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Robert Taylor

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Book Details

Publisher : Savas Beatie

Published : 2006

Copyright : Robert Taylor 2006

ISBN-10 : HB 1-932714-16-2
ISBN-13 : HB 978-1-932714-16-6

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What is tomorrow's Wall Street Journal worth to you today? Where is the line between reality and fiction? Are the financial markets really predictable? Does an ancient artefact hold the key to how some of the world's wealthiest families made their fortunes?

When a mysterious granite and cypress Egyptian box is found hidden away in a secret room in the palatial Biltmore Estate, twin scientists Alex and Nicholas Shepard work to unlock the secret of its intricate dials, gauges, crystals, and carvings. What they discover has the potential to make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But it could also collapse financial markets, bankrupt corporations around the globe, and destroy many of the world's most powerful families. As the twins quickly find out, people will not only kill to make money, but will kill to keep it.

What begins as a simple scientific experiment in the stock market quickly descends into a nightmarish intrigue of murder, deception, and mystery. When one Shepard brother is killed, the surviving twin and his wife find themselves in a desperate gambit to learn the truth about the box's legacy. Using ancient documents found with the box, they unearth clues to trace its history through the ages, from the catacombs of Paris to the Knights of the Templar in Scotland. Their investigation takes them from London to Paris, Venice, and finally, to the Vatican itself, where they uncover the greatest deception ever perpetuated by man.

Robert D. Taylor's enthralling debut novel Paradigm is a unique and masterful blend of intelligent scientific suspense and bold historical mystery stretching from earliest antiquity to the present day-and beyond. His intriguing plot and cast of memorable characters makes for a suspenseful pager-turn that will keep readers guessing about where the lines of reality and fiction merge.

Paradigm demands we believe the unbelievable. The challenge of finding out just what is truly real and what is not is now up to you.

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Review by Hugh (081106) Rating (9/10)

Review by Hugh
Rating 9/10
I want to recommend a fast paced, international financial thriller written by Robert Taylor called Paradigm. Business Week of the USA called it "The Da Vinci Code of the Wall Street Set." You see this book has a REAL Code in it that got Robert Taylor nominated for the Nobel Prize.

This story takes place at the world famous Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina when two brothers and their wives come to visit their old friend who takes care of the place for his wealthy father. They start exploring the Biltmore estate and find a secret passage that yields a very unusual old antique box.

One of the brothers is a scientist who notes that the box has some type of function. They also find that there are old ledger type pages with the box which interest the other brother who is an economist.
The caretaker son mentions the box and the pages to his father who becomes very alarmed.

Upon returning home one of the brothers is killed, which turns out to be murder. The other brother and the two wives begin a harrowing trip that takes them throughout Europe as the elusive killers try to find them and silence them about the box.

It has all the makings of a Ludlum thriller with the REAL code in it.
Hugh (8th November 2006)

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