Known by his followers as the Great Elder, Hans Streisser is a brilliant scientist and the cult-like leader of a secret society called the Order of the Symbios. He walks a blurred line between genius and madness and has graced his subjects with the most extraordinary discovery in the history of science. But he'll do anything to keep his discovery a secret, including the use of murderous henchmen like Vic Cappetti.
After undergoing experimental neurosurgery to increase the utilization of his brain, the Great Elder reaches an elevated plane of awareness and finds himself in possession of some remarkable new abilities. He begins to see the world in a whole new light and embarks upon a plan to reshape the future of mankind ... but is he a visionary, or is he insane?
Jacob Hanley is a lonely young widower struggling through a life that's lost all meaning. But when he discovers that the withered old stranger who died in his arms in a Boston restaurant was only thirty years old, the mystery of how the man aged so quickly provides a welcome distraction from his pain. As Jacob's curiosity lures him deeper into an increasingly dangerous web, he stumbles upon the Great Elder's startling secret and becomes a threat to the Order that must be eliminated. As the stakes continue to rise, Jacob enlists the help of his brother Ray, a Boston Police detective, but because the Great Elder is so well-connected, it's impossible to know whom they can trust.
"Cavignano brings wonderful characterization of people and places to his lightning-paced fantasy thriller ... Boston neighborhoods are impeccably portrayed ... A gleefully hard-boiled urban fantasy that lights up Boston's mean streets." - Kirkus Reviews
"A wildly entertaining book ... [that] delivers a deliciously compelling villain ... [and] plot twists until the very end." -bestthrillers.com