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REVIEW: First you write the book, then you market it

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Barrie Doyle and I are having our second annual lunch at Flynn’s Traditional Irish Pub on the corner of Main and Robert streets in Penetanguishene.

I remember the place from the 1950s when it was the Toronto Dominion Bank, its liquid assets then somewhat different than they are today.

We are each working our way through a Blarney Burger. Fried egg, Irish rasher, cheddar and Flynn’s sauce — an Irish breakfast on a bun.

Barrie is an old Toronto Telegram hand, coming to the paper in the 60s just about the time I left. He was with the Toronto Star in Washington during the Nixon years, and went on to public relations and teaching.

He is now retired (although that is hardly the word for someone who has just recently turned out three successful novels) and living at Balm Beach.

Ebullient, full of good humour and good nature, interested in everything from travel, to journalism, to politics, he is the ideal lunch companion.

We share a lot in common, including our alma mater (Ryerson) and our Welsh/Irish heritage.

His most recent novel, The Prince Madoc Secret, was to be the third of a trilogy, The Oak Grove Conspiracies, but his fans are demanding another book, so the trilogy is evolving into a series.

The books span time and place, from the 12th century to the 21st, from Wales to Istanbul, the United States, Canada, and a myriad of places in between.

They are full of action and intrigue, with heroes turned villains, and villains heroes.

These days, authors are not only expected to write books, but to market them as well, and Barrie has been on the road a lot lately doing exactly that — Mississauga, Alexandria, Virginia, Washington, D.C.

This Saturday afternoon (Sept. 29) he will be at Chapters in Peterborough. He will probably have with him a four-foot replica of a 700 AD broadsword.

It is a great prop.

But he has learned that he can’t take it everywhere.

“I think it is better that I leave it at home when I am going into the States these days,” he says, taking another bite of his Blarney Burger.

Sylvia Sutherland is a journalist and was Peterborough’s mayor from 1985 to 1991 and from 2007 to 2016.

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Tiny author brings old legends back to life

Original Article – (Simcoe.com)

‘The Prince Madoc Secret’ part three of a trilogy

Historical legend is the pearl in the oyster of a Barrie Doyle novel.

The Tiny Township resident published his third novel, The Prince Madoc Secret, this month and is planning book signings across the region this summer.

“All three books are modern-day thrillers with their roots in legends,” said Doyle.

His first book, The Excalibur Parchment, published in 2015, revolves around the legend of the Excalibur sword.

His second book, The Lucifer Scroll, published in 2016, is based on the legend of the Spear of Destiny that was thrust into Christ’s side when he was on the crucifix.

The Prince Madoc Secret is built on the legend of Prince Madoc of Wales who settled in America in 1170, bringing Christian antiquities with him.

While the books are part of the Oak Grove Conspiracies, they can be read individually.

“It’s the same basic characters. I’ve written them to be three standalones, but there are times in each book that refers back to something that happened in the previous one,” Doyle said.

The retired journalist and public relations professional said he spent his career “telling other people’s stories.”

But it wasn’t until a family crisis — one of his two grandsons was having heart surgery and had a 50/50 chance of survival — that he began writing his own stories.

“I had to sit down and get my mind off the operation and I started writing the (first) book.”

Fortunately, his grandson survived and is doing well. The publisher at World Alive Press in Winnipeg suggested Doyle create a trilogy.

“I thought ‘good grief I have to come up with more stories’. Then I thought, there’s lots of legends out there.”

Doyle, 71, went back to his birth land of Wales to provide an accurate setting for The Lucifer Scroll. His villains are druids seeking antiquities as a means to political power.

“They are zealous, power-mad druids who will kill for power. My druids are terrorists.”

The books sell for $25. They are available at Georgian Bay Books in Midland, The Reading Room in Penetanguishene, Chapters, and online with Amazon.

For more information go to Doyle’s website at www.barriedoyle.com or email him at excaliburparchment@gmail.com.

 

 

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The latest, but hopefully not the last, of the Oak Grove Conspiracies series

Original Article – artsconnection.ca

As Micheal Corleone said, in The Godfather: Part III, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”

In The Prince Madoc Secret, book three of the Oak Grove Conspiracies series by Barrie Doyle, just as journalist Stone Wallace and the historian father-daughter team of Huw and Mandy Griffiths think they’ve rid themselves and the world of the Druids, they discover otherwise.

Two deaths set the stage for the rest of the book’s events: the successful assassination of a key political figure in Wyoming and an unsuccessful attempt on Wallace in London, England. And, while seeming unrelated, Wallace and the Griffiths are offered an assignment from the BBC to produce a documentary about a long-forgotten Welsh royal, Prince Madoc. Research into the prince, who supposedly discovered America before Christopher Columbus, leads the trio to discover a Druid plot behind Prince Madoc’s disappearance and their current circumstances.

Author Barrie Doyle has the ability to surprise the reader with unexpected twists and turns.

As with each of the books in the Oak Grove Conspiracies, once the Druids are involved, danger, seen and unseen, abounds. Doyle is one of the best action adventure writers there is. I agree with the the reviewer compared him favorably to Tom Clancy (creator of the Jack Ryan stories): Doyle has the ability to draw a reader into the plot, cheer for the heroes and hiss at the villains. He has the ability to surprise the reader with unexpected twists and turns. As cliched as it may sound, The Prince Madoc Secret is a page-turning, keep-you-up-at-night novel that you just have to keep reading until you’re finished.

