Like pieces on a cosmic chessboard, old antagonists and new allies move toward a decisive showdown. With both his friend and the woman he’s come to love beside him, Philip Thomas, also known as Brother Philotheos, must face his deepest fears in an effort to keep the Enemy from obtaining the Shield of the Maid of Orleans, an acquisition that could tip the balance in the struggle against the Other World.
Upon his beloved mentor’s death, a young seminary student begins a journey to prove that everything in which he once believed is nothing but a fraud. His travels take him to the mountains of Bulgaria, where he’s forced to seek shelter in the cabin of a wild-eyed old hermit who claims to be a member of a secret order of monks, charged with the task of guarding the crypt of a captured demon. He has no interest in the hermit’s account, until an intruder attacks.
"Great short story for an audiobook"
After his fateful encounter with the evil of the other world—as told in The Last Watcher—Philip Thomas, also known as Brother Philotheos, continues his pilgrimage to Istanbul, unaware his traveling companion is carrying the sacred Spear of Vissarion to a secret gathering in that city. During an overnight rail journey on the Bosporus Express, his imagination and suspicions are fired by a beautiful young woman and her mysterious uncle.
From Istanbul to Paris to the dark countryside of Normandy, the chase is on. Philip Thomas, also known as Brother Philotheos, and his companion, Brother Marcus, pursue Roderick Stewart, a man possessed by a demonic presence and obsessed with acquiring a key legendary artifact in the ongoing struggle with the forces of the Other World.