Michael R. Davidson
CALIPHATE - 600 Years Is Not Too Long To Wait
I started to write a modern day thriller about one of my favorite countries, Spain. At some point the colorful history of that country asserted itself, and I found a story within a story developing that turned out to be a real, rip-snorting swashbuckler that stood on its own, and this became "The Inquisitor & The Maiden." The original book, "Retribution," thus became a sequel that brings the theme of the first book up to date and transforms it from a tale of "cape and sword" to one of "cloak and dagger." I suggest reading these two books in their proper sequence in order to appreciate the tale to its fullest.
The Inquisitor & The Maiden
In 1492 victorious King Fernando of Aragon forces the daughter of the last Muslim ruler in Andalusia to become his concubine as a gesture of “reconciliation.” The product of their coupling, a secret Muslim with an abiding hatred for his father, founds a line that nurtures the flame of vengeance through the centuries.
Disillusioned by Spain’s failing fortunes in the 30-Years-War, Eduardo Macías leaves the Army of Flanders and sets out for home. Eduardo’s reputation as a valorous soldier leads to his being named Captain of the Santa Hermandad, a Spanish force charged with protecting the people and maintaining the law. He is forced to accept a mission by officials of the Holy Inquisition to investigate an alleged case of heresy involving a nobleman with ancient royal ties. What Eduardo discovers places him in a dangerous situation at odds with the Inquisition, and he must choose between upholding his honor. and excommunication.
The modern day sequel to "The Inquisitor and the Maiden." They say revenge is a dish best served cold. In Spain, an ancient enemy who has awaited his moment for over 600 years is finally emboldened to strike.
In 1492 victorious King Fernando of Aragon forces the daughter of the last Muslim ruler in Andalusia to become his concubine as a gesture of “reconciliation.” The product of their coupling, a secret Muslim with an abiding hatred for his father, founds a line that nurtures the flame of vengeance through the centuries. Now, with the assistance of Iranian Intelligence his descendant threatens a nuclear holocaust if the ancient lands of Andalusia are not returned to him. Facing insurmountable odds resourceful Spanish cop Alberto Macías and CIA officer Robert Strachey must risk their lives and careers in a desperate race against time.