Brendan Carroll was born and raised in Southeast Texas and now lives in the East Texas Lake Country. Throughout his scholastic career, he wanted nothing more than to tell a good story, get a few laughs or give a few frights. After high school, he joined the US Navy and spent the next four years serving the country in the fighter training squadron VT-86 out of Pensacola, Florida. In college, he majored in Environmental Science and Geography with a minor in Geology and ended up with a teaching certificate for Secondary Earth Sciences. After one year of teaching fourteen and fifteen-year-olds, his desire to inspire young minds was laid to rest and he took up a position serving the State of Texas in the Correctional Field. In his spare time, he has produced over thirty novels which are currently being published in Kindle format as well as paperback at a much slower pace. His one aim is to entertain the reader with a good tale and hope that they may get something more from his work than just a laugh, a fright or a sigh.
Book 30 of the Assassin Chronicles brings the series to a close. The Knight of Death and his Order of the Red Cross of Gold have come to the end of the road and it's time to say goodbye. Many loose ends are tied, questions are answers, dilemmas are solved and mysteries revealed. But does this mean life as he knew will cease to exist? Is this the end of the world or is it a new beginning?
Book 28 of the Assassin Chronicles continues the adventures of the Knights of the Order of the Red Cross of Gold as they struggle through the End Times as prophesied in the Bible and other ancient texts.
Book 27 in the Assassin Chronicles:. The Red Cross of Gold series finds members of Knight of Death's extensive family and enemy guest card seemingly about to change their evil ways. The Order, meanwhile, finds itself suddenly thrust into the midst of Armageddon before they know what is happening.
While the new Emperor of New Persia allows his hatred for all things Templar to cloud his already impaired judgment, the Ancient Evil expands his grip on the world, turning vast tracts into barren wastelands full of monstrosities with the help of an even more insidious power from beyond the Abyss.
Things go a bit awry when some of the younger members of the Order delve into the occult realms using mystical powers beyond their control. What other secrets lie buried in dusty chambers under the old Nazi stronghold of Wewelsburg?
By Brendan Carroll
Published: October 30, 2011.
Christopher Stewart and Armand de Bleu are students in one of the most exclusive boys’ schools in the world. They attend Sir Bartholomew of Sussex’ Academy for apprentices and future members of the Red Cross of Gold Order of the Poor Knights of Solomon’s Temple.
Ancient secrets are revealed when some of the Lords and Ladies of the Abyss show up at Mark Ramsay's estate in Scotland for a little get together. More and more interesting facts come to light about the Knight of Death's past, and he must renew his search for the Ancient Evil who is still bent upon gaining access to the crystal skulls. Mark's old nemesis, Abaddon, uses Lucio to gain information.
The Chevalier du Morte must continue his ruse in order to accomplish his triple mission in the Abyss, the Underworld and the Overworld. The Ancient Evil, thwarted in his attempt to use the very power of God, turns his attention to the fair lands and people of the faery realms.
Sir Ramsay, still under Semiramis' curse struggles to maintain control of the Order of the Red Cross of Gold from afar.
Holy Blood begins with a wedding and a war and progresses to more normal circumstances for the Order of the Red Cross of Gold as Sir Mark Andrew Ramsay, Knight of Death, finally defeats Semiramis' curse and restores the Order to a simpler time, hoping to find a bit of peace for himself. The Order moves back to the restored Villa in Southern Italy and leaves Scotland to Ramsay and his family.
With things returning to somewhat normal conditions within the Order of the Red Cross of Gold, the Chevalier Mark Andrew Ramsay returns from his first assignment as Assassin after Edgard d'Brouchart resumes his position as Grand Master of the Order, but he is not really willing to trust Master d'Brouchart completely. Something is not quite right about Edgard's obsession with one particular enemy.
The King of the woodland elves returns to a kingdom in crisis as the Knight of Death finds himself at the mercy of his former love, Queen Semiramis and she does not feel inclined to deal gently with him. Things deteriorate globally as Omar's New Order of the Temple falls victim to an unexpected foe with a familiar face.
The Chevalier Ramsay must return to the Abyss to conduct a bit of damage control in the Seventh Gate in spite of the danger of running into old acquaintances. His old enemies, routed from New Babylon, begin searching for him and the Mighty Djinni with a new plan for bringing chaos to the world of men.
The Chevalier Mark Andrew Ramsay finds himself catching the worst of three worlds as battles rage in two of them and intrigue develops in the third. The Queen of the Abyss, the Queen of the Center and the King of the Tuatha de Danaan may be more than the venerable Knight of Death can handle at one time, but he may have more going for him than everyone suspects.
Mark Andrew Ramsay, Poor Knight of Solomon's Temple, gathers the remnants of his once powerful Order and retreats to the Isle of Ramsay to make a last stand against Omar Kadif as the new Prophet makes his bid for world dominion.
