Diana and the Diadem

By Lex Hames

Draft 1 Posted Date: 1/28/2014

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Historical Thriller

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A round-the-world chase after a precious sacred object. (But it's not the Holy Grail.) Set in Istanbul, Paris, Washington DC, Jerusalem...and a cave in Kyrgyzstan. It's today - and the last 2000 years. The hero, Robert Evans, is a scholar of Sufi mystics and ancient Middle Eastern languages, but he's always ready for action....a thinking man's James Bond. What were the Knights Templar looking for, those nine years in Jerusalem? (12th century.) And why is it now in the Tomb of the Unknowns in DC? And what was it doing in Princess Diana’s hair the night she died? Why are the world’s most powerful people standing naked, chanting loudly, over a body in a crypt in Bethlehem? And what is rising, as they chant…? Is it the Power? Robert Evans and Dr. Eva Atwald (the world's leading authority on ancient, recovered bodies) will find out—if it kills them. "The Bourne Legacy" meets "The Da Vinci Code." Action, mystery, romance! A book that turns everything about the last 2000 years on its head!

About the Author:

I'm a cowboy, writer, and filmmaker. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana. I've been bucked off by bad horses, gored by bulls, and run over by outraged cows. My great-great-grandparents came to Montana in a covered wagon in 1895. I attended Stanford University studying English Literature (Yeats, Faulkner, Fitzgerald) and Creative Writing. I came back to Montana after Stanford. I ran a rodeo ranch - chasing wild horses through the hills and rounding up bucking bulls - I met a group of young filmmakers and fell into documentary film work. I've made films about wildlife, in particular. I've had a rewarding career filming bears, buffalo, ibex, eagles, owls, swans and other wild critters around the globe. Grizzly bears and sandhill cranes are my totem animals. I've won awards and film festival prizes. I'm a wanderer, traveler, adventurer. I've spun prayer wheels in the great Gonden Monastery at 14,000 feet in Tibet, and I rode horseback across northern Mongolia to visit the Tsaatan, the Reindeer People, a couple summers ago. But I always come home in the end. I now live on a mountaintop in Montana overlooking the Missouri River. "Diana and the Diadem" will, I hope, reflect my spirit of adventure, romance, and spiritual searching......

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