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Climbing down a hole to find a dead body that leads to the adventure of a lifetime is not what U.S. Army Major Robert “Jake” Tununda had planned. After twenty years of service and a chest full of metals he was looking forward to his new position with MHI or the Army’s Military History Institute as a way to follow his passion of military history with out risking his life on a daily basis, or so he thought.

But the body found in the well leads to the uncovering of the truth about a sacred herd of white deer confined in the fences of an abandoned Seneca Army Depot, a lake that never gives up its dead or its secrets, and the combining of the freemasons and the hunt for a ancient Indian crown of unknown power.

Jake must find the answers to the location of the Crown of Serpents before Alex Nero, ruthless billionaire who is dying to control the crown gets there first. Jake soon finds that following the clues left through history is full of unknown dangers.

Crown of Serpents by Michael Karpovage is a well written story with just enough intrigue to keep you reading till the end and maybe wondering what lies beneath the ground you live on. While this does well as a stand alone book, I hope Jake finds more adventures in Karpovage’s next book, I for one would read it.

I won this copy from Goodreads and would recommend it to all who are looking for an adventure book that will keep you reading. ( )
  starlitehouse | May 10, 2011 |
“Karpovage crafts a story rich in intrigue, history, folklore, and the mystery of the white deer. His myriad of subplots and personalities keeps the reader entranced and on edge, begging for more.” - Dennis Money, Chairman, Seneca White Deer, Inc., Canandaigua, NY

“Finished reading your book yesterday and loved it! Non-stop action kept my interest up and I couldn’t wait to find the time to get back to reading it. The mystic scene in the blue glowing cave chamber was spellbinding and creepy enough to send chills up my spine. The descriptions were great. I could see the evil in Nero’s eyes.” - Gene Conrad, Berkshire, NY

“Crown of Serpents is like National Treasure meets the DaVinci Code.” - Lil-G, Dunwoody, GA

“I simply could not put this book down. I needed to know what was going to happen next. The scenes were so vivid. And the subject matter, I couldn’t tell what was real and what was fiction. I don’t know how you weaved together such an impressive story.” - Laura Kouns, Stockbridge, GA ( )
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With the discovery of a campaign journal from an American Revolutionary War officer who fought against the Iroquois Indians, the U.S. Army calls in their top field historian to assess its contents. Jake Tununda, combat vet and half-Seneca Indian, is stunned when he gleans from the journal's cryptic Masonic passages clues to the location of an ancient shaman's crown once protected by the White Deer Society, a secret cult of his forefathers. Jake soon realizes why his ancestors' history was best kept buried. And why peaceful, rural central New York's Finger Lakes region can be deadlier than any battlefield he had ever faced. Crown of Serpents, a mystery thriller set in the former heartland of the Iroquois Empire, takes Jake on a fast-paced hunt to find the elusive crown - and protect it. He teams up with Rae Hart, an alluring state police investigator, as they snake their way across a politically turbulent landscape marked with murder, arson, lies, and deceit. Deciphering codes, digging up war loot, and fending off the henchmen of billionaire Alex Nero, a ruthless Indian casino magnate, Jake and Rae's survival skills are put to the test. The clues to the crown ultimately lead them deep within sacred Indian caves hidden under the abandoned Seneca Army Depot where the magnitude of the crown's power is revealed.

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A story rich in intrigue, history, folklore, and the mystery of the white deer. His myriad of subplots and personalities keeps the reader entranced and on edge, begging for more.

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