The Serpent’s Disciple
In The Serpent’s Disciple, a conspiracy thriller, an ancient evil threatens to take over the Catholic Church and use it to create a New World Order. Peter Romanus, the Grand Master of the secret masonic order known as Propaganda Due, sets in motion the plot to kill the pope and control major world governments through the Church.
A family secret and an ancient artifact could save humankind from this diabolical leader many fear is the Antichrist. While visiting their father’s birthplace of Pesaro, Italy, the lives of Anthony and Nelli Andruccioli become entwined with the Grand Master’s plot. They learn of their family’s deep and ancient connection to Saint Anthony and that they are called to protect the Church: Nelli as the Chosen One and Anthony as one of the Guardians sworn to protect her from the false prophet. Together they must navigate the labyrinth of ancient prophecy and Vatican politics to expose the truth before it is too late.
Deborah Andruccioli is the daughter of Albert, an Italian emigrant who married Anna Bonderchuk, whose father emigrated from Eastern Europe. Growing up, she often heard Italian and Russian spoken. Raised outside Detroit, she attended Michigan State University where she graduated with a degree in Interior Design. After college she married and started the next stage of her life moving to Traverse City, Michigan to live on a cherry farm. A few years welcoming her first child. Shortly after having her second child the family moved to Minnesota.
A desire to do more with her life one of her early aspirations was to write a book, but year after year she dismissed the idea, feeling she didn’t have the skills to become an author. Finally, pushing those self-doubts aside, she wrote her first novel, which to her surprise has won six awards. Now having completed the sequel to The Serpent’s Disciple, she is working on the third book in the series. She has plans for others with at least one being a non-fiction book about secrets inside the Vatican.
“A dark family secret, an ancient artifact, and the advent of the anti-Christ. What if the power of the Catholic Church could fall into the wrong hands? In ‘The Serpent's Disciple’ by Deborah Stevens, Peter Romanus, the diabolical leader of the secret masonic order known as Propaganda Due, plans to assassinate the pope, take control of the Vatican, and use its power to control the powerful governments of the world. Only an ancient artifact and a family’s secret linked to Saint Anthony can save the Church and humankind. Anthony and Nelli Andruccioli know that they have very little time to outwit the cunning Grand Master and unveil the truth. Watch as they race to uncover the truth, facing incredible dangers and navigating complex layers of politics and unforeseeable traps. Can they beat Peter Romanus in the race?
“’The Serpent's Disciple’ by Deborah Stevens is a thriller that will appeal to fans of Dan Brown. It’s a story that explores the themes of the fight between Good and Evil, the perils of power, and the mysteries of life and redemption. The memorable cast of characters, with well-defined and solid backgrounds, will entice and delight readers. This is a thriller that shows the author’s creative mind and wonderful imagination. Deborah Stevens’ writing is tight, laced with riveting passages that are insightful and that explore the depths of the hearts of the characters. I enjoyed the conflict and the urgency with which the characters are compelled to act. This is one of those books written with a ticking bomb; action-loaded, and utterly entertaining.” — Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
“Deborah Stevens holds nothing back in her novel, ‘The Serpent’s Disciple’. Here is a story connected to the conspiracy theories of the New World Order and Freemason infiltration of the Vatican. Similar to the Book of Revelation is the ultimate battle between good and evil. Except, Debra’s version is more clandestine and surreptitious than the Apostle John’s. The Serpent’s Disciple is an exciting and intriguing novel set in Italy. It is to be translated in Italian and available in Italy next year, along with a second book by Deborah entitled, Holy Predator. The Serpent’s Disciple includes all the attributes of a thriller that has its main focus the Roman Catholic Church. The novel contains scenes where protagonists uncover hidden codes among great works of art. We read about secret agendas and schemes taking place inside the Vatican. There are villas in the Italian countryside where meetings are held by those who seek to overturn the Church. And so on.
“The story revolves around the exploits of brother and sister Anthony and Antonella Andruccioli and their pilgrimage from America to their father’s homeland of Pesaro, Italy. Anthony is an architect who belongs to a secret group of Catholic defenders known as The Guardians. Antonella is unaware of Anthony’s affiliation until she has visions that show her to be The Chosen One. She and Anthony understand their destiny. They are to defend the Church from a takeover by the Antichrist. Indeed, while the two are in Pesaro, a gathering of the P2 Masonic Lodge has convened somewhere else in Italy with top leaders in politics and industry. They have hatched a plan to assassinate the sitting pope and put in place their leader, the P2 Grand Master, Peter Romanus. They hope to rule the world with a dark religion that overturns the principles as set forth in Holy Scripture. What follows is a race against time to stop the conspiracy and restore the Catholic Church. Deborah knows her material well and we are the better for it. Her novel is not in line with the Da Vinci Code, a popular book and revisionary view of Christianity; ultimately heretical and, in the end, not believable. Rather, with The Serpent’s Disciple, we have the valid structures of faith, both tangible and spiritual. It is a novel far more exciting because it is closer to the truth. One wonders that, in light of the recent scandals coming out of the Vatican, today, if such a story as Deborah’s is actually occurring now. ‘The Serpent’s Disciple’ is awesome.” — Truby Chiaviello, Primo, A Magazine for and about Italians
Awards: "THE SERPENT'S DISCIPLE"
1. PINNACLE BOOK ACHEIVEMENT AWARD: Best Fiction Thriller Novel
2. GREAT MIDWEST BOOK FESTIVAL: Honorary Mention
3. 50 BEST WRITERS You Should Be Reading: TheAuthorsShow.com
4. ERIC HOFFER The Da Vinci Eye: FINALIST for Best Cover Design
5. The CLUE AWARDS: FINALIST Suspense/Thriller Novel
6. INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD: FINALIST Religious FictionS