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Eve of Creation
A deafening blast shatters the evening calm of Washington, DC. Beginning with a bomb placed in the sculpture garden of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the philanthropist Richard Palgrave finds he is involved in a threat to destroy the museum and everyone within it. Palgrave and his delightful Buddhist-monk colleagues, along with the director of the museum, Rachel Rabane, follow leads to France, Syria and Iraq (and a possible location of the Garden of Eden) to try to stop the threat from being carried out. As they edge toward the eve of the threatened event, they realize that because of an old friendship Palgrave is intentionally being led not only into the ‘clash of civilizations’ and a world of culture and art but also into the personal psychological realm of someone he comes to know as Evatta M, while engaged in a harrowing pursuit through the chaos of the Middle East – potentially toward destruction.
Kindle Customer Review

Mr. Speakes' second novel in this series does not dissapoint. Once again his command of literary prose and knowledge of his subjects are both inspiring and challenging. He leads us on another adventure with Richard Palgrave, his two monk companions and the curator of a DC art museum that has just suffered a terrorist attack with threats of more to come. They travel to the dangerous Middle East in search of answers and encounter mysteries surrounding priceless artwork and the people who move in those circles. I found this book engrossing and hugely informative of the art world. Mr Speakes' writing is so descriptive and beautiful I sometimes felt as though I were reading poetry. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys truly intelligent writing wrapped around adventure, mystery, suspense and romance.