I began my writing career as a cub reporter at the Cincinnati Enquirer. While working for a major publishing company in the 1960s, I sensed the sudden influx of newly minted MBAs was a harbinger of traditional publishing’s decline. I ignored my trepidations and the advice of my parents and plunged into a writing career anyway, though I did hedge my bets by getting a PhD in Comparative Literature. I paid the bills by teaching at the university level. Concurrently, I worked as a technology journalist and technical writer, wrote for computer games and television, published several novels and a hundred or so poems, worked as a futurist for a think tank, and generally had a very good time. Most of my novels are available from on-line sellers like Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Several are also available as eBooks.
My latest books have had an archaeology theme, a lifelong interest.
The Prince of Aquitaine, a novel of Paris. A serio-comic tale of Gérard de Nerval, a mad 19th century French romantic poet who had a habit of constantly falling into unrequited love with images of the mother he never knew. The secrets of eternal love, he believed, lay on the other side of the barrier between dream and real life, and he alone could crack it. On New Years Day 1846 he meets a woman who confesses that she, too, lost someone, the woman who protected her when she was just a street urchin. He impulsively promises he will find this woman, and so sets forth on a quixotic quest. Along the way he comes under the wing of Eugène François Vidocq, criminal-turned-policeman and founder of the French Sureté, to learn how to be a detective. He manages to solve a mystery, just not the right one.
Tablet of Destinies, best-seller available on Kindle.
JOB DESCRIPTION: DELPHIC ORACLE, CURRENTLY SERVING
TO-DOS: STOP APOCALYPSE. ASAP!
In this action-packed historical thriller, an ancient, extremely dark religion gains terrifying vitality and power, as the pieces of a 3,000-year-old Sumerian jigsaw puzzle fall into place.
A clay tablet turns up, containing a prophecy of demons, a snake goddess, and the birth of a “disruptive” miraculous child. A prophecy so dangerous the tablet was smashed to bits, and the shards scattered to all the cities of the ancient world to prevent reassembling, until a Jesuit scholar’s vision sets the prophecy in motion in Paris, where the pieces have lain for centuries, half a world and three millennia away from their source.
Yet very close to the current home of Lisa Emmer, chosen the Pythia, head of the Delphi Agenda, because of her gift of sight, and trained in ancient world studies by a mentor who promised to “teach you life”; more accurately, he might have said “teach you to save the world from evil.” Prophecy is Lisa’s bailiwick—she’s the modern-day Delphic Oracle, head of a secret organization whose purpose is to protect the world from rogue conspiracies within the Church.
Over the centuries, the Delphi Agenda has prevented the cult of Ophis Sophia from the fulfillment of their doomsday prophecy several times. Now, in a suspenseful race against an alignment of planets and comets that signals the “wondrous child’s” impending birth, Lisa speeds to find and protect the mother and child. If she’s too late, “disruption” will take on a devastating new meaning.
Fans of intrepid women sleuths will love Lisa, as well as anyone smitten with the romance of the ancient world, and action-adventure in historical fiction and thriller conspiracies, (especially those involving the Catholic church, like The DaVinci Code). Sure to please fans of Dan Brown, Steve Berry, and the first Lisa Emmer thriller, The Delphi Agenda.
My Thriller in Paradise series has also been reissued on Kindle.
Essays and Short Stories at the Electronic Book Review
Satisfying Ambiguity, essay written just after 9/11. The Wizard of Oz meets the Delphic Oracle. George W. Bush needed a brain. Dick Cheney needed a heart…
Past Futures, Future’s Past, essay: The emergence of the concept of linear time and the beginning of history during the Sedentary Divide.
Not Just a River, essay: Denial, according to Mark Twain, is not just a big river in Egypt.
Anomalies, essay: Three books that investigate the anomalous, address the unexplained, and answer the impossible. The truth is in here.
Dispersion, short story. Digital media fragment us.
Seeking, short story. Personal ads have never been this complicated.
Read the first chapter of my novel The White Pig. It is available online in both eBook and paper.
© 2012 Rob Swigart