Armand Ptolemy and the Golden Aleph
By Mark Jeffrey
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Synchronicity machines. Difference engines melded with the iChing. Geomancy: the art of making stone float with sound. The hacker collective 'Anonymous'. Secret societies … This is the world of ARMAND PTOLEMY, a new action-adventure hero. Facing an enemy armed with the Golden Aleph -- a mystical device that allows its wielder to see holographically into every point in time and space, Ptolemy must use every trick of his Oxford-educated mind and circus-trained body to succeed. But how do you fight an enemy that knows your every move … even before you do? When Armand Ptolemy is called to investigate strange tremors plaguing an old wing of the New York public library, he finds himself enmeshed in a series of events that began in 1912. Yet Ptolemy himself is rumored to be from the past himself -- and the world's Elite lust after the secret of how he seemingly jumped forward over one hundred years in time. Most keenly interested in this secret is Octavio Veerspike, head of the Veerspike banking dynasty. When the Commission -- a secret society of the world's most powerful people -- suddenly call a conclave in the tropics, Ptolemy has to figure out what they're up to, and fast. But the Elites have other ideas. Putting into a motion the capstone of a hundred-years old plan, the Commission wants Ptolemy out of the way. And with the Golden Aleph giving them very potent powers of prediction, they just may succeed ... Author Mark Jeffrey (@markjeffrey on Twitter) is perhaps best known for his best-selling young adult novel MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT (HarperCollins, 2011). First podcast as a podiobook, it was picked up by HarperCollins and re-published in hardcover in May, 2011. More information can be found at maxquickseries.com MAX QUICK: THE TWO TRAVELERS is currently available as a podiobook. Mark Jeffrey is currently working on MAX QUICK: THE BANE OF THE BONDSMAN as well as ARMAND PTOLEMY AND THE GEOMANCER. More information on Armand Ptolemy can be found at armandptolemy.com Praise for MAX QUICK: “A wildly imaginative romp through the vagaries of time, Max Quick leads the reader on a high–speed tour of ancient myths, alien kingdoms and some books you can really throw yourself into. Terrific adventure at breakneck speed.” (Richard Newsome, author of The Billionaire’s Curse ) “An imaginative addition to the middle-grade speculative adventure canon.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books ) “Max Quick has the answers to life’s biggest questions. The world stands still the moment you enter this book. It’s a fabulous, fleet-footed adventure story that goes by in a whoosh.” (Kristin Miller, New York Times bestselling author of The Eternal Ones and the Kiki Strike series ) “A fresh, fun and fascinating idea deftly brought to life. With all its deeply–felt adventure, Max Quick should quickly captivate young readers.” (James Jennewein and Tom S. Parker, authors of the RuneWarriors Trilogy ) “This fast-paced adventure…will keep readers turning the pages. The incorporation of figures from Sumerian mythology adds an interesting element that may appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series.” (School Library Journal ) “Riveting. The Pocket and the Pendant is not what you expect, no matter what you expect.” (Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author ) “Jeffrey’s descriptions of how time has stopped will stop readers in their own tracks. Plenty of action-adventure appeal.” (Booklist ) Mark has been named on of ‘50 to Watch’ by Variety Magazine, selected as one of the “Digital Coast 50′ by the Silicon Alley Reporter, and one of the “Heroes of Multimedia” by Entertainment Weekly and presented as a featured speaker at the first Harvard University Conference on the Internet and Society in 1996. Mark holds a B.S. Computer Science from the Un
||CleanArmandPtolemy 12||Epilogue. Octavio Veerspike has an audience on Isla Saqqara with the Crimson Man and at last makes a choice that will define him until the end of his days ...||4/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 11||Chapter Eleven: John Horn and the Turtle. Not all Elites are bad: enter John Horn, American patriot, billionairre and recent defector from the Commission. Ptolemy and Ashley are told of the Golden Aleph -- and given some help getting to...||4/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 10||Chapter Ten: Diner of Death. A massive quake his Nassau at night ... just as the Wu sons show up. Ptolemy and Ashley are chased across the island, while Commission operatives are strangely able to quickly locate the duo at will ... but...||4/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 09||Chapter Nine: Fighting Back. Ashley Veerspike describes how she eventually twisted the tables back around on the Commission -- and the price she paid.||4/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 08||Chapter Eight: Black Butterfly. Over dinner, Ashley Veerspike tells her tale to Armand Ptolemy of 'growing up Veerspike'. Being a young Elite may sound great on the surface, but in truth it's a dark world of mind control, alternate...||3/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 07||Chapter Seven: Wu and Veerspike When Armand Ptolemy returns to the hotel with the location of Isla Saqqara, he reveals to Ashley Veerspike that his jaunt over to Wu's compound with Cat-Eye may not have been at all what it seemed at the time ......||1/20/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 06||Chapter Six: Wu and Cat-Eye. Armand Ptolemy and Ashley Veerspike arrive in Nassau, where the game of games is afoot. The Elite are already assasinating one another, jockeying for position. Ptolemy needs to wring the location of Isla...||1/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 05||Chapter 5: Glyph. Nestled in an apartment in Santa Monica sits Glyph, a Commission-trained (and rejected) synaesthete with a remarkable abilty to meld with the Internet via psychic ability. What she sees and hears via cameras and...||1/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 04||Chapter Four: Pindoh. International banker Octavio Veerspike and Mr. Fum know who Ptolemy really is, and he is invited to play the occult card game of Pindoh with some up-and-comers on the world stage. But the stakes are far higher than...||12/9/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 03||Chapter 3: Candlelighters. In Cairo, Egypt, Ptolemy infiltrates the secret Candlelight Group conference. Here, Presidents and world leaders were vetted by the captains of industry. And here Ptolemy meets Octavio Veerspike and his...||12/9/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 02||Chapter Two: "Expect Us" Ptolemy travels to upstate New York to meet with Lucy Bloom, an eightysomething computer whiz living on a farm. Through her, he learns that an Aleph was used on him in the Library, and that the Commission is planning...||11/28/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmandPtolemy 01||Chapter One: The Geomancer.When Armand Ptolemy is called to investigate strange tremors plaguing an old branch of the New York public library, he finds himself enmeshed in a series of events that began back in 1912 ...||11/28/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
I really like his stuff
I've been a fan since Max Quick. He has a really imaginative mind and Im really enjoying the latest. Funny enough you can tell exactly what Mark Jeffrey's Political views are and pick up a lot of cultural references from the story. It makes it that much more interesting.
That's all I can say. This stuff is just wonderful. I wish my own podcast where this good. lol!
Unlike the Max Quick stories, this is poorly written, and relies too much on his political and social views, conspiracy theories etc, rather than develop a well thought out plot line.