The Knight of Death, Chevalier Mark Ramsay, returns to America to marry the girl he left behind after seven years pleading with his Master for permission. His beloved Brothers of the Order, opposed to the marriage, have other plans for him including murder and mayhem. He suddenly finds himself caught up in a web of intrigue as old enemies arise to block his every move, but he learns that that his worst enemy lies very close to his heart when one of his Brothers makes a bid for the 'fair maiden's hand'.
The King of Terrors is the second book in the Assassin Chronicles series entitled the Red Cross of Gold by Brendan Carroll. The book is available in e-book format at Amazon Kindle and Smashwords as well as paperback format at Createspace and Amazon.
Mark Ramsay returns to America bent on marrying the girl he left behind, but things are not well on the home front. Two members of his ancient Order set themselves on a dangerous course to stop him at all costs, believing that the marriage will cause the dissolution of the Order. However, his worst enemy lies much closer to his heart when his most beloved Brother weighs into the equation on the wrong side. The Knight of Death places everything on the line as he battles to save the life of his son and win back the woman he loves.
“You are what? Thirty-six? Thirty-six plus eight hundred or so? You will be thirty-six next year and the year after and the year after,” Simon continued, driving home his point in time with the pounding in Mark’s head.
“Basta!” Mark told him. He could see where the conversation was going without the nagging. Anger gripped him suddenly. “It is none of your concern, Brother.”
“He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? And shall the rock be removed out of his place? What you accomplished today was nothing less than a small miracle,” Simon’s voice took on a more forceful tone. “What you say is not true, Brother. Whatever affects you, affects me. I am your Brother, whether you like it or not. You would exchange your peace of mind for a few short years with this woman and then she will be old. Too old for you to call wife. Will she then become your mother? Your grandmother?”
“I have no peace of mind to trade for anything,” Ramsay objected. “I have never had peace of mind, Brother. I will never have it. The Order has already cheated me out of seven years with her.”
“Have you remained in contact with her?” Simon took a new tack.
“No. Yes… not exactly,” Mark conceded. He had dreamed of her… often.
“How do you know she would have you?”
Simon asked the same question that Mark had often asked himself.
“She has not married,” he told him flatly. “I would know.”
“And what does that mean, Brother?” Simon glanced at him briefly.
Mark Andrew did not answer at first. He felt didn’t know why he knew. He just knew. And he was becoming angry with the Healer for asking these questions.
“I don’t know how I know,” he answered truthfully. “I just know.”
“You have accomplished something today that I never thought would happen. Never in a thousand years… a million years. And, in the process, you and Lucio have made some people very unhappy.”
“How so? A man would have to be happy before he would recognize unhappy,” Mark told him in all sincerity.