Wade and Darrell are stepbrothers, their parents are an astrophysicist and a documents expert and they all live in Texas. The adventure, for that is what this is, starts from the very beginning with the murder of a German academic and former teacher of Wade’s father.
In the wink of an eye the boys, their father and cousin and her friend are on a flight to Berlin. What follows is a labyrinthine conspiracy. The villains out to control the world are a beautiful woman with mismatched eyes and an evil purpose, her sidekick, a wicked scientist and several muscle bound henchmen. On the side of good are four surprisingly talented children, a bottomless source of funds from somewhere, ancient fencing schools and former army SEALs.
This is a long book and it travels the world, but it has action and myriad clues that rely on knowing about the life and times of Copernicus, different languages, ancient symbolism and technology.
I have a few issues about the editing, but in the hands of the right reader this will grip their attention. The good news is we know that there are twelve relics to find and this is only the first.