Tom F Dodd's second rivetting thriller: As mankind moves closer to a terrorist confrontation with a dirty nuclear device that has the destructive power of rendering a medium-sized city uninhabitable, clues emerge that propel the police on a hunt for an elusive jihadist. A demonic man who will gladly give his own life in exchange for the ruination of international economic and social stability, he contrives a horrific plan to smuggle an enormous dirty bomb from Africa into a major European financial city. The nuclear device has the potential of creating another Chernoble, in the heart of cosmopolitan Europe, and creating a vast radioactive wasteland that will last for thousands or years. "The Devil's Oracle" is a shocking page turner that is nearly impossible to put down. It is timely in its subject matter, and creates "what if" scenarios that the reader cannot ignore in today's world of terrorist threats and evil deeds.
As mankind moves closer to a terrorist confrontation with a dirty nuclear bomb that can contaminate a city for centuries, clues emerge that propel Inspector Soria, Germain Chandler, Valerie and staff on a desperate hunt for an elusive jihadist. A demonic man who will give his own life for the ruination of international financial stability, he contrives a horrific plan to smuggle a nuclear device into a European city. The Devil's Oracle is a shocking, spell binding, page turner that is nearly impossible to put down. It is timely in its subject matter and creates a scenario that the reader cannot ignore in today's world of terrorist threats. Tom F Dodd has crafted another literary masterpiece that adroitly weaves together past and present events into a killer thriller of mystery, romance and terror. "The Devil's Oracle" is an incredible read as well as a frightening wake up call to one of today's terrorist possibilities, and perhaps the number one concern of Homeland Security and the United Nations.
The Devil's Tabernacle is the first book to examine in depth the intellectual and cultural impact of the oracles of pagan antiquity on modern European thought. Anthony Ossa-Richardson shows how the study of the oracles influenced, and was influenced by, some of the most significant developments in early modernity, such as the Christian humanist recovery of ancient religion, confessional polemics, Deist and libertine challenges to religion, antiquarianism and early archaeology, Romantic historiography, and spiritualism. Ossa-Richardson examines the different views of the oracles since the Renaissance--that they were the work of the devil, or natural causes, or the fraud of priests, or finally an organic element of ancient Greek society. The range of discussion on the subject, as he demonstrates, is considerably more complex than has been realized before: hundreds of scholars, theologians, and critics commented on the oracles, drawing on a huge variety of intellectual contexts to frame their beliefs. In a central chapter, Ossa-Richardson interrogates the landmark dispute on the oracles between Bernard de Fontenelle and Jean-François Baltus, challenging Whiggish assumptions about the mechanics of debate on the cusp of the Enlightenment. With erudition and an eye for detail, he argues that, on both sides of the controversy, to speak of the ancient oracles in early modernity was to speak of one's own historical identity as a Christian.