In The Isaac Question: Templars and the Secret of
the Old Testament, I return to the Templar-based themes I first
explored in Cabal of the Westford Knight. Specifically, I
focus on the Knights Templar as one link in a chain of secret societies
that stretches back to include first the ancient Egyptians and later
the mysterious Druids, and then moves forward to include the Freemasons
as the modern-day successors to the Templars. Anyone who doubts these
connections should simply wander into a Masonic lodge and observe for
themselves the abundance of Egyptian and Templar-related symbolism in
the lodge architecture and décor. More subtle are the connections to
the Druids—but these are there as well, for those who look carefully.
As I tracked my way to the intersection point of these four
groups—Egyptian, Druid, Templar, and Masonic—I found myself again
standing in the shadow of Scotland’s iconic Rosslyn Chapel. The
Chapel’s architecture and decorations featured not only Druidic,
Templar, and Masonic symbolism as befitting Scotland’s long history
with each of these groups, but Egyptian motif as well. What, I
wondered, was the historical tie between Scotland and ancient Egypt?
The answer, I soon learned, lay hidden in the mystery of Princess Scota.
Scota, in turn, led me back to ancient Egypt and caused me to take a
fresh look at the Book of Exodus. What I found, frankly, shocked me. I
will not reveal those findings here, but suffice it to say the findings
led me to a clearer understanding of many of the events recounted in
the Old Testament, events that frankly had never made much sense to me.
As in my previous novels, I use artifacts and historical sites as
evidence for the “secret” history my story tells. In this book, I focus
on the dozens of mysterious stone chambers that dot the landscape of
New England and eastern New York. Who built these chambers, and why?
And do these chambers have anything to do with the mysterious Baphomet
skull worshiped by the Templars? More importantly, do these chambers
help us better understand the truth behind the Book of Exodus stories?
Readers of the first four books in the series will recognize the
protagonists, Cameron and Amanda, and also young Astarte. However, this
novel is not a sequel to the prior four and readers who have not read
the earlier novels should feel free to jump right in.
As in the previous stories in the series, if an artifact or object of
art is pictured in the book, it exists in the real world. (See the
Author’s Note at the end of this book for a more detailed discussion
covering the issue of artifact authenticity.) To me, in the end, it is
the artifacts that are the true stars of these novels.
I remain fascinated by the hidden history of North America and the very
real possibility that waves of European explorers visited our shores
long before Columbus. I also, in researching this novel, have become
fascinated by the hidden truths within the Old Testament stories. It is
my hope that readers share these fascinations.