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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 25, June 19, 2011, Article 4

NEW BOOK: TEN DAYS TO MADNESS

Jamie Clifford, author of Double Daggers has a new numismatic fiction book coming out. He writes:

I have a new book coming out in the Fall titled Ten Days To Madness. There is a numismatic theme. The lead character is trying to discover a hidden fortune in Bechtler Gold coins. The Bechtler Coins were a territorial mint before that operated in North Carolina during the mid 1800's. Legend has it that the last Bechtler disappeared while transporting a large amount of the gold. Neither he nor the gold have ever been discovered. Ten Days To Madness may answer what happened to that last shipment of Bechtler Gold Coins.

Neat premise! Sounds like a great tale. Below is a synopsis of the book. We'll look forward to it! -Editor

Clifford Ten Days to Madness Only Charlie Parker knows that his image as a successful, well-respected family man is a complete lie and with his life collapsing around him he travels to the secluded mountain house that has been owned by his family for generations. Hidden in his fatherís library Charlie unearths a bizarre diary that claims a rogue tribe of Cherokee Indians stole a fortune in gold coins before the Civil War and hid the treasure in an ancient burial cave in a remote part of the Appalachian Mountains.

Compelled by forces he doesnít understand, Charlie embarks upon a self-destructive march to uncover the truth as he discovers his family's darkest secrets. His ancestorís heinous crimes force Charlie to face the demons unleashed by his family from so long ago and he is haunted by nightmares, tormented by a strange man claiming ownership of the diary and terrorized by Cherokee spirits known in Indian mythology as The Nunnehi. The horrifying encounters send Charlie spiraling into an alcohol fueled frenzy to find the Cherokee gold, no matter the cost.

Does the gold exist? Are the bizarre events really happening to Charlie or has his mind finally collapsed under the pressures of mental illness, alcohol abuse and a failed business? Those questions linger in the readerís mind until the final page as Charlie battles internal demons and external monsters to discover the truth about himself, and the legend of the Cherokee Gold.

For more information, see: James R. Clifford (www.jrclifford.com/order.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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