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About Ernest Dempsey
I love history. Always have, as long as I can remember. And I also love literature. Same story with that. Most of all, I love archaeological thrillers like the ones I grew up watching in the 1980s: the Goonies, Indiana Jones, stuff with a mystery and a good treasure hunt. Now I live in the most amazing dream where I get to write those kinds of archaeological thrillers for a living.
My plan going into college was to be an English major and become an English teacher. That was on track until one fateful day when a professor told me my work was trite.
I immediately went to the administration building and changed my major to psychology. I earned that degree, a master's in counseling, and worked for twelve years as a high school guidance counselor and soccer coach.
It was during those years in education that I began writing again, this time with more purpose and with the goal to publish a book. At the time of writing this, I've published over 40. And I'm writing more all the time.
My professor wasn't wrong when she called my work trite. It took me years to realize that. The thing is, she's still not wrong. My stories have endings that are sometimes predictable. One thing I've learned along the way is that that is okay. I don't write stories for people who want to be punched in the tear ducts with a tragedy. I write stories for regular folks: retirees, veterans, doctors, teachers, lawyers, people who are on disability, maintenance workers, security guards, landscapers, nurses, construction workers, custodians, and anyone else who wants an escape from the stress of life.
See, that's the thing I've learned over the years of writing stories. Life is unpredictable. We crave a little predictability now and then, when the good guys win and the bad guys get their comeuppance. The most important thing, both in books and in life, is that the end can be easy to predict so long as the journey isn't. You may know how a story will end, or at least have an inkling, but if you don't know how it gets there, then that unpredictability makes it fun.
That's how I approach storytelling.
So, if you like twists in stories, you'll find them here. All along the journey. And maybe occasionally at the end. But one thing is certain; you will never be bored.
Come on this journey with me. I promise I will always work hard to honor your valuable time with exciting action, baffling mysteries, and intriguing history.
Join the adventure.
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Legend claims that this mysterious, supernatural force, first carried into battle by the ancient Israelites, was so powerful that the Ark could lay waste to entire armies, entire cities in moments—thousands of years before the advent of nuclear bombs.
So, when an ancient order of killers reemerges from the shadows after centuries of hiding—convinced that other secret societies took the Ark from Jerusalem to hide it in early America—international treasure hunter Sean Wyatt knows exactly what they seek and why. And that realization terrifies him.
Together with his best friend and sidekick, Tommy Schultz, Sean must track down the Ark before the Order of the Assassin can. Before their order can pervert this heavenly power and wield it to enslave all of humanity.
In a life-or-death fight to save both themselves and free people everywhere, Sean and Tommy must again beat the clock, this group of murderous villains, and a series of cryptic traces left by the ancients both to throw these bloodthirsty men off the trail and to save us all.
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Sean Wyatt is plunged head first into a race against time to solve a series of ancient riddles, save his best friend, and the lives of billions.
A four thousand year-old secret lurks in the hills of Georgia. While investigating a strange series of ancient symbols, an archaeologist vanishes, and a professor he entrusted with the secret is murdered.
Former government agent, Sean Wyatt, learns of his friend's disappearance and the murder. Now he must unravel the clues to the ancient mystery that holds incredible power.
To save his friend, Sean will have to fight off highly trained mercenaries in hand to hand combat, violent shootouts, and high speed car chases through the Blue Ridge Mountains. And in the end, what he learns will change the history books as we know them.
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But one modern madman wants that power for himself, to conquer a world he views as filled with unrepentant sinners as he ushers in a new age of religious rule.
To get it, he threatens to kill a handful of select religious leaders until the experts at the International Archaeology Association find what he wants: a fabled ancient relic that he believes helped the prophets perform some of their greatest miracles.
Sean Wyatt and Tommy Schultz along with their team at the IAA, however, have no intention of allowing that kind of power to fall into the fanatic’s hands. They’ve faced down their share of power-hungry maniacs before, but with this bloodthirsty lunatic Sean and his best friend, Tommy Schultz, know they’re up against the toughest odds of their lives.
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At the end of World War II, the greatest Samurai sword of all time vanished without a trace.
Rumors abound as to its whereabouts.
Some historians claim it was destroyed with the rest of Japan’s weapons. Others believe it is hidden somewhere.
Theories about its location vary from intricate cave systems to monks protecting the blade in a shrine deep in the mountains.
When Sean Wyatt and his longtime friend Tommy Schultz try to help a troubled Japanese woman, they find themselves right in the thick of a power struggle between some of the most dangerous gangsters in the world.
Now Sean and company must race across Japan, unravel clues that were left decades before, and discover the true location of a blade made by the greatest sword maker of all time: Honjo Masamune.
Legend holds that whoever wields this mighty, ancient weapon is invincible, able to vanquish all enemies and rule entire lands. But more than a thousand years after the mythical kingdom of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, tales of Excalibur and its exploits have long been considered only that: legend.
That is, until an astonishing archaeological find in France convinces former secret agent Sean Wyatt and his sidekick, Tommy Schultz, that even this unlikeliest of myths is rooted in a truth that now threatens the modern world.
Racing against time and a North Korean madman bent on finding, and brandishing, this ancient blade of unstoppable power, Wyatt and Schultz must also outwit an underground brotherhood sworn to keep the secrets of this sacred sword for eternity.
In yet another heart-pounding tale with more twists than the ancient legend itself, beloved author Ernest Dempsey’s The Excalibur Key is a thrill ride like no other—and will keep you guessing until the very end.
Decades ago, a mysterious treasure vanished in the middle of the night. But the secrets it held were worth more than gold.
