About the Book
Shrouded in mystery, a precious relic known as Il Testamento, or The Proof, circulated among the early Christians. Before their deaths, its guardians hid it from their adversaries, leaving only a crude map of its location.
For centuries, it lay in darkness. Until now. Reports of its existence have resurfaced, inciting an ancient rivalry between a ruthless group that seeks to destroy it, and a secret association that lusts for its power.
Fighting his inner guilt, Gabe Dolcini is summoned to Siena by a grandfather he has never met and is thrust into a dark maze of danger. And into his divine destiny.
“Coward!” Gabe’s father shouted. He threw Gabe to safety across the waterfall and went back for Angelica.
Stifling a cry, Gabe struggled against the wind. He grabbed a tree and pulled his trembling body up. Bark dug into his small palms. He glanced up the mountain at his sister. Angelica feared nothing.
“Get. Down. Here!” Their father’s fury intensified with the storm. With his neck craned upward, he shouted at her to move faster.
Eyes wide with excitement and black hair whipping around her beaming face, she leapt gracefully to another large boulder. But this time, her worn tennis shoes slid off the wet rock. Her mouth opened in surprise as she pitched headfirst down the steep terrain.
Anguish contorted their father’s face as he watched, helpless.
Inhaling the driving rain, Gabe coughed while straining to see her. There! She clung to a root on the steep bank, her thin arms and face gashed by sharp rocks. Her shoes thrashed against the muddy slope in an effort to get a grip.
Their father charged toward her, fighting the mud and debris. He extended a strong hand to grasp her struggling arm. He almost made it.
Angelica’s terrified eyes met Gabe’s for a brief moment before the mudslide hit her. In an instant, she was gone. Guilt seized him. He had only meant to slow her down.
About the Author
Cheryl Colwell began writing fiction in 2007. True to her tagline, “Stunning Suspense,” her characters visit stunning locations while they pursue adventurous quests peppered with mystery, suspense, and romance.
Passionate about all things creative, Cheryl finds inspiration in the countryside of Ashland, Oregon – the perfect venue for her interests in writing, gardening, and art.
John, her husband, best friend, and chiropractor, keeps her in shape for gardening and writing long into the night. They are delighted to have four unique and talented children and three grandchildren. A smart and playful English Shepherd makes their empty nest a happy place.
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