Rob Parnell - Author

Rob Parnell - Author
Writing faster than the speed of night...

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Essene Heresy Chapter Five

Hi Peeps,

Click on the link below to read the next installment of my thriller in the making.

Chapter Five

Thanks for all the great feedback. Writing a novel with a weekly deadline is harder than I thought - what with everything else I have to do - but it's good discipline.

Here's what's happened up to this point:

In the caves around Qumran in the Israeli occupied territory, a priest and his young charge have been forced to leave their home following an assault on their town by fearsome mercenaries. They took with them a box of unknown contents.

Next day, a Harvard professor of antiquities is killed by an assassin looking for the professor's files on the Essene Copper Scroll.

In Coober Pedy, Outback Australia, ex-psychic Jake Moss is hiding from the world after a public meltdown in Boston. He needs to feel better about himself before he faces the world again.


In a London TV production office, the host of a Channel 4 show about strange phenomena decides to follow the story of the death of a Harvard professor and his connection with the Essene Copper Scroll. She sets out to find a psychic to help her.
 
Back in Coober Pedy, Jake is trying to write a book - without much success. To escape his unhelpful mind, he ventures out to clear his head. On the road outside of town, he stops to pick a beautiful girl, who introduces herself as Danica Palmer.

Read on to discover what happens next!

My best to you.

Rob Parnell

Monday, September 16, 2013

Chapter Four - The Essene Heresy

Hi Peeps!

Chapter 4 of my new super-charged thriller in the making is available now. Click on the link below:

CHAPTER FOUR

Thanks for following this story - your feedback has been awesome!

To recap - in case you missed the previous parts:

In the caves around Qumran in the Israeli occupied territory, a priest and his young charge have been forced to leave their home following an assault on their town by fearsome mercenaries. They took with them a box of unknown contents.

Next day, a Harvard professor of antiquities is killed by an assassin looking for the professor's files on the Essene Copper Scroll.

In Coober Pedy, Outback Australia, ex-psychic Jake Moss is hiding from the world after a public meltdown in Boston. He needs to feel better about himself before he faces the world again.


In a London TV production office, the host of a Channel 4 show about strange phenomena decides to follow the story of the death of a Harvard professor and his connection with the Essene Copper Scroll. She sets out to find a psychic to help her.


Chapter Four picks up the story at this point.

My best to you!

Rob Parnell

Monday, September 9, 2013

Chapter Three - FREE download of The Essene Heresy

The link to Chapter Three of my new thriller in the making is here:

CHAPTER THREE

To recap - in case you missed the previous parts:

In the caves around Qumran in the Israeli occupied territory, a priest and his young charge have been forced to leave their home following an assault on their town by fearsome mercenaries. They took with them a box of unknown contents.

Next day, a Harvard professor of antiquities is killed by an assassin looking for the professor's files on the Essene Copper Scroll.

In Coober Pedy, Outback Australia, ex-psychic Jake Moss is hiding from the world after a public meltdown in Boston. He's trying to write a book without much success. He needs to feel better about himself before he faces the world again.

Chapter Three picks up the story at this point.

Enjoy!

Feedback is welcome.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Chapter Two - The Essene Heresy - Free download

Hiya

You can download the next installment of my thriller in the making here:

CHAPTER TWO

This is where the hero is finally introduced.

To recap - in case you missed the previous parts:

In the caves around Qumran in the Israeli occupied territory, a priest and his young charge have been forced to leave their home following an assault on their town by fearsome mercenaries. They took with them a box of unknown contents.

Next day, a Harvard professor of antiquities is killed by an assassin looking for the professor's files on the Essene Copper Scroll...

Chapter Two picks up the story at this point.

Enjoy! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

FREE - Chapter One, The Essene Heresy

Hiya,

Here's the link to the first chapter of The Essene Heresy - a super-charged thriller in the making!

Click HERE

If you missed the prologue, you can go HERE to get that too.

All FREE!

I've had some terrific feedback for the story so far. If you like fast paced thrillers about buried treasure and international intrigue, then climb on board - I mean subscribe to this blog! - and get some action!

My best to you,

Rob Parnell

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Essene Heresy - the prologue


The time has come!

If you're an email subscriber to this blog, you'll have already received a link to the prologue of The Essene Heresy - the first part of an online thriller to be released weekly as of today!

If you're not on my blog list, you can download the prologue by clicking HERE.

Make sure you get the next installment of the thriller by signing up to the box on the top right of this page!

My best to you,

Rob Parnell

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Essene Heresy - a supercharged thriller in the making...

My editor and I have decided that the most effective way to ensure quality chapters of The Essene Heresy serialization is to delay the prologue by a week.

Only the best to you, that's what I say!

All writers know that we can't put out writing that is in any way substandard: random typos, missing words and (worst of all) suspect grammar. I'm determined to release only the finest version of this upcoming novel that it is possible to create.

So the prologue is written. As far as I'm concerned, it rocks - but it's going to spend a week being polished and edited to perfection.

I want my readers to have the very best experience possible when they finally get to read the first installment. I want to truly entertain you with this story - as if you're reading something you bought from a quality bookstore.

I hope you'll be forgiving of this slight pause in the proceedings.

I'm sure you'll think it's justified when you witness the final result!

What I'm trying to do with this exercise is create a full-on unique experience whereby you get to see a quality thriller in the making. And to be part of it - and, if you like, get involved.

As you can see (above, top right corner) I've put together a draft cover for the book, just so there's a visual reference point. In case it's hard to see, it's a rendition of the famous Copper Scroll overlaid with an exploding car with the main characters - Jake Moss and Danica Palmer - running from it.

The Copper Scroll is interesting because academics and archeologists don't really know what to make of it. On the surface it looks like a treasure map to precious metals presumably buried in the Qumran area.

But some researchers suggest it's either an elaborate 2000 year old hoax, or that it refers to treasure long since dug up by the Romans.

It's assumed that the Copper Scroll is Essene because it was found in a cave behind some of the Dead Sea Scrolls - but what doesn't make sense is that the Essenes were known to be a semi-monastic order who would be most unlikely to have stockpiled treasure, unless it was of religious significance.

I use the Copper Scroll as a starting point in The Essene Heresy. Curiously, the scroll refers to another scroll which has never been found but is said to contain more specific information about the treasure - including perhaps the reasons for its existence. Here is where my fiction takes over.

I won't spoil the plot for you - except to say that at the beginning of The Essene Heresy, a digital file of the alleged second scroll is apparently in the possession of a Greek professor living in Boston - until he's found dead, clearly murdered. His computer - and all his research notes - are missing…

Please, sign up for weekly installments of The Essene Heresy - a supercharged thriller in the making - and be part of this unique literary experiment!

The best to you.

Rob Parnell

PS: I've updated my author page on Amazon this week. You can view it here:
https://www.amazon.com/author/robparnell