The thrilling follow up to The Secret of the Stones sends former government agent, Sean Wyatt and his sidekick Tommy Schultz from the deserts of the American southwest to the hills and jungles of Ecuador in a perilous race to find the mysterious lost treasure. The treasure is somehow linked to the legendary Lost Chambers of Gold that has remained hidden for thousands of years.
But the chambers hold a deeper secret, one on which an evil mastermind has his sights set.
Along the way, Sean and Tommy find ancient clues that lead the way to the next of the lost chambers, and with a little help from the beautiful Adriana Villa, they may be the first to reach it.
The Cleric's Vault is Ernest Dempsey's second book into the genre of thrillers and mysteries, and is one of his best sellers. This story takes the characters across the southwestern United States and into South America on a wild adventure that, if not kept suppressed, could cause major political and financial upheaval.
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It’s not political gridlock that’s paralyzed the capital of the United States this time.
A ruthless killer is assassinating members of Congress, leaving authorities with neither clues nor hope to stop the slaughter. Fear grips the city as the federal government grinds to a halt.
So, where are former government agent Sean Wyatt and his sidekick, Tommy Schultz? They’re thousands of miles away in the middle of the Mexican rain forest, leading a private mission for one of the congresswomen targeted by the murderer.
The congresswoman is convinced ancient documents in her possession hold the keys to a new world—a golden age without murder, scandal, or lust for power.
Sean and Tommy should be so lucky.
In their quest to solve another ancient, deadly series of riddles, Sean and Tommy take on Mexican drug cartels, counterrevolutionary guerrillas, and shady mercenaries—and learn that, yet again, nothing in either the modern or the ancient world is what it appears to be.
In his grittiest thriller yet, Ernest Dempsey again thrusts readers into the heart of the global criminal underworld. Swarmed by spies, shysters, and professional slayers, Dempsey’s vision of international treasure hunting would send even Indiana Jones running for retirement.
Nearly seven thousand years ago, a priceless piece of history vanished in the Caucasus Mountains near Armenia.
The thrilling finale of The Lost Chambers Trilogy sends former government agent, Sean Wyatt and his sidekick Tommy Schultz deep into the heart of some of the oldest mountains in the world in search of a treasure that many believed were lost to antiquity. While the two and their new friend Adriana Villa race toward their goal, they encounter deadly villains and a man with an evil plan that could wipe out most of civilization.
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Over two thousand years ago, Julius Caesar lost a weapon of untold power in a shipwreck.
When Adriana Villa goes missing during her search for a device called, The Eye of Zeus, former government agent Sean Wyatt is called in by the president to find what it was she was looking for. Once more, Wyatt is in a race against time as he speeds across the world to Rome, Athens, and to the Ionian Sea. He must unlock the riddles that have baffled historians and treasure seekers for thousands of years if he is to discover the mysterious object.
But he is not the only one searching for The Eye of Zeus. There is another player in the game, and with his wealth and power, he might be able to leverage the balance to suit his evil desires, which will mean financial ruin for all of Europe, and perhaps the world.
Along the way, Sean and his sidekick, Tommy Schultz, find themselves in a pulse-pounding race to the prize filled with bullets, close quarters combat, and an underwater treasure that could alter the course of history.
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After two successful terms—despite a series of political maelstroms—this humble Southern gentleman united the country behind a common purpose, strengthened America’s standing throughout the world, and kept his nation safe.
So, when Dawkins retires to his cabin in the Georgia woods, about the only excitement he’s looking for involves romantic dinners with his girlfriend and the occasional cold beer while watching his Atlanta Falcons.
Unfortunately, powerful past enemies he didn’t even know he made have been waiting—waiting for their chance to exact revenge for a series of vile grudges and dubious grievances. And despite his world-class security, they’ve tracked Dawkins down.
They drug him, kidnap him, and stash the former president all the way across the country.
And they pin the crime on former secret-agent-turned archeologist Sean Wyatt, one of the former president’s closest friends.
The news media, the feds, local cops—it seems everyone is hunting Sean, and he barely escapes the dragnet as he races to save his old friend.
But this will be no mere rescue mission. The kidnappers, hungry for power as well as for retribution, order Sean to find them perhaps the world’s deadliest secret weapon, the most lethal force in antiquity, hidden by the nations of the world for fear of its awe-inspiring destructive power.
To solve the riddle and save the former president, the kidnappers give Sean just one week—an impossible task to evade a nationwide manhunt and solve the most dangerous mystery of his life.
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India, a continent of culture, passion, and mystery. For thousands of years this vast and wondrous nation has harbored vast treasures, inexhaustible history, and unimaginable secrets.
Now a pre-eminent expert on Indian history has gone missing. One of his colleagues secures the help of Sean Wyatt and sidekick Tommy Schultz to uncover the truth behind the disappearance. In doing so, however, they discover a mystery surrounding an ancient Indian Temple, a puzzle that could lead to nearly infinite wealth and power or worldwide destruciton.
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Dak Harper's Delta Force team stumbles upon an ancient treasure trove in the mountains of Iraq. But when Dak suggests they report their findings to command, the team steals the loot and leaves him for dead.
Faced with certain death, Dak must find a way out of the darkness, and onto a path of revenge to settle the score with the men who betrayed him.
This box set contains the entire six book series of short stories called The Relic Runner Origin Story. Join Dak as he scours the world, from the beaches of Portugal and Miami, to the jungles of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the hills of Southern Kentucky, and the wilderness of Turkey.
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Book 1: Out of the Fire
Book 2: You Only Die Once
Book 3: Tequila Sunset
Book 4: Purgatory
Book 5: Scorched Earth
Book 6: The Heart of Vengeance