Flower of Heaven by Julien P Ayotte

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It's a thriller that doesn't quit. From his serene parish in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Father Richard Merrill had led a seemingly quiet life as a man of the cloth, shepherding his flock toward the solace of a higher power. Now, the core of his beliefs and his being is propelled into the darkest chaos. What's more, it's all for the sake of his very own flesh and blood, two sons who were long ago given up for adoption. Their mother, Francoise Dupont, a former gallery director at the Louvre, has since married an Arab prince. And herein lies the trouble. The bloodlines of the sons place them in line to succeed her gravely ill husband, now the king. More than a few of the king's enemies are consumed with stopping them from ascending to the throne.
With help from the FBI, the CIA, and an aging mercenary, the race is on. From France to Haiti, the United States, and the Middle East, Merrill will take whatever measures necessary to save his sons and unmask the scent of the Flower of Heaven. With evocative detail, high-flying action, and ingenious plot twists, Flower of Heaven is a searing, brilliantly crafted literary debut that will keep readers hungry for every enthralling page. It's a heart-stopping work that spans continents, while mining the deep channels of the human heart.

About Julien P Ayotte

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Julien Ayotte co-authored his first book, "Wealth Building for Professionals", in 2001, drawing from his years of experience as a corporate executive and business teacher at the high school and college graduate levels. In addition, he spent nearly fourteen years in legal administration at two law firms. The author holds a bachelor of science degree, masters in business administration, and PhD, all in business and finance. "Flower of Heaven" is his first novel. Ayotte lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Pauline. They have three children. Ayotte has had nearly a 40 years career in the financial world, teaches Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management in two MBA programs, and runs two large investment clubs in the Worcester, Massachusetts area. He holds a PhD in management and administration and currently serves as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Mirick, O'Connell, a mid-sized law firm in Worcester.
Published December 21, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 248 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s an intimate perspective on a pivotal time in the city’s history: Françoise describes seeing Paris come “alive again.” Moments that allow visibility into characters’ interior thoughts are rare, however, and action unfolds too quickly for much reflection.

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