During the Second World War, Captain Miles Roselli hides three dead comrades and a fortune in Vatican gold in the Tibesti Mountains of the northern Sahara. Twenty years later, he is forced into a battle of wits when the secret of the gold bullion is revealed. Roselli was the only man alive who knew anything about the gold's whereabouts and never expected the truth to come to light. The slaughter of a gold bullion dealer in London opens up a race for the gold, which involves the Italian mafia and the Vatican. But for the Holy See of Rome, the gold is of little interest to them, it is the document that had been stolen from the Secret Archives and concealed with the gold; its revelation could do lasting damage to the Roman Catholic Church. Roselli has to call on all his old instincts and the guile of a Desert Rat to protect his name, his family and the truth that lies buried beneath the Tibesti Mountains.
- Paperback | 274 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.75mm | 476.27g
- 09 Feb 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white
About MR Michael Parker
Michael Parker was born in 1941 and educated in London and Portsmouth. He left school with no qualifications but a natural 'bent' for English, and it was this ability that set him on the path to writing. Michael has written for as long as he can remember, but not with the success he first coveted. His first novel, NORTH SLOPE was published by Macmillan in 1980. His following manuscript, HELL'S GATE was rejected and so began a saga that lasted twenty six years, but more of that later. Michael's second novel, THE SHADOW OF THE WOLF, was published in 1984 by Robert Hale of London. It was to be many, many years of writing and rejections before he saw his third novel published in 2007. This was HELL'S GATE, the novel he had been trying to get accepted since 1980. Other books followed: THE EAGLE'S COVENANT in 2007 (Robert Hale). THE DEVIL'S TRINITY in 2008 (Robert Hale). In May 2009 THE THIRD SECRET. A COVERT WAR followed that in 2010, and later this year, 2011, THE BOY FROM BERLIN will be released, once again published by Robert Hale. Michael met his wife Pat when he was sixteen and she was fifteen. They married in 1960, have four sons, ten grandchildren and celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary in January 2010. Michael has worked as an office boy, a Merchant seaman, a plaster's labourer, a deck hand, a cinema projectionist, an RAF Technician and a maintenance technician in the food industry. He has also worked in the Middle East. In 1997 Michael and Pat moved to Spain and settled on the Costa Blanca. Michael's hobbies are Football, snooker, and keyboard. He is member of Torrevieja Christian Fellowship (TCF) along with his wife, and used to play keyboard there as a member of the Praise and Worship team. Michael has described his writing hobby as a 'Sweet curse'. He says that the joy comes from writing a full length novel, living with it, creating the adventure, the characters, the excitement etc., but the curse comes from the number of rejections that are received from almost all the publishers and agents he contacts. But perseverance is the key word, which was the case with HELL'S GATE; twenty six years in trying. ROSELLI'S GOLD, now available on Amazon kindle, was first published as THE THIRD SECRET. Michael felt that the title had become over-used and decided the change reflected more on the genre and content of the book.