‘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.