All his life, Dr. Peter Northcott has been plagued by disturbing dreams?apocalyptic scenes of angels and demons and visions of fire and blood. Concentrating on his scholarly life in Rome, Peter is approaching his thirty-third birthday when he is accosted by a mysterious priest. Father Renauld claims to have important information regarding Peter's destiny. He spins a tale of secret societies and ancient texts and enemies who not only threaten Peter himself but the whole of creation. Peter retreats to his adopted parent's home in England. Even there, he is haunted by dreams of Armageddon. His parents beg him to listen to the priest's story. Can these intelligent people really believe in a war of cosmic proportions? What was the true motivation behind Peter's adoption? Reluctantly, Peter visits a subterranean cavern, situated deep in the bowels of the Pyrenees Mountains, to retrieve an ancient scroll. Records of fire, murder, and secrets echo Peter's visions, but can he really be the divine star, the savior of the world? The idea is unthinkable, but what if it is true? What if he is the Astrum Divinus?
stuart burley reviewed Astrum Divinus
an excellent read!
As an avid reader of thrillers and mystery novels I was very impressed by this novel. It has a great storyline and engages you up until the very last page. I liked the historical events that fit together very well and it remains upbeat which is no mean feat for the amount of facts and informative nature. I would recommend this as a holiday read where you can settle in and lose yourself in a good book. It would work very well as a hollywood blockbuster film!
S. Mahaffey reviewed Astrum Divinus
Excellent! March 12, 2015
Dr. Peter Northcott was an orphan as his mother abandoned him. Peter is adopted. Peter has awful dreams which he seems to outgrow. He now works successfully as a historian. He is contacted by a priest that turns how world upside down when he is told that he is the warrior to destroy the "enemies of heaven." The existence of a secret sect to protect the bloodline of Astrum Divinus causes Peter to do a very thorough investigation of the priest's unbelievable story.
The details in this novel gives the story credibility. There is lots of action and excitement in the novel making it enjoyable to read
Astrum Divinus by John D. Christopher, Australian eBook Publisher, 277 pages, (Reviewed: February, 2015)
A strong sense of history runs through every page of Astrum Divinus, John Christopher’s thriller rooted in a man’s harried search for his roots. The novel’s protagonist Dr. Peter Northcott must navigate the tangled web of his own personal history — and that past runs deep.Only when he’s 33 years old, teaching and doing research in Rome, does Northcott discover that his family legacy is much more complex than a simple case of child abandonment. A visit from the eccentric priest Father Renauld reveals Northcott’s true identity as the prophesized savior of humanity, the ”Astrum Divinus” or “Divine Star” foretold by an ancient and secret society.Christopher writes with an authority and depth that lends credence to the novel’s strong ties to academia. Although the story includes many fantastical plot twists about Armageddon and mysticism, there’s plenty of pure history in this story of a man who’s inherited an ancient responsibility as a savior.The book offers plenty of excitement and action, particularly for fans of Dan Brown and other historical-based fiction. It’s clear that Christopher has done his homework in putting together this thriller, and that dedication makes the book succeed in the end.Patricia Moosbrugger, blueink Review