The Spider in the Laurel (Rafael Ward series)

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"A fascinating dystopian tale from one of speculative fiction's rising stars" (C.T. Phipps, author of Lucifer's Star)...In Tomorrow's America, Belief is the New Enemy. Even a Silent Prayer can get you Black-Bagged....Historian Rafael Ward is a good citizen, teaching students the government approved narrative of the nation's history. Until the black-baggers come calling. They have a job for him, one he's not allowed to refuse: Ward must go undercover as a Believer and smuggler to hunt down and destroy the artifacts he cherishes. Before he knows it, he's following fugitive Hannah MacKenzie on a fool's quest to recover the legendary Vase of Soissons, a Dark Age relic prophesized to restore faith to the world....Soon, however, Ward is betrayed by the Republic he's trying to serve. His only chance to save himself is to come clean with MacKenzie and, together, find the Vase first. Pursued through the cathedrals and catacombs of Europe, Ward and MacKenzie must battle their mistrust of each other to stay alive. Only when they are within reach of their goal do they discover the Vase is not what they thought. With more than just their lives on the line, Ward and MacKenzie must choose between each other and the Vase, between belief and salvation...."Michael Pogach's debut novel THE SPIDER IN THE LAUREL plays with conventions of the thriller genre in a post-religion dystopia that thrusts history professor Rafe Ward into a global scavenger hunt for religious relics that aren't supposed to exist. Pogach deftly breathes life into his characters, including and into vivid American and European locales while maintaining a non-stop pace that has Rafe questioning everything he knows as he struggles to survive" (Amara Royce, author of Never Too Late, Always a Stranger, and Once Beloved)

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Michael Pogach is the author of the dystopian thriller Rafael Ward series: The Spider in the Laurel and The Long Oblivion.His other work includes the "dirty and intense" chapbook Zero to Sixty, as well as contributing to the Amazon-best-selling CAM Horror & SciFi Charity Anthology.Michael is currently at work on Book Three in the Rafael Ward series, plus his ever mysterious Byron thriller.michaelpogach.com

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"There are a lot of faith-centric dystopian novels out there, so it is interesting to see what a atheistic-centric dystopia might look like. Couple these thought-provoking moments with some well-crafted action, in-depth world building, and interesting characters, and the end result is an excellent debut novel from an exciting new author." —Ryan Lawler, FantasyBookReview.com

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