The Chevalier du Morte must call upon the powers of the Abyss in order to restore Sister Meredith's sanity. Meredith has chosen Lucio Dambretti as her reluctant King to her imagined Queen of Babylon role. Mark's brother anxiously awaits the arrival of Merry's baby and Mark prays for the return of his son, John Paul. In Persia, Omar Kadif finds a new calling as Prophet and Savior of all the world.
The Grand Master of the Red Cross of Gold fails miserably in his attempt to 'set things right' by indulging in a bit of time travel. He is saved from a terrible fate by his beloved Meredith, but her magick awakens an even greater power in the Abyss that would have been better left sleeping. The Chevalier du Morte returns home defeated, but his troubles increase disproportionately when he returns.
Mark Ramsay, Chevalier du Morte, Assassin and Alchemist makes a desperate bid to 'set things right'. He creates his own dragon to fight the red serpent while the Templar Children all flee to the Underworld after the Mighty Djinni warns them of imminent mortal danger. Mark leaves Scotland for the Holy Lands, but his plans are thwarted as history begins to repeat itself at an accelerated rate.
The Chevalier du Morte is forced to retain his control of the Order as Grand Master when Edgard d'Brouchart is forced into exile after the Order's headquarters is buried by a volcanic eruption. Ramsay moves the Order to Scotland and tries to restore spiritual strength of purpose to the rapidly changing face of the poor Knights of Solomon's Temple, but the changes might prove fatal to the order.
Five years later, 2055, and the Chevalier du Morte’s exile is complete. It is time for him to come back to the Order of the Red Cross of Gold, but he is reluctant. Life has gone on, as well as death, and he must return to the Order that so cruelly turned its back on him when he needed it most.
In a strange twist of fate, the Chevalier du Morte, finds himself suddenly catapulted into the role of Grand Master of the Order of the Red Cross of Gold when four members of the Order are struck down simultaneously in a mysterious incident. He is plagued by the idea that he has committed the unforgiveable sin while still trying desperately to discover the whereabouts of the Djinn creature.
The Knight of Death runs afoul the legendary Queen of the Abyss when he accepts a position as King of the Faeries in the idyllic underworld realm. He enlists the aid of his Brothers of the Order as the Grand Master sends them one and two at a time to bring him back.
The Chevaliere Meredith Sinclair learns a hard lesson about magick. The events she set in motion when she used the Mystery of the Wisdom of Solomon to find her daughter are still wreaking havoc on her 'Disciples'. The Healer astounds his Brothers by playing a trick on the unwitting Chevaliere and brings on the wrath of Chevalier Ramsay as well as the Mad Arab with near deadly consequences.
The venerable Chevalier du Morte must travel to the Underworld to rescue his beloved Meredith after she and the Order's Mystic Healer are imprisoned by an ancient sorcerer with mysterious ties to Mark Ramsay. While he is battling evil forces on the astral plane, his son becomes a member of the Immortal Council of Twelve. One foe is vanquished and another awakened.
The Chevaliere Meredith Sinclair must use her powers as the Knight of the Wisdom of Solomon to locate her missing daughter while coping with the rivalry between the Knight of Death and the Knight of the Golden Eagle for her attentions. At the same time, the Mad Arab becomes more entangled in the affairs of the Order of the Red Cross of Gold as he plots to use Meredith's gifted child against them.
Mark Ramsay's troubles increase as he tries unsuccessfully to come to terms with the fact that he has been gone from his beloved Scotland for 21 years during which time Meredith has married his best Brother and constant nemesis, Lucio Dambretti.
The Chevalier Mark Ramsay goes after the lost Key to the Ark of the Covenant and in the process, discovers that the Order has attracted the attention of the Ancient Order of Assassins, a far eastern cult and long time enemy of the Knights Templar. Once more, he is torn away from his true love's arms and ends up in the Abyss fighting a magickal dragon for possession of the Golden Key.
Chevalier Mark Ramsay, learns a powerful lesson about physical alchemy when he'gives birth' unexpectedly to the mythical Philosopher's Stone. The Stone, coveted by many, understood by few, is stolen and held for ransom by a renegade ex-Templar. The former apprentice wants to trade the Stone for the Immortality that he feels was rightfully his when Meredith Sinclair became a Knight in his stead.
Mark Ramsay returns to America bent on marrying the girl he left behind, but things are not well on the home front. Two members of his ancient Order set themselves on a dangerous course to stop him at all costs, believing that the marriage will cause the dissolution of the Order. He puts his own life on the line when his beloved Brother weighs in on the competition for her hand.
If anything can go wrong… it will and does in the Book One of the Assassin Chronicles. Mark Ramsay has never had so much trouble executing a simple extraction/assassination mission. Are the years getting to him? Eight centuries in the same job is a long, long time. Maybe he needs a vacation or a new occupation, but maybe he just needs to get his head on straight before he loses