The Spear of Destiny

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Spear of Destiny is the story of special operations agent Stuart Mackenzie and his mission to steal an ancient artifact from the Wewelsburg, a medieval fortress the SS had turned into an occult research center. A theological student before his wartime experiences left him doubting a God who would allow such suffering, he is ironically sent to steal the very spear that pierced the side of Christ. More
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About M.E. Brines

M.E. Brines spent the Cold War assembling atomic artillery shells and preparing to unleash the Apocalypse (and has a medal to prove it.) But when peace broke out, he turned his fevered, paranoid imagination to other pursuits. He spends his spare time scribbling another steampunk romance occult adventure novel, which despite certain rumors absolutely DOES NOT involve time-traveling Nazi vampires!

A former member of the British Society for Psychical Research, he is a long-time student of the occult and a committed Christian who sees himself as a modern-day Professor Van Helsing equipping Believers for battle against the occult Principalities and Powers that rule a world in darkness. (Ephesians 6:12)

The author of three dozen books, e-books, chapbooks and pamphlets on esoteric subjects such as alien abduction, alien hybrids, astrology, the Bible, biblical prophecy, Christian discipleship, conspiracies, esoteric Nazism, the Falun Gong, Knights Templar, magick, and UFOs, his work has also appeared in Challenge magazine, Weird Tales, The Outer Darkness, Tales of the Talisman, and Empirical magazine.

*I'm often asked how I square my Christianity and "messing around" with the occult, as if I'm partial to bestial things with a goat under the amber light of the moon or something. No so. I'm a student, in the same way I used to study Soviet weapons and tactics back when I was a US Army officer. This gives my work a unique perspective no matter what your belief system. I don't judge. I just present the information and let the reader decide.

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Review by: Wanda Hartzenberg on Sep. 15, 2013 : (no rating)
The Spear of Destiny by M.E Brines

This is a short story of 32 pages and every single one of this is packed with a punch. I was amazed at what the author managed to do with his characters and the story line in such a limited space. Character development, world building, this short had it all.

I wished the author would have added another page from the moment where the final confrontation starts up though. It would have made the last few pages a bit less hurried. That said. The pace in the story itself until that point was perfect.

I really loved this short.

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Review by: Keri Peardon on July 10, 2012 : star star star star star
And that, boys and girls, is how you write something for free and get your readers hooked. Now, as soon as I can scrape together a few dollars, I'll buy the full book.

Really, this was such a refreshing read after reading a lot of crap lately. It's clearly written by 1) someone who has plenty of experience writing and reading books and doing research, and 2) someone who takes his writing seriously and approaches it like a professional.

After I read Brines' full novel and compare it to the novella, I may copy this method for my debut novel, just to be one more hook to catch readers and reel them in. It worked here!
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Review by: Adam Roig on June 28, 2012 : star star star star star
A most excellent read. page turning and enough of a cliff hanger that the remaining books in the series are eagerly anticipating.

Nice easy reading style, none of that pompous language yet full of just enough description to know where you are. Brines obviously knows his mythologies and histories well.
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Review by: Duston Horacek on Aug. 13, 2011 : star star star star star
The Spear of Destiny is hidden treasure on Smashwords! Mike shows his talent for fiction and story telling with just the right dash of the occult mixed in at all the proper places! The only bad thing I can say is that the sequel is not yet out!
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