.
A few days later Carter receives a package with a mysterious black-hand-imprinted parchment, addressed to him, from his now-deceased friend. Impulsively and thinking it a joke,Carter measures his own palm against the black imprint and suddenly, unknown to him, a clock somewhere started ticking a countdown to doomsday. As Carter attempts to figure out the importance of the strange parchment, he is thrust into a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction mess involving a billionaire’s child bride and European supermodel, a Scotland Yard Inspector, an eccentric academic, various thugs and his deceased friend’s adopted child. From the streets of London to the coast of Spain, Carter and Stella must find a way to abolish a ‘curse-disguised-as-a-gift’ that no one believed existed – until now. This time, it’s Carter’s life that is on the line because, as Stella puts it to him succinctly, 99% of humanity on Earth would kill to possess that which Carter now has—as a result of the curse and his impulsive nature.
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