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The Essene Conspiracy reveals a clandestine brotherhood’s plot to overthrow the Israeli government.

A high ranking Israeli minister has been murdered in Jerusalem. Muslim terrorists are suspected, but no group has claimed responsibility. Finding a barely legible name scribbled on a blood-stained card in the shirt pocket of the slain minister, the Director of Israeli Intelligence calls upon international security consultant Harry McClure to investigate a possible American connection to the brutal crime.

McClure soon uncovers a Wall Street money-laundering scheme linked to the Essene Brotherhood’s plan to reclaim Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

The clock is ticking as Israeli Intelligence, aided by McClure, race to organize a preemptive eleventh-hour strategy aimed at thwarting the brotherhood’s imminent attack. A timely blend of historical fact and fiction, the Essene Conspiracy builds to an unpredictable ending.


“Amazing story! I couldn’t stop reading it. A very well-researched fast-paced thriller that involves international politics and Wall Street corruption. I highly recommend this book.” –Sonia Delaunay

“I truly enjoyed this book. It reminded me a little of the DaVinci Code but different. It is well written and the intrigue and mystery grab you immediately. Even though it’s fiction, the factual information was very educational.” –Carla Wynn


S. Eric Wachtel was born and raised in New York City and studied at the University of Missouri.

Starting on Wall Street, he was later a vice president of an international conglomerate, and then president of a medical technology company.

In his debut novel, THE ESSENE CONSPIRACY, a blend of fact and fiction, he has created dynamic fictional characters from composites of personalities with whom he crossed paths during his business career.

Eric lives with his wife and Russian Blue cat in Vermont and Washington, D.C. He is at work on the next Harry McClure thriller.

To learn more about S. Eric Wachtel, please visit his website.