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Publication announcement.

Introducing my novel RETURN OF THE TETRAD. Published by Mandrake of Oxford (http://mandrake.uk.net/the-return-of-the-tetrad/)- 9 pounds, 99 pence ($15). Kindle e-book, 3 pounds, 25 pence ($5.10)

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Return of the Tetrad is the account of an esoteric adventure cum spiritual quest. Early in the story the narrator, Paul Cairns, chances upon a work by Eliphas Lévi in an Oxford bookshop. Opening it at random, he reads:

“Magic is the traditional science of the secrets of nature which has been transmitted to us from the magi. By means of this science the adept becomes invested with a species of relative omnipotence and can operate super-humanly – that is, after a manner which transcends the normal possibility of man … To attain the sanctum regnum, in other words, the knowledge and power of the magi, there are four indispensable conditions – an intelligence illuminated by study, an intrepidity which nothing can check, a will which nothing can break, and a discretion which nothing can corrupt and nothing intoxicate. TO KNOW; TO DARE; TO WILL; TO KEEP SILENCE – such are the four words of the magus …”

His interest in the esoteric awakened, he hears about a former magical group called the Order of the Sanctum Regnum and a man called Gilbert North, who had once been a leading member of it but now lives the life of a country squire at his stately home, Ravenhurst in Hertfordshire. Later, after leaving Oxford and settling down to married life and a career as a journalist, Paul is troubled by a recurring nightmare and, through the bookseller Arthur Jenkins, is put in touch with Gilbert North, whom he consults about the dream. He becomes a regular visitor at Ravenhurst and is led by North on an extraordinary series of adventures involving a quest for the Tetrad, four primal magical objects corresponding to the elements and suits of the Tarot. Cairns’ life becomes full of weird and supernatural happenings in a great magical battle between dark and light. But in the world of Gilbert North things are not quite what they seem. Layers of reality and unreality are peeled away until the deeper meaning of the quest is revealed.

CHRISTOPHER McINTOSH(http://www.ozgard.de)

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