Shawna Ryan, Author, Thrillers

                                   Come with me, if you dare, into Murder!

 
     
 

  In Shawna Ryan's Thrillers, the Church is embroiled in murder, its past and present colliding in earthly hells.

 

 

TRIUMVIRATE OF THE DAMNED

A Thriller by Shawna Ryan

Triumvirate of the Damned is Book 3 of the Destiny's Damned Trilogy.


Within the bowels of the Sequentia, a timeless subterranean prison, a child, her face blistered, her hair burned away, stares at the body of a woman thrown inside.

• The woman is half-naked. Her hands are tied. Dried blood is crusted beneath her nose and in her short, blond hair. Bruised and battered, she is the first new inmate imprisoned in the Sequentia for hundreds of years. With her and in her wake, comes the force that would steal Christ’s instructions and enslave the modern world.

• Imprisoned in an ancient rat infested cell deep inside a Church fortress and tortured again and again by his captors, Patrick Bodowski's only company is a vision of the woman who hunts the serial killer.

• On a picturesque mountainside in southeast Turkey, near the tiny house where it is said the Virgin Mary died, Kevin searches beneath a bristlecone pine for the document personally dictated by Christ. That document contains Christ's last instructions to mankind and is the document for which the women and children in the Sequentia are being imprisoned and murdered. Kevin does not know it, but he is being hunted.

 

Review by ForeWord Clarion Review

Shawna Ryan expertly juxtaposes the supernatural genre with historical fiction in the concluding volume of her Destiny’s Damned trilogy. Triumvirate of the Damned is a multi- layered story that surpasses the predictable formulaic religious conspiracy thrillers that currently glut the market.

  Cutting quickly from scene to scene like an action-adventure movie, Ryan’s novel begins in the present-day Vatican City. A faction inside the Church follows an edict called the “Issue.” This ancient document contains Emperor Constantine’s instructions for setting in motion clandestine machinations to reveal the true nature and purpose of the Church, which is “to see that the Roman Empire survives in the Church” and is one day reborn “to enslave the world.” In Ireland, a group of women are imprisoned by the Roman Empire within the stygian depths of the “Sequenti.” They maintain a secret that can thwart the Church’s insidious plans. A select few of these women know the location of an artifact, called the “Christ’s Remnant,” that would topple the Church’s power structure. A pagan goddess named Sybil gathers her forces to stand against the faction within the Church. She picks individuals like reporter Alex Caldwell and Kevin James, a professor of Mythology. These courageous men search Turkey for the original Christ’s Remnant. Also called into Sybil’s fold is Alicia Cook. She is investigating the disappearance of Patrick Bodowski, who is being tortured and held as a prisoner by the Church’s Inquisition for trumped up heretical practices. Alicia is taken prisoner, and the women in the Sequentia entrust her with their secrets. Unaware of their role as pawns in a kind of predestination, Sybil’s chosen ones join together in an epic battle between good and evil.

Ryan’s novel is written for sheer entertainment. Pseudoscience and revisionist history is not passed off as fact here. Her prose isn’t bogged down with history lessons, and she doesn’t require the reader to take silly leaps of faith away from logic. Her characters’ actions flow logically and naturally.

The premise behind her novel is unique and the characterization is excellent.


 
 

 Jarvis

Sample Review:

by ForeWord Clarion Review


Shawna Ryan expertly juxtaposes the supernatural genre with historical fiction in the concluding volume of her Destiny’s Damned trilogy. Triumvirate of the Damned is a multi- layered story that surpasses the predictable formulaic religious conspiracy thrillers that currently glut the market.

 

Cutting quickly from scene to scene like an action-adventure movie, Ryan’s novel begins in the present-day Vatican City. A faction inside the Church follows an edict called the “Issue.” This ancient document contains Emperor Constantine’s instructions for setting in motion clandestine machinations to reveal the true nature and purpose of the Church, which is “to see that the Roman Empire survives in the Church” and is one day reborn “to enslave the world.” In Ireland, a group of women are imprisoned by the Roman Empire within the stygian depths of the “Sequenti.” They maintain a secret that can thwart the Church’s insidious plans. A select few of these women know the location of an artifact, called the “Christ’s Remnant,” that would topple the Church’s power structure. A pagan goddess named Sybil gathers her forces to stand against the faction within the Church. She picks individuals like reporter Alex Caldwell and Kevin James, a professor of Mythology. These courageous men search Turkey for the original Christ’s Remnant. Also called into Sybil’s fold is Alicia Cook. She is investigating the disappearance of Patrick Bodowski, who is being tortured and held as a prisoner by the Church’s Inquisition for trumped up heretical practices. Alicia is taken prisoner, and the women in the Sequentia entrust her with their secrets. Unaware of their role as pawns in a kind of predestination, Sybil’s chosen ones join together in an epic battle between good and evil.

Ryan’s novel is written for sheer entertainment. Pseudoscience and revisionist history is not passed off as fact here. Her prose isn’t bogged down with history lessons, and she doesn’t require the reader to take silly leaps of faith away from logic. Her characters’ actions flow logically and naturally.

The premise behind her novel is unique and the characterization is excellent.