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The year is 1914, the apex of the Industrial Revolution - machines are churning, buildings are towering, and the world is shrinking. One ancient order is about to spark the largest war in human history despite the best efforts of an arcane society ofMoreThe year is 1914, the apex of the Industrial Revolution - machines are churning, buildings are towering, and the world is shrinking. One ancient order is about to spark the largest war in human history despite the best efforts of an arcane society of scientists working to stop them. Meanwhile, a powerful new triumvirate fueled by industrial wealth and commercial greed waits in the shadows.From Vienna to Baton Rouge. Normandy to New York. From the exquisite decks of the RMS Lusitania to the eerie halls of the Battle Creek Sanitarium- four people will be ensnared in an invisible web of danger and world-domination: the derelict, the detective, the Baron, and the bandit …The roguish Wage W. Pascal hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a former Rough Rider who marched up San Juan and Kettle Hills with Theodore Roosevelt, who now enjoys dives, danger, and dames thanks to his father’s trust fund and his trusty companion, Black Vomit Bill. But now, a new employer will thrust him into a secret world, which may dull his own heart of gold, and lead him to discover the truth about an arcane order of scientists known as the Illuminati.The relentless Simon Porter is one of the most decorated Pinkerton agents since Allan Pinkerton himself. Without the distraction of sin, spirits, or sex, his investigation skills are unmatched, and he always gets his man. Now he has been tasked with a secret mission to recover a mysterious family heirloom stolen from a wealthy, North Carolina tobacco executive on the night of his daughters engagement party. However, when the mission turns dangerous, Simon will awake in New Orleans with no memory of who he once was ...The ruthless William Hardwin FitzOsbern DeLacy is an English Baron. He is also an Architect - one of a handful of master manipulators who play heads of state as though they were pieces on a global chess board. Working for a powerful, clandestine society known only to a few as The Hand, he is on the verge of sparking a world war in Europe until he is reassigned to America to investigate the disappearance of a fellow Architect- a disappearance that may be linked to the defection of one of The Hand’s most deadly assassins.The empowered Mink Callahan is the much younger bride of an American railroad mogul, Ronald Thomason IV, and she alone carries one of the shocking secrets to his success - she robs his competitors. Despite her moonlighting and masquerading, she tries to reconcile her failing marriage, which is only made less stable by her adopted son, Reginald, who is unbridled, disturbingly covetous, and just a few years younger than Mink. However, when she runs into trouble and an old flame, her station in life will dramatically change.