The Unholy Conspiracy

The Unholy Conspiracy

£14.99eBook: £2.99
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller
Tag: Moved from Wrexham
Publication Year: 2023
ISBN: 9798863865263

On December 4, in the year 1872, the American brigantine Mary Celeste, bound from New York to Genoa, was found abandoned but completely seaworthy, some 600 miles off the Spanish coast, with no sign of captain or crew.

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About the Book

What happened has remained unsolved for over 145 years, but after a year of exhaustive research, the answer to the world’s most famous sea mystery is now told in “factional” form through the eyes of New York detective Michael Callaghan, and his estranged wife Colleen. Investigating two brutal murders committed in New York’s teeming Lower East Side, and also pursuing their own vendettas across the Atlantic against one of America’s greatest fraudsters – “Brains” Sweeny, mastermind of the notorious “Tweed Ring”, who has fled New York with $200,000,000 of its money, converted into diamonds.

Callaghan and Colleen uncover a web of intrigue and deceit, involving not only a Sicilian organization called the “Mafia”, previously unknown to the world outside the island, but also a counter revolutionary plot codenamed “Opus Dei’, conceived by Pierre Beckx, Father-General of the Jesuits, to restore the Church of Rome, disestablished in Germany by Count von Bismarck, and in Italy by King Victor Emmanuel, with the Pope a “house-prisoner” in the Vatican.

About the Author
Richard Rees

Richard was born in a village near Wrexham in North Wales, where he spoke only Welsh until he went to school at the age of five. An English Grammar school of the old establishment kind followed, fostering pupil advancement with a no-nonsense but constructive approach that proved formative. But his plans to further his education and develop his creativity, reading English at University, were thwarted by his father who advocated that his son should join him in the family accountancy practice. Torn by dilemma, Richard rebelled by joining the Royal Welch Fusiliers where he saw active service, witnessing at first-hand some of the horrors of warfare in the jungles of the Far East, including the death of his best friend who was shot and killed just yards away from him.