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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 a secret brotherhood’s plot 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.

The Essene Conspiracy is available from Amazon and the author’s website.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, full of suspense–highly recommended, April 7, 2011
By Sonia Delaunay
I don’t typically read thrillers, but I picked this up at the suggestion of a friend and couldn’t stop reading it. Aside from being a compelling and amazing story, it is very well-researched and the history was fascinating to me as someone who is interested in but not very knowledgeable about the Middle East. Whether you are interested in the nexus of religion and history or just love fast-paced thrillers that involve politics and corruption, I highly recommend this book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, December 31, 2011
By lorraine –
This review is from: The Essene Conspiracy (Paperback)
I loved this book. Once you start reading it, you won’t want to put it down. It draws you in with an interesting story that leads up to a very gripping account of a plot that unfolds as a very real possibility in today’s turbulent world affairs. The author’s meticulous research and wonderful storytelling blend together for a terrific read.


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