The Prince Madoc Secret can be read as a stand-alone adventure, but it really helps to have read the other books in the series: The Excalibur Parchment and The Lucifer Scroll. The background of the previous Druid plots isn’t essential because Doyle fills in gaps, but if you enjoyed The Prince Madoc Secret, you’ll want to find out what happened before.

When I interviewed Doyle at the release of The Excalibur Parchment, he said he planned on a trilogy. With this third book, and a few cryptic curves thrown in, I’m hoping for a fourth installment…and maybe even more. As a fan, I say let the Oak Grove Conspiracies adventures continue.

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Feedback from Readers

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“I’ve never read anything Arthurian, but we were given this book as a gift and read it aloud as a family. We were immediately swept into another world that we found absolutely irresistible. Each chapter left us craving for more, anxious for the next time we could imbibe in this feast of words. Written almost like a screenplay for a thriller, we loved all the rich colourful details that transported us from one epic scene to another. The second book is on our Christmas list, and we can hardly wait. This book, and likely the rest in the series, must certainly be made into movies.

Josh Tiessen, artist

 

“The reader hops from country to country in a nail-biting drama that pulls back the curtain on the little-known historical facts surrounding one of Hitler’s obsessions. Here, fact is more intriguing than fiction and makes The Lucifer Scroll one of those books you can’t put down. I keep waiting for the militia to come to the rescue of the weak and end the tension but it goes on. I sense a parallel to the events of history today. Perhaps the sequel will tell all or leave me wondering.”

Sandra White

 

After reading a few reviews for The Excalibur Parchment by Barrie Doyle, we agree that it would be a great addition to our collection.  We have also ordered book 2 in the series – The Lucifer Scroll.  We hope you enjoy these exciting new reads.

Richmond, BC Public Library

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Arts Connection: The Lucifer Scroll – Review

What do you get when you throw together an investigative reporter, a university professor, a historian, Druids, Nazis, a host of alphabet agencies like the CIA and an ancient sacred artifact?

The Lucifer Scroll – the second book in Midland, Ontario author Barrie Doyle’s The Oak Grove Conspiracies. Doyle’s sequel toThe Excalibur Parchment, literally starts with a bang when protagonist Stone Wallace becomes the subject of an assassination attempt.

The suspense continues as readers are taken to Istanbul where historian and archeologist Huw Griffiths, searching through the rubble of a long-forgotten church, discovers clues that may lead to the discovery of the Holy Lance, the spear that pierced Jesus Christ’s side.

Griffiths’ daughter, history professor Myfanwy (Mandy) – who gains an assistant that she doesn’t want – and the two men are drawn into an adventure of intrigue that leads them, individually and together, to Niagara Falls, Georgian Bay, New Mexico, England, Austria and Wales. Along with their allies, the trio find themselves pitted against modern-day Druids and, at one point, Nazis, dodging the real and spiritual weapons aimed at them in the race to find the scroll that will lead to the lance.

Barrie Doyle creates a story where evil is evil, good is good and you have finish the book to find out which wins

I’ve been reading a lot of mystery and suspense novels lately and The Lucifer Scroll was one of the most readable of the bunch (second only to a couple of Ian Rankin novels). The Lucifer Scroll begins with an explosive opening and the action doesn’t let up until the end. Even when Lord Greyfell and his wife, Nees, are brought in to explain the spiritual danger of the Druids, Doyle imbues the expositional material with an urgency reminiscent of Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness.

Like most books in a series, it may help if you’ve read The Excalibur Parchment, especially as it relates to the relationships between Huw and Mandy Griffiths and Stone Wallace. But there’s enough backstory in The Lucifer Scroll that it can be read as a stand-alone book.

What Doyle has excelled at is crafting a tale of intrigue that incorporates temporal and spiritual battles that seem to transcend time. He creates a story where evil is evil, good is good and you have to read to the end of the book to find out whether good or evil wins – even if it means you end up staying up until the wee hours of the night to find out.

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To find out more about Barrie Doyle and The Lucifer Scroll head tohttp://barriedoyle.com/

To listen to an Arts Connection interview that explores the writing of The Lucifer Scroll head to http://artsconnection.ca/content/arts-connection-monday-june-6-2016-barrie-doyle-lucifer-scroll-book

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Midland Mirror: Tiny Township author launching new book

Tiny Township author launching new book

Midland Mirror

NORTH SIMCOE – A Tiny Township author’s new suspense thriller will receive its official launch Sunday in Penetanguishene.

“The Lucifer Scroll” by Barrie Doyle centres on the hunt for a legendary and powerful artifact. The book takes readers across the globe from Turkey to South Wales and even Midland.

The launch will take place from 2-4 p.m. at The Reading Room.

“The Lucifer Scroll” brings together characters from Doyle’s earlier work “The Excalibur Parchment,” published in 2014.

More information can be found at barriedoyle.com.

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IN THE NEWS

(Below Left) Book Release Review – Springwater News, November 6, 2014

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(Above) Georgian Shores Seniors Speaker Series – Book signing and meet the author!

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(Above) Book Release Review – Springwater News, November 6, 2014