Aikido black belt Maddy Marshall is celebrating the completion of her black ops training when news of a military takeover in the South China Sea shocks the world because it was predicted by a sixteen-year-old French student. When intel chatter spells danger to Avril, the young seer, VanOps Director Bowman assigns Marshall and her twin brother, Will Argones, to protect the girl.
Emotions between the siblings are running hot due to their aunt’s recent stroke, which has reminded them of the childhood accident that scarred both his chin and her heart. Tensions ratchet higher when they arrive at Avril’s home to find the instant social media star has been kidnapped, leaving them with only clenched fists and cryptic clues that lead to a formula encoded on an etched-bronze medallion.
While Taiwan fears an invasion that will set off an apocalyptic chain of events, Marshall and Argones race through medieval French towns, Italian cathedrals, and ancient Greek temples attempting to find Avril before their enemies use the girl to discover the Holy Grail of military intelligence. If the team fails, they won’t need a crystal ball to know millions of innocent souls will be destined to join Nostradamus in the afterlife.
The Doomsday Medallion is an electrifying, globe-trotting thriller that delves into humankind’s timeless fascination with prophecy and illuminates the mesmerizing and dangerous potential of a weaponized oracle.
Centrae has given readers another action packed novel. I like how she combines history, science, and legend into an engaging story. The VanOps characters are a mixed bag. Some have special abilities, like Maddy throwing fire balls. While the ability might seem like science fiction, Centrae gives a reasonable scientific explanation. Other characters appear to be quite normal, even with an irritating habit of making jokes in the midst of a serious time.
I like the central aspect of the plot of powerful people wanting the ability to predict the future. We learn quite a bit about Nostradamus when one of his descendants, a teen, hits the mark in one of her many predictions. The ultimate lesson learned from the chase for Nostradamus' secret is surprising and enlightening.
There is lots of travel by the Van Ops team, from one end of Europe to the other. Part of my enjoyment of novels by Centrae is all the locations involved. The action in the novel is periodic with sections of travel and historical investigation in between. I really appreciate Centrae's historical note at the end, indicating fact and fiction.
This is another engaging and informative novel in the series. I have read and reviewed the earlier novels in the series and you can read my reviews of The Lost Power and Solstice Shadows